Friday, November 9, 2012

French books, reading and more on our Weekly School Wrap-Up

Ok, it looks like all we did this week was READ! Read, read, read and read again, especially in French! I've got a great set of books and magazines from the French Cultural Center and also bought kids French magazines from the newspapers stands, so, yes, we had quite a bunch of French stuff to read and enjoy!

The books and magazines in French we read this week
She liked the Histoires pour les Petits magazine a lot. I thought the French level would be too difficult for her, but she asked for it each night, all of it! About 60 pages worth of stories - and then once finished, she wants Picoti (all of it) and so on! If we could read each night for at least an hour, she would be so happy!
The big book that you can see is a French version of the Gingerbread man - here's a link on the Amazon for it. We loved this 'Le bonhomme en pain d'epices'! First of all, it is HUGE - see below how it looks, compared to a pocket-size version. Then, each page has 3 section, where the story is being told for 3 yr olds, 4 yr olds and 5 yr olds - gradually rising in difficulty. First I read the easiest version for a couple of times, but when my girl heard the medium (4 yr) version on the CD (yes, it comes with a CD with all 3 versions on it!), she wanted me to read the more complicated version! We just fell in love with the books and I'm definetely planning a Gingerbread man theme for the next week!

Gingerbread man books, in En and Fr
My little girl loves books. I've always made sure she has easy access to books - we have a few book baskets around the house with books she can easily see and flip through. Here she is in her 'reading corner' - before going to bed - looking at books and then choosing what she wants me to read.
The reading nook, with the English books basket

We also have a French books basket, with some of our books and magazines (not borrowed). I try to rotate the books from time to time and she's always happy to discover the books she hadn't seen for a while.
Our French books basket

Except for the French books, we practiced reading short words in English each day, using some fun ideas to practice reading.
Word family flip book
Word slides
We worked on the Pink Series that we purchased from the Montessori Print Shop. You can download a free document that is part of the series. And, if you're looking for something free, the Helpful Garden blog has an excellent Pink Series for free!

Matching words to pictures
This is what we're at now, as far as reading goes.

And little girl made a bracelet out of bead bears. And one of Cheerios cereals, too, no picture for that one!

I hope you all had a great week!

Some great collections I may be linking to:
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  1. Sunt impresionata, I. face niste progrese fantastice! Ati avut o saptamana foarte buna, pana la urma!

    1. Multumim, Raluca - n-am apucat sa lucram f multe zilele astea, dar se pare ca daca sunt carti la dispozitie, e tot ce ne trebuie!

  2. Eu sunt topita - o copila asa de dulce si inconjurata de atatea carti! Vad ca si colectia de bratari ia amploare!

    Sa aveti un week-end linistit!

    1. Da, ne-au gasit bratarile acum :)) multumim, va imbratisam!

  3. Ce materiale frumoase, Adina! Si ce ingeras dulce si minunat!!! Excelente lectii ati parcurs.

    1. Multumim, Camelia, mult spor sa aveti si voi!

  4. Ce carti frumoase aveti! Sunt invidioasa.
    Imi place mult ideea cu carnetelul cu spira. Felicitari I. te descurci minunat!

  5. Buna,

    nu stiu daca ai vazut, dar pe blogul de mai jos au aparut cateva printable packs in franceza:


    1. Buna Carmen,
      Mersi mult, da, am vazut, le-am luat - le pastrez pentru mai tarziu, pe cand o sa inceput sa lucrez cu I. la citirea in franceza.
      Multumesc pentru pont!

  6. Love the word family flip book! I'll have to remember this for when my little guy is a little older!

    1. Thanks - yes, it's so easy to make and with excellent results!