" Ce qui est remarquable c'est que, chaque jour, nous pouvons choisir l'attitude que nous aurons pendant cette journée. Nous ne pouvons pas changer notre passé. Nous ne pouvons pas changer les actes d'autrui. Nous ne pouvons pas changer l'inévitable.
La seule chose que nous pouvons modifier, c’est notre attitude face à la vie et à ces événements.
Je suis convaincu que ma vie est faite à 10% de ce qui m'arrive et à 90% de ma réaction face à ce qui m'arrive. Et il en va de même pour vous. Nous sommes responsables de nos Attitudes."
(Charles R. Swindoll)
"The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
(Charles R. Swindoll)
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This Week (Sept. 11- Sept. 15, 2017):
We started this week trying to build our classroom community and get to know each other better. This will extend all along September. We also started our first semester novel study “La Nouvelle Maîtresse” by Dominique Demeter. “Boîte sur Moi Project” presentation will be next Monday, September 18th and extend the next day if necessary.
We’ll start our first major unit of study, THE HUMAN BODY. We will talk about major organs and systems in general. It is usually one of the units that most students are excited about. Encourage your child to choose books that are connected to his Science and Social Studies units of study.
In Social Studies:
We’ll enter a time capsule and go back about 10000-20000 years to meet the first habitants of Canada. Since they will be submersed into the history of those first people, I encourage the parents to talk to his/ her child (ren) about their own history (facts about their birth), about the family’s history (arrival in Canada, transportation upon arrival) and anything relevant to the child’s identity.
Sept. 18- Sept. 22, 2017
We'll start our spelling program this Monday. Students will receive 10 French words weekly that will practice in order to remember. One of the options on the practice worksheet is cursive writing. Kids are not required to master this skill as part of the curriculum so if this turns to be an inconvenient and taking too much time, kindly guide them towards a different option: bubble letters, writing consonant in blue and the vowels in red, writing each word with a different colour, etc. At least one of those 10 words will be a verb so the teacher will chose one verb weekly for the students to conjugate to the 4 main French verbal tenses. The students are to use an online verb conjugation website (ex. http://www.conjugation-fr.com/) to make sure they learn the accurate conjugation. Most weeks, the dictation will be done on Friday unless otherwise specified.
Sept. 25- Sept.29, 2017
Students will receive their spelling practice sheet on Tuesday and since it is a short week, the dictation will take place the following Monday, October the 2nd.
Please make sure, your child returns his/her Social Studies booklet "Les Autochtones" on Tuesday as it was sent home so they can complete questions A, B & C on pg. 4.
Oct. 16- Oct. 20, 2017
Students will not have a Dictée page to study as they normally do, instead they will receive their login information for Infos- Jeunes and will have to read the article "Je suis Invictus", answer the related questions and react to it. They have to make sure they submit it by Monday, Oct. 23 so I can view their work.
Infos Jeunes is such a great website that can be used as a tool for French Home Reading, and will improve their decoding skills since it has the option "listen to reading" incorporated. The first set of question will demonstrate their literal comprehension while the second set will develop their inferential skills. The reaction part is meant to develop their applied comprehension, to help them make personal connections and to actively work on their evaluative meaning.
Nov. 13- Nov. 17, 2017
This was a week full of academic challenges as we went from building a model of our immunity system in action or drawing a comic strip to being European explorers that discovered the new world. Most kids had solid arguments to prove why they would not be a good fit for explorations, and at the end I find myself in the position to agree with them that “food” is always a real deal breaker :).
A copy of their Social Studies Quiz went home this week. I advised them to keep the copy as I will file the original in their portfolio and have the agenda signed at the indicated location to prove that parents have seen it.
Online French Reading
Useful tool for grammar checking