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Back To School- La Rentrée



In France, just like here, everyone is getting ready to go back to school.  They call it La Rentrée and it almost feels like a special season.  Many people in France take their vacations in August and a lot of small businesses close for the month of August.  For a lot of people, September isn’t just about going back to school, it’s about going back to work and getting back into a routine.  Are you ready for La Rentrée?  Are you getting back to your routine?

Look around your house this week and see if there’s anything you might have that has French on it.  Here are some hints:  shampoo, make-up, cereal or macaroni and cheese boxes, calendars, even the tags in your t-shirts!  I think you’d be surprised to find a lot more French in your house than you realize!  Be ready to name something in your house that you found with French on it!

It’s Almost Time

In France and here, it’s almost time for La Rentrée, Back to School time!  What do you hope to learn in French this year?

What Is Crocheting?

I’ve offered an enrichment and an after school activity called crocheting.  Many people have learned this really cool skill, but what is it?  Take a look!

ImageThere are many theories about where crocheting started, click here to read about it.  Historian agree that the word crochet is from the Middle French (that’s the language between Old French and today’s French) meaning hook.  You must have a hook to crochet!

If you haven’t learned how to crochet yet, be sure to sign up for the enrichment for next year!  It seems to be very popular with the girls but boys are welcome too!

Love These Signs!

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Puppets Speak French!

Madame Olson’s class used their puppets to say the alphabet in French!

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Read Across America

Emily joined us from the high school to read to Ms. Walker’s class on Read Across America Day.


She read Poisson Un, Poisson Deux, Poisson Rouge, Poisson Bleu by Dr. Seuss.

Emily was a student for 3 years at Mattacheese and now she is in high school.  It was so  much fun to listen to her speak French!  Merci, Emily!

Something New

These hands have been outside my door for quite a while and I’d like to put up something new.  What could we make that would be a good replacement?


Maplelea Dolls

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A student recently brought in her Maplelea doll to show us.  What’s a Maplelea doll?  It’s like an American Girl doll, but they are from Canada.

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This doll has a shirt that says “J’adore la musique” and she came with hockey equipment.

She also came with a really cool journal that tells all about her in French and in English.  Here’s the French part.

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Thank you, Amelia, for showing us this really cool Maplelea doll!

Holiday Songs

These are some familiar songs that we normally sing around the holidays.  They are youtube links, so you can’t look at them at school, but you can go to when you’re at home and listen to them.  The last one is not one that we sing in English but I thought you might like it.