Learn how to say "strawberry" in French
Goal: Learn how to say "strawberry" in French
**Recommended club documents: Étiquettes-mots-La crèmerie
Fruits et légumes à lacer
**To use the documents mentioned above, you must have access to Club Educatout. Educatall Club members can join the French club at a low price.
Purchase a potted strawberry plant and set it next to you, in your circle time area. Print the document "Étiquettes-mots-La crèmerie" and keep only the word "fraise". Glue it on a strawberry-filled container. Deposit the container on a table before inviting children to join you for circle time. Talk about strawberries with your group. Ask children if they have ever picked strawberries, to name their favorite strawberry recipe, what color strawberries are when they are ripe, if they grow strawberries at home, etc. Show them your strawberry plant and explain how each tiny flower will eventually become a strawberry. Tell them that, at first, the strawberries are very light, almost white, and that they redden gradually. When they are bright red, they are ripe and ready to be picked. Show children the word flashcard and tell them that in French, a strawberry is a "fraise". Invite each child to pick a strawberry from your strawberry plant and practice saying "fraise" with them as they eat it.
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Have fun trying to pronounce the new word as a group a few times. Let children pick a strawberry out of your strawberry-filled container, saying "fraise" every time. Continue until your container is empty. The more strawberries you have, the more children will say and hear the new word.
Print several copies of the second page of the "Éduca-déco-Chocolat" document. Ask children to cut out the "fraise" on each page. Cut a large cake outline out of brown or white paper and display it on a wall. Children take turns decorating your cake with the cut-out strawberries. Encourage them to say "fraise" every time they add a strawberry. When they are done, use the cake to decorate the area where children eat or your kitchen play area. If you wish, use adhesive putty to stick the strawberries on the cake. You will be able to remove them and repeat the activity a few times to help children remember the new word. Some children may enjoy decorating the cake during periods of free play. Use this opportunity to invite them to repeat the word "fraise".
Print the second page of the « Fruits et légumes à lacer » document for each child. Use a hole-punch to punch holes around the contour of each strawberry and give each child a strawberry and a piece of red ribbon they can thread through the holes. Hang the strawberries in a bush in your yard to represent a strawberry plant. At the end of the day, children will enjoy picking their "fraise" to take it home. They will be happy to share the new word they learned with their parents who will in turn be able to integrate the word at home, at the supermarket...and maybe even at the strawberry field.
Throughout the week, include as many "fraise" recipes as you can in your menu: strawberry jam, strawberry pie, strawberry muffins, strawberry salad, strawberry smoothie, strawberry milkshake, etc. Every time you serve strawberries, repeat the word "fraise" with your group.
If you have Strawberry Shortcake dolls and toys, this is the perfect time to explore them with your group. They will appreciate their "fraise" scent.
Finally, purchase a strawberry-scented hand soap or lotion (beware of allergic reactions). Invite children to smell their hands after using the product and help them notice how their hands smell like a "fraise".