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Goal: Learn how to say "seashell" in French
**Recommended club documents:
Éduca-déco-Les coquillages Cherche et trouve-Océan Coloriage créatif-Océan Jeu d'association-Océan
**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.
Of course, you will need lots and lots of seashells to introduce this new French word. You may use the seashells you brought home from your own summer vacation. If needed, complete your collection with store-bought seashells. Most big-box stores and dollar stores sell them. Another suggestion: ask parents if their children would be willing to share their seashell collection with the group a few days before presenting the activities that follow. Parents will most likely be glad to send in a bag of seashells. I know in my home we don't know where to put them anymore! Before children arrive, hide several seashells in your sandbox. Exceptionally, plan to enjoy circle time outside. With your group, talk about everything that can be found in the ocean: fish, seaweed, sand, salt water, and seashells.
If you have a large seashell (or a plastic seashell-shaped mould for sand play), show it to your group. Notice its shape, its color. Hold it close to your ear and encourage children to take turns doing the same. Let children touch it and manipulate it. Use this activity to explain how seashells are very fragile. Finally, tell children that the word "coquillage" means "seashell" in French.
You may click on the following link to hear the proper pronunciation of this new word:
Try to repeat this new word with your group a few times. Once children are comfortable with the word, invite them to take turns digging in your sandbox with their hands or a small shovel until they find a seashell. Every time a child finds a seashell, he must say "coquillage" before setting the seashell in a bucket or bin. Once all the seashells have been found, leave the bucket or bin filled with seashells next to your sandbox. Children will enjoy hiding the "coquillage" in the sandbox for their friends (and you) to find... Play along and search for the seashells when they invite you to. Be sure to say "coquillage" every time you find a seashell.
Print and laminate several copies of the "Éduca-déco-Les coquillages" document. Set the documents on a table and ask children to help you cut out the "coquillage". Set a beige mat or a few large pieces of sand paper on the floor in a corner of your daycare (for example the reading corner). Set beach chairs in your improvised sand. If possible, add a beach umbrella and a few colourful sand toys. Encourage children to complete your beach-themed décor by setting the "coquillage" they cut out in the sand, inviting them to repeat the new word as often as possible.
Print a copy of the "Cherche et trouve-Océan" document for each child. Invite children to stick the ocean-themed scene on a wall to decorate your reading corner. Give each child the second page of the document and have them cut out only the "coquillage" cards they see. Have them search for the seashells in the scene.
Once the previous exercise is completed, help children make a small hole in the top of each small card. Give them a pretty piece of ribbon they can thread through the holes to create a "coquillage" necklace they can wear. Children will look forward to showing their necklace to their parents at the end of the day.
Print a copy of the "Coloriage créatif-Océan" document. Color the water section with a blue marker and laminate the document. Purchase tiny seashell stickers (or cut seashell shapes out of construction paper). Children can take turns adding the stickers to the scene, saying "coquillage" for each new addition. If you prefer, print the document for each child and let them decorate the scene with "coquillage" stickers. Display the document(s) on a wall.
Print the first page of the "Jeu d'association-Océan" document for each child. Let children pick four tiny "coquillage" from your collection and help them glue them in the squares at the bottom of the page (you may have to use hot glue). Children will be proud of their small "coquillage" collection.
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