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Goal: Learn how to say “cat” in French
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Suggested activities: Print the “Étiquettes-mots-Les animaux domestiques” document. Keep only the “chat” flashcard. Gather as many stuffed cats as you can find (ideally at least one per child) and set them in a basket in your circle time area. During circle time, talk about cats with your group. You can, for example, talk about how many paws a cat has, how cats purr when they are happy, name different types of cats, discuss how cats use a litter box, etc. After a while, ask children if they know how to say “cat” in French. Show them the word flashcard and say “chat”. This word is relatively easy to pronounce, even for very young children. Have fun trying to say it together for a few minutes before passing the word flashcard around. Every time a child receives the word flashcard, he must try to say the new word independently. The other children can meow to congratulate their friend for his efforts. This will make the exercise interesting for your group.
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Print a few copies of the “Jeu d’images-Les animaux domestiques” document. You will need one cat picture for each child. Laminate the pictures and spread them out on a table or on the floor in front of your group. Children take turns identifying a picture of a cat. Once each child has a cat picture in his hands, invite them to present their picture to the group. They can invent a name for their illustrated cat. Encourage them to say something like, “The name of my chat is…”
Next, deposit all the cat pictures in a bin filled with tiny rocks or pebbles to represent litter. Invite children to take turns plunging their hands in the bin to find a picture of a cat. They can trade their cat picture for one of your stuffed cats, providing they say “chat”. This simple activity can be repeated before naptime throughout the week. Children will love to sleep with a different stuffed “chat” each day.
Later in the day, stick the word flashcard used to introduce the new word on an unbreakable mirror. Using makeup pencils, draw cat whiskers on each child’s face. Hand them the unbreakable mirror and encourage them to say “chat” as they admire their reflection. This activity can be done at the end of the day. As parents notice their child’s painted face when they pick them up, little ones will gladly share the newest addition to their French vocabulary.
Print the color version of the “Costume-Chat” document for each child. Before children arrive in the morning (or during naptime), cut out the masks and tails. Hide them throughout your daycare or yard. Explain to your group how they will become cats the second they find their cat mask and tail. They will have fun searching for the two parts of their cat costume. Use adhesive putty or a clothespin to attach each child’s tail in their back. Thread a ribbon through the holes on either side of their mask and help them tie their mask behind their face (or simply stick the masks on a stick that children can hold in front of their face). Encourage children to walk around, meowing like cats. You can ask them to round their back like cats and even provide balls of yarn they can play with.
With your group, draw a large cat on a piece of cardboard. Color the cat together before cutting it out and displaying it at the bottom of a wall or on a fence if you choose to do this activity outside. Purchase a variety of cat toys at the dollar store and hide them. Every time children find one, they can hand it to the “chat”.
Once all the cat toys have been found, let your group play with them with their favorite stuffed “chat”.
Whenever you go for a walk with your group, be sure to say “chat” every time you cross paths with a cat or see one in a window.
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