La Belle Fille has already learnt the days of the week and knows her numbers quite well; but as with all things unless she constantly uses them they’re forgotten. So when it came to teaching her the weather I introduced the day, date and season at the same time. It’s a similar pattern that’s used each morning in her pre-school too.
She loves the bright pictures in the illustrations (which, as always, I’ve just found from the net – so if anyone wants me to take them down please let me know). Here is some guidance for those of you who may want to give it a go ( the free printout is here Weather)
- If you are saying the day, date and month it needs to be introduced as, for example, ‘C’est lundi, 31 mai‘. If you want to say the date on its own you use this format, ‘C’est le 31 mai‘. Notice that all numbers, except the first of every month, are cardinal numbers i.e. they are said on their own, not in the format of 31st. The first is always ‘le premier‘, which I’ve put in numerical form; ‘C’est le premier mai‘.
- The days of the week, months and seasons do not have capital letters.
- The season has been written as ‘the‘ for the article + season. The spring, even though it’s written with an ‘s‘ in French, is singular. If this were in as the article all seasons would have ‘en‘ for the article, apart from Spring which would have ‘au‘.
- I’ve added a number for 31 dates as it gives an opportunity to practise saying them in French by showing lots of them before finding the date. You may want to save on your printing bill by just doing 0-9, with 1-3 printed twice.
- I haven’t used commas, as these can be confusing for children at first and as La Belle Fille is only 4 1/2 years old I don’t want to overload her.
- The task can easily be broken up to start with the day, date, season first and then move onto weather or visa versa.
- With the weather there are the symbols and statements – however there are more statements than weather symbols. This is because some of the statements use adjectives, for example ‘Il pleut beaucoup’, as well as general statements about the weather such as ‘Il fait beau‘. I started with saying what each weather statement was in English and then having her choose the corresponding symbol. Then I started to just say what the weather statement was in the French and she chose the symbol without the translation. After we’ve put the laminates on our new white board (my parents door) I ask her the question in French and she reads the response.
Within 2-3 days she’s dropped the majority of English translations and learnt the adjectives – so it appears to be a successful activity. As always, feel free to give me any feedback.