For example, ask the children to fill several plant pots with potting compost and plant seeds or cuttings. Water them and place transparent, colourless plastic bottles which you have cut in half over some of the pots to form mini greenhouses. Explain to the children why you are going to cover some of the pots and leave others uncovered. Otherwise treat all the pots the same: give them the same quantities of water and keep them in the same place, so that they get the same amount of light and heat. Every day observe what has happened to the plants and to the plastic bottles. As an extension activity the children could measure the temperature in the plastic bottles and in the room.
Afterwards talk with the children about which plants have grown the fastest and why that might be. Talk about how plants need warmth to grow and that they grow more rapidly in a warm atmosphere. The plastic bottles have a film of condensation on the inside which helps to keep the plants moist.
Springtime is fun – the days are warmer and the children feel happier. One idea is to set up a large spring picture on a wall or using powerpoint on a whiteboard, with a tree, pond and field. You can add frogspawn, tadpoles, frogs, blossom, spring flowers, etc as the season changes and as the children learn about them. Attach them with a tacky substance so that you can move them about and change the number of each of them on a weekly or daily basis.
Ask the children to count the number of butterflies, daffodils, tadpoles, lambs, ducks and caterpillars.
Each day or week change the numbers in the picture and ask them to count again.
On a windy day go outside with the children and watch streamers blowing. Ask the children whether they can see and feel the effects of the wind on their faces and clothes. Watch the trees and plants move in the wind.Continue reading →
Whichever words you choose, you will find this new collection of 1000 French words a great starting point.
My First 1000 French Words
My First 1000 French Words is a fantastic introduction to essential French vocabulary from animal words to types of food and members of the family.
Action-packed illustrations introduce your eager young language learners to essential words in French – plus a few fun ones. From having breakfast together to visiting the zoo or a fantastic art gallery to learn about colours and shapes, these characters will bring new words to life on the page and reinforce those words that you already know.
Each spread features a central scene teeming with details to discuss and discover. French vocabulary surrounds the main picture. Each French word appears along with an illustration to help reinforce learning, a helpful pronunciation guide and the English translation.