capteur de rêves / dream catcher

Dream catcher by Learn and Play en Anglais
Dream catcher by Learn and Play en Anglais
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Use a tea towel to help you manipulate the wire without hurting your hands.
Use a tea towel to help you manipulate the wire without hurting your hands.
Cut a long piece of wool and fold it in half.
Cut a long piece of yarn and fold it in half.
Start with a new piece of wool and knot it just above your previous knot.
Start with a new piece of yarn and knot it just above your previous knot.
Add some hot glue before making another knot so as to hold it in place.
Add some hot glue before making another knot so as to hold it in place.
Now continue to wrap the wool around the wire, making knots and adding glue as needed...
Now continue to wrap the yarn around the wire, making knots and adding glue as needed…
...until you are all done.
…until you are all done.
cut a piece of wool that is longer than the diameter of your circle
cut a piece of yarn that is longer than the diameter of your circle
Now tie the other end of the string to the opposite side of your circle.
Now tie the other end of the yarn to the opposite side of your dream catcher.
Now decorate the second half before tying it to the other side of your circle.
Now decorate the second half before tying it to the other side of your dream catcher.
Add some pieces of yarn to the bottom portion of your dream catcher.
Add some pieces of yarn, ribbon etc. to the bottom portion of your dream catcher.
Add some hot glue to the inside of your beads...
Add some hot glue to the inside of your beads…
...then place your feather into your bead.
…then place your feather into your bead.

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Bonjour tout le monde!

Certains de mes étudiants ont travaillé à fabriquer des capteurs de rêves lors des dernières semaines et j’ai pensé que je devais partager notre projet avec vous. Avant de les faire, nous avons eu une petite discussion sur ce que les rêves sont et le genre de rêves que nous pouvons faire. J’ai expliqué que le travail d’un capteur de rêves est d’attraper tous ces mauvais rêves afin de ne faire que des beaux rêves la nuit.

La semaine prochaine, je vais étendre ce projet avec des dessins et de la peinture, mais pour l’instant je suis très heureuse de la façon dont tout s’est passé.

Passez une bonne soirée et n’oubliez pas,

Just Speak!

Danielle

Hello Everyone!

Some of my students have been working on making dream catchers for the last few weeks and I thought that I’d share our project with you. Before making them we had a little chat about what dreams are and what kind of dreams we can have. I explained that a dream catcher’s job is to catch all of those bad dreams so that we only have sweet dreams at night.

Next week I’ll extend this project with some drawing and painting but for now I’m very happy with how everything turned out.

Have a nice evening and remember,

Just Speak!

Danielle

 

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motricité fine. fine motor skills

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Bonjour tout le monde !

Je commence à explorer un nouveau domaine de l’enseignement qui est la motricité fine , la plupart du temps en se concentrant sur les mouvements des petits muscles des mains, des poignets et les doigts de jeunes enfants. Il y a beaucoup de raisons d’utiliser ces muscles dans notre vie quotidienne (boutonner notre veste par exemple) et nous avons tendance à les négliger.

Comme la plupart des enfants trouverait ennuyeux (au point d’être une punition) de boutonner et déboutonner leurs manteaux maintes et maintes fois, j’ai essayé de trouver des projets faciles qui les aident à travailler ces petits muscles, en pur plaisir.

Pour ce projet, vous pouvez utiliser des boîtes de céréales afin que vos enfants jouent tout de suite ou vous pouvez utiliser du papier imprimante ordinaire (brut ou coloré), puis laminer afin que vos patrons de couture durent plus longtemps. Une dernière chose, si vous choisissez de laminer vos formes, assurez-vous de percer des trous après les avoir plastifier et pas avant.

matériaux:

Cartons ou boites de céréales

Papier blanc ou de couleur

crayons ou marqueurs

plastifieuse (feuilles de laminage)

perforation (utiliser la perforatrice APRÈS plastifier vos cartes de couture)

pelote de laine

aiguille de laine

Amusez-vous et rappelez-vous …

Just Speak!

Danielle

Hello Everyone!

I’m starting to really get into a new area of teaching that’s all about fine motor skills, mostly focusing on the small muscle movements in the hands, wrists and fingers of young children. There are a lot of ways to practice using these muscles and sometimes, those ways are already such a big part of our everyday lives (like buttoning a button on our jacket) that we tend to overlook them.

Since most kids would find it boring (to the point of punishment) to button and unbutton their coat buttons over and over again, I’ve been trying to find some easy projects that would inspire them to work those little muscles out of sheer fun.

For this project you can either use cereal boxes and have your kids play right away or you can use regular printer paper (plain or colored) and then laminate it so that your sewing patterns last longer. Just a little note, if you choose to laminate your shapes make sure that you punch holes in them AFTER you laminate them and not before.

Materials:

Cardstock or cereal boxes

Regular white or colored paper

crayons or markers

laminator (laminating sheets)

hole punch (use the hole punch AFTER you laminate your sewing cards)

ball of wool

wool needle

Have fun and remember…

Just Speak!

Danielle

 

 

 

 

 

 

les fausses dents de Gobo

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Bonjour!

Voici quelques photos de Gobo prisent hier, alors qu’il jouait avec les dinosaures. Il n’a pas encore enlevé ses fausses dents! Oh Gobo!!

Just Speak,

Danielle

Hello!

Here are some pictures of Gobo which were taken yesterday as he was playing with his dinosaurs. He still hasn’t taken off his false teeth!! Oh Gobo!!

Just Speak,

Danielle

 

Éruption d’un volcan!

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Press on the bottle top to help push it out of the volcano.
Press on the top of the bottle to help push it out of the volcano.
Flip the box over and pull out the plastic bottle.
Flip the box over and pull out the plastic bottle.
Cut off the plastic from the tip of your volcano.
Cut off the plastic from the tip of your volcano.
Put two pumps of soap into  your bottle, then add two teaspoons of baking soda.
Put two pumps of soap into your bottle, then add two teaspoons of baking soda.
Put your bottle back into your volcano.
Put your bottle back into your volcano.
Pour about half a cup of vinegar into the bottle and watch as your volcano erupts!
Pour about half a cup of vinegar into the bottle and watch as your volcano erupts!

Bonjour à tous,

Nous avons pris beaucoup de plaisir à faire notre volcan en éruption au cours de notre classe de samedi dernier. Tout ce dont vous avez besoin pour cette petite expérience à la maison est de vinaigre, du bicarbonate de soude et du liquide vaisselle. Vous pouvez faire l’expérience dans un verre d’abord, comme nous l’avons fait, pour vous assurer que vous utilisez les bonnes quantités  pour l’éruption.

En outre, il est bon d’agir comme des scientifiques et de leur poser des questions sur ce qui va se produire lors de votre expérience. A cet age, les enfants ont une imagination énorme et ils pourraient penser qu’ils ont vu du feu et /ou de la fumée. C’est juste l’excitation et l’imagination à son meilleur.

Voici une autre petite astuce: utilisez du colorant alimentaire dans votre mélange pour  l’éruption du volcan afin d’obtenir des couleurs plus authentiques. Nous n’avons pas utilisé de colorant alimentaire pour les nôtres, parce que nous avions déjà à la maison du vinaigre de vin rouge qui a très bien fonctionné.

Passez tous une trè bonne semaine!

Just Speak!

Danielle

Hello Everyone,

We had a lot of fun making our volcano erupt during our class this past Saturday. All you need to do this little experiment at home is vinegar, baking soda and dishwashing liquid. You might want to try out the experiment in a glass first, like we did, to make sure that you get it right before trying it out in your volcano.

Also, it’s nice to act like proper scientists and ask questions about what you expect to occur during your experiment as well as what occurred afterward. At this age children have HUGE imaginations and they might still think that they saw fire and/or smoke even after your experiment is over. Don’t worry about that, that’s just excitement and imagination at its best :)

Here’s another little tip: use food coloring in your volcano eruption mixture in order to get the colors to look more authentic. We didn’t use food coloring for ours because we had red wine vinegar on hand and that worked fine but perhaps a little food coloring wouldn’t have hurt.

Have a great week everyone!

Just Speak,

Danielle

Brush your teeth!!!

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Bonjour!

Tout le monde a besoin de se brosser les dents n’est-ce pas? Même Gobo! Au cours du chant d’aujourd’hui et de la classe de danse à Petits Pieds Grands Pas nous avons chanté notre nouvelle chanson d’un auteur nommé Raffi. Vous pouvez acheter ses CD en ligne et le voir sur “Brush Your Teeth Song” ici sur youtube.

Enfin, je voudrais terminer ce post avec quelques photos de notre ami Gobo, prises ce matin, juste avant qu’il se mette au travail pour brosser ses petites dents.

Attendez une minute … Est-ce que Gobo a des dents? Venez à la classe de la semaine prochaine pour le savoir!

Just Speak,

Danielle

Hello Everyone!

Everybody needs to brush their teeth don’t they? Even Gobo! During today’s Singing and Dancing Class at Petits Pieds Grands Pas we sang our new song by a man named Raffi. You can buy his CDs online and you can preview the “Brush Your Teeth Song” here on youtube.

Finally, I’d like to end this post with some pictures of our friend Gobo which were taken this very morning, right before he got to work brushing his little teeth.

Wait a minute… Does Gobo even have teeth?! Come to class and find out next week!!

Just Speak,

Danielle

make a paper mache volcano

Volcano by Learn and Play en Anglais
Volcano by Learn and Play en Anglais
Flip you box over and trace your bottle onto it.
Flip you box over and trace your bottle onto it.
Cut out the circle.
Cut out the circle.
Pass your bottle through the hole to make sure that it's large enough.
Pass your bottle through the hole to make sure that it’s large enough.
Cover the bottle with a plastic bag so that it doesn't stick to the paper mache.
Cover the bottle with a plastic bag so that it doesn’t stick to the paper mache.
Shape your volcano with bunched up paper (newspaper or magazines will do) and use tape to keep the paper in place.
Shape your volcano with bunched up paper (newspaper or magazines will do) and use tape to keep the paper in place.
Make your homemade glue using a mixture of flour and water.It should be a little thicker than crepe batter :)
Make your homemade glue using a mixture of flour and water.It should be a little thicker than crepe batter :)
Once you have the volcano shape that you want, dip strips of paper into your homemade glue and over up your volcano and its surrounding area.
Once you have the volcano shape that you want, dip strips of paper into your homemade glue and cover up your volcano and its surrounding area.
Here's Gobo standing proudly next to his dried volcano.
Allow your volcano to completely dry in the sun if possible. Here’s Gobo standing proudly next to his dried volcano.
Paint your volcano in greens and browns first.
Paint your volcano in greens and browns first.
Add your red, yellows and oranges last.
Add your red, yellows and oranges last.
 Volcano by Learn and Play en Anglais
Volcano by Learn and Play en Anglais (mr. Printables in the background!)

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Bonjour à tous,

Les volcans sont très populaires chez les jeunes enfants et ils peuvent être très excitant à faire soit même. Tout ce dont vous avez besoin est un peu de temps et les matériaux suivant:

– une boite en carton si vous souhaitez que votre volcan soit en éruption ou sinon, un morceau de carton plat

– une petite bouteille en plastique

– un sac en plastique

– des ciseaux ou un couteau

– des journaux et/ou des magazines

– du scotch

– un bol et un fouet

– de la farine et de l’eau (pour faire votre colle)

– de la peinture

Afin de faire votre colle, versez un verre de farine dans un bol et ajouter l’eau lentement jusqu’à ce que vous obteniez la consistance d’une pâte à crêpes plutôt épaisse. Utilisez le fouet pour enlever les grumeaux de colle et vous êtes prêt à commencer. Trempez une bande de papier dans la colle et enlever le surplus avec vos doigts, puis couvrez votre volcan.

Bonne journée et n’oubliez pas, Just Speak!

Danielle

Hello Everyone,

Volcanos are very popular among young children and they can be just as exciting to make as they are to learn about. All you need is a bit of time and the following materials :

– an empty box if you’d like your volcano to erupt or a flat piece of cardboard otherwise

– a small plastic bottle

– a plastic bag

– scissors or knife

– newspapers, catalogues and/or magazines

– tape

– a bowl and a whisk

– flour and water (to make your glue)

– paint

In order to make your “glue”, pour about a cup of flour into a bowl and slowly add water until you get the consistency of pancake batter.  Next, use the whisk to take the lumps out of your glue and then you are ready to begin. For the last part, simply dip a strip of paper into the glue and take off the excess with your fingers, then start covering your volcano.

Have a great day and remember, Just Speak!

Danielle

Volcanoes!

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Gobo stands proudly next to our paper mache volcano
Gobo stands proudly next to our paper mache volcano

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Bonjour à tous,

Au cours de notre Club de Maternelle du Samedi matin nous commençons toujours la leçon en chantant et en parlant à notre marionnette préférée Gobo. Après cela, c’est le moment de travailler sur notre nouvelle activité: cette semaine,  créer un volcan en papier mâché! Il est au séchage en ce moment au soleil mais, la semaine prochaine, nous serons en mesure de le peindre et de le rendre plus réaliste. Après nous prévoyons de faire une petite expérience scientifique afin qu’il soit en éruption.

Just Speak!

Danielle

Hello Everyone,

During our Saturday morning Maternelle Club (Preschool Club) we always start the lesson off by singing and talking to our favorite puppet Gobo. After that it’s straight to work on our new craft and for this week’s class we started to work on making a paper mâché volcano. It’s outside drying in the sun right now but, by next week,  we’ll be able to paint it and make it look more realistic. After that we plan on doing a tiny science experiment to make it erupt.

Just Speak!

Danielle

International Women’s Day

International Women's Day
“Equality for women is progress for all”

“Equality for women is progress for all”

Hello Everyone,

March 8th is a special day for me because it’s both my sister’s birthday and International Women’s Day. This year,  UN Women has decided on “Equality for women is progress for all” as their theme. Don’t forget to talk to your little ones about what equality means and how it makes the world a better place for everyone.

Just Speak,

Danielle

Learn and Play en Anglais

Valentine’s Day cards

the envelope with some stickers inside
the envelope with some stickers inside
make a stamp out of bottle tops and foam with a sticker backing
make a stamp out of bottle tops and foam with a sticker backing
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stamping fun
stamping fun
decorate your envelopes
decorate your envelopes
draw and then color in your own stickers
draw and then color in your own stickers
cutting out stickers
cutting out stickers
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stickers for everyone
stickers for everyone
folded envelopes
folded envelopes
the envelope with some stickers inside
the envelope with some stickers inside

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Bonjour tout le monde!

Saint Valentin est ce vendredi , le 14 Février, et j’ai décidé de faire des cartes de la Saint-Valentin pour mes petits élèves. Les cartes s’inspirent d’un projet de bricolage d’une architecte nommée Natalie Kramer. En plus d’être architecte, Natalie est aussi blogueuse et contribue à handmadecharlotte.com.

Ma fille de deux ans, et moi, avons beaucoup apprécié ce projet en utilisant des timbres fait maison. Pour les faire, nous avons pris un peu de papier de mousse et l’avons mis dans des bouchons de bouteilles de lait. Très facile. Ensuite, nous avons suivi les indications de Natalie et très vite, nous sommes retrouvés avec une collection de cartes originales.

Un grand merci à Natalie Kramer et à Handmade Charlotte pour cet atelier!

Bonne fin de semaine et très belle Saint-Valentin!

Gros bisous,

Danielle

Hello Everyone!

Valentine’s Day is this Friday the 14th of February and I decided to make some Valentine’s Day cards for my little students using a DIY project by an architect named Natalie Kramer. Besides being an architect Natalie also just so happens to be a blogger and contributer to handmadecharlotte.com.

My daughter of two years, and I, very much enjoyed making some of our stickers using homemade stamps. To make them we took some foam paper and stuck them onto some milk bottle tops. Very easy and affordable. Then we just followed Natalie’s tutorial and before you know it, we had a collection of original handmade cards.

A big thank you to Natalie Kramer and to Handmade Charlotte for providing us with the tutorial!

Have a wonderful rest of the week and a lovely Valentine’s Day!

Big hugs,

Danielle