Category Archives: Maternelle

Springtime stories in Maternelle

Every month, a few of our middle school students visit the Maternelle for story time. This time they chose spring-themed stories and enjoyed the young students’ reactions and questions to the stories.

Lasagna and crêpes – bon appetit!

This month, our maternelle students learned how to make lasagna, salad, and crêpes for their baking and shared meal project. Students learn new cooking skills, how to work together, and to enjoy new tastes by preparing healthy meals.

Maternelle Celebrates Spring

Our Maternelle (Preschool, PreK, and Kindergarten) classes recently put on a presentation all about spring for their parents and friends. Songs, poetry, and dance performances about spring and new growth were accompanied by bright and beautiful art projects. The Spring Celebration is a great opportunity for families to witness their children’s progress in two languages and connect with one another. Our students and teachers really enjoy bringing parents in to what they’ve been up to, too.

Students discover new books at FASP’s libraries

FASP has extensive collections of French and English books in the Maternelle and Elementary/Middle School libraries. Students enjoy visiting once a week, where they can browse and borrow books to take home and enjoy. Maternelle students often read a story together, and older students share books they’ve enjoyed with the “coups de coeur.” Reading, and learning to love it, is important for building vocabulary, expanding the imagination, improving memory, and encouraging concentration.

Handwriting techniques in Kindergarten

At FASP, students learn the foundations of handwriting starting in Preschool. Once in Kindergarten, they begin working specifically on handwriting skills through a workbook and activities. Our Kindergarten students have been developing these fine-motor skills with word-building puzzles, white boards, and lessons in their workbooks.

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Maternelle cooking: Red foods!

It was a red theme this month for the Maternelle shared lunch: vegetable soup, red cabbage quiche, and strawberry milkshakes! Students prepare and share a meal once a month to learn new skills and healthy eating habits.

Middle School students share stories with Maternelle

Continuing all year, our middle school students take turns visiting the Maternelle classrooms to read stories in French and English. Here are the books that students enjoyed reading and listening to this time:

Books read in Preschool:

Love Monster Grosse colère

Books read in Pre-K:

White Rabbit’s Color Book La brouille

Books read in Kindergarten:

The Mitten Tree Les contes du château

Galette des rois celebration

A common French tradition in January is the galette des rois, or kings cake. At FASP, we continue this tradition with our students every year. Our maternelle and middle school students baked their own cakes this year, and many elementary school parents also generously volunteered to make cakes. As always, it was a fun (and delicious!) moment to share together!

Maternelle Winter Festival 2018

Our Maternelle parents enjoyed a festive holiday show by our Preschool, PreK, and Kindergarten students. Students danced and sang in French and English about snowballs, sleigh rides, penguins and seals, and more to really get us in the holiday mood. Everyone enjoyed treats together in the classrooms afterwards. Thank you to all our students and their teachers for a wonderful show!

Maternelle art display at Princeton Public Library

Our students are always learning through many different ways, including making art! Come see our Maternelle students’ artwork on display at the Princeton Public Library in the third floor children’s area, now through December 21st!

Maternelle students enjoy story time with middle schoolers

More of our Middle School students visited the maternelle classes to read stories in French and English. It’s a great chance for middle school students to practice different reading styles, and the younger students love it! They will continue this regularly throughout the year.

Books read in Preschool
The Hat Le Machin

Books read in Pre-K
Chaucer’s First Winter La boule de neige qui roule

Books read in Kindergarden
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Hansel et Gretel

Dental Health Workshops

All our students learned about teeth today during the Dental Health workshops by Nesrine Bestandji at Canal Vista Family Dental. Students learned how to take care of their teeth, demonstrated flossing and brushing, and some learned how to repair teeth using composite.

Maternelle students prepare a shared meal together

Once a month, our Maternelle students will prepare and share a well-balanced meal together. Preparing these meals teaches students to follow instructions, use a variety of tools and materials,  and taste and discover new healthy, seasonal foods. In addition, sharing a meal together promotes thoughtfulness toward each other and appreciation for finishing a project well.

The Maternelle students’ first meal was a huge success: grilled cheese sandwiches on homemade bread by the Preschool class, tomato and butternut squash soups by the Kindergarten class, and pumpkin-chocolate cake by the PreK class. Mmmm!

Maternelle Story time by Middle School students

Middle School students visited the maternelle classes to read autumn-themed stories in French and English – a treat for everyone! They will continue this regularly throughout the year.

Books read in Preschool
Corduroy’s Halloween T’choupi fête Halloween

Books read in Pre-K
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! Vèzmô la sorcière

Books read in Kindergarden
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night Citrouille, ma citrouille

La Semaine du Goût (Taste Week) festivities in Maternelle

Maternelle students participated in La Semaine du Goût (Taste Week) and learned all about smells and tastes. They spent time preparing food all week, which they shared with their parents on Friday. Parents also got to see a bilingual presentation of the English and French songs the children have learned so far. What a nice time to celebrate!