Yesterday was yet another example of the loving and supportive student-community that exists here at Berkshire Country Day School.
The 8th grade French class read-aloud their original short-stories, the final project in their 8th grade French curriculum, which they composed entirely in French, to the TK/Kindergarten class.
It was an adorable show of affection from the oldest students in the school in front of their young peers. The 8th graders came to life in front of the class, animating their stories and sharing the excitement of what was happening in their novellas with the Kindergarten, helping them to understand through intonation and by showing their artwork, to then explain the storyline English after they had completed reading aloud.
Each 8th grader shared the moral of their story, important life lessons like the importance of saying thank you, to never giving up on a dream, to not taking things without asking, to fostering an adventurous spirit.
There were tales of a rabbit and farmer forming a friendship over the creation of a carrot patch, a lonely shark who finally makes a friend at his school under the sea, a frog who couldn’t jump but realized he was really good at running, and an unlikely friendship formed between a mouse and a baker sharing a cherry pie.
I am extremely proud of the effort and care that the 8th graders put into their stories.
Please take the opportunity to see the stories displayed on the board between the two language classrooms in the Ryan building!
*Check out the BCD Flickr page for more pictures of the students reading aloud.
By Mary Daire| 2018-05-30T08:55:31+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Categories: Grade 8, Kindergarten|Comments Off on 8th grade French class read-aloud to Kindergarten
BCD French Students at county-wide poetry recital competition!
Bonjour à tous!
On Tuesday March 6th, four students from BCD participated in a foreign language poetry recital, along with more than 50 students from schools all over Berkshire County.
Three eighth graders and one seventh grader committed to memorizing a poem in French, and then recited the poem in front of their peers, teachers, and two judges.
There were students from four world language disciplines represented yesterday; French, Spanish, Chinese, and Latin, from beginner level to native-speaker level.
Some of the poems that our students memorized include; ‘Composition Francaise’ recited by Jack B., and ‘Le Bouquet’ recited by Anje C., both by Jacques Prévent, ‘En Arles’ by Paul-Jen Toulot and recited by Sean S., and ‘J’ai Fait Un Bouquet’ by Gilles Vigneault, recited by Halle D.
Students were judged on several criteria including memorization, pronounciation and intonation.
Anje C. took home 1st prize in his level, for a flawless recital of his chosen poem, ‘Le Bouquet.’
I am very proud of the initiative and dedication that all four students they showed in memorizing and reciting their chosen poems!
The poetry assembly was organized and sponsored by B.O.L.T, the Berkshire Organization of Language Teachers, a local organization which “provides a community and quality professional development for world language educators since 1982.”
I am looking forward to another strong BCD performance in 2020, as the competition is held every two years.
By Mary Daire| 2018-03-07T16:17:43+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Grade 7, Grade 8|Comments Off on BCD French Students at county-wide poetry recital competition!
How We Celebrate ‘National French Week’ at BCD!
National French Week is a country-wide celebration of all things French, organized by the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French). This year marks the 17th year that this tradition has been celebrated with activities and projects taking place in schools, communities, and AATF chapters across the U.S.
Here are some of the themes that the AATF has identified that can be highlighted during the celebration of all things Francais:
This year it spanned from the 1st – 7th of November, and here at BCD we celebrated in our own unique way!
Each class level was assigned a different theme to focus on from French art, to music, geography to literature, with French cuisine peppered in…bien sur!
In our 4th grade classroom, students created their very own ‘Mon Restaurant à Moi’ menu, geared towards and highlighting classical French dishes. It was a great exercise to promote students creativity, as well as learn what makes French cuisine unique.
In 5th grade, the students were each assigned a famous French artist, such as Monet, Renoir and Cézanne. They each excelled in their research and understanding of the artist to whom they were assigned and came out of the project knowing more clearly why these artists and their works are still revered today.
Our 6th graders focused individually on a quote from the novel Le Petit Prince which we have begun to read in class. They took their quotes home to delve into the meaning of the quote and asked themselves whether or not they agreed with the message the author was trying to convey. They then presented their project to the class, in French, including a drawing or painting which they felt helps depict the meaning of the quote.
In the 7th grade, these young music-lovers chose a favorite contemporary or classic French musician to present to the class. The artists ranged from Debussy to Zaz, Vanessa Paradis to Satie. It was a wonderful overview of the richness of French musical history, showing firsthand the diversity and range of the genre.
Our 8th graders just wrapped up their first trial-run of being a ‘guide de tourisme’ and presented in pairs on a particular region of France. Each pair created a 3-fold brochure with which they highlighted the cultural attractions and historical relevance to the area, as well as regional culinary specialties. They all did a great job in ‘selling’ their regions to potential travelers/classmates.
Each class, no matter the content, learned something new and pertinent to the country whose language we are immersing ourselves in this year!
Learning a language is not an approach through which books and resource materials are the only useful tools. Being familiar with cultural specifics of a country plays a major role in the second language immersion experience, and will come into play throughout our curriculum at each grade level throughout the school year.
S’il vous plait, come by our French room to see the students work!