Mme Girouard - Archived 09/2023 Notes



Hi everyone,

   I finally found a cute little French song for Mother's Day, you will find the video/audio bellow. Since there are no words I decided to write the lyrics in French with the translation written on the side and some little picture cues. The students should already know most of those words. You could use this as a: French vocabulary activity, reading activity, writing activity, art project (after the video there is a Pdf version) and of course for all of those who like signing they could practice it for Mother's day. They could sing it to a lady /ladies that is/are special in their life. Happy Mother's Day! Bonne fête des mères! You don’t have to, but if you want you can send me a video of you signing. I would love to hear your pretty voices ; ) Be safe & take care♥ 

Madame Girouard

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Posted: April 14, 2020

  These Spring words in the files below could be used to write a booklet (a sentence and a picture per page).There is also a video on my teacher page in order for them to listen to the pronunciation and then practice reading the words.  Have fun ; ) These are just examples:

 J'aime ________.(I love/like _________.)

Je vois ________.(I see _________.)

J'entends ______.(I hear _________.)

Je porte _______.(I wear _________.)

Posted: April 6, 2020

Bonjour les élèves! 

I really miss all of you and I wish we were able to be together in our classroom: learning, laughing, sharing stories etc. I especially miss your smiley faces and all of your wonderful personalities. As you already know we need to stay safe at home in order to remain healthy. It is not always easy, but we need to be patient as it will get better.

I hope you are finding ways to enjoy time with your family and that you are taking advantage of the nicer weather to get some fresh air outside. I also hope you use this time to slow down from your busy schedules, to try new things, use your imagination and to have fun. Don’t forget to help your parents and to be kind to each other.

If you can, please check out the learning opportunities that will be posted weekly on the Max Aitken Academy website under Home Learning Pages (K-2). If you have any questions get your parents to send me an email at Also please continue to check my Teacher Page as I will be adding additional resource.

Take care of yourself ♥ 

Madame Girouard

Posted: November 24, 2018

Bonne fête Izadora!

With the return of school and many families choosing french immersion (FI) for their children, I am receiving lots of questions about maintaining or supporting children’s english reading at home. I too have questions with my own daughter in a francophone school!

While I had some ideas on what this should look like, being the person who always wants evidence, I reached out to Dr. Renee Bourgoin, Faculty Associate at UNB and French Immersion subject coordinator for Anglophone West School District.

Here are her tips!

-It is important for FI students to continue being read to in English every night. Reading aloud to your child in English builds receptive language skills and vocabulary acquisition. Ask your child to track words with their fingers as you read aloud. This practice reinforces print skills such as word to word matching and word recognition - these skills are the same in english and French and transfer between languages.

- It is also important for FI students to continue reading English books at home. Talk, talk, talk about the book; the characters, the events, new information, etc. Work together at summarizing the books students read and the books they engage with during read alouds. Comprehension skills are the same in French and English so working on English comprehension will strengthen French comprehension skills and vice versa.

-Children only learn to read once. The act of learning to read occurs only once (ex: learning that we read a text from left to right; that punctuation plays a role when reading; that words carry meaning; that words can be decoded; that letters can be combined to make different sounds). For the most part, strategies such as looking at the initial sounds, chunking the word, fluency strategies and comprehension strategies are the same and simply cross over to other alphabetic languages.

- As reading abilities grow in one language (French), reading skills get stronger and cross over to other the other language (English).

- Phonics (that is, the way letters work together to make sounds) does differs from language to language. FI students will learn the French sounds necessary to read in French through classroom instruction. Although the classroom focus will be on acquiring the French sounds in the early years of French immersion, students will acquire many English sounds naturally through continued English reading at home. When practicing reading at home, you will naturally correct phonetic issues as they arise.


- Listen to your child read in French. Celebrate and encourage his/her efforts. Rather than ask your child to translate what he/she is reading, ask questions such as: What was your favorite part of the book? What page did you prefer? Which character is more like you? What did you learn? What words were easier for you to read? Abilities related to translation can be quite complexe.
Dr.  Erin Schryer