Friday, June 13, 2008

Les Loups Sont Partout!!

If I could have had one wish today, it would have been to have all of my students in my pocket during my school visits today. I learned SO MUCH!!

I helped teach to classes today, and thought that I would introduce the French students to a popular American tale: the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. With props, voices and many dramatics, Sarah and I acted out the story. I was so impressed that the students understood so well. Then the students clued me in: this is not just an American story- it's popular in France too! No wonder they understood so well!

After that, we talked about popular recess games. By far, the most popular was "le Loup"- the Wolf. This game is like tag. There are many different versions, including:

-Loup Touche-Touche (your basic tag game)

-Loup des Couleurs (the "wolf"- or "It"- says a color, blue for example. The others must find something blue to use as base- a safe place where you can't get tagged.)

-Loup Gelé (Freeze tag)

- Loup Bougie (If you get tagged by the "loup", you count down from 10, sinking closer to the ground with each number. Before you get to 0, someone who has not been tagged has to tag you to free you. If you get all the way to 0, you are out.)

I also visited a preprimary school, where I observed an SK class while they were playing classroom games. One game was called "Le cochon qui rit", or "The Laughing Pig". It was a combination between Mr Potato Head and Yatzee. Each student had the body parts that make up a pig- ears, eyes, body, feet, tail. They would take turns rolling dice, and each number corresponded to a body part. The object of the game was to roll enough numbers to collect every body part that you needed to build a complete pig. I took a picture of the game, as well as some others of the classroom. Enjoy!


MkeLaurie said...


Could you ask the students if they study music independently (i.e., outside of the school day) as the kids here take piano, violin and harp? If so, how often and how long do they practice? How frequent are their lessons, etc. Are there any other instruments that primary children learn how to play?


Nathalie's mom

Todd said...

Ahhhh... :-) Nutella, games with pigs, no school on Wednesdays... now I want to visit France. I wonder what most children do on Wednesdays. Is it a homework day? Is it a day of rest? Is it the day for music lessons, doctor visits and sports? Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure. Merci.

Señor Schlenker

Cindy said...

I will be introducing "the wolf" to Range Line Valley children (including the currently couch potatoed Elizabeth O.) during the upcoming week!

Cindy Zautcke (Ostermeyer)