In November, I usually do a theme about bears and Goldilocks in particular. It is a great way to introduce family vocabulary and house words in my French Immersion classroom. You have to remember that when the children come to me, they have almost NO words in French. It is rather like teaching babies to speak in some respects. I have to be very selective to give them the words that they need to communicate. Normally I have a teddy bear picnic as a cumulative activity. We bring our teddy bears in from home and talk about them extensively. We also measure them and write about them and basically spend the whole day with them. The kids take them outside and we even put them on a big parachute and bounce them in the air. This first picture is from a couple of years back...during the picnic. This picture is before kindergarten became full day. This is my half day class from 2 years ago...what a super group of kids.
|circle time with our teddy bears *les nounours*|
So...back to the tea party. I announced to the children that we would have a teddy bear tea party as our final activity during the bear theme. Well, they were so excited. We talked about what we would wear to a fancy tea party and I sent notes home to the parents, explaining the activity. I also asked for baking donations for that day. The kids arrived on that morning just shaking with excitement. I had boys decked out in ties and vests and girls dressed as princesses with tiaras. I had to have just the perfect outfit. I appealed to my staff once again and my colleague Heather offered up her grandmother inlaw's hat. It was so perfect. We had just the perfect experience on that day. The children chatted and used manners and drank sweet tea *they liked adding the sugar*. They took their time and tried to converse in their minimal french. It was truly the perfect day. The lady serving the tea is a parent who volunteered to help out. I have had just the best parent support over my years in kindergarten. Here are the pictures!
|Serving tea to an educational assistant. She played the part perfectly||!|
|The teddy bears had their own mini tea set, brought in by a student!|
|My turn for tea...I felt like the queen!|
|enjoying a conversation!|
I look forward to this year's tea party. I am full of ideas about how to extend it. My play centers will be all about tea! I had better start collecting different types of tea and boxes and everything NOW. This party idea honestly came from my students and they helped me every step of the way. I hope that they will remember it always!