Thursday, February 21, 2013

Handwriting in France

Even though I've been in France over two years, I'm still amazed at all of the differences between the USA and France. As USA tries to remove cursive writing from school curriculum (and many schools have already), France starts teaching cursive in kindergarten. They really pride themselves on proper handwriting. My son's teacher even questioned my signature the other day when I had signed his workbook. I guess a quick 5 millisecond scribble doesn't cut it in France.

Another thing that was funny lately was that my mother-in-law sent me a letter and for our post code (zip code), she wrote the 7 like all good Americans do just as you see in this post, but in France they put a line through it because the one has a big long hat in it. So, her letter was lost in the mail for awhile then they finally rewrote the post code 'correctly'.

Here's an example of how the French write their ones.



Until another day,

Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summertime in France

A new school year is approaching! Enjoy your summer while you can! Here in France, we haven't had much of a summer. I think today it got to around 85 which is the first time in a long time. I'm not complaining though, I enjoy the 70s in the summer especially since we don't have any air conditioning. I still am surprised though, that I'm sitting here with my jacket on and windows open on July 18th! It gets pretty chilly at night.

My children have been going to summer recreation for the last 2 weeks. They have 2 more weeks of it and then everything is shut down for the month of August. I wanted to put them in summer recreation so they can meet new people and not get too rusty with their French. And what do you know...my son came home and told me he made a new British friend. Great! I think it's really nice, but still kind of wrecked my plans for him to practice his French. I'm happy though, they seem to have really hit it off.

Attached is a picture of a regular day for me. I really need to start leaving my house at least 10 minutes earlier. These cows have made me late more than once when I go to pick up my kids.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Back to School Quick Common Core

I'm sure you have heard of the Common Core standards by now if you are a teacher in the United States or even if you are homeschooling there. They are a set of standards that are slowly, but surely being adopted by states in the United States. Basically, they are a set of skills that students should learn by the end of each grade level. If you want to check them out, you can click here to read the .pdf for math common core standards. I've created a packet of Quick Common Core Worksheets with a Back to School theme that teachers can use in a center or as a warm up to their regular lesson. The great thing about these worksheets is they are leveled for the beginning of the year. Since students haven't learned the new common core for the grade level, they are based on the previous year's common core standards while easing the students into their new grade level. To view them at TPT use these links. For Back to School Quick Common Core (1st grade), click here. For Back to School Quick Common Core (2nd grade), click here. For Back to School Quick Common Core (3rd grade), click here. For Back to School Quick Common Core (4th grade), click here. For Back to School Quick Common Core (5th grade), click here. If you'd prefer to shop at Teachers Notebook, you can check out the Quick Common Core packets here. Also, although I haven't added these to my site yet for purchase, you can email me a yvonne @ mixminder (dot) com and I can send you an invoice. Each set costs $2.50, but if you buy them directly from me, you can receive a 5% discount.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Canada Day Word Search

As many of you know, my husband is Canadian and we try to celebrate Canada Day no matter where we live. It's a fun little family tradition we have and it helps our children to learn about their heritage. Click on the picture below to be taken to my other website (Mixminder) where you can download this Free Canada Day word search. Also, make sure you check out my TPT store for more great French, Spanish, Math and Writing lessons!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Free French Color by Number Worksheet

Ahhhh, finally the birds are singing here in the Normandy region of France. I had no idea how cold and rainy this area would be when we first moved here. It's amazing that we've been in France for 1 year and 5 months. Time flies when you are busy eating pastries! We've been in Normandy for about 9 months now. Only 2.5 more weeks of school and then we get 2 months vacation. I'm going to try to find my children some good activities to do in the summer so that they don't lose their French. They've come so far and their French is so great that I don't want them to have to play catch up in September. That has to be stressful for them. Luckily they will be running to the same small school that they are attending now.
I created a fun French color by Number Freebie and put it up at my other website. Just click the picture below to be taken to that site to download the freebie! Enjoy!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Are you looking for ways to grow your blog?

Have you thought about starting a teaching blog or a homeschool blog? Or do you already have one but you feel like no one is reading what you are spending a lot of time on? Check out a post that my husband wrote at our other website.
This article will give you five tips to gain a nice following to your blog. I know a lot of people are caught up with how many people follow their blog and how many people 'like' their FB page, but I think if you focus on content, and put out great content, eventually you'll be found!