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Salut Grade 2 Parents!

The past two weeks, the students have been exposed to many interesting activities. Earlier this week, we arranged a video call with one of their classmates who is currently living in Paris and he has expressed the desire to see and speak to his old friends. As a result, all the students

had prepared a French question in advance about his school, hobbies, sports, animals, weather, food, new friends etc. It went very well and now the next step is to send him a short letter towards spring. Regarding their reading, they are improving by leaps and bounds. Not only is their accent better but their speed and fluency have improved as well. Every friday I always read with each one of them. This week, we started exploring some tales from Greek mythology, such as the Minotaur in the maze. They are so fascinated and by reading the story, they will acquire new vocabulary and they will try to do a comprehension activity.

Finally, they all did so well on the quiz with all the words. They were able to find the English meaning, to find the correct picture when they heard the word (the purpose of this is to identify the sound) and to read the sentences and do the drawing. I was so impressed with their enthusiasm. Their positive action combined with positive thinking results in success!



French Studies

French update

Salut  les parents,

This week we completed the first part of our dictée.  I was very pleased with the results and the children’s enthusiasm.  On Monday we will continue with part 2 (making sentences 2-5) and part 3 (optional-enrichment) and I will send their notebooks home so you can sign them.  You will also receive the homework for next week (it’s due on Friday).  It is a booklet with different activities related to autumn, we have been practicing the vocabulary all this time so most of it is already familiar to them. They can do one page per day.  In addition, I am sending you the following links where kids can practice the sound CH, GN, OI, EU playing.  In class we do syllable recognition, as well as reading practice all of the time. Finally, this week’s challenge for the students is the definite article LE, LA, L’, LES and its use.  Stay tuned! 









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Instead of dictée this week, I ask that each student bring a picture or drawing of their family to present to the class on Friday. They should practice presenting each of their family members in the picture, including themselves.

For example:

  • Me voici
  • voici ma maman
  • voici mon papa
  • voici ma petite soeur
  • voici mon petit frère

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Here are the sons-composés we have been focusing on in Grade 2 so far:

If you find that your child frequently forgets these sounds, you can remind them of these stories before you start reading. Keeping the sons-composés page in the navy duo-tang, open during reading, may also help. 


OU – tells the story of a tired ghost who only has one eye open. He walks around the Village Des Sons saying ooouuuuuu but no one is scared because they know he is tired.






AU- tells the story of Monsieur O who is eating a cookie with a glass of milk. He says “OOOOO que c’est bon!”

EAU- tells the story of Monsieur O eating his cookie and milk again. However, this time, a creature, “E” keeps trying to eat the cookie.





AN- tells the story of a little girl visiting her grandmother. Grandma uses a walker and is hard of hearing. Every time the girl asks grandma a question, grandma answers with “aaannnn?”

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With Hanukkah around the corner, Grade 2 has started writing about their favourite things to do during the winter and holidays by using new vocabulary and action words.

Here are 2 of our star writers’ journal entries:


Jacob B

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Deciphering the reading assessments

By now, you should have received access to a folder containing your child’s reading assessments. Many of you had questions regarding how to interpret this data.

In red at the top, you will find the level that was assessed.

In green, the letter E marks the errors. As your child reads, I checkmark each word that is read correctly. In the “E” column, you will find the mistakes for each page read.

In purple, the AC marks any autocorrections made by your child during reading time.

In yellow, on the second page, you will find the total errors made by your child while reading this book. If the number of errors exceeds 10% of the total words, it is too difficult.

On the third page, you will find the comprehension questions. These questions were asked in French and I used gestures and signs to help with understanding. Whether your child answered in French or English, at this point in the year, is not assessed.

Individually, these assessments won’t mean much. As your child is assessed more and more throughout the year, these will help you track reading and comprehension progress.

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The French Navy Blue Reading Duo-tang

To follow up on yesterday’s presentation, here is an explanation of the different sheets that can be found in your child’s navy blue reading duo-tang.

This sheet indicates your child’s reading level in Jelis for every term. Your child should read at this level when doing French reading homework. Every time they are assessed, this sheet will be updated and you will be able to track your child’s progress. If I have noted that your child should also practise syllables, please see the next sheet:





This syllable activity will help your child with pronunciation of vowels (which are different in French than in English). I ask that you set a timer for one minute and have your child correctly read as many syllables as possible. When the timer ends, you should put a sticker or sticky note on the last syllable they were able to read. The next time you do this activity, try to move the sticker further.







This sheet contains images of the sons composés we will be learning in class. It goes along with the program Raconte-moi les sons, which contains a story for each image. Your child should already be able to identify in this sheet, the son OU and explain to you the story of the tired ghost.








These sheets are your child’s reading log. Each time they read, I ask that you (or your child) writes down the name of the book, the level, date and level of difficulty of each book.







This sheet is for information purposes only and go along with our sight word and frequently-used word program that we work on in class. It should give you an idea of words your child can consistently read correctly and their next steps in this program.