Valentine's Day in Paris

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This week we're having loads of fun celebrating Valentine's Day, but with a new twist.  We're celebrating it in Paris!  Our continent of the month is Europe, so it's working out quite nicely.  I had so much fun planning our activities this week. My husband helped out a great deal too.  Oh, how I miss Europe!

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Language: 
French & English Word Match Up
The kiddos will be introduced to some French vocabulary.  They will match up English words to French words.  We will also practice pronouncing each French word together.  If you notice any corrections that need to be made to these cards, please don't hesitate to let me know.  It's been a long time since I spoke French. It's amazing the things we forget sometimes.

Source: I created the printable for this activity. It is included in my Valentine's Day in Paris Language Printable Pack. For your free copy, click on the link at the end of this post.

"The Sunshine Seeks My Little Room" Poem Analysis
This month we're digging into poetry.  I found this poem on the internet.  The source is noted on the printable, along with the author.  Each kiddo will practice reading the poem and then match up the objects to their lines in the poem.  (A calendar representation and pointer are missing from this photo, but added later.)

Source: I created the printable for this activity. It is included in my Valentine's Day in Paris Language Printable Pack. For your free copy, click on the link at the end of this post.

Spelling Words with Chocolate
The kiddos will practice their spelling words by covering them with chocolates.  I learned as we practiced spelling words with sugar cubes, that it was very difficult for the kiddos to form their letters correctly without a template.  Hence why word templates are provided.  Dinomite and Princess will use M&Ms to create their words.  Bulldozer will use Hershey's Dark Chocolate Chips, as he can not have M&Ms (allergies).
Source: I created the printable for this activity. It is included in my Valentine's Day in Paris Language Printable Pack. For your free copy, click on the link at the end of this post.

Mathematics:
Subtraction with Hearts
The kiddos will practice subtraction, solving the problem on each card.  They will use the pink hearts as counters and the red glass beads to mark their answer on each card.

Source: I created the printable for this activity. It is included in my Valentine's Day in Paris Math Printable Pack. For your free copy, click on the link at the end of this post.

Graphing Our Trip to Paris
This month we're working on our graphing skills as well. The kiddos will create a bar graph using the die and crayon provided.  I've provided cards with the name of each place visited for reference.

Source: I created the printable for this activity. It is included in my Valentine's Day in Paris Math Printable Pack. For your free copy, click on the link at the end of this post.

Sweet Treats in Paris
Creating this activity made my mouth water.  Oh how I miss Paris!  The kiddos will practice purchasing yummy French treats with American money.  I thought this would be a great way to introduce them to foods they may not otherwise have interest in.

Source: I created the printable for this activity. It is included in my Valentine's Day in Paris Math Printable Pack. For your free copy, click on the link at the end of this post.

Multiplication with Hearts
We're introducing multiplication this month.  How crazy is that?  Wow! How time flies. The kiddos will solve the multiplication problem on each card using red hearts as counters and clear glass beads as markers for their answers.

Source: I created the printable for this activity. It is included in my Valentine's Day in Paris Math Printable Pack. For your free copy, click on the link at the end of this post.

Culture:
Places to Visit in Paris
What's not to love about all of the places there are to visit in Paris?  What a perfect Valentine's Day getaway.  (I wish!)  The kiddos will match the three part cards, learning the names of some of the most famous places in Paris.
Source: I created the printable for this activity. It is included in my Valentine's Day in Paris Culture Printable Pack. For your free copy, click on the link at the end of this post.

Art Museum Sorting
Paris is known for their art. Their museums are amazing. In this activity the kiddos will be introduced to art in two of the most famous museums in Paris.  Again, what a perfect thing to do on Valentine's Day!  The kiddos will separate the paintings by museum.  They will be introduced to Impressionism.  How I miss Paris.
Source: I created the printable for this activity. It is included in my Valentine's Day in Culture Printable Pack. For your free copy, click on the link at the end of this post.

A Night at the Opera
This is by far my favorite activity on the shelves this week.  Mind you I'm biased.  My degree is in music with an emphasis in voice.  It's been a long time since I sang for hours a day in a practice studio and on stage for that matter.  If nothing else, the kiddos should find this activity very intriguing.  (They're not big fans of operatic singing.)

The kiddos will be introduced to two French Opera Composers and two of their most famous operas.  They will learn the composer's names and identify their pictures with the cards provided. Then they will get a chance to watch one short scene from each opera using the iPad.

Source: I created the printable for this activity. It is included in my Valentine's Day in Paris Cultural Printable Pack. For your free copy, click on the link at the end of this post.

Science:
This week we'll be experimenting with four French recipes.  The kiddos will make croissants, crepes, French Bread, & chocolate mousse.  Making the yummy French dishes will be exciting. Tasting will be another experience all together.  I'm super excited about this!  Hopefully the kiddos will be willing to try these new treats and perhaps even enjoy them.

Visual Arts:
This week is full of visual arts as we learn about opera, art from different museums etc.  We'll also continue to draw in our journals every day.

Music:
The kiddos are being introduced to opera this week, which is super exciting for me.  We'll continue to sing songs each day during learning time and practice the piano.

Physical Education:
We will continue exercising as a family.

Practical Life/Sensorial:
Arranging Roses in a Vase
 The kiddos will practice arranging the roses in a vase.

Pouring Water
 The kiddos will practice pouring water back and forth without spilling.

Spooning Chocolates
 The kiddos will transfer chocolate from one dish to the other using  spoon provided.

Tracing & Cutting Out Hearts
 The kiddos will trace a heart using the heart provided.  Then they will cut it out.

Tweezing Rose Pedals
 The kiddos will tweeze fabric rose petals from one dish to the other.

Sound Matching Hearts
The kiddos will shake hearts filled with different contents to find matches. There are six sets of two matching hearts.

Next week we'll be focusing on Black History Month and President Abraham Lincoln in honor of President's Day.  For those interested in the printables, click on the links below:




Our week includes lots of fun books, movies etc., as well. Feel free to check them out!

8 comments:

  1. Thank you! This is such a great idea. I am also a new Facebook follower. 3 Dinosaurs sent me :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. Cassie is so amazing! Thank you for joining facebook!

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  2. Great collection of activities, and your printables are great - cute but still "cool" enough to make my 6 year old son happy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Erin. I completely understand the cute but still "cool" enough factor. My oldest son is 7. Hope to see you again soon!

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  3. What a fabulous idea for a Valentine's Day unit and printables ... totally awesome!!! Thanks so much for sharing your printable packs, Renae! I was happy to feature your printables as Free Printables of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and on Pinterest. :)

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  4. These are wonderful ideas, and I love the French twist on the Valentine's Day theme! Thanks so much for sharing this on my vocabulary building link party!

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  5. So many great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning. :)

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  6. Just to let you know, you've been featured this week on The Frugal Family Linky! :D. This weeks linky is now open so feel free to come by and link up some more family friendly posts :) x

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