Mon petit cœur

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Mon petit cœur

Contributor: Nathalie Paris

Language of text: French
Type of text: Other
Author or source: Antonin Louchard
Intended age of students: Key Stage 1/2
Source reference: 2251790063

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This is such a simple and yet such a rich story! There are only 2 or 3 words on each page (eg mon petit agneau) and yet you can exploit it in so many ways.
On 1st reading I will get the children to repeat each phrase (choral repetition); on second reading we will ask ourselves what each word on each page means (decoding) and why it is pronounced how it is (if the children are a little bit older at KS2). I will tell them that they are all pet names in France and we will discuss and compare pet names in France and where the children live. The children could then write and illustrate their own books, designed as a class or individually depending on the age and ability.

I think this is the perfect book to use around Mothers' Day or Fathers' Day because it is about love and affectionate names we use, without mentioning directly mums or dads.
The story is so short that the children will quickly memorise the names of the animals (especially as they will think it is funny children should be called things like puce=flea!). It truly is perfect for memorisation skills, culural references and decoding/pronunciation skills too.

This book shows, literally, pet names used by adults with children in France. What pet names would be used in the children's families? Get the children to think about how the French names might or might not literally translate into English. Could they use dictionaries to put them into French and create their own books or send their pet names, with illustrations, to their French friends if they have them?
The children can also learn, thanks to the story, about the special letter "œ", the unique grammar points mentioned below, how to say "I love you" in French... There is so much in it, much more than meets the eye!!

Topics or themes:
An alternative for Mothers' and Fathers' Days or even Valentine's Day; animals

introduction to "petit" in the masculine and feminine forms; possessive adjectives "mon/ma"; pronoun "te"; the letter "œ"


How much time required:
1-2 lessons

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