A friend has asked me to make a presentation about France to a class.
Her daughter's class.
Her daughter's preschool class.
Because I know more about the country than any of the parents in the class. (That makes me the local expert.)
So now on Friday morning I'm going to go try to get four-year-olds excited about France. I have 15 minutes, max. Any ideas?
I'm torn--I'd like to do something besides presenting the tired stereotypes of the Eiffel Tower, berets, baguettes, snails, and accordion music. (But I still want to pass around my stuffed Eiffel Tower and play songs for them.) And I don't want to spend a lot of time preparing this talk. (In other words, I won't be making crepes or individual French flags or mix CDs for each child.)
So here's what I'm planning so far:
--Teach bonjour/bonsoir/au revoir by walking in and out of the classroom and turning the lights off and on.
--Ask the kids what language that is and where it is spoken. Show them on a map of the world.
--Show them photos from calendars about sights in France, emphasizing that it's a small(ish) country that has Roman ruins, medieval villages, and high-tech modern architecture; cities and farms; ocean and mountains; and so on. Maybe show pictures of typical foods and see if the kids can identify them.
--Show a picture of a bridge again, and then play the folk song "Sur le pont d'Avignon," telling them what it's about, and then have them get up and link arms and dance in a circle while I play it again. (Here's a cute, short video of kids dancing to the song.)
--Review bonjour/bonsoir/au revoir, and then leave as they tell me "au revoir"!
I'll have Griffin with me, so it'll be interesting to see his reaction to this presentation! Maybe I should practice on Carl when I babysit him tomorrow, since he's four years old? Except that I am determined never to speak English to him! Let me know if you have any suggestions. Fifteen minutes just isn't long enough! This is why, some day, I would like to teach French classes for toddlers and preschoolers.