Lesson # 1 – French weather expressions
French weather expressions – Free weekly lessons for kids #1
Earlier this year someone on my Facebook page asked if I would consider doing a French lesson about the weather and I thought it would be perfect to start off the very first lesson of our ‘Year of French Fun’ series with some French weather expressions.
Everyone loves talking about the weather don’t they? Especially with our children. As we battle with them to put on their jackets we need to tell them ‘it’s raining!’ or to take off their jumper because ‘it’s hot!’
Questions and answers
When we communicate with each other most of the information we gather from someone comes from first of all asking them a question. This is how I like to teach French with Tonton. In class I ask the kids a question and then they respond with a simple answer.
This week, in order to get our kids to learn some simple French weather expressions we are asking the question:
‘Quel temps fait-il?’ Kel ton fet-eel?
What is the weather like?
Showing clear, visual cues is the simplest way to teach the question and to encourage the answer you are looking for, and these lively printable cards are just what you need to get started. Print out your cards and cut them out individually. If you can it is best to print them onto card as paper tends to be slightly see-through and doesn’t work well for playing games where cards need to be turned over and hidden.To begin…
First of all, to familiarise your child with the new language, tell her that you are going to be learning some French weather expressions and say the question you will be asking them is ‘Quel temps fait-il?’
Hold up each card and ask ‘Quel temps fait-il?’ Discuss each phrase on the card, what it means and how it is pronounced (see guide below). Each time you are holding up a card and asking ‘Quel temps fait-il?’ your child is subconsciously becoming familiar with the phrase and if you say it enough times during practise with the cards, later on you will be able to ask the question completely out of context and your child will understand exactly what you mean.
Practise the phrases together as much as you like. Colouring in the cards is a great activity and helps with memorising the new words. When your child has become fairly confident with the language you are ready to play your first game!
This is a game we play a lot in our house; the simple game of ‘Pairs’
Print and cut out two sheets of the weather cards (this works best printed onto card) Lay all the cards out flat in front of your child and encourage your child to ask ‘Quel temps fait-il?’ You must respond with a weather expression and your child has to turn over the two cards that represent what you have said. If she doesn’t succeed, she puts the cards back face down, then it is your turn to ask your child ‘Quel temps fait-il?’ and you must find the expression that she says. Keep on playing until all the pairs have been found. Try and encourage your child to say what phrase is on each card they pick up even if it is wrong.
The game won’t take very long to play but it is ideal to pick up when you have a quiet moment together (maybe in the kitchen waiting for the soup to heat up!) and it is an easy way to practise some very useful phrases!
Il fait beau – eel fay bo (It’s nice)
Il fait chaud – eel fay sho (It’s hot)
Il fait du vent – eel fay doo von (It’s windy)
Il fait froid – eel fay fwa (It’s cold)
Il fait mauvais – eel fay movay (It’s bad)
Il neige – eel nairj (It’s snowing)
Il pleut – eel pluh (It’s raining)
Il y a du soleil – eel ya doo solay (It’s sunny)