Lesson #2 – Comment ça va?
Comment ça va? Free weekly lessons for kids #2
Bonjour et Bienvenue! Welcome to French lesson #2: ‘Comment ça va?‘
How did you get on with lesson #1? Let us know in the comments below if you used the activities, it is so much fun to hear your stories.
This week’s lesson is all about asking ‘how are you?’ ‘Comment ça va?‘ (com-on sa va?) and some responses:
‘ça va bien‘ – good (sa va bee-an)
‘ça ne va pas‘ – not good (sa nuh va pah)
‘ça va très bien!‘ – really good! (sa va tray bee-an)
For this week you will need your print out below to cut out into little cards and I also really recommend getting a puppet that you use only for language time. Do you use puppets much at home or in school? Tonton has been a magical tool for me and my teaching over the years. I have been genuinely amazed by how much can be effortlessly achieved with a puppet that perhaps would take a lot more time without. A favourite place of mine for puppet shopping is the ‘living puppets’ collection. You can find it online or in a lot of stores in the UK. They really let their imaginations run wild with the characters they create!
Take your cut-out cards and place them in the middle of where you are all sitting. Bring out your language puppet and ask him/ her ‘Comment ça va?’ Make sure the puppet gives a very dramatic response…crying and wailing … ‘ça ne va pas!!’ Give your puppet ‘un bisou’ (a kiss) then ask again ‘Comment ça va?’ Puppet now responds calmly ‘Ça va bien!’
Ask your child to give puppet ‘un bisou’ and then ask again ‘Comment ça va?’ This time your puppet goes crazy with joy…‘Ça va très bien! Ça va très bien!!’ Explain to your child the meaning of the phrases ‘Comment ça va?/ ça va bien / ça ne va pas and ça va très bien’
Ask your puppet to take a card from the pile and ask him ‘Comment ça va?’ If the card he has chosen is ‘ça va bien’ he says that happily, if it is ‘ça ne va pas’ he goes crazy with grief and if the card is ‘ça va très bien!’ he goes crazy with joy! Then all of you take turns taking cards from the pile and asking each other ‘Comment ça va?’ Try your very best to go as over the top as you can with your responses and get creative; it ends up very funny and quite liberating too!
For further practise, you can gather together your dolls and stuffed toys etc. and place the activity cards in the middle of where you are sitting. Choose a toy and ask how it is feeling: ‘comment ça va?’ Your child then gives you the correct response according to the card she chooses: ‘ça va bien/ça ne vas pas/très bien’ and then she places it face down underneath the toy.
Take turns choosing a card and asking how each toy is. Then when each toy has a card placed face down underneath it you can begin the memory test.
Choose a toy at random and ask your child to tell you how that particular toy is feeling according to the card underneath it…‘penguin, comment ça va?’ Your child remembers how it is feeling and gives you an answer…‘ça va bien/ça ne vas pas/ bien’ If it is right your child keeps the card and if she is wrong the card is placed back again without her seeing the picture.
Then it is your child’s turn to choose a toy and ask you how it is feeling.
Take turns asking each other about the toys and the winner is the player at the end with the most amount of cards.
Tonton the Tortoise has a wonderful new picture book that is perfect for starting your child on a path to loving languages. Full of new characters, Tonton goes on a journey around the park making lots of friends…one friend in particular is extremely memorable!
‘Tonton Makes Friends’ teaches children how to say their name and how to ask others’ names with lots of fun and laughter!