Goodnight Moon – In French, Too

We are having a grand time in school learning about France.  Since we’re now singing the Days of the Week in French, I thought it would be fun to read our beloved “Goodnight Moon” (recited every day before chapter reading) in French, and in English – simultaneously, page by page.  Also, children hear the book every day, but don’t see the pages.  It was a treat to see the illustrations!

My wonderful co-teacher read the pages in English, and I read the pages in French.  I know I ‘messed up’ on some words, but the important thing is that children were connecting their favorite book in both languages.  They were so excited to participate and shout out the words.  It was wonderful!


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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73 Responses to Goodnight Moon – In French, Too

  1. Divya says:

    Amazing ! I really like your every day efforts and dedication for children Jennie.

  2. Ritu says:

    Great exposure to the world!
    I sing baa baa black sheep in Swahili to my children!!

  3. Darlene says:

    What a great idea. getting children used to hearing other languages at a young age is important.

  4. pastorpete51 says:

    Really neat idea. What age are the children?

  5. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a great idea, Jennie/

  6. How fun! My daughter just returned from a school trip to France and had a wonderful time.

  7. The fact that these children are aware that there are different languages is a huge start. Most are so unaware so late in life. They live in tiny bubbles where people are all the same. You open the world to them which is vital in their new world. What a wonderful way to do this!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Marlene. Children are little sponges and truly enjoy learning about the big wide world and its people. My most popular units of study are always when we focus on a country.

    • Jennie says:

      P.S. How is your new place working out?

      • It’s taking more time and energy than I expected to get settled but I’m close. I’m liking this decision more every day. Adjusting to altitude has been the biggest hurdle and slowed me down the most. Building up steam though. 😉 Hugs.

      • Jennie says:

        That good you’re happy with the decision! I’m so glad. Yes, altitude is an issue, but it seems the plusses outweigh the minuses.

  8. How fun! When I was learning ….well I still am learning French I picked up several children’s books in French and listened to children’s music all the time to help me learn the language I know it will help the kids. I wish I had started that young!!

  9. beetleypete says:

    Get them started young on languages, and they become second nature. One of my friends married a Turkish lady, and then got a job in Beijing, China. His son grew up speaking English, Turkish, and Mandarin. (Though he couldn’t read the Chinese characters in books.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

  10. quiall says:

    Quelle merveilleuse idée !

  11. Jennie, your posts are always a joy. Thanks for these smiles. Hugs on the wing!

  12. I loved the call-and-response aspect of the reading. What fun!

  13. The children loved that. It is amazing how every one manages with masks. Lovely togetherness .

  14. Jim Borden says:

    what a great way to expose children to other languages!

  15. Terrific, Sally. Thanks for sharing.

  16. That was such a fun book. How lovely to introduce it to your students.

  17. Such a great experience for them, Jennie!

  18. Elizabeth says:

    It has been a long time since I have seen the research that shows that children’s brains are perfect for learning new languages. Apparently that talent disappears about the time we try to learn a new one to satisfy a graduation requirement in college!

  19. petespringerauthor says:

    Enlarging their world is always a good lesson.

  20. srbottch says:

    The kids love that story and were so attentive. Nice job, teachers!

  21. A wonderful idea, Jennie! You and your co-teacher are always finding things to entertain the students. xx Michael

  22. bosssybabe says:

    So sweet to see! I am trilingual and my husband understands French so it’s great to see such diversity! 🙂

    • Jennie says:

      OMG! That is wonderful, Jen. How lucky you are to speak three languages. And, thank you. We sing the ‘Days of the Week’ in French every day, plus songs, and of course Merci.

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