Snowman poem

Spring with its longer and warmer days is around the corner! But, winter has its own good things, too. One of these is to have fun playing in the snow and making snowmen with our friends or family. Why don’t enjoy winter at school?

That’s why, my 6th Grade Infants School worked this topic what allowed them to learn about feelings, weather, winter clothes, numbers, and so on, through poetry.

Here you have the final products of this brief school project.

 

PEACE DAY 2018

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At the beginning of the week, we developed an activity in different levels of Primary in order to celebrate School Peace  and Non-Violence Day . The idea was decorate a tree with some dove shapes and write on them something related to PEACE.

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So, students in level 3 looked up words related to Peace; students in level 4 wrote down what they can do for Peace and how Peace makes them feel; students in level 5 decorated the dove shapes with the symbols of Peace and, finally, students in level 6 wrote peace acrostics.

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES

Time goes by pretty fast! We’ve got a few days left to enjoy our Christmas break, but before returning to normal daily routines I would like to show how we prepared for Christmas at school.

CHRISTMAS CARDS

We let our imagination and creativity take flight creating lovely Christmas cards.

 

SANTA’S LETTERS

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As children have been good this year, the smallest ones wrote Santa a letter asking for their favourite toys. I ´m sure Santa made their wishes come true.

CHRISTMAS WISH TREE

This Christmas wish tree is a nice little school project at Christmas time, to help children think about the real meaning of Christmas. We used  different colour Christmas balls and bells for each student  from Level 3 to Level 6.

 

With all my heart I wish you rich blessings and all the best for the New Year.

Halloween chefs

This year, students in level 5  celebrated Halloween in a different way: they became Halloween chefs!!!!

Este ano, os alumnos de 5º  celebraron Hallowwen dun modo diferente: convertíronse en Chefs!!!

So, they  were organized in groups of 3 or 4 based on the skill level of the students in order to make a Halloween pizza. First, they searched for images of Halloween pizzas on the internet and they chose the one they liked most for their recipes.Then, they decided what ingredients they are going to need and they wrote the recipes. Finally, they made the pizzas and the staff of  our school canteen baked them into the oven following their instructions. They were spook-tacular!!!!

Organizouse a clase en grupos de tres ou catro alumnos con distintos niveis de destreza  para facer unha pizza de Halloween. Primeiro buscaron na internet imaxes de pizzas de Halloween e escolleron entre todos cal era a que máis lle gustaba. Logo, decidiron que ingredientes ían necesitar (un bó momento para interactuar con eles sobre os seus gustos) e escribiron as receitas. Finalmente, as prepararon e o persoal de cociña quentóunolas. Estaban de morte!!!!!

Working in small-groups learning in a collaborative enviroment has many benefits:

Traballar en pequenos grupos de aprendizaxe colaborativo ten moitos beneficios:

-Cooperative learning is fun, so students enjoy it and are more motivated.

                       A aprendizaxe cooperativa é divertida, de xeito que os rapaces gozan aprendendo e se sinte máis motivados.

-Cooperative learning is interactive, so students are engaged, active participants in the learninng.

Os alumnos convírtense en axentes activos do seu aprendizaxe.

-Cooperative learning allows discussion and critical thinking, so students learn more and remember what they’ve learned for a longer period of time.

Permite o debate e o pensamento crítico, de xeito que os alumnos aprenden máis e recordan o que aprenderon durante máis tempo.

-Cooperative learning requires students to learn to work together, which is an important skill for their future.

A aprendizaxe cooperativa require que os alumnos aprendan a traballar xuntos, a respetar as opinións dos demáis, a apreciar o traballo dos compañeiros , a aprender dos demáis, a respetar a diversidade, ..o que é unha habiliadade fundamental para o seu futuro.

 

 I´m sure, we’ll work in this way soon.

 

 

 

New school year, new fresh ideas

School year started some weeks ago and we have been working so hard designing and developing an easy game for the first levels in order to check what students can remember. They loved it and it was a funny initial evaluation.

This strategy of initial evaluation helped me determinate the level of my pupils in the first courses of Primary Education without anyone noticing that they were under evaluation and let me know how is the previous level in order to build up a didactic plan about what should be the planification of the curricular elements for the students.

We used a dice, a set of flash cards, a set of question cards and a set of instruction cards.

I’m sure that we’ll use it more times troughout this academic year!!!!

 

 

Press Here

 

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Press Here , one of the three interactive picture books from Hervé Tullet, is a must have for Kindergarten classes because let children’s imagination run wild using only the most basic instruments .

Press Here is a wonderfull opportunity to have a low-tech interactive reading experience with your children and it provides the chance for working with numbers, colours, shapes, sizes as well as stimulate  children’s attencion and develop logical and reasoning skills.

Great book, I’d recommend it!

Unicamente  con presionar o puntiño amarelo, pasar de folla e seguir as instruccións  poderedes iniciar unha viaxe fantástica. “Press here” ou “Un libro”,  un dos tres libros interactivos creados polo autor Hervé Tullet, converteuse nun imprescindibles nas aulas de Infantil porque coas ferramentas máis básicas e sinxelas, permite que a imaxinación dos máis cativos voe libre. Asemade,sen o uso dunha tecnoloxía “punta” , facilita unha lectura interactiva onde os pequenos poden participar en cada páxina e dannos aos docentes e pais a oportunidade de traballar os números, as cores, conceptos como tamaño ou formas e traballar a atención e a lóxica dunha forma amena e divertida.

Press Here version

This book is an amazing source of inspiration for English lessons. I developed some different activities during last term and, even I made my own version in order to introduce the number 1 and reinforce colours and sizes in my 3-year-olds class.

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Press Here Collages

A simple coordinating activity of dot collages  was a hit. The kids were very excited to make their own “press here” pages using only dot stikers and a sheet of paper.

Sorting activity

Press Here Game

3-year-olds  took turns completing colour sequences by placing red, blue, and yellow playing pieces on one of twenty-five fabulously designed game boards.

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Counting to four on Sesame Street

Let’s go on learning more numbers in English.
This time,Feist 1234 Sesame Street version will be the best way to enjoy learning the number 4.

Teaching children to write the numbers correctly can be very frustrating for early childhood teachers!As an English teacher, I try to support and complement the work of the teachers in Kindergarten using English in every day learning situations. I teach my students to write the numbers in school using some easy number formation poems created by Heidi Butkus. As she says, the purpose is to give the children a little rhyme to help them remember how to form the numbers correctly. And for me, it is a wonderful opportunity to improve the English language skills.

This is the number  writing poem we are going to use to learn how to write number four:

 

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Click on the picture to get the free download of the cards! Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Heidi Butkus’ blog!!!

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