Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mother Goose day

Mother Goose Day observed in appreciation of old nursery rhymes, is celebrated in on May 1.
Who was Mother Goose? The term has been traced to Loret's 1650 La Muse Historique in which appeared the line, Comme un conte de la Mere Oye ("Like a Mother Goose story"). Two French Queen Berthas have been conjectured as a "Mother Goose" but there is no traceable evidence that either was the reference in Loret's remarks.
In 1697 Charles Perrault used the phrase in a published collection of eight fairy tales which included "The Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Bluebeard," and others.

Celebrate Mother Goose day at school or at home with these hands on activities:
Choose a nursery rhyme that is familiar to the children. Find the "pieces" needed to tell the story. Put them in a basket and put the words to the nursery rhyme or a brief outline of the story in it. These can be used independently by the children to recite the rhyme
Print worksheets for children to colour and decorate.
Pointing to a picture when it is mentioned in the rhyme helps to associate the picture and the sound of the word, also expanding the child's vocabulary.
Size characters from some nursery rhymes.
Colour and cut out the pictures of a nursery rhyme. Glue the pictures in order onto a sheet of construction paper or use them to make a mini book.
Seek out Mother Goose Rhymes which have finger play actions, and teach them to the children.

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You can listen the most traditional nursery rhymes here:

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Teachable moments

What is a teachable moment?

Definition: A teachable moment is an unplanned opportunity that arises in the classroom where a teacher has an ideal chance to offer insight to his or her children.
It is not something that you can plan for; it is an opportunity that must be sensed by the teacher.
The Encarta also defines it as a moment of educational opportunity. A time in which a person, especially a child is likely to be particularly disposed to learn something or particularly responsive to being taught or made aware of something.
I have my lesson plans, my monthly plans, my yearly plans. I respect the standars in my classroom. But I try to make advantage of all the teachable moments that arise at school.
Yesterday for example we started reading the Gingerbreadman in 5th form. I hadn't planned to introduce any phonetic symbol there. Just read the story, make some predictions about the ending, comprehension questions, etc
But it happened that children began to ask about the "G" sound. The beginning sound in Ginger. So they started a discussion about if G sounds like Gummy or Jar. Sounds like Giraffe or Guitar.
So, after reading and doing what I had planned, I introduce "G" sound and its phonetic symbol.
Now I am planning some ideas for next class. I feel lucky when I can notice these teachable moments in class.
See you around!
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

J is for Jesus

We are celebrating Easter at home. We believe Jesus is the reason of Easter. 
He died for our sins and now He is alive!
We started a letter a week with Catalina, my niece, so I decided to begin with J is for Jesus.

We talked about Jesus and told Him how much we loved Him.
We made some worksheets and crafts.
I let her choose her favourite art crafts to complete the worksheets and she choose golden glitter and brown paper.

I will be adding more pics asap

I bought this wonderful clipart at Digiwebstudio

Have a wonderful day!

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