Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Are you in a "mud" to celebrate this day? Ideas

Book suggestions

Harry The Dirty Dog - Gene Zion
Milk Rock - John Kaufman
Stone Soup - Ann McGovern
The Mud Pony - adapted by Caron Lee Cohen

Mud Painting
Gather some squishy mud in a bucket. Mix water with it till you feel it is the right consistency. Spoon some mud onto cardboard and using an old paintbrush begin. The children can use their fingers, an old comb or anything else to make interesting patterns. When finished let it dry to take home.

Dirt Prints
Mix up mud in a bucket and spread it along the ground for about 2 yards. It will need to be about 3/4 inch thick. Now put on two old shoes that are each different and walk along your mud road. Next change to two different shoes again. Take giant steps and baby steps. Smooth the mud to start again.

I love to play
Tune: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"
I love to play in the sand box.
I love to play in the dirt.
I love to play in the wet mud.
I squish it and watch it squirt.

Delicious mud
3 spoons instant chocolate pudding
1/2 cup milk
2 chocolate cookies
Place the cookies in a resealable plastic bag. Use your hands to break the cookies into tiny bits. Pour the milk and the pudding mix into a small jar or a margarine tub with a tight-fitting lid. Shake for three minutes. Pour the pudding (mud) into a clear plastic cup. Sprinkle the cookie bits (dirt) on top of the mud. Dig in!

Another mud treat from Simply Homemade

You can see the linky below hosted by Hands on: As we Grow..

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Eric Carle!!

Today is Eric Carle's birthday and I want to celebrate his life and wonderful work sharing some ideas for his books.

Brown Bear funfolder for take me home time

puppets and glove for retelling the story

We colour, cut and store characters in the book in a retelling bag.

(we made one retelling bag for the books we read in a paperbag)

I pasted a pocket in the books with activity cards for independent and guided reading.

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    An amazing child is celebrating Eric Carle's birthday with AmAzInG ideas.

    Friday, June 24, 2011

    Friday Freebie! The little mermaid

    Catch the next wave to Mermaid cove and be ready for a fun splash to read The Little Mermaid
    Last summer we had a great time reading the story and doing some activities related to the ocean.
    We played some games such as "Sea monster are you hungry?" "Pin the fin on Ariel" and a "Mermaid race". We read the story and we did some of these activities

    These are a door hanger, bookmarks, stickers and a reading journal.

    These are matching cards for vocabulary and sentence strips. 
    Children can use the sentence strips for copywork, they can look for special words, sight words,etc

    These are clipping wheels for beginning sounds. M is for mermaid, F is for fish,etc

    These are crosscurricular cards with ideas to work in the centres and an envelope to store the cards.

    TGIF Linky Party hosted by 123Homeschool4Me
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    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    Book report poster

    As a complement for my Cook up a story collection I made this Book report recipe poster.

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      Wednesday, June 22, 2011

      Take me home readers - Linky party

      I am linking up with Time4Kindergarten 's linky party to share ideas about Take me home Readers. As a teacher of foreign language I see my kids twice a week and I teach in different levels so I can't move bags from one class to another. After a couple of years I came up with this idea.
      I made folders for almost everything, including Take me home readers.

      I call my folders Fun folders
      I made labels for the readers we have to read according to our curricula

      I place the books in the folder with some games and activity cards.

      I also include a pocket on the book to store small pieces.

      My goal as a EFL /ELL teacher is that children read one book each 2 weeks.
      I use library cards to keep record.

      What do you think? Come, join us!

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      Tuesday, June 21, 2011

      Spanish resources & your opinion

      Learning a new language has its own principles. Knowing a language implies the building of meaning, understanding and producing in different novel situations.
      Language is considered an instrument, a tool for communication, which is the reason why it should be used with a purpose and adequate to it by means of different linguistic and pragmatic forms.
      Cognitivism and constructivism are the sources of learning considered from this point of view
      The main role of the speaker is to be a facilitator of communication. It is his obligation to propose different learning situations, in agreement with children’s level and interests, in which the children should be able to carry out activities from the very beginning.
      Mistakes are considered the natural outcome of the learning process and fundamental in order to reflect upon a language and the way it is learnt. In this way, children should be able to acquire the necessary tools to correct themselves and make progress in their language.
      Listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed together, integrating receptive and productive skills.
      Fluency in the new language is considered more important than accuracy during the initial stages of the learning process. The latter is regarded as important as fluency in the intermediate and advances stages. Children should approach grammatical knowledge through contextualised activities specially designed to explain how grammar works and the effects produced by different linguistic constructions.
      Integrating the learning of the new language to other areas of knowledge is a must.
      It is our responsibility to create the feeling of self confidence in our children encouraging them to learn this new language following their own learning pace and taking mistakes as part of it.
       I have just finished some games in Spanish. 

      Colores en verano / Summer colours is a game to introduce, review and practise colour recognition. 
      I need your input. Any suggestion will be very appreciated!

      4 mats

      These are some pics of the game


      Inside: labels, pockets, mats

      Labels: Instructions

      Mats: colours 

      Pockets: to store the cards

      Mats: colour words

       You can match  words and pictures

      You can match pictures and pictures


      HOTM Button

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      Monday, June 20, 2011

      Argentinean Flag Day

      The national flag of Argentina dates from 1812. 
      It is a triband, composed of three equally wide horizontal bands coloured light blue, white and light blue. In 1818, a yellow Sun of May was added to the center.
      The full flag featuring the sun is called the Official Ceremonial Flag (Spanish: Bandera Oficial de Ceremonia). The flag without the sun is considered the Ornamental Flag (Bandera de Ornato). 
      While both versions are equally considered the national flag, the ornamental version must always be hoisted below the Official Ceremony Flag.

      You can read more about this celebration here:

      The National Flag song

      Salve, Argentina,
      bandera azul y blanca.
      Jirón del cielo
      en donde impera el Sol.
      Tú, la más noble,
      la más gloriosa y santa,
      el firmamento su color te dio. 
      Yo te saludo,
      bandera de mi Patria,
      sublime enseña
      de libertad y honor.
      Jurando amarte,
      como así defenderte,
      mientras palpite mi fiel corazón. 
      Hail, Argentina,
      Blue and white flag
      Part of the sky
      Where the sun reigns
      You, The Most Noble
      The Most Glorious and Saint
      The sky gave you its colours
      I salute you
      Flag of my motherland
      Grand symbol
      of freedom and honour
      Swearing to love you
      as well as to defend you
      for as long as my faithful heart beats
      And you can also listen to the Argentinean Anthemn here
      Happy Flag's Day to all my Argentinean brothers around the world!

      Wednesday, June 15, 2011

      One year older! One year happier!

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      June,17th is my birthday. Yeap! One year older and one year happier!
      And happiness is not real happiness if it is not shared.
      So, I decided to prepare a gift for you, my dearest friends.

      One set of the Pack your English collection.

      If you live in the North Hemisphere you will be eating ice-cream and sunbathing.
      If you live here you will be drinking hot cocoa and wearing a scarf! :(
      Anyway, you can choose your gift!
      Just leave me a comment with the set you want: Summer or Winter, ** your email **
      and I will be sending the files on Saturday.
      You have 2 days from now!

      You can follow my blog or subscribe with your email for updates and freebies!
      And of course, you can help me sPrEaD the wOrD!
      Have a wonderful day!

      Tuesday, June 14, 2011

      Amazing Authors - Tamara Chilver

      June, 15th is Book Day. I want to introduce an amazing author, Tamara L. Chilver

      Tamara L. Chilver is the founder of Teaching with TLC, which was created to help bridge the gap between home and school by providing parents with the tools they need to help their children succeed academically. Tamara’s bachelor’s degree is in elementary education, and her master’s degree is in elementary curriculum. She is blessed to be the mother of five children. Before entering the homeschooling world thirteen years ago, Tamara was a public school elementary teacher, a private school curriculum coordinator, and a private tutor.

      Tamara uses her diverse background in education to coach parents of elementary children by simplifying learning methods and guiding parents to break through the obstacles of learning. Tamara is an author of two published books and several E-Books. She provides teaching workshops for parents through seminars, publications, radio, and television. Tamara has recently discovered her passion for blogging and enjoys sharing fun and creative teaching tips on her blog, as well as on another site she created

      These are two of some of her wonderful books.

      And this is one of my favourite posts from her blog

      Get back to he basic this school year
      As home educators we can often create extra stress for ourselves as we begin to plan our school year. We do this out of love for our children by wanting to provide the highest quality education for them and part of this is finding the best resources and teaching tools.This sounds simple but have you ever atended a large homeschool convention? It is quite overwhelming.

      A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.

      Fathers' day-more ideas

      These are some ideas from Family Fun

      or you can get some wonderful Fathers' day cards at Zazzle

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