Thursday, September 29, 2011

Freebie for Science week

I made these matching cards to review vocabulary related to our science unit. Just print, laminate and then cut the pieces. Invite children to match the cards to find the words.

Science Week

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day and night

Exploring our wonderful world.

We are Christian so we believe God made the world. The Bible tells us how He did it.
Genesis 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. 3 And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. 

Day and night

We talked about day and night. To introduce the theme I asked her some questions like
  • How do you know when it is time to get ready for bed?
  • What happens at night?
  • What type of activities do you do during the day?
  • What activities do you do at night?
  • Do all people sleep during the night?
  • Do all animals sleep during the night?
Then she drew things she did during the day and things she did during the night.

We went outside and checked the sky. I asked her.
  • How is nighttime different from the daytime?
  • What gives us daylight?
  • What do you see in the day sky?
  • What do you see in the night sky?
Then she had to sort day and night images in the wheel.

Science Week

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Monday, September 26, 2011

TBA Science week

Science Week

My favourite books of Science

Rebecca Kai Dotlich is the author of many picture books for children, such as In the Spin of Things: Poetry of Motion and Away We Go!, winner of the Oppemheim To Portfolio Gold Award. She lives in Indiana with her husband, Steven.

Pre Primary Science Homeschool

The varied activities in this book make learning both fun and effective.Designed to make learning comprehensive, organized and enriching for children aged 5 to 7, these books serve as wonderful teaching and learning tools that can be used both at home and in school.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Versatile Blog Award

I want to thank Pam from The Vintage Teacher, and Janine from Faithful in First for this wonderful award. 

The rules to receive this award are these:
1-Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2- Share 7 things about yourself
3- Pass this award along to 15 other blogs

7 things about me:
* Teaching English is my second career, I am a kindergarten teacher
* I  like learning about everything
* I teach about Jesus at church
* One of my most rewarding jobs is training other teachers
* I am learning to sew and to paint 
* I live in the capital city of Buenos Aires but I want to move to the beach
* I love chocolate. yeap!

Now..15 blogs that I love

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The 7 up experience

I have seen somewhere a post to stretch sentences using a can of 7up. I dont remember where so if you are the owner of the idea, let me know and I will link to it.

I made cards with short sentences and challenge my older kids to stretch them using adjectives, adverbs, connectors, etc.

Download sentences here

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Friday, September 23, 2011

National Punctuation day- Free posters

September 24th is National Punctuation Day.Are you ready to celebrate it with your kids? 
I found this website where you can find some suggestions to celebrate this day. What about this rap?

What about this rap?
Punctuation Rap


I am a QUESTION MARK, what do I do?
I’m at the end of questions, like Where? What? or Who?


I am a PERIOD, that means full stop,
At the end of a sentence, just make a dot.
© 2006 Jeff Rubin   National Punctuation Day®

I made these posters for you! Enjoy them!

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Freebie Fridays

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Falling words! Bilingual Wednesdays

Fall is here and we can take advantage of this teachable moment to learn some fall related words in Spanish.
Are you ready? Get some stuff to talk about Fall, you can use pics of some like crow, squirrel and real props like dried leaves, corn, pumkin and acorns.

Let children talk about the pics, ask questions such as 
  • What's this?
  • Where did you find it?
  • What colour is this?
  • What animal is this?
Tell children they will learn the Spanish form of these words:
Squirrel / Ardilla
Leaf / Hoja
Acorn / Bellota
Crow / Cuervo
Corn / MaĆ­z
Pumpkin / Calabaza

Let children form the words using the tiles in the cards.
To prepare the letter tiles you just need to print, cut and laminate them.

Happy Fall you all!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

We celebrated our first 100 classes !

As I am an ESL teacher I teach my kids twice a week. I decided to celebrate our 100 first classes of English at school.

I was looking for some ideas to celebrate with my kids and found tons of wonderful activities in the web.
I chose these:
Count and color

To download the file- Right click in the pictures

I made these 100 charts with their favourite characters: George and Angelina.

Or you can use this blank chart

Children had to bring 100 things (small ones). Most of them brought 100 stickers, boys brought 100 marbles, two of them brought 100 buttons.
We made a mural with our 100 favourite things.
We played in the playground to Old Simon says. It is a variation of the traditional Simon says. I told them that now Simon is 100 years old (could you believe it?) and he just came up with things like 
Old Simon says to jump 100 times, to count to 100, to stomp your feet 100 times....
We were exhausted after playing that so we sat and sang this song

Happy 100 Day

Tune of "Happy Birthday to You"

Happy 100 classes to us,
Happy 100 classesto ..............(name of group or school)
Happy 100 days to us!
and after that we enjoyed a delicious snack in the playground.
Do you celebrate 100 classes at school? 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DIY- my velcro apron and hanger

Ok. These are my first attemps with my new sewing machine. :)  I made a hanger with velcro to use in my class. 

and I also made a apron with velcro and a pocket to keep cards and pieces.

I have to admit that mom helped me with the ribbon but I am on my way to new DIY!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Vintage Teacher

A big thank you to Pam from The Vintage teacher to nominate my blog in her 10 Top Blogs!

Thanks so much Pam!

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Monday, September 5, 2011

I LOVE Pinterest!

Since I found Pinterest I have pinned day and night. :)

Pinterest is a site where you can “pin”  photos you find on the  web. These photos link to the webpage or blog post where the photo is posted, so you can read more about it. 
It is perfect for  me because I found a  way to save inspiring ideas as well as connecting with other people.

There is a tutorial page with goodies here

This is my pinterest

These are my boards. I have 69 boards organized by themes like Pirates, Apples and areas such as Grammar, Reading, etc

Have a look here

And this is my favourite board " I need one"

yes, I include Josh Holloway ;)

Have a great day!

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Blog award

Are there certain blogs that you return to day after day that continually provide you with inspiration? Then why not give them an award to say a big thank you! 

Any blogger can give this award to those that make you smile!

1. Just write a blog post proudly displaying your Top 10. Make sure that they do not already have an award.
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If you have been nominated by a fellow blogger, please grab your award below and enjoy posting it proudly on your fantastic, award-winning blog!

1. Remember to thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Auditory learners & multisensory learners


Many people are naturally auditory learners, "hearing" sounds, spelling, songs, rhymes etc in their heads. Here are some ideas to help with this kind of learning:
You can chant the letters and their sounds- “Ay says ay and Ay says a; Bee says b, Cee says s and cee says ck"etc.

You can look for (or make up) tongue twisters using a repeated sound, e.g. “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers..”

You can play “I spy”, using letter sounds rather than names.

You can  make up silly sentences using one letter sound as often as possible, e.g. “Annie and Alice ate ants and apples”.

Many children learn best by "doing"; they may find it hard to sit still and learn, so it's good to involve some movements:

You can act out something that represents a letter, or something that starts with a
letter sound (like charades/I spy), e.g. a princess for p, a giant for g,  a cowboy for c.You can make letter shapes with their bodies (lying down or standing etc); they need

to say the letter sounds (and name too if they like- e.g. "I’m a dragon and I say d”).

You can draw huge letters: in the air/in the dirt/ on a path in the playground (with water &
paintbrush or chalk), with paint or fingerpaint on paper or a table.

You can make big letters on the ground with sticks/rocks/shells/writing, then dance around the letter, chanting or singing its sound.

You can hop, stomp,  jump, dance, sway or clap in time to a letter/alphabet song, rhyme or tongue twister.

Most children fit into at least one of these learning categories, and often more than one.
The strongest learning is likely to be when two or more senses are involved, so combine strategies, and even add smell or taste to the range.

It’s easy and fun to say the first sound of an item of food as you eat, to involve the taste buds. You can also have fun with related sounds- “Mmmmm”, “y for yum”, “dd- d-delicious”, etc.

Use smelly  resources to write sight words; use scented oils, concentrates (e.g. eucalyptus, peppermint) or perfume to add an extra sensory experience to an item or activity; or use scented notepaper to write on. 
Smell is a very evocative sense, so try to link one kind of smell with a particular learning experience or letter.

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