Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Let's play! Featured Article at CurrClick

Let’s play!

It has been said that play is child’s work. Do you agree? I do. 

Vygotsky’s famous statement emphasizes this: “Play creates a zone of proximal development of the child. In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior; in play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.” (Vygotsky, 1978:102) 

Maria Montessori also gave her word about play: “The most important role that play can have is to help children to be active, make choices and practice actions to mastery. They should have experience with a wide variety of content (art, music, language, science, math, social relations) because each is important for the development of a complex and integrated brain. Play that links sensory-motor, cognitive, and social-emotional experiences provides an ideal setting from brain development.”

According to Montessori, the essential dimensions of play are:
  • Voluntary, enjoyable, purposeful and spontaneous
  • Creativity expanded using problem solving skills, social skills, language skills and physical skills
  • Helps expand on new ideas
  • Helps the child to adapt socially
  • Helps to thwart emotional problems
As you can see, play is understood to be the most effective vehicle for a young child’s learning.

Play in a bilingual context can be an exciting experience which leads to language and cultural learning. I have often heard comments such as, "How can children learn when they are having fun?" or "Children should sit in their seats and pay attention when learning." However, I have found that playful activities stimulate children and promote learning.

Consider what happens in a child's mind when they listen to a song in another language, move to the rhythm of a foreign rhyme, or engage in a game that requires them to speak a foreign language? Games, songs, chants, movement, fun activities do compliment language acquisition. 

As adults, what are our roles? We have to provide opportunities for meaningful play, to engage children in purposeful experiences in a rich environment so they continue to learn. Playing with your children contributes to their physical, emotional and intellectual development. Play situations tend to create meaningful and interesting contexts for children, in which children can become motivated to communicate in the new language both non-verbally and verbally.  They are able to practice and rehearse familiar words and short phrases and begin the process of combining new words together. A teacher (or mother, or leader) who joins in and talks through everyone’s actions and ideas - i.e. models the use of language – when children are not yet able or ready to talk for themselves, provides language teaching in a meaningful context.

Play is important.  It helps your children to:
  • Have a sense of well being and good self-esteem
  • Deal with tragedies and setbacks
  • Have a sense of control
  • Make good relationships with you and his peers
  • Understand and care about others
  • Be creative and imaginative, think and have ideas, develop concentration
  •  Be physically co-ordinated.
Language is a vehicle for communication. A new language will be easier for younger children.  And remember laughing and excitement are an integral part of the lesson. Play almost always promotes excitement, enjoyment, and a relaxing atmosphere.

So...what you are waiting for? Let’s play!

Analia Capurro-owner

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving tongue twisters cards-free

tongue-twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly, and can be used as a type of spoken (or sung) word game. Some tongue-twisters produce results which are humorous.
Many tongue-twisters use a combination of alliteration and rhyme.

Are you traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You can use these tongue twisters to have fun!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bilingual Wednesdays- Flashcards

Vocabulary flash cards are the traditional method for learning vocabulary. Either in English or Spanish they are a wonderful, easy-to-do resource to learn new words.
They are cheap and easy to do.You need paper, pictures and glue. You can laminate them for durability.
If they are fun, colorful, and creative, they will help to remember vocabulary words. You can use them for a small or  a big group. 
Flashcards are a tried and tested teaching and learning device inside and outside the classroom, for kids and adults alike.
The key to using flash cards is to look at the word or definition, then you can cover the word, and test your kids  if they can remember.

These are a set of flaschards I made to review Thanksgiving words such as
  • Cena
  • Calabaza
  • Peregrinos
  • Aborígenes
  • Maíz
  • Cornucopia
  • Tarta

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Turkey jokes free set of cards

Every Tuesday in the amazing TBA blog we celebrate Time out Tuesday.

I made these jokes cards to read with my kids and why have fun with you!

Do you know what does a space turkey make?
"Huble, huble, huble"

Make sure to hop on by on Tuesdays to relax and become refreshed.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Free sight words set

World Kindness day is here!

as a way to thank you for your kind words and support I am offering a free set of Sight words cards

You can read more about Kindness day here

from my store

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Friday, November 4, 2011

A word about my Store designer: Pam Ball

for those of you who do not know me my name is Pam Ball and I have been online for over 13 years providing services for early childhood educators. I have curriculum for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. I also offer web design, design for brochures, business cards and other desktop publishing items. I have a variety of printables and membership websites. On a personal note I am a wife, mother; of three boys ages, 25, 22, & 2 years and grandmother; of 3 boys, ages 2 years, 5 months and 4 months. I live in Texas but I am originally from Pennsylvania and spent 9 years in Colorado prior to moving to Texas in 2006. I have provided in-home child care in both Pennsylvania and Colorado and have worked as an Assistant Director as well as a Director of a major child care center here in Austin & Round Rock. My educational background includes accounting, business, web design and early childhood education. I am also back in school and working on my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Development. I enjoy helping others with their websites and other items for their business and look forward to working with all of you. If you have any questions about my products or services please do not hesitate to email me directly at

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Matching sticks

Many of you asked me how I made the matching sticks.

You need a tongue depressor and 2 clothespins or pegs and glue.

You have to glue the clothespins onto the tongue depressor. That's all. 

If you want you can decorate the clothespins with paper or cloth, but it is up to you.

Hope it helps! Any questions? feel free to ask!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Heart of the Matter Magazine- my first contribution there

If you want to read my post in Heart of the Matter Magazine, just click on the images, you will be re-directed to the Issu gadget where you can read the online magazine.

My article is on page 6

I want to thank Amy and Angela from the Heart of the Matter  for this wonderful opportunity to be part of HOTM team!

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Bilingual Wednesdays- November teachable moments

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 all my lesson plans prepared beforehand. But I try to make advantage of all the teachable moments that arise when I am with my kids.
November teachable moments come with new words to celebrate Thanksgiving Day also in Spanish.

My goals for this lesson:
To introduce and practice new words related to Thanksgiving.
To relate words and pictures

To introduce new words I collected some pictures and made flashcards. I wrote the English word in one side and the Spanish in the other side. I put the flashcards in an envelope and let kids “peep” through a hole there. I asked them to identify the pictures and name them.
After playing with the cards I introduced the new words in Spanish. We are used to do many things with new words like clapping, stomping, shouting, whispering, dancing, miming and singing the words.

To practice and consolidate the new words I made these matching cards. 

or you can use the cards as a concentration game

You can also read my article in Heart of the Matter Online here

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    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    4 funny pumpkins pocket chart

    Pocket charts are a versatile educational tool in any classroom.  Children and teachers easily manipulate cards placed in the pockets of the chart to complete activities. Expand upon these pocket chart activities to fit the classroom themes and developmental needs of your kids.

    4 funny pumpkins pocket chart includes:
    • card with the rhyme
    • pictures cards
    They are ready to print, cut and use with your kids.

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      4 funny pumpkins file folder

      File folders are a fun way to introduce, review and practice different skills with your kids. The number of  the week file folder collection aims to help your children identify, name, associate and consolidate numbers. 

      4 funny pumpkins file folder includes:
      • cover
      • envelopes to storage cards
      • tags and labels 
      • sorting mats: number mat, sign language mat
      • cards
      They are ready to print, cut and use with your kids.

      Visit File Folder 101 for more ideas and freebies

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