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

View all titles from Ingles 360 at CurrClick

Friday, November 25, 2011

New Award!

Sylvia from Learning with Mrs Parker  made my day Shine with this new award!

Thanks so much Sylvia!

These are the guidelines for the award:
1-Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. And pass the award to 10~12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them. 
Here we go!

My favourite colour? Pink
My favourite animal? Horse
My favourite number? 10
My favourite drink? Milkshake
My favourite day? Everyday
My favourite flower? Daisies
Giving or getting presents? BOTH!
My passion? Education 

Wonderful bloggers who really, really inspire me!

Learning with Mrs. Parker



Thinking of Teaching

Can Do Kinders 

Teaching with TLC 

Primary Inspired


and the amazing Dr. Jean's blog

Thanks so much !

Stay tuned! Be sure to register as a Follower.

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!

If you find this resource helpful,

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

If you find this resource helpful,

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 not..to 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.

If you find this resource helpful,

Monday, November 14, 2011

New award!

I want to thank Tamara from TLC for choosing my blog for this award. 
Thanks a lot for this recognition!
Congratulations to those who have been recognized!

Tamara L. Chilver is the author of Teaching with TLCShe provides parents and educators tips on how to incorporate fun and creativity into the learning environment through her books, television appearances, radio interviews, and blogging.

You can read the article here
and check the other wonderful featured blogs:
  • Funky First Grade Fun
  • Ingles360
  • Kindergarten Works 
  • Kleinspiration
  • Ms. M's Blog
  • The Moffatt Girls
  • The Organized Classroom
  • What the Teacher Wants!
  • and the best blog of all Teaching Blog Addict

Stay tuned! Be sure to register as a Follower.

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

If you find this resource helpful,

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fall & Natives newbies

If you find this resource helpful,

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Healthy food newbies

After so treats or treats I think it is time to talk about healthy eating.
What do you think?

I uploaded a new collection of games, posters, flashcards and word wall cards in my store. 

Get the vegetables word wall free 

Fruits clipping cards

Fruits flashcards

Fruits posters

Fruits word wall cards

More games to introduce, practice and review vocabulary related to food


If you find this resource helpful,