Sunday, December 2, 2018

Easy Christmas crafts for decorating the classroom

Here are some easy Christmas crafts I’ve tried over the years. They are not meant to be taken home by the kids, but to decorate the classroom for the holidays. That takes some of the pressure off as they don’t have to be perfect, and it’s nice collaborative work as all the kids contribute to one final product.

Christmas tree:

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Christmas lights:

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Snowman:

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Seasons pyramid craft

Here’s a great craft I tried last week: the seasons pyramid.

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I did this with my 4-year-olds because we needed visual support to learn the seasons, but I recommend this craft for ages 5 and up, as their drawing skills will be more developed. As it is, we had to use stamps (snowflake, flower, sun and leaf) to make sure everyone knew what season it was. Winking smile 

Here’s how you make it:

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We used A3 sheets and made it a collaborative activity. We had 4 groups (one for each season), and every kid drew one thing typical of that season. Then I glued the four parts together, and now we have our seasons pyramid for the classroom.

With older students, you can also use normal (A4) sheets and have each kid make their own pyramid.

Also, this is the song we sing to learn the seasons:

Let me know what you think of the craft and of the song!

How do you teach the seasons?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Video: How to teach Kids English

Check out this video to find fun active games for your class. You’ve got activities to teach:

  • actions (TPR)
  • big/bigger 
  • what’s your name
  • how are you
  • counting
  • colours
  • bye bye songs

I love the teacher’s energy and how he encourages children to use full sentences. It definitely gave me some ideas for my class. Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

MY CALENDARS

These are the calendars I use in my English classroom. I made them out of cardboard, construction paper, velcro tape, and some printed-out words and pictures.

 My 4-year-olds learn the days of the week and the weather.

 

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My 5-year-olds also learn the months and the seasons. Every time it’s someone else who gets to arrange the calendar so that eventually they all participate.

 

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Classroom rules

As the new school year begins, we are reminded of the importance of establishing some kind of order in our particular chaos.

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Here are a few tips for preparing your classroom rules:

  • Make the list short and clarify. In my experience, it’s better to have few general rules (5 max.) than a long list of small ones. Obviously, you’ll need to go over each rule and what it means, especially at the beginning of the school year. I can assure you most of your students have very different notions of what “respecting others” means, and even the simple ones like “sitting nicely” often need clarification.

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  • Put them where they can see them. When you’re working with young kids, it’s very important to have your classroom rules physically present in the room. You can print them out or list them together by hand, and make a show of sticking them on the wall.
  • Add a picture and a hand gesture. Every rule needs to come with an associated image, as your students probably can’t read yet, and this will help them understand and remember the list. I also like to add a hand gesture to each rule, so sometimes, in the middle of the class, I can just sign silently, and they will remember the rule.

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  • Don’t shy from complete sentences and big words. As much as I like the example in the first picture, I prefer my rules to form sentences (like the ones above), as it enriches their language with structure. Also, kids really like learning big words like “directions” or “participate” so feel free to use them in your list. You’ll have to explain their meaning anyway.


Here is the list of rules I use in my class (sorry I don’t have them in a nice format yet):

1. Listen when the teacher is talking

2. Raise your hand to participate

3. Speak in English

4. Help and respect others


I hope you find it useful. Please comment and tell me what classroom rules YOU have.