Grammar, Handwriting, Projects, Trabajos

To get a letter, send a letter!

Easy, isn’t it?

As we are studying paste tenses in Year 6, we thought it would be a good idea to send letters telling our last holidays to our friends! Yes, you have a perfect sight! Sending letters!

It is obvious that nowadays, that in this digital age we live, we are losing that special touch that handwriting brings to our lives. The teenagers live in a techy world full of laptops, smartphones, tablets, and so on…and from my point of view, we, as teachers, need to encourage the act of handwriting. I wanted them to test the meaning and the emotion of putting pen to paper and write a letter.

I firmly believe, that writing helps kids become better readers, boost their confidence and sparks their creativity. For a beginner writer, it can be difficult to start thinking on an idea to write and because of that I decided to make it fun for them and launch them an idea.

First of all we thought on the writers: who better to write a letter than to a classmate? We wrote our names on a small piece of paper and picked up a random name.

Done!

Then, topic. At the beginning it was hard to work with the children, but later, we discovered that using the past simple tense, we could write a fantastic letter telling our friends what we did on our last holidays!

Wow, we have almost finished!

Finally, we decided to include in the envelope a leaflet with specific information about our “must go list” of places in the chosen city.

I can’t believe we are ready to start sending letters!

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Now that all the work is completed, we just can wait. Soon, we all experiment the lovely feeling of spying a handwriting letter on our mailbox, and we all know about our friend’s news that day.

Remember to take a photo of you with your letter and send it to me! 😉

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Dramatic play, Food, Grammar

Restaurant dramatic play

As you know, dramatic plays are common at school in the English subject and it can be both enormously rewarding and enjoyable for teachers as well as students.

Now, and starting earlier than never, we are going to do a restaurant dramatic play in 3rd level. I like to do this role play now because all of our children have been to restaurants and are familiar to them. Food is the main topic we are working, so I believe that the moment can’t be better.

Using plays in the language subject with young language learners can:

  • Improve their speaking skills.
  • Encourage creativity.
  • Involve the whole class in the same activity.
  • Give them the chance to act.
  • Help them experiment with the language.
  • Loose fear in front of the language.

Apart from that, and taking into account that our learners are young learners, we should bear in mind the following recommendations:

  • Use short dialogues.
  • Follow easy structures.
  • Work with already known vocabulary.
  • Introduce new words but not too much.
  • Let them use their imagination.

Now, let’s show the materials used, but first of all we must thanks their contribution to the following helpers. For the budgets I have download the files from http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/ a fantastic website with tons of freebies. In UK all schools use their resources to work at class. Another interesting webpage I have found is https://thekindergartenconnection.com/. On it, I have found the great menus and tickets to work with students. Here you have the materials prepared for the special ocassion. 😉

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And finally, let me show you have what happened in the classroom, hope you really enjoy because we DID IT!!!!

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See you soon! And if you like the post, you know…give me a thumb up or red heart! 

Food, Grammar, Projects, Recipes, Recursos, Trabajos

Cooking show for kids!!!!

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Hello!!!

Weeks ago, we created a cookbook, do you remember? Yes? Well, not only our students did such a fantastic and wonderful book full of tasty and delicious recipes…but also, they recorded themselves cooking their recipes!!!! Yes…we have the best chefs at schools! Didn’t you know it?

Some time ago, I read that in Montessori pedagogy, they say that food preparation and cooking are some of the most fantastic and practical activities our students can do. Because of that, I decided to organize a kind of cooking show at school.

To be honest with you, and with me, at the beginning, everything was a mess, but just at the beginning. To get a cooking show-recipe-food preparation can be tricky, but as I consider myself the kind of person that if I don’t discover things by me…I don’t believe your words…I made the best decision ever: do it!

I explained my idea to my kiddos and they immediately said YES TEACHER! Parents, your role was also important in my idea, without your help in the kitchens, nothing would be possible. Thanks, thanks, thanks.

Well, if you are ready, then here you have some of the videos our Chefs recorded at home. They all did an incredible work. I’m so proud of all of you!

And without further delay…take a sit, and enjoy. Later you will prepare the ingredients…I’m sure you’ll do it.

I promise you to upload the rest of the videos…meanwhile, here you have an appetizer!