Friday, 19 August 2016

Five for Friday Linky Party - See What I've Been Up to This Week!

The beginning of the week was great – I finally had some free time to meet my friends and talk about their amazing trip to Mexico. We had some lemonade on a terrace by the sea in the city centre. It’s great to live in Helsinki, to be able to enjoy such wonderful places just a stone’s throw away.

I love my job, and mostly because I have great colleagues who are passionate about what they do, too. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by people with initiative, ideas, and lots of patience. This week I took some photos of the things they created.

M. made these masks during the summer. I hope she’ll be nice enough to share them. (;))

N. has just finished creating this behaviour tree for our group – when the children do something nice, they write it in a flower and stick it in the tree. I erased the names for privacy reasons.

I created this noise meter with cute animals a year ago, but now I took it out because I felt it was time. Before an activity or when the kids need a reminder, we set the clothespin on the image that indicates what sort of voice they should use. It has worked quite well so far.

Friday is science day, so we made the traditional volcano experiment. The kids went WOW every time the volcano erupted. It was great!

Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

My House - Drawing Activity for Kids

The children drew themselves and decorated their houses. Some of them decided to draw five legs, and some their whole family.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

If You’re Happy and You Know it Use Spoon Puppets!

Feelings and emotions is one of my favourite themes to teach. Apart from all the great resources you can find on Pinterest, there are also a lot of fun songs. If you have younger learners, then Super Simple Learning has the perfect resources for you. Apart from wonderful worksheets and drawing prompts, they have three amazing songs for ESOL:
Next week we’re going to learn “If You’re Happy” with these spoon puppets! I’m going to use them for imaginary dialogues about feelings and for guessing games, until the children learn the four emotions, then teach the song. During free play, I hope the children will be enthusiastic about using the puppets to make their own stories or act the song out.

We’ve been using these stick puppets and the kids love them. They also made some and it was their own idea; while playing they asked me if they could take mine as examples.

I painted the wooden spoons, then added googly eyes and some textile ponchos to hide the hands.

GIVEAWAY TIME: No Prep Worksheets for Fine Motor Skills {K, 1st}

This resource is designed especially for EFL learners, but it might prove useful for native English speakers as well. A set of 12 worksheets that help kids practice fine motor skills: count and write, find and circle, cut and paste, and circle and color tasks.

If you want to enter the giveaway, leave a comment saying how you would use this resource. The winner will be announced next Sunday. Good luck!