Accoglienza – Scuola dell’infanzia

L’inizio di ogni percorso scolastico è un momento delicato e carico di emozioni sia per i più piccoli che per gli adulti. Lo è in modo particolare nella Scuola dell’Infanzia, che è il primo luogo che accoglie i bambini dopo la famiglia e la casa. Compito degli insegnanti è predisporre un clima rassicurante e adatto per accogliere adeguatamente i neo iscritti ed i loro genitori e rendere piacevole il ritorno a scuola, facendo in modo che l’incontro con il nuovo ambiente avvenga in maniera serena e creando un’atmosfera di sorpresa e meraviglia.

Ecco alcune attività inserite nel Progetto Accoglienza di una classe mista della Scuola dell’Infanzia, realizzato con le preziose colleghe Titti, Angela e Antonella. Si tratta di vari piccoli lavoretti con caramelle da donare ai bambini per la festa di benvenuto e primissime semplici attività per creare insieme ai bambini, anche i più piccoli, regalini in ricordo dei primi giorni di scuola.









Class Rules Interactive Book

An interactive book about following school rules! If you have students who have never been in school before than this is the book for you!
RULES BOOK: Nose picking, lining up when the whistle blows, and waiting to be called on after raising your hand – this book is so complete!

Now includes a no cut and glue option book! Kids can just color the pictures to match the rule!


14 Classroom Management Strategies We Can Learn from Mary Poppins

It’s easy to quickly get overwhelmed by classroom management techniques, strategies, and methods. This is where I turn to Mary Poppins. Not only is she “practically perfect in every way,” but I also think she totally has what it takes to run a 21st century classroom, using both humor and heart.

A bag like hers would be GREAT, too!



10 app per imparare l’inglese adatte a bambini dai 3 ai 10 anni

Le applicazioni software hanno un piglio particolare sui bambini e trovo sia una buona idea sfruttare la naturalezza con cui i più giovani si approcciano alle tecnologie per scopi didattici. Ecco una selezione di 10 app per imparare l’inglese in modo interattivo divertendosi. Si tratta di mini corsi per imparare nuovi vocaboli e migliorare la pronuncia, ma anche giochi in cui si usa l’inglese per capire le istruzioni, ebook per leggere in inglese con o per i bambini.




Teaching English with Music

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I often take advantage of the power of music and use it in my English lessons with L2 learners of all ages, from juniors to adults.

The best thing about using music to teach English is its flexibility. In my lessons I use music for a number of purposes and in many different ways! It can be a useful ice-breaker for first lessons, in classes where students don’t know each other, or it can be an enjoyable background, it can live things up or calm things down.

Studies have shown that music…

  • relaxes people who are overwhelmed or stressed,
  • can reflect cultures and give students the opportunity to acquire a better understanding of the cultural reality of the target language,
  •  can help learners improve their listening skills and pronounciation,
  •  can be fun and improve the students’ motivation,
  •  can be useful in the teaching of vocabulary and sentence structures.

In intermediate listening/speaking level classes I focus on song lyrics as the basis of a lesson, to introduce a new theme or topic, to inspire a class discussion and to teach reading comprehension.  Before choosing a song I define the objectives and the resources available and then focus on the activities I could use so that students can achieve their goals and develop the different language skills. I don’t choose very popular  because the students will already know the lyrics and my activities may become a flop.

Here is an example of activies I use to make the listening more effective.

Pre-listening step

  1. I write the title of the song on the board and ask my students to guess what it’s about,
  2. I show them a picture of the singer and ask them what they know about him/her,
  3. I give to each student the lyrics with some blanks

Listening to the song

  1. Once without writing
  2. At the second time they fill in the blank while listening
  3. They listen to the song one more time and check if they got the blanks filled in correctly

After listening activities

  1. We correct the exercise together
  2. Then I split the class into groups of 3-4
  3. I take the vocabulary from the lyrics and write 5-10 key words on the board
  4. I tell the groups to write what they think the words mean
  5. We correct the definitions together
  6. Finally, we discuss about the topic of the song.

There many other things you can do with the song lyrics to get the students involved. Discuss about the characters in the song, have the students ask each other about the perfomer and the topic, change words or invent new lyrics for the melody…

These are just some of my activities. I think I’ll soon be writing about my experiences of music in ESL classes, to share my digital resources and my music activities with kids.

Please leave questions or comments below.