Info Corsi Juniors 2016-2017

JUNIORS (6-10 ANNI)

Sto organizzando un nuovo ciclo di JUNIORS, laboratori di inglese per bambini della scuola primaria.
L’oggetto d’insegnamento non sono regole grammaticali, o elenchi di parole da imparare a memoria… ma gli atti comunicativi. L’inglese è per i bambini il veicolo per realizzare “lavoretti”, per partecipare ai giochi e a tutte le attività creative, ricreative, socializzanti, motivanti e divertenti proposte. Dalla mia esperienza ho maturato la consapevolezza che questo è l’approccio migliore affinché loro possano imparare l’inglese volentieri, divertendosi e soprattutto in modo naturale.

Con il crescere dell’età e del livello raggiunto, vengono introdotte le prime nozioni grammaticali ed esercizi di lettura e scrittura. Per i bambini che frequentano la classe quinta elementare il percorso prevede un’attenzione particolare alla preparazione per la scuola media.


 Info Corsi JUNIORS 2016-2017

Sono contentissima nel costatare che tanti genitori si stanno interessando a un approccio naturale dei bambini con l’inglese e lusingata per la fiducia e la stima che mi dimostrate. Ecco qualche informazione riguardo ai corsi per rispondere un po’ alle richieste:
  1. sto iniziando a raccogliere le adesioni, appena avrò un quadro organizzo i gruppi. Conto di far iniziare i laboratori nella prima metà di ottobre. Dipende molto anche da voi. Ho bisogno di sapere quanto prima chi saranno i miei piccoli GRANDI compagni di avventura;
  2. i corsi si terrano a Monte di Procida;
  3. se siete interessati contattatemi entro il 4 ottobre SENZA IMPEGNO! Giusto per farmi rendere conto più o meno del numero dei bambini da inserire. Per seguirli al meglio, formerò piccoli gruppi, quindi se ci state pensando, per non rischiare di non trovare posto in un secondo momento, inviatemi una email al mio indirizzo: kristinastellalubrano@gmail.com con le seguenti informazioni:
     – Nome:
     – Cognome:
     – Data di nascita:
     – Classe anno scolastico 20016-2017:
     – Se già si conoscono gli impegni pomeridiani:
Ho tantissime nuove idee e non vedo l’ora di divertirmi con loro!!!
Grazie ancora.Vi aggiorno quanto prima!
Kristina

Halloween Bingo

Bingo is a simple and fun game to play in ESL classes. It’s versatile enough to enable English teachers to practice and reinforce a wide range of language and skills.

Here is a cute free printable Halloween Bingo set I found on crazylittleprojects.com.

http://crazylittleprojects.com/

The game board has monsters and witches, black cats and bats, spiders, pumpkins, ghosts and more.

I  had mine printed and laminated at a printing store so that I could get a higher quality print to keep for years to come. I cut up the 8 boards and the squares.

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I gave each kid a card and shuffled squares, and had the “bingo caller” just announce which one they drew. Like, “Frankestein” then the other students covered the Frankestein on their card with scraps of paper. First to get a row won.

I had spooky eye-ball chocolate candies in little bags as the winning prizes and then also gave everyone some candies at the end of the game so everyone got something.

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My classes loved it! Definitely pinning for the future.

Halloween – work in progress

Halloween is around the corner! It’s a great chance to have fun and be creative with ESL young students. Kids love it and many adults want to join in the fun too! The main focus should be to engage the imagination of your students and encourage them to have a blast while practicing their English skills.

Halloween is less than 2 weeks away and there are many activities I’d like to try with my younger students…

Let’s get ready for spooktacular Halloween lessons!

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Halloween flashcards

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Paper Spider crafts

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Coloring pages with the characters of a Halloween Song

Halloween Games for English Practice

Here are some Halloween themed games I found on busyteacher.org. I haven’t tried any of them yet but I soon will to get my students in the spooky mood!

  1. What am I?

    Your students will have practice using descriptive words as well as learning Halloween vocabulary with this simple game. Simply give one student a card with a Halloween picture on it. (You can get plenty of Halloween pictures online. Try to include the following in your set: jack-o-lantern, black cat, candy, pumpkin, ghost, spider, spider web, monster, trick or treaters, witch, broomstick, haunted house, bats, ghost, Dracula, Frankenstein, and candy corn.) Then give that student one to two minutes to describe their picture to the class. The goal is to get the class to guess the object without telling them what it is. The class member who first guesses the object correctly gets a point. Play until everyone has had a chance to describe an object, and the students with the most points wins.

  2. Monster Guts

    This sensory game will get some spooky items into the hands of your students and is a good review of touch-themed adjectives. To play, save up some old tissue boxes – square boxes with plastic around an opening in the top work well. Your students will be putting their hands in the box to feel the spooky items but should not be able to see what is inside. Label each box with a creepy title and put one of the following items inside: cold pasta (zombie brains), wet grapes (Cyclops eyes), a mixture of cornstarch and water (ghost goo), dried apricots (Frankenstein ears), pipe cleaners (tarantula legs), baby carrots wrapped in gauze (mummy toes), etc. Each student takes a turn coming to the front of the class and feeling what is in one of the boxes. He or she must then describe how it feels to the class using the appropriate adjectives or figurative language. If you like, follow up the activity by having students reach into each box and write a short description of how each item feels.

  3. Costumed Kids

    This simple game is good for reviewing present tenses and vocabulary associated with careers, animals, monsters or other areas which inspire typical Halloween costumes. Gather several pictures of kids in costume (try parenting magazines that often suggest how to make costumes for kids or look online), laminate them if possible, and put the pictures into a pile. One at a time, have students draw a picture and say what the child in the picture is dressed up as. If your student gets it right, ask him how he knows? The student should then give two or three clues that helped him decide. For example, if a student picks a picture of a pirate, his clues might include the following: he has a parrot on his shoulder; he is standing by a boat; he has a hook instead of a hand.

  4. Halloween Bingo

    This Halloween spin on bingo tests your students’ listening skills as well as how successfully your students can remember vocabulary associated with the holiday.Give each students a blank bingo board, and have him draw a picture of a Halloween item in each empty box. (You will probably need to review the vocabulary before you start playing. See activity number one for some Halloween words.) Then play each round as you would normally play bingo, but call out the words that match your students’ pictures rather than numbers. Students will then have to listen for the word you call and then match that word with one of the pictures on their board (if they have it there). If a student has an item on his board, he marks it. The first person with five in a row wins.

  5. Halloween Charades

    Charades is always a good game to get ESL students speaking boldly. You can make this active competition Halloween specific by using charades that Halloween items might perform. Your list might include the following.

    • Walk like Frankenstein
    • Dracula drinking blood
    • A witch flying on a broom
    • Kids going trick or treating
    • Carving a jack-o-lantern
    • Giving out candy
    • Running away from a monster
    • Putting on a costume
    • Bobbing for apples

    Play in teams and see which team can get the most correct guesses from their classmates’ pantomimes.

  6. Halloween Pictionary

    If your students aren’t the type to get up and moving in front of the class, you can use the clues from Halloween charades to play Halloween Pictionary. Simply divide your class into two teams and have one student from each team come to the front of the room. Show them a Halloween word or phrase and watch students race to draw a picture for their team. The first team to call out the right answer gets a point. Once everyone has had a chance to draw, the team with the most points wins.

  7. Monster Role Play

    This group activity will give your students a chance to practice using modal verbswhile thinking of some scary situations. Give groups of about four or five students a Halloween themed situation: Frankenstein is chasing you. Dracula asks you out on a date. A big spider tries to share your lunch. Someone plays a practical joke on you. Then have the groups discuss what they could, should or might do if they were in that situation. After a few minutes of discussion, ask each group to share their best recommendation with the class.

  8. Scary Stories

    Get your students to think creatively with some scary story starters and Halloween transitions fit for a spooky tale. Prepare a deck of index cards with some story starters and transitions that your students can use to start or continue a ghost story. Then turn off the lights and sit your class in a circle. Give a flashlight to one person and have her draw a card from the deck of story starters. For three to five minutes, she should tell the spooky story to the rest of the class, and if she likes, include scary lighting (shining the flashlight under your chin) and spooky noises. When her time is up, she passes the flashlight to the next person in the circle and he draws a transition card. (All of a sudden, bats fly… Out of nowhere… You hear a scream and …)He then continues the same story for three to five minutes. Take turns around the circle until everyone has had a chance to add to the tale.

  9. Remember This

    This game will test your students’ memories as well as their knowledge of Halloween vocabulary. Put together a tray with several (aim for twenty) Halloween themed items. (You might include a rubber bat, spider ring, candy corn, jack-o-lantern, mask, etc.). Show the tray to your class and review any vocabulary as necessary. Then cover the tray and challenge your students to remember as many items as they can. After 3-5 minutes, see how many items each person was able to remember and spell correctly. For subsequent rounds, you can place five or six items on the tray, show your students, have them close their eyes, remove one item and challenge them to remember which item is missing.

  10. Do you see what I see?

    This game will test your students’ general vocabulary knowledge along with theircreativity. Start one round by projecting a scary picture in the front of the room. The more that is in the picture the better. Then students have five minutes to try and identify an item in the picture that starts with each letter from a to z. After five minutes, stop and see who came up with the most words and review any new vocabulary with your class. Play three rounds with three different pictures and add each student’s score for each round. At the end of the game, the student with the most points wins the game.

http://busyteacher.org/17448-10-fun-halloween-games-english-practice.html

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Homemade playdough recipe

Using playdough with young children is beneficial in many ways. It’s fun and popular and it can provide valuable hands-on learning experiences to support your young student’s growth.

I’m testing this super-simple and quick playdough recipe my friend Fab gave me. It requires no cooking and can be made by kids.

Easy Dough

2 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

1 cup of water

Mix!

Easy for children, Add more water for finger paint o glue.

Store in an airtight container, in a refrigerator.

Good result. It took about 5 minutes to make it. Not sticky and ready for use immediately.

I had never made playdough before and found this recipe quick and simple. I actually added less water than what was recommended.

Now I want to check how long it stays soft stored in the frigge.

Will be adding food coloring and some glitter next time. I found recipes for  scented homemade playdough with peppermint, cinnamon or almond extract; the possibilities are endless!

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Benefits of craft for kids

As a learning activity, arts and crafts have traditionally been passed over in favour of more academic pursuits. But craft – particularly developmentally appropriate craft activities – can aid learning in other areas like language, music, art, social studies, science, maths, health, and nutrition.

Crafts have been around since the beginning of time when people made everything they used with their hands. Crafts were initially created for trading, selling, spiritual or artistic expression, as well as creating personal and household articles.

Today, crafts are a great pastime and educational tool for kids. It can not only keep the kids entertained on a rainy day, but also extend a child’s fine motor skills, develop concepts like colour or numbers and see scientific processes like gluing and paint drying in action.

Craft allows kids to explore ideas or concepts and then express it by making something to keep, entertain others with or simply look at for visual pleasure.

Craft for the under-5s

At this age, craft is more about passing the time when it’s too rainy to go to the park, but it’s a great way to engage your pre-schooler, toddler or baby in ideas that provide foundation for future learning.

Benefits can include:

  • Extending their thinking across multiple patterns of intelligence
  • Develop higher thinking skills
  • Enhance multicultural understandings
  • Build self esteem
  • Gain positive emotional responses to learning
  • Engage through a variety of learning styles

Craft for older kids

Art and craft ideas encourage children to use their imagination to create their own entertainment. Making something on their own endows them with a confidence in their abilities to make individual decisions and choices.

Activities to complement craft as a learning tool

Music – learning to play an instrument can be a great hobby to introduce to kids.

Creative writing – writing stories as a hobby is a great way for children to enhance their literacy skills and use their imagination. They can turn their stories into drawings and make their own books.

Storytelling – the oldest art form in the world is to tell stories orally, and it lies at the heart of the way we think and make sense of our world. Stories could include real and fiction events.

Debating – this will give your child the ability to present an argument persuasively, to understand that there are two sides to most arguments and the confidence to speak in front of a room full of people, to name but a few skills.

Things to avoid when doing craft with your kids

Never force kids to complete a project they simply aren’t interested in – all you will do is alienate them from ever trying craft again. Simply encourage them and reward them when they do finish something. Here are some of the pitfalls of craft:

Don’t get too complex

It’s easy to overestimate your own ability (and your child’s) when you see something you like in a picture, but there’s nothing more discouraging than getting part-way through a project and finding you don’t have to skills to complete it. Determine how much you and your child can actually do.

Start simple

If you’re learning a craft for the first time, start with something extra-simple to get the feel of the tools, materials, and techniques. Practice the techniques on something that doesn’t count first before actually beginning a project. If the project is relatively easy, your child will gain confidence and quickly want to try something more challenging.

Allow enough time and space

You need time to do things right, and that’s true of any activity, no matter how seemingly uncomplicated it is. Give yourself and your child time — to think, to enjoy what you’re doing, to be creative, to experiment, and to enjoy each other.

Children love to do crafts

So if they can be taught something using crafts it is likely they will learn it easily and without complaining. Crafts can be used as a tool to teach subjects like alphabets, numbers and colours to students of any age. Younger children can be taught basic lessons like colours and numbers. Crafts can be used to expand textbook lessons of older students by helping them to figure out how to express ideas and concepts visually.

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.
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