UNESCO celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 21, 2017 under the theme “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”. To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. It is through the mastery of the first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures.
No worksheets this time, just games.
I have, Who has?
There are 25 cards and a sheet that lists the correct times that go together on each card. The student that has the start card begins the game and says, "I have the start card, who has 9:15?" The students will then look at their card reading the clock to see if their clock reads 9:15. The student who has 9:15 will say, "I have 9:15 who has 3:45?" The game continues until all the cards have been read aloud. (Emily Shell)
We play to …
Ø Encourage speaking and counting
Ø practise words eg. Farm toys (house, a farmer, a tractor )to go with the animals ( horse, sheep, goat, pig, dog).
“Shout it out” game
All of the students sit down in a circle. Start by holding up each toy and eliciting, chorusing and passing the toy around (when passing make sure each student says the word for the toy as they pass it).
We put all of the toys in the magic bag and have everyone close their eyes. Pull out a toy and say “Open your eyes” – everyone must open their eyes and shout out the word for the toy that you are holding. We play this for all of the toys.
My 1st graders’ imagination is endless!
At the beginning of the lesson we talked about colours and they recalled any flashcards we have used having this specific colour. Then while making our colours mini book, they made up stories about the things they were drawing. So we heard of a race between a blue elephant and a green turtle who wanted a yellow lemon ,some fish that were very hungry and wanted to eat a piece of pizza but they couldn’t because they were in the fishbowl ,and many other crazy lovely stories!!!
According to Sir Ken Robinson who is an expert in learning and children’s education, ‘imagination is the source of all human achievement‘. It is essential in the learning process and can influence their development.