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1st Graders (Week 1 games)

OUR ENGLISH CLASS

"What's your name? …in a circle"
Children stood in a circle. We sang this song while pacing and when it came to ..."my name's...."each child had to turn to the right or to the left to introduce himself/herself .If the child next to them was looking at them, they made a pair to tell their names to each other. If not, they were losers and had to leave the circle. The last remaining couple in the circle was the winner!!!


"Blindfolded challenge"

We covered the eyes of a child with a bandage. We selected a boy/girl and asked him/her to stand in front .The blindfolded asked "Is it Maria? / Is it George?/Is it Alex?" and the rest of the class answered "YES!/NO!" accordingly.Lots of winners! Indeed!!!

Food for thought

Entering a new class and looking at so many beautiful faces, got me thinking about how I can capture my students’ learning this year.
 They all look intelligent children but in different ways. Some of them say they enjoy words and numbers, whereas others love being creative (they wished to draw something for me).I was even asked to take them outdoors to play a game at the schoolyard.
The following image is exactly what I found in class today.



 Verbal Linguistic--   Well-developed verbal skills and sensitivity to the sounds, meanings and rhythms of words
Logical – Mathematical-- Ability to think conceptually and abstractly, and capacity to discern logical and numerical patterns
Naturalistic-- Ability to recognize and categorize plants, animals and other objects in nature
Intrapersonal-- Capacity to be self-aware and in tune with inner feelings, values, beliefs and thinking processes
Visual-Spatial-- Capacity to think in images and pictures, to visualize accurately and abstractly
Musical-- Ability to produce and appreciate rhythm, pitch
Bodily-Kinesthetic-- Ability to control one’s body movements and to handle objects skillfully
Interpersonal-- Capacity to detect and respond appropriately to the moods, motivations and desires of others


"I want my children to understand the world, but not just because the world is fascinating and the human mind is curious. I want them to understand it so that they will be positioned to make it a better place. Knowledge is not the same as morality, but we need to understand if we are to avoid past mistakes and move in productive directions. An important part of that understanding is  knowing who we are and what we can do… Ultimately, we must synthesize our understandings for ourselves. The performance of understanding that try matters are the ones we carry out as human beings in an imperfect world which we can affect for good or for ill. "(Howard Gardner 1999: 180-181)

Learning disabilities (2)





Aspergers Symptoms in Children

Kids with Aspergers have deficits in three areas: communication, physical coordination and development of a range of interests. Aspergers is an autism spectrum disorder, meaning that it is on a continuum of development disorders that includes classic autism. Most kids with Aspergers are able to function with less difficulty than those with classic autism. A set of classic symptoms define Aspergers. A youngster with Aspergers may or may not display all of the symptoms listed below.

Clumsiness— A youngster with Aspergers may seem clumsy and drop things. He may fall easily and try to avoid physical games that his peers are playing. He may have odd, repetitious movements or walk stiffly, as though he is in pain.

• Inadequate Math Skills— The youngster with Aspergers may have inadequate math skills, but will do well in vocabulary. He may have noted deficits in his ability to learn some subjects, but will speak like an expert about another. Learning abilities may vary greatly from child to child.


Lack of Empathy— Although a youngster with Aspergers is not mean, he may seem to be oblivious to the feelings of others. If someone's pet dies, he may not show sympathy as other kids might. He may seem to be interested in himself only, but does not purposefully do cruel things. H may seem emotionally immature for his age.

• Limited Non-Verbal Communication— A lack of eye contact when communicating is a sign of Aspergers. The youngster may have few facial expressions, and he may stare into space while speaking. He may make few gestures while speaking and adopt an odd body posture. He may not watch the facial expressions or body posture of the person who is speaking with him. The youngster with Aspergers may not seem to pick up on humor or any speech that is not direct, such as sarcasm or the use of figures of speech.

Obsessive Interests— Another sign of Aspergers is obsessive interests. The Aspergers child may hone in on one or two topics and devote an extraordinary amount of time to studying them, looking at them or talking about them. This topic may vary, with some examples including an object, a musical score, an animal, the weather, sports history or visual patterns. He may seem uninterested in any other subjects, and most of the conversations he begins may be about his topic of interest.

Unusual Speech— A youngster with Aspergers may have an unusual speech pattern, as though he is reading what he is saying. His voice may remind you of a robot, or he may have a monotone, as if he is depressed. His speech may seem overly formal or well thought out, instead of spontaneous. Alternatively, he may speak rapidly, without noticing that others speak more slowly.
(source : http://www.myaspergerschild.com)

First day at school !!!


Welcome aboard!
It’s a new school year and the teachers’ Olympics are about to begin!
This year is a new challenge: a new school environment, new students, new colleagues, new plans and projects!
Ready, steady, go!!!!!!!!!!!

Watch Stories Read Aloud!

Here’s a wonderful pastime during the hot summer afternoons.


                                         


                                         


                                         


                                         


                                         


                                         









Summer Reading (2) 6 of the best Greek children's books translated in English


 THE THREE LITTLE WOLVES AND THE BIG BAD PIG  by Eugene Trivizas

THE LAST BLACK CAT by Eugene Trivizas

ARISTOPHANES IRENE-PEACE
(Aristophanes for children) by Sophia Zarampouka 
 THE STORY OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT by Sofia Zarampouka


PETROS’ WAR by Alki Zei

TINA’S WEB by Alki zei



Summer Reading (1):6 of the best children's books

PETER PAN (1911)  By J.M. Barrie
Quote: "All children, except one, grow up."

WINNIE-THE-POOH (1926) By A.A. Milne
Quote: "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?'"
THE LITTLE PRINCE (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

Quote: “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR (1969)
By Eric Carle
Quote: "In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf. One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple."

ELMER by David McKee
Quote:"Elmer was different.Elmer was patchwork."

TREASURE ISLAND (1883) By R.L. Stevenson 



 Quote:"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest- Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest- Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"



"From A to Z " end of the year activities (2)

"Beat the clock" game

We have four groups of kids trying to put the letters in the right order the faster they can. Some of the groups really needed some help.The winners were those who managed to find the right order faster for both capital and small letters.






"From A to Z " end of the year activities (1)



Now that we have only two weeks till our summer holidays, we are trying to revise what we have learnt throughout the school year in a playful and musical atmosphere.
The kids know how to recognize and write all alphabet letters, so
*  we put them in the right order
*  we find the “couples” (capital-small)
*  we try to remember at least one word beginning with each letter
*  we sing the alphabet song