Clothes bingo

The last game we played with my 1st graders for this school year was a clothes bingo.
We revised colours and clothes and of course we had fun comparing what we had coloured with what we were wearing.

This is the worksheet we used.

Happy Mother's Day to all moms all over the world!!

What does it mean to be a Great Teacher ?

How can a teacher touch hearts, affect or even change lives forever. There are a few characteristics or traits that can make the difference and lead to success.

" What does it mean to be a great teacher? Of course credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence are important. However, a great teacher should be much more than credentials, experience and intelligence.
What lies in the heart of a great teacher?
You are kind: a great teacher shows kindness to students, colleagues, parents and those around her/him. My favourite saying is “kindness makes the world go around”. It truly changes the environment in the classroom and school. Being a kind teacher helps students feel welcomed, cared for and loved.
You are compassionate: Teaching is a very humanistic profession, and compassion is the utmost feeling of understanding, and showing others you are concerned about them. A compassionate teacher models that characteristic to the students with her/his actions, and as a result students will be more open to understanding the world around them.
You are empathetic: Empathy is such an important trait to have and to try to develop in ourselves and our students. Being able to put yourself in someone’s shoes and see things from their perspective can have such a powerful impact on our decisions and actions.
You are positive: Being a positive person, is not an easy task. Being a positive teacher is even harder when we’re always met with problems with very limited solutions. However, staying positive when it’s tough can have such a tremendous positive impact on the students and everyone around us. Looking on the bright side always seems to help make things better.
You are a builder: A great teacher bridges gaps and builds relationships, friendships, and a community. Teachers always look to make things better and improve things in and outside of the classroom. Building a community is something a great teacher seeks to do in the classroom and extends that to the entire school and its community.
You inspire: Everyone looks at a great teacher and they want to be a better teacher, they want to be a better student, even better, they want to be a better person. A great teacher uncovers hidden treasures, possibilities and magic right before everyone’s eyes."

 (by Rusul Alrubail www.edutopia.org)

Faces and feelings (2)

Today’s games with the 1st graders
Guess what it is .
I start showing a flashcard with a part of an animal’s face little by little. My kids try to guess what it is .The first to do so, is the winner and starts the next game.

“Put the nose on the monkey” (something like  “Pin the tail on the donkey”).
The laminated head of a monkey is on the board.One kid is blindfolded and I spin him/her singing “eyes, ears, nose and mouth, nose and mouth….”.He has to stick the nose on the right place on the monkey’s head. We do the same with the mouth, ears and eyes.

Happy St George’s Day!

Saint George is the patron saint of England in a tradition established in the Tudor period, based in the saint's popularity during the times of the Crusades and the Hundred Years' War.
St George’s Day takes place every year on April 23rd and it marks the national day of England’s Patron Saint, St George. April 23rd marks the day of his death and it’s traditionally marked as a feast day.
St George is the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag.

 St George’s emblem was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The king’s soldiers wore it on their tunics to avoid confusion in battle.
Saint George is popularly identified with England and English ideals of honor, bravery and gallantry, but actually he wasn’t English at all. Very little is known about the man who became St George.
St George is most famous for defeating a dragon and this is what is usually depicted in images of him. In the Middle Ages the dragon was commonly used to represent the Devil. 

                                                                                    (source : www.anglotopia.net)

Easter traditions in the UK

Easter is the second most popular Christian festival after Christmas. It is a celebration filled with activities, special religious ceremonies and culture.
Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ .
British schools celebrate Easter with a 2 week holiday. Before the school holidays however, schools participate in several Easter traditions. The most popular Easter Tradition is the egg and spoon race, where children must race each other whilst balancing an egg on a small spoon. If the egg falls off the spoon, the child must start again.

Another tradition at school is the decoration of an Easter bonnet (a straw hat). Children can decorate their hats with eggs, flowers, ribbons etc and the most beautiful hat will win a prize.
Μany families, may have an egg hunt. Adults will hide small chocolate eggs around a house or garden and children then search everywhere to find them, placing any eggs they find in a basket.

Of course people send cards to friends and family wishing them a ‘Happy Easter’.
On Easter Sunday families will sit down to a big Easter lunch. Typically, the meal will include lamb.

 It is also tradition to have boiled eggs for breakfast and Hot Cross Buns for dessert or a snack. These cakes are only sold around easter time.

Faces and feelings (1)

Activity 1 
The kids chose and made their fruit face

 Activity 2
 Time to sing  the song“Ears, eyes, nose and mouth”

Ears, eyes, nose and mouth
Nose and mouth
Ears, eyes, nose and mouth
Nose and mouth
Ears, eyes, nose and mouth
Ears, eyes, nose and mouth
Nose and mouth.

(my kids kept on singing it during the recess...)

Activity 3
Musical chairs
We kept on singing and when I said “stop” whichever player failed to find a chair to sit on was eliminated, with a chair then being removed and the process repeated until only one player remained.