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.

Nelly,the small caterpillar

The small, sad and ugly caterpillar that becomes a big and beautiful butterfly.
Storytelling is an excellent opportunity to
  • Describe the different animals
  • Revise food vocabulary and practice some new (talk about healthy/unhealthy food).
  • Play with numbers (each student takes randomly a flash card and after the story telling they have to find their pairs –one pear, two strawberries and so on).

  • Revise animal vocabulary and play with what each one can/can’t do (each student holds a flash card of a different animal –vocabulary taught-they gain 1 point each time their animal can do something e.g. I can fly/climb/run/jump/hop/swim).