St. Patrick´s Day Activities & Pictures

St Patricks preparativosTivemos muita emoção e aventura com as atividades nesse dia!

St Patricks day6Montamos nossos Leprechauns (duendes ou gnomos);

St Patricks day4Confecccionamos colares com green noodles (macarrão verde);

St Patricks day3Decoramos Shamrocks (trevos) com glitter;

Rafale no jardimProcuramos pelo Pot of Gold (pote de ouro) que os leprechauns deixaram no jardim depois da chuva e do arco-íris.

Foi uma aventura muito bacana e muitas mais virão!

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Ano Novo Chinês – Ano do Cavalo

 

 

Dia 31 será o Ano Novo Chinês. Você sabe qual é o seu signo no horóscopo chinês? O que ele representa? Qual sua sorte para 2014?chinese_new_year_2014_clipart

Origin

The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These animal signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar . Ancient people observe that there are 12 full moons within one year. So, its origin is associated with astronomy. Each animal sign is usually related with an earthly branch, so the animal years were called zi rabbit, chou ox, yin tiger, mao rabbit, chen dragon, si snack, wu horse, wei sheep, shen monkey, you rooster, xu dog and hai pig.

12 Animal Signs

For a long time there has been a special relationship between humans and the 12 zodiacal animals. It is believed that the years represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the same manner as the sign of zodiac adopted by western civilizations. People under different animal signs have distinct characters. Some signs are perfect match while some are less compatible or even born opponents.

Check the link below to discover about you and your perfect match.

Good Luck!

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/

The Lantern Festival

In China, the New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather at each other’s homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year’s Eve.

The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.

In many areas the highlight of the lantern festival is the dragon dance. The dragon—which might stretch a hundred feet long—is typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo. Traditionally the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets.
Read more:  Chinese New Year: 2014 | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/chinesenewyear1.html#ixzz2rVkHfk3N

Usando play dough (massa de modelar) de forma criativa

Devemos sempre desenvolver nas crianças suas habilidades, múltiplas inteligências e criatividade. Brincando é que conseguimos os melhores resultados.

Veja algumas ideias em Inglês de como ensinar formas geométricas utilizando massa de modelar.

playdough

Circle “Make a circle. Pretend it’s a cookie and add some chocolate chips.” Children can pinch off some play dough and roll it into tiny chocolate chips to decorate their cookie.

Triangle: “Pretend it’s a pizza and add some pepperoni.” Children can form little pepperoni out of extra play dough to make the triangle look like a slice of pizza.

Square: “Pretend it’s a window and add some flowers or trees outside.” Children can use play dough to make either some flowers to place outside the window or some trees.

Rectangle: “Pretend it’s a table and put some food on it. Make some animals in a cage.”

Diamond/Rhombus: “Pretend it’s a kite and add a kite tail.” Children can roll out some more dough to make a kite string.

Oval: “Pretend it´s Easter. Let´s make some Easter Eggs!”

Free: “Pretend there is a racetrack and add some cars.” Cars might not be easy to make with play dough, but show children how to make a very simple representation of a car with play dough (no details).

Mais ideias: http://www.prekinders.com/shape-play-dough-mats/

Muitas outras atividades podem ser desenvolvidas utilizando-se play dough e os alunos amam. Segue uma receita caseira para fazer a massa. Mãos à massa e boa atividade!

Play Dough recipe for kids

A Importância do Homework para alunos de Inglês

Keep calm and do homework

Muitos dos meus alunos detestam fazer homework (dever de casa), alguns então nem online. Desta forma fica muito difícil fixar o conteúdo aprendido em classe de 2 horas semanais.

Portanto, aqui segue um link em Inglês que destaca 6 razões para se fazer o homework.

http://www.teachthemenglish.com/2013/12/the-case-for-6-reasons-why-our-language-learners-should-get-homework/

Homework blackboard

1. Class time isn’t enough and learners need extra practice

Homework should above all else serve to review something that has been learned in class, or to offer further practice of something that was new and particularly tricky. With this in mind, make sure that whatever homework you assign can be completed by learners independently and with relative ease. Homework that gives the student an opportunity to further practice what he or she has just learned in class to further fix the concepts in their mind can be extremely worthwhile. Ideally, it should be something that is useful but that might have been boring had it been done in class (such as a gap fill text).

2. Homework helps them to remember the things they learned in class

Homework can do a great job of reinforcing the content of lessons, and provides a valuable opportunity for extra practice… before they have a chance to forget everything! Basically, homework should always supplement and click that ‘I remember’ button, so don’t assign new material because there’s a big chance that A) they will not understand it, and B) become frustrated with the tasks as well as being less open to discussing the work in class later on. This point is particularly important with classes that you see infrequently, as they have many chances to forget what you did in the last class!

3. Homework nurtures responsibility and facilitates the development of good study habits

At its best, homework helps to create an awareness of the methods of study fundamental to success in learning a language. Homework that bears this in mind will give learners the valuable experience of working to deadlines while facilitating teacher/learner interaction: once learners have completed such homework, you have to give feedback on their performance and the process as a whole.

4. Homework is a useful tool in preparing learners for tests and getting to grips with other aspects of the curriculum

Bear in mind that not all homework has to be graded, although doing so often encourages learners to actually complete the work, especially when it is geared toward some end goal such as an exam. A good thing to do in such cases is to give homework that follows the specifications of the assessment as closely as possible. What’s more, work done at home can take advantage of the quiet and private conditions needed for committed work.

5. Homework can help students to make more rapid progress in their language acquisition

Homework can provide valuable practice of skills learned in the classroom. We know that we are pushed for time and that each lesson is valuable contact time. We don’t want to be going into too much detail or doing too many tasks on one language point, regardless of whether or not the learners need it. At some point, you need to provide ways for that practice to take place in the learners’ own time, so you can get on with new stuff next lesson!

6. It can allow students to use materials and other sources of information that are not always available in the class room

Some of us have the luxury of computers and projectors in class, others do not. Some exercises that are on the net work best as self study materials anyway. Think about the resource you want learners to use and in particular whether it is more suited to classroom use or for personal study. Furthermore, assigning research tasks that require learners to go out into the wider world and independently find resources that link to what you did in class can be a useful and motivating activity.

Homework

Holidays Season – How to celebrate

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How do we celebrate

The winter holidays?

With songs, games, and stories…

There are so many ways.

With candles and bright lights;

With good foods and sweet treats;

With smiles on our faces,

For everyone we meet.

With special gifts to give

                                                                      To people who are dear;

                                                                        With love we want to share

                                                                        Throughout the coming year!

Activity Ideas

KWANZAA  BRACELETS

Gather red, green, and yellow straws. Cut  the straws into 1-inch pieces. Give each child some pieces of varied  colors.  Next, give each child a piece of  black yarn about 7 inches long. Wrap tape around one end of the yarn. Help  children string pieces of straw in alternating colors onto the yarn. When finished,  place yarn around children’s wrists and tie a knot in the ends of yarn to  fasten.

A HANUKKAH SNACK

Cut bananas in half. Then cut each half  lengthwise. Give each child one of the lengthwise pieces of banana. Break  pretzel sticks in half and give each child eight sticks. Help children push the  half sticks into the banana length to resemble a menorah. Place four half  sticks to one side and four to the other. Finally, push a full pretzel stick  into the banana length, between the two groups of four half sticks. This  resembles the candle that is used to light the others on a menorah. Let  students enjoy!

HOLIDAY  BINGO

On a large piece of poster board, draw a bingo  grid. In each square, show a picture (cut out and laminated) of a symbol for  one of the winter holidays (Santa, menorah, Kinara, and so on.) Give each child  pieces of blank paper. Divide children into small groups.  Start with one group by calling out the name  of a picture and letting one of the children cover that picture with a piece of  blank paper.  Continue and when a row is  covered, begin the game again, giving another group of children a turn.

LET’S  DECORATE

Help children create sponge-painting decorations for display or for  wrapping paper. Cut kitchen sponges into the shapes of holiday symbols. You can  use symbols from Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, or Kwanzaa. Pour various colors  of tempera paint into low trays. Help children place their sponges into the  paint and press them onto white paper. Children can create a long decorative  classroom mural or several large pieces of paper to be used for wrapping gifts

 

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5 razões para aprender uma 2ª língua na infância

kids at school

1 . Muitos experts em educação concordam que quanto mais cedo a criança for introduzida à 2ª língua, maior é a chance dela se tornar verdadeiramente proficiente .

         2  . O aprendizado de uma língua adicional está diretamente relacionado à habilidade   duradoura de comunicação com muitas pessoas.

        3 . Crianças podem derivar outros benefícios com este aprendizado incluindo a melhora no desempenho escolar geral e na habilidade se resolução de situações problemáticas.

 

4 . Saber uma segunda língua possibilita uma vantagem competitiva na força de trabalho através da abertura de oportunidade adicional de emprego.Estudos demonstram que alunos de língua estrangeira, estatisticamente pontuam mais alto em testes de uma forma geral.

5 . Estudos confirmam que, estatisticamente alunos de uma língua estrangeira pontuam mais alto em testes de uma forma geral.