Why God Made Teachers


by Kevin William Huff

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When God created teachers,
He gave us special friends
To help us understand His world
And truly comprehend
The beauty and the wonder
Of everything we see,
And become a better person
With each discovery.

When God created teachers,
He gave us special guides
To show us ways in which to grow
So we can all decide
How to live and how to do
What’s right instead of wrong,
To lead us so that we can lead
And learn how to be strong.

Why God created teachers,
In His wisdom and His grace,
Was to help us learn to make our world
A better, wiser place.

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Icebreaker activities for back to kindergarten


Illustration of Kids Playing Catch

I’ll get to know you

  1. The teacher (ahead of time) tapes either a big button with a letter of the alphabet underneath the child’s desk. The teacher would make sure that there are 2 of each letter and then space out the letters.
  2. Example, under Johnny’s desk a button would have the letter “A” written on it, and then across the room, under Brenda’s desk, there would be another button with the letter “A”.
  3. When the teacher rings the bell, the children scurry to find their match and then must find out 2 facts about the person.
  4. After everyone has found their match, the children would sit in a big circle to introduce their new friend and tell the class two facts about the person.

Hello, Hello Icebreaker. Printable Pdf here: Hello_hello_icebreaker

  1. Firstly the kids look through the pictures on the Icebreaker printable, decide which ones they can do and colour them in. They might choose only a few things or they might decide they can do everything! Hopefully they’ll take time to chat with the kids around them while they’re doing this.
  2. Then, as a group, ask the children what they can do. They might like to add other special abilities such as break dancing, jumping like a frog or going cross-eyed. For the song they’ll each need to choose two activities (that have one or two syllables) or one activity (with more than three syllables) to fit into the ‘I can….’ line of the song. For example, ‘I can click and hop,’ or ‘I can build a sandcastle.’

Back-to-School-hello-activity-song

Sursa: www.lizs-early-learning-spot.com

A Kiss for the Kids!
All students start this activity in a seated position. Then the teacher will give the following, or similar, instructions for students to follow:

  • If you traveled this summer, stand up.
  • If you have a brother, sit down.
  • If you are the youngest of all the children in your family, stand up.
  • If you own a pet, sit down.
  • If you have a sister, stand up.
  • If your family owns a computer, sit down.
  • If you live in an apartment, stand up.
  • If this is your first year in this school, sit down.
  • If you are in ____ grade, stand up. (Fill in the blank with your grade; all students will stand.)
  • If you were kissed by someone this morning, sit down.

At this point in the activity give a (chocolate) kiss to all those who are standing and say, „We all need a kiss a day!”

Sursa: www.educationworld.com

Cele mai faine idei de la seminarul de parenting oferit de Parentime #AjungemMari


mirunaMarti am participat la un superseminar oferit de Miruna Patrascu, una dintre fondatoarele Parentime, pentru Ajungem Mari.

Miruna a fost asaltata de intrebari de catre voluntarii care desfasoara activitati in centrele de plasament si dupa mai mult de doua ore in care a avut rabdarea sa ne impartaseasca din cunostintele ei, am fi stat in continuare sa o ascultam. A fost pur si simplu minunata :), ne-a oferit solutii la probleme ca violenta intre copii, metode de captarea atentiei, idei de jocuri si activitati de cooperare, notiuni de educatie emotionala si multe altlele pentru care ii multumim.

Mai jos, o sa punctez cele mai importante informatii, care sigur va vor fi de ajutor in activitatea cu cei mici:

  1. Jocul este metoda cea mai eficienta de a ne apropia de copii, cat si de invatare. Jocul acceseaza invatarea intuitiva, de aceea cunostintele sunt asimilate si pastrate mult mai simplu; Pana la 12 ani, jocul este principala metoda de invatare; Jocul este si o forma de terapie;
  2. Inainte de a incepe predarea propriu-zisa, se recomanda sa petrecem 10 minute cu copiii in care sa ne jucam ca si cum nu vrem sa ii invatam nimic (ABSOLUT NIMIC);
  3. Putem folosi aceste 10 min si pentru jocuri de apropiere;
  4. Jocurile DE COOPERARE, si nu cele COMPETITIVE, ne ajuta sa construim relatia intre educator si copii cat si intre copii. De multe ori intre copii sunt tensiuni si aceste jocuri ii aproprie;
  5. Jocurile de oglindire sunt cel mai rapid mod de a crea conexiune cu cei mici;
  6. Inventarea unui salut propriu cu fiecare dintre copii (ei il propun si ne invata – e recomandat sa il invatam, cat mai greu…:)));
  7. In functie de problemele identificate la nivelul grupului, GOOGLE search jocuri pentru rezolvarea lor: jocuri de cooperare, jocuri pentru cresterea rezistentei la frustrare, jocuri pentru cresterea stimei de sine.
  8. MANCATORUL DE FRUSTRARI – cutia in care cei mici sunt rugati sa-si abandoneze frustrarile. Le vor scrie/desena, fara sa le semneze, apoi le vor introduce in mancatorul de frustrari. O data pe luna, fiecare copil alege o frustrare scrisa de el, ceilalti sunt rugati sa sculte fara sa intrerupa apoi sa ofere solutii fara sa jigneasca.
  9. Pana la 7 ani, copiii nu dezvolta capacitatea de a pierde, de aceea e de preferat sa nu-i punem in situatii in care sa experimenteze esecul.
  10. kidspower.org , solutii eficiente impotriva violentei;
  11. Alphie Kohn, Daniel Siegel, cativa dintre marii autori citati de Miruna.

Pentru resurse si filmulete gratuite pe teme de parenting, accesati site-ul: www.parentime.ro si pagina de facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Parentime/111519728871349

Back to blogging


I am very happy to get back to Engleza la Gradi with new posts. Lots of changes and events lately so I kinda took advantage of the summer holiday.

I’ve really missed writing and also the English lessons. You surprised me with a lot of activity on the blog and that motivated me more to come up with new stuff.

Breaks are always good. You get to clear your head and to have a better perspective, you have time for new experiences, you rearrange your priorities and most of all, you charge your batteries full.

So, be kind to me. I’ve just got back and I’m still with one foot on vacation :))

 

Tiny Tim the Turtle


 

 

There was a little turtle,

His name was Tiny Tim,

I put him the bathtub,

To see if he could swim.

He drank up all the water,

He ate up all the soap,

And now he’s in the bathtub,

With a bubble in his throat!

Bubble, bubble, bubble,

Bubble, bubble, bubble,

Bubble, bubble, bubble,

Bubble, bubble, pop!

Outdoor learning activities


Outdoor activities are great. Enjoy the sunny days outside, playing, learning games and new words. Take your time to clearly explain the rules to the children and to make sure they have understood them.

Let’s play!

Kids-Playing-

CAT AND MOUSE

Number of players:

6+

Activity:

Ask for two volunteers to play the cat and the mouse.

The other players should form a circle and hold hands.

The player who is the mouse should stand inside the circle and the cat should stand outside the circle.

The aim of the game is for the mouse to get outside the circle and avoid being caught by the cat.

The mouse must stay moving while inside the circle but cannot stay inside the circle for more than 10 seconds.

The cat cannot come into the circle but they can reach into the circle to grab the mouse.

The circle players have to try and keep the cat away from the mouse by holding up their hands to let the mouse in and out of the circle.

They can also block the cat’s attempts to grab the mouse by standing in their way.

If the mouse is caught, the mouse becomes the new cat.

The old cat takes the place of a player holding hands and another player becomes the mouse.

GOING ON A PICNIC

Everyone loves going on a picnic. It’s a great opportunity to repeat the food and kitchen vocabulary, the vegetables and the fruits.

picnic

Number of players:

1+

What you need:

  • blanket
  • paper plates
  • finger food

Activity:

Change up your day by turning an ordinary lunch into a picnic.

You don’t even need to leave the house to enjoy a picnic with your child.

Just spread a blanket on the lounge room floor and eat your finger food using paper plates.

Encourage your child to use their imagination and pretend they are somewhere else more exciting.

Children love to use their imagination and chat to you about where they are and what they see around them.

AND A CUTE SONG: THE ANTS GO MARCHING ONE BY ONE (Have fun marching!)

Source: www.kidspot.com.au

SPINNER PRIZE WHEEL

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