I am a thirty something mother of two.. who loves God, family and friends.
I have a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and 7 years of experience doing therapy.
I live in sunny Florida. Recently I have been concentrating
on making sure my children are bilingual/biliterate in
English and Portuguese.
We continued with our "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" book. This time the caterpillar became a butterfly. We went through the process of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Then the kids made a butterfly with foam board. The kids were able to attach the butterfly to their finger and the butterfly flew around. Coloring a butterfly was next.
Monica had a handout of all the foods that the caterpillar ate. She found that here
She printed them out and then wrote the names of the foods in Portuguese.
Then they got to created their own caterpillar by using a pen,red puffy balls and pipe cleaners. The craft was cute, easy and so creative. I wish I had thought of that myself. All one has to do is to roll a green pipe cleaner around a pen, glue gun a red puffy ball and then small pieces of fabric or paper for the eyes and antennas. There you have it, a beautiful caterpillar. The kids absolutely love them... and they got to work on their creativity, sense of accomplishment and small motor skills!
Then we had the kids hold the caterpillar/lagarta and we said every word that the caterpillar ate and the child had to move the caterpillar to the appropriate food in the paper. So, this is a great vocabulary building activity.
I wanted to let you know about two programs sponsored by Pizza Hut. One is for preschoolers (Give me 20 reading challenge) and the other for k-6 (BOOK IT).
Basically you register on their site, follow the program (reading books for a certain amount every day), and you can win either Corduroy prizes or a pizza (depending on the program that you enroll). Give me 20 is about reading to kids for 20 minutes everyday. To participate in the Book it program the child has to be in a participating school (or to be Home schooled).
I am participating in the "Give me 20" and thought it is a great idea...reality is we probably would read that much anyway..so why not get something for it?
So, I get bored easily. I confess. I have at least 4 books that I am curretly reading, no less than 5 crafts I am currently working on, and I watch several tv shows while multitasking. It is absolutely amazing I can be married to only one man and be happy with having only two kids. Anyway, my boredom buster this past month has been an addiction to blogs and crafts that go along with them. But I digress.. this post is actually just to be about one activity that I did when I was bored.
My son is learning Eric Carle at school. So, we all got caught by the bug of the wonderful writing, and creativity of Eric Carle's books. My daughter and I especially like the Grouchy Ladybug. If you don't own it, it is worth your money! The story is interesting and you can use it to teach vocabulary (animal names, animal parts), time (clock in every page), sequencing, colors, and science (what ladybugs eat, how that is important for the environment, etc). As a plus you can also use it to discuss friendly behavior, good mood, coping skills when we don't get our way, fighting, etc. The book is a gem!
The problem is that when kids love books they want you to read, read, read, and read some more. So, I have been reading the Grouchy Ladybug like 20 times a day. So, my boredom was sky high. Trying to find a cure, I started to think of ways to make it more interesting. So, I turned to other ways of telling the story and crafts related to it.
In addition, since I have been telling the story in Portuguese I decided to make a version of the book and write the Portuguese translation in the back (instead of translating everything as we read).
I am extremely pleased with the results. I used my computer's clipart for the pictures. When they were done I ended up finding someone that had a similar idea as mine and since it is easier to post that here than trying to post what I did...I am sending the link
Dez pessoas completaram a pesquisa (eu nao completei pois achei que ja que criei o teste deveria deixar so voces completarem). Aqui vao as respostas:
Os metodos mais usados e mais importantes para ensinar portugues: primeiro conversas e depois comunidade brasileira.
50% das pessoas vao a escolinha, 50% vao ao storytime (sendo que duas pessoas nao responderam), e 90% vao ao Clube do Livro. A maioria das nossas criancas falam e entendem portugues mas cometem erros que nao cometeriam nesta idade se morassem no Brasil.
Importante no Clube do livro: valorizacao e exposicao da cultura brasileira (musica,estorias) e do portugues, interacao de criancas ou grupo, leitura de livros em portugues, portugues e interacao com outras criancas; a interacao do grupo.
Mudancas desejadas no Clube do livro:mais frequencia., pelo menos 2 vezes ao mes; mairo participacao de todos, maior leitura no final.
Importante na Escolinha: atividade estruturada e divertida com exposicao ao portugues (vocabulario, conceitos academicos). Amizade e entrosamento entre todos.
Mudancas desejadas na Escolinha: melhor registro das atividades desenvolvidas (este e um dos propositos deste blog); menos coisas que possam tirar o interesse das criancas na sala de aula; outro horario; Que fizessemos uma especie de "guided playing" com as criancas depois da parte "academica" para que eles aprendem o vocabulario da brincadeira - role playing activities tambem.
Importante no Storytime: promocao da leitura e da lingua portuguesa a estrangeiros e brasileiros.
Mudancas desejadas no Storytime: Que mais pessoas fossem, que a arte fosse sempre ligada ao tema do dia, de variar a apresentacao um pouco, com jogos ou brincadeiras. incluir alguns autores brasileiros assim que possivel
I think this week I left my head at home. I know I left it right next to the computer. God only knows how I did my errands, and then went (late) to the Escolinha. So, I was tired, grouchy and airheaded when Monica did her teaching. I know the theme was "a summary of the month" but I cannot tell what she did... except for the songs and activities that always happen. So, I have asked Suzanna to write as a guest here. I will come back and post when she gives me her text.Okay? So sorry, I swear I will put my head on, for next class.
Here is what wonderful Suzanna wrote. Thank you Suzanna!
Ultimamente quando temos chegado na aulinha, a Monica ja esta na garagem dancando com a galera toda. Enquanto esperamos todas as criancas chegarem, Monica aproveita e faz suggestoes simples: "Bota a mao na cabeca!", "Agacha!" "Pula!". As criancas adoraram, e e uma maneira de envolver os que nao falam, mas que ja entendem.
Muitas maes participam tambem, e eu acho que nao so e uma manifestacao de solidariedade com a Monica, mas ajuda as criancas, ja que nem todos estao olhando para a professora constantemente para seguir as instrucoes. No mundo ESOL chamamos isto de TPR, ou Total Physical Response. Nem sempre e feita com musica. O jogo Chefinho Mandou (Simon Says) e outro exemplo de TPR.
Outra vantagem, claro, e que todo esse movimento cedinho cansa os meninos e ajuda eles a manterem mais concentracao durante as outras atividades. Bem, normalmente funciona assim! Tem dias que mare nao esta pra peixe...
Na sexta passada, Monica preparou uma especie de "best hits" de 2010! Cantamos a musica da formiga (Fui ao mercado, comprar batata roxa...) fazendo todos os movimentos. Lemos o livro Meus Amigos do Taro Gomi. Cada crianca ganhou uma plaquinha que Monica imprimiu com um dos personagens do livro. Tinham que manter atencao para colocar sua plaquinha no quadro na sua vez. Espero que Monica tente de novo na sexta que vem, ja que a atencao da turma nao estava 100%, e a atividade foi super valida.
Para acabar, queria mencionar que a atividade do trem, em que as criancas tem que achar suas "passagems" usando so os seus nomes, sem se referenciar as fotos esta ficando cada vez mais facil. Tem uns pequenininhos que ja estao achando os seus nomes. Um garotinho de 2 anos identificou logo o "W" do seu nome. A felicidade dos meninos quando colocam os crachazinhos no trem alegra qualquer coracao!
I found this great resource in the internet. It is a Pdf file full of drawings of Portuguese verbs. They have all kinds of verbs... Unfortunately at the time I did not think of writing down the web address so I cannot give credit (I have the file so I can email to whoever wants it--just leave a comment asking for it). If you know where it is from, please let me know and I will post a link and/or give credit. I printed everything on cardboard, cut and laminated. It turned out great. See picture below:
A few tips: to save money print every other sheet on regular paper. Then when you laminate put two cards (a cardboard and a regular paper) against each other. This will save you money, time and it the "book" will be smaller than mine. I am embarrassed to say I only thought about this trick halfway through my laminating ....:(
The verb "pegar" is mispelled. So I fixed it and no problem..I have around 90 of verbs for my son to practice! And for my husband to learn portuguese! Just to give you a taste here are some of the verbs: surfar, nadar, pagar, comprar, fritar, perguntar, comer, tomar, derrubar, brigar.
Please do NOT copy any pictures with children. If you want to use anything from this blog please: 1- leave me a comment and mention what you will be using and where. (Part of the fun of blogging is exchanging knowledge and ideas so I would love to see your site.) 2- credit me by putting my blog's address following the info/picture that you got here.