18 Mar 2018

Excellent book

A quote is a piece of text from a literary book, which another author uses or has used for some purpose. I like the books of quotes and phrases from important authors as you could see in the post on February 22nd.
The book I recommend to you today is one that contains about three hundred sentendes of the two Alices (Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the looking glass by Lewis Carrol). As most of you know, I'm an Alice follower and this book is just awesome. Among the quotes, there are whole poems, and others that are just a few words. They are not ordered by chapters. I would say they are ordered by subjects. Furthermore, there is a useful index of concepts, saying the page where the quotes  come out.

17 Mar 2018

St. Patrick's Day

The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland celebrate today St. Patrick's Day. It's an important day, when everybody dresses in green and dances traditional dancings.
Even if you aren't Irish, you can celebrate this day with your family in different ways, dressing in green or doing a freen food lunch or dinner! Why not? It can be fun!
There is also a curiosity about clovers. If you find a clover with 4 leaves you will be very lucky, as the song below tells us. 

Also, this day is well known for a number of its traditionsBut, how do we celebrate his day? Here you have some recipes and craft ideas to celebrate it.

14 Mar 2018

Have a gr8 PI Day!

Hi there,
we celebrate the PI number today and for celebrating this special day, I want to share with you the digits of PI mapped to notes in a melody, played on the piano.
Watch the video below and you will see how the tune is using the white keys assigned to the PI numbers. It looks like whoever is playing this harmonizing music on their own with the left hand.

11 Mar 2018

Teens and mobile phones

Hi everyone!
Many weeks ago my students were talking about media social words and profiles. When I listened to them talking about that issue, I thought of doing an activity with them. Did they know what are they? Did they have accounts in social networks? Did they know the rules they have to follow and respect?
Here you have a proposal for talking and interacting among them.
After that, they were finding out about new words, as trending, viral and hashtag and they could describe the first one as a popularity fact, the second as something that people like and share and the third one as a keyboard of a tweet.

For homework they had to write a text about mobile phones and teenagers. They were amazing!

8 Mar 2018

Happy Women Day!

Hi there,
we celebrate an important day today, the International day of Women.
For that reason, 
 I want to recommend an amazing book to all of you to work in your English lessons.
It shows girls they can be anything they want.
Story after story, portrait after portrait, conversation after conversation you will see the potential of so many women all over the world.
                                                                                                Women protest (Barcelona) 
                                                                Just you know, watch The Ellen Show about Bic pens. 
Unbelievable !
Some women do like pink, but the idea that they actually decided to make pens just for women baffles me. It's beyond patronising. To be fair, who buys pens anymore? I think it's hilarious that pink and purple are considered "girl colors", when purple used to be the color of kings (because purple dye for clothing was expensive as hell back in the middle ages due to the fact it was made by crushing a rare beetle) and pink was a "boy's color" until the 1940s, when Hitler used a pink triangle to mark homosexuals.

2 Mar 2018

March 8th

Next March 8th, International day of working women, there will be a worldwide general strike for the first time in my life.
I have never worked this issue with primary children but personally I strongly believe that they can understand the video below in which the goal was to turn the phrase "like a girl" from being an insult  to being a real compliment and boost to self-confidence.

Furthermore, here you have an interesting reading about that day. However, just you know, I have prepared a reading and some structures to help children to talk in English.

1 Mar 2018

Happy St. David's Day!

The “March Hare” is a hare who appears in Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A hare is a type of large rabbit. March the 1st is St. David’s day - the patron saint of Wales. In Wales there is a traditional dish called “Welsh Rarebit”. “Rarebit” sounds a bit like “rabbit”.
For this simple reason, I want to show all of you, kids and adults, the Welsh Rarebit's dish.

25g butter
25g flour
150ml milk
175g cheddar cheese, grated
150ml brown ale
1 teaspoon of mustard (english mustard if you get it!)
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
2 egg yolks (the yellow part of the egg)
4 slices of toast
1. Make a sauce with the butter and flour, and leave
to cool.
2. Boil milk and then whisk it into the sauce.
Bring to the boil once again, whisking to ensure that
it does not burn and also that the sauce is free of
3. Add the cheese, beat in and remove from the heat.
4. Reduce the ale, English mustard and Worcestershire
sauce. When thick, add this mixture to the cheese
sauce. Season well with salt and pepper and beat in
the egg yolks.
5. Spoon on to the slices of toast and grill until bubbling.
Serve with extra Worcestershire sauce.... and enjoy it with your family! ;-D

Worthy on line game.

Hi there,
here you have an amazing on line game.
Read the questions and answer them correctly.
It's magic, the game will guess your secret person.
Try it and have fun!

25 Feb 2018

A fastastic app

With the computing curriculum recognising the importance of children learning programming, the most common problem for teachers is having the necessary knowledge and confidence to deliver it. 
For that reason, I always try to search for new resources to try my best having confidence on myself. This time I want to share with you an amazing app:
 Lightbot is an important app that can be useful for children and adults because we will gain knowledge of key coding principles in an easy format. The objective is to lead the robot around various squares, lighting up set tiles.
Try it and you will see the advantages in our primary lessons.

21 Feb 2018

My precepts

I'm thrilled to be able to share my favourite precepts. All started with Ted Talks blog question asking for favourite quotes and precepts. As you will read, I have a growing list of favourite sayings. All of them mean a lot of me. I hope they will to you.
  1. The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up (Paul Valéry)
  2. Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle. (Lewis Carroll)
  3. Just be who you want to be, not what others want to see (?)
  4. Don't dream it, be it. (?)
  5. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams (Roosevelt)
  6. If you ever feel lost, let your heart be your compass. (Emily)
  7. Keep a green tree in your heart and a singing bird may come (Chinese proverb)
  8. It's not what happens to you, but how you react that matters (Epictetus)
  9. Kind words do not cost much. Yet, they accomplish much (Blaise Pascal)
  10. Superheroes are made but heroes are born.
  11. Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
  12. Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
  13. Thousand of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened.
  14. Be the person who can smile on the worst day.
  15. Your best takes your time (Thomas)
  16. You can do anything you want. All you have to do is believe. (?)
  17. Live simply. Dream big.
  18. Be grateful. Give love.
  19. Laugh lots.
  20. Try your best.

16 Feb 2018

How to improve pronunciation?

Hi there,
as you know, I am always trying to improve my lessons so that my students have a good level of English. The post today is about an activity that I think is an excellent one due to its results. It has been easy to prepare and it had a positive feedback. Let me explain it. Just in case you do not know, I work through projects along all the primary levels. Most of the times, I participate in the classroom projects but there are many times that I include other activities to improve other dimensions of the language. The one that worries to me lately is the oral production. I listened to a person talking about a "Reading in pairs" activity and I considered as an excellent one. Attending that we have different audios in the classroom related with the tasks we do, I prepared some steps to show students how to follow the activity. 
If you are a teacher and you want to put in practice, you just have to prepare and audio, upload to your English blog and to organize the text in pairs.
Here you have the instructions: 
After doing it, I believe that this activity requieres students to read as well as listen to and correct the reading of a mate. Also, it allows students to compare the phonetics, the rhyme and the intonation. Finally, it helps students to be confident with oral language.

14 Feb 2018

Valentine's Day!

Hi there,
we celebrate Valentine's Day today, but do you know the origins of this celebration? Here you have a video that tells you the story and the origin of this date. Have fun!