Preparatory Grade Native English Class, May 28th to June 8th

In this fortnight we continued our theme of Animals by making origami paper snakes. Long bits of various colored cardboards were cut and prepared for the children. Each chose two strips of paper, and started folding them onto each other according to my example. In the end, they added goggly ‘eyes’ and a small red strip for the ‘tongue’. Finally we watched a video song about snakes that introduced them and their habits, while the children ‘hiss’ed with their snakes, and made them ‘coil’ and ‘slither’.

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In the next session, we had a review on colors, numbers, and shapes. Balloons of various colors were blown and thrown around the classroom, and the children were asked to pop certain colors, and to count. Next, the children each received a collection of dried markers, from which they chose certain colors in certain numbers, both of which they named, and started making shapes of them, either on the ground using rubber bands or pipe cleaners, or on paper with glue.

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The children also made little fish from plastic plates. I drew a general outline of a fish with an upper fin and tail on the plates, and the children cut them or I helped them with it. Then they colored their fish, stock ‘eyes’ on it and ‘fins’ while the ‘tail’ was already on, and in the next session I punched and passed a bit of blue string through their fish and then they let their fish ‘swim’. We also sang the song “One Two Three Four Five” as the children ‘caught their fish’ in the air and ‘let them go’.
In the final session, we also sang the song “If you’re happy and you know it”. I brought my beginner’s violin to class, showed them the instrument, its four strings, and how each string has a different sound as we move the bow over it, starting from the stronger to the lighter sound. Then I played our most listened-to songs and the children had to guess which song it was. Some of the kids also held the violin and moved the bows over it to create a sound.
In the end, they all received a cut bit of cardboard in the shape of a violin and tried to pass through the four strings of pipe cleaner as its four strings.

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Prep Class, Native English, 14th to 25th of May

This week we got to number 10! The children sang the number 10 song, and then they made a sun craft with “ten little triangles” for the rays around their suns.

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Afterwards, we played with balloons for each number, in each of which there were chickpeas according to the number written on the balloons, which made pretty interesting sounds. The children had to throw and tap each balloon by its number, while we were sitting in a circle.

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In the next week we got to the subject of animals. The children each took a little printed model of the animals, both pets and wild animals. Then they raised their cards and said the names. Then we listened to the sounds for each animal on an app for animal sounds, and the children had to guess which animal it was for.
We also made a craft about animals. The children each chose a pet that they liked, and they made a craft of it from paper cups. Then they added the different parts for it while I helped them, like eyes, ears, wings, tail, etc.
In our final session we played and acted the different actions that each animal does; for example I asked them to “stump like an elephant,” or “climb like a gorilla” or “swim like a fish.”

Prep Class, Native English

We started learning number 8, in our worksheets, and also in a craft about the Itsy Bitsy Spider. The children both watched and sang along with the spider song, and I also showed them some –less scary- pictures of real spiders. Then we learned that spiders have 8 legs, and that they have hair on their heads and on their legs. So they cut out the circles that were drawn for them on cardboard, stuck little pieces of cut out yarn on their spiders, drew and cut out 6 eyes on the head (as I told them that spiders usually have 6 eyes) and then cut out and folded eight paper ribbons for the legs.
Then in the next session we made spider webs by sticking together three popsicle sticks and winding strings of yarn around them. This opportunity was used to review the prepositions around/on/under. I told each of them that they have to repeat pulling the yarn first ‘on’, then ‘under’, then ‘on’ again, so the yarn would wind around each stick. Then they colored and put a pasta-spider on the web.

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After this we got to the number 9. We traced and colored a number 9 worksheet, and in the second lesson the children each colored 9 little raindrops, stuck cotton on a little white cloud, and then cut out the raindrops and the cloud and stuck the raindrops on the cotton.

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