Mexican Place Mats Thanks to Darren for sharing this craft idea with us! This craft offers children an opportunity to learn the basic of weaving -- it's a great project for themes other than Mexico as well (just use the colours that go with the season or theme you are doing). You can make a larger version to use as a Mexican blanket or Poncho. Materials: scissors, glue, ruler pencil, one 18" x 12" piece of construction paper. - this larger piece will become the background color for the placemat 16 strips of construction paper in a single color or multiple colors - these strips should be 1 inch wide by 12 inches long Optional: clear contact paper. 33 Great Apps for Storytelling and Creativity 2013 Update… Here are the main apps I suggest for storytelling. Some of them are actual bookmaking apps, some are apps for creating stories in various ways and others are apps I would use to help kids plan out a story. I have listed them in the order of importance for my classroom. I think the first 10 on the list are a must have for all elementary classrooms. Educreations FREE- (example HERE and HERE) There is also a web version of this tool
Education World: The Reading Room EducationWorld wants to help you turn your students into the best readers possible. To do that, we have compiled the "Reading Room" a huge list of articles and activities designed to help you teach reading. We start with research-based concepts, ready-to-use tools, and extensions for learning provided by our own "Reading Coach." After that, we have all sorts of useful tools including scripts for reading aloud in the classroom along with other resources. Parapara Animation - Create Stopmotion Animations in Your Browser Parapara Animation is a free animation creation tool developed and hosted by Mozilla. The tool is easy to use and it does not require registration in order to use it. To get started simply visit the Parapara Animation website, select a digital crayon, then start drawing. Click the large "+" icon in the top of the screen to add a new frame to your animation. You can playback your frames at any time in the creation process.
ESL - HandsOn English, ETC LISTENING/SPEAKING Strand = Six Student Texts with CDs + Six Instructor's Annotated Editions/Manuals HandsOn English, ETC: LISTENING/SPEAKING = Six Student Texts with CDs + Six Annotated Instructor's Editions/Manuals HandsOn English is a new name for the classic 17-Book ETC PROGRAM Competency-Based Skills Series. For novice/beginning to advanced language + content learners, it contains six (6) Levels of two or three Student Texts each, subtitled  "Getting Started with Life Skills,"  "English in Everyday Life,"  "An Immigration Story,"  "World Culture/Cross-Cultural Communication,"  "Language & Culture in Depth," and  "Issues & Answers."
Kids Love English: Parts of the House Just yesterday, February 23rd, I started a new online course - "Becoming a Blended Learning Designer" on Canvas Network. I'm really excited about it, for it is a challenge I need to face as an EFL and a Teacher Development Course teacher working with this model. Let the challenge begin.The main aspect of this week 1 reading “Understanding Blended Learning” is, for me, the idea of connectivism, which gives special emphasis on the importance of sharing information, ideas, resources, and networks. In my EFL teaching context, with a Teacher Development Course group, enforcing this concept among my students seems to be fundamental.
The 10 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows To Learn English Already watching movies to learn English? And can’t stop learning English with those 90’s sitcoms? We’ve got an idea that will not just expand your English vocabulary, but also expand your mind. We’re talking about sci-fi TV shows! So, What are Sci-Fi TV Shows? Sci-Fi means “Science fiction.” Toddler Art with Items found in Nature - happy hooligans Nature faces: Creating toddler art with items found in nature. Set out, with your kids, on a nature hunt in your yard or neighbourhood, and make art with the garden treasures that you collect along the way! Leaves, flowers, seed pods and twigs can all be used to create these adorably goofy nature faces. There’s something about looking for treasures that turns an ordinary walk around the neighbourhood into something exciting and magical.
50 Essential Resources for ESL Students Learning a new language is always daunting, especially when that language is as full of weird rules and contradictions as English. Even native speakers sometimes have trouble mastering the nuances of tense and grammar. Fortunately, if you’re originally a non-English speaker, there are a fantastic amount of resources online to help you master the English language. Sassy Style: Homemade Outdoor Twister Game So, one day when I was spray painting, I thought that it would be totally rad if I made a Twister game on my grass with my trusty, rusty spray paint. Yep-you read that right! You can make your own huge, homemade, outdoor, Twister game! (try saying that fast 3x) This would be so fun for a family reunion, block party, school carnival-whatever really. You are all super smart now-when it comes to painting.
Happy English Podcast Learn English Welcome To Happy English At Happy English, you’ll study English in a clean, comfortable, professional environment, right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The Happy English tutoring center is located on the corner of Madison Ave and 40th Street, minutes away from the New York Public Library and Grand Central Station. It’s Your English Lesson My English tutoring is ideal for language students, homemakers, and business professionals who want to brush-up their English. I create each lesson for each student on a one-to-one basis.