Cutouts

There are many ways to cut paper, such as fringing, cutting straight lines, curved lines, zigzags, right angles….

It is a wonderful activity as it helps develop hand muscles, eye-hand coordination and bilateral coordination. We have used our cutouts to build these creations.

City buildings.

You all know that Salamanca is a wonderful city to enjoy its streets and the life that always fills them. In the following creations, we can see which buildings came to mind to year two children during lockdown.

Impossible not to think about the hospital, which appeared in the newspaper every day…

Others flew with the imagination or remembered other cities…

There were also some who built buildings and glued to open windows…

the people they missed.

The Liberation Day (Bulgaria)

The Liberation Day, officially known as the Day of Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Dominion in Bulgaria is celebrated on 3 March. It commemorates the Liberation of Bulgaria during the events of the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) that led to the re-establishment of a new sovereign Bulgarian in the framework of the Treaty of San Stefano on 3 March 1878. The treaty effectively forced the Ottoman Empire to returned Bulgarian lands of the Second Bulgarian Empire that were conquered in 14th century during the Bulgarian–Ottoman wars. It was celebrated for the first time on 19 February 1880 as the Day of the Emperor Alexander II’s Assassination and the Conclusion of the San Stefano Peace Treaty. It was officially designated as Liberation Day on its 10th anniversary in 1888 by the Principality of Bulgaria. It was only in 1978 when it started to be celebrated on a national scale. It became an official holiday by decree 236 of the Chairman of the State Council on 27 February 1990, coming into effect on 5 March.

Celebration of the Liberation Day of Bulgaria

at 201st Primary School St St Kiril and Methodiy

Свети Александър Невски (seen by seven-year-olds)

Our project offers FUNtastic opportunities for both teachers and students. Several months ago, a group of teachers enjoyed our meeting in Bulgaria immensely. Personally, I share many of these experiences with other colleaguess, but also with my students. For that reason, then I wrote the following post: Teaching in Bulgaria, in which I shared with them this photograph of the Sofia Cathedral:

Today I would like to share these drawings that my year two students have drawn inspired by this photography. An exceptional job, with a lot of geometry and a lot of creativity.

Last year my students drew Heddal Stave Church. I am very proud of their creations.
I take this opportunity to wish you a Честит национален ден.

Bulgarian tradition – Martenitsa

A Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and usually in the form of two dolls, a male and a female. Martenitsas are worn from Baba Marta Day (1st March) until the wearer first sees a stork, swallow, or blossoming tree (or until late March). The name of the holiday means “Grandma March” in Bulgarian and the holiday and the wearing of Martenitsi are a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the spring, which according to Bulgarian folklore begins in March. Inscribed in 2017 on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Warm greetings from Bulgaria!

The students from the 6th grade of the 201st Primary School St. St Kiril and Methodiy made wonderful martenitsas on the occasion of 1st March (Baba Marta Day).

The Frayer Model, a visual organizer.

Recently, in the Natural Sciences class, we have been using a visual organizer called “The Frayer Model.” We all know the importance of graphic organizers in order  to organize information, as the name implies. In this case, we have used it to strengthen the vocabulary that we have acquired throughout the unit.

The Frayer Model is a specific type of graphic organizer, which works in a very simple way: Features, Image / Drawing, Example and No example.

In our class, we have used it several times throughout the unit, since it allows us to go from the general to the particular, as we have been doing when classifying from “living beings, vertebrates, mammals, carnivores …”

I think, with the help of the photographs, it’s easy to understand how it works.

the frayer model: living things
my students loved it!

(By the way, this is a resource my trainee teacher shared with me. The photographs were taken while she was delivering the lesson. )

Hope you like it.

DRAWING TO MUSIC

Some time ago I shared post about drawing as an expression tool for children. I now share an activity where music influences the drawings made by children.

Let´s start.

We hand out a piece of paper to each child.

Before starting to draw: it is important that the students know that they will only start a picture, but other children will  continue and finish it. The teacher plays some music, then we must wait for the music to have an effect upon us: the mood, memories, evocations, images … It is time to start drawing. You can lower the volume of the music down until it stops playing. We continue drawing  for about four or five minutes and then we stop. We drop the pencils and the crayons. We pass the drawing to another student and receive the drawing of another. We wait for a new type of music to sound, we wait again for it to have effect upon us, etc. We repeat three, four times the same procedure. For this session, I have chosen melancholic music, then christmas music, comic music and finally suspense music.

It is surprising to see how music truly exerts an influence and produces images and feelings; reactions to the different types of music, gestures, body movement … Children let themselves be imbued by the music and release their feelings. For example, several students drew a mother singing a lullaby when they listened to melancholic music.

Go away, Big Green Monster!

Explaining, in a detailed and orderly way, how are people, animals, places or objects is always very attractive and very motivating for children. Without a doubt, it is a great topic of conversation that allows children to use the foreign language in a very creative way to talk about their own interests. If we add a video like Go Away, Big Green Monster and use it as a model to invent our monsters and later describe them, we can be a hundred per cent sure that we will have provided a wonderful learning center for our students:

The results will be very creative, very original: students will produce texts, oral and written, without any difficulty and in a very enthusiastic and very willingly way.