Happy New Reading Year

Happy New Year everyone. Let us tell you about a reading project year 4 has had this autumn. It has been so successful that the teachers want to continue this project for the rest of the school year.

Every morning the students find their reading book and read for 20 minutes. They can also eat and drink while reading. The students enter the classroom, first thing in the morning, and they find their book. Sometimes they eat their food and have something to drink.

The students can choose which book they want to read. They may choose between factual books, science fiction, fiction, cartoons, etc. Some students like to read books that suit their level, which means that they can choose a level book that the teacher has available for them.

One of the bookshelves in the classroom

The students have a shelf in front of the classroom where they can swap books, or they can look for books in the school library. We have a sharing shelf in the classroom where the students put the books they recommend to other students.

In November and December, the students had a literary project on Roald Dahl. In this period, all the students had to read a Roald Dahl book of their preference. It could either be a Norwegian or an English book. I will share our experience with this project in another post.

The students register everything they read in a form. When they have filled it in, they hand it to the teacher who adds all the pages together. At the end of the year, the students get recognized for all the reading they have done.

The students write the date they start and finish reading the book, the title and the author of the book, and how many pages they have read. At the bottom of the form, they have to add all the pages together.

At the beginning of the new reading year, 2020, the teacher asked for feedback from the students.

The positives:

  • easier to read
  • faster readers
  • feel relaxed in the morning
  • get into a book and use their imagination
  • the minorities learn Norwegian more quickly
  • can choose what they can read
  • it is fun to read
  • it is fun to read different languages as we did in the Roald Dahl project
  • it is fun to learn something new
  • it is as if we are watching a movie in the morning, but we are reading
  • we get good at retelling stories
  • we want to read more books
  • we can eat and enjoy our food while reading

What is negative about the project?

  • We use the library quite often and want more books (teacher comment: I think it is good that they read a lot of books, and want more books in the library)
  • sometimes we feel more tired from reading in the morning, but we think it is good because we get to relax
  • the class is not always calm enough, because everyone loves sharing the fun stuff that they are reading

Both students and teachers are quite happy with the reading project.

READ ON, 2020!!!

Bulgarian version of the continuation of the story of Juan, written by Magdalena Angelova /4th grade/ in English, Spanish and Bulgarian language

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Good deed

There was a man, who has a son and a cow. The cow was very beautiful and the son was a little bit silly. The father sent him to sell the cow because they need some money. The name of the son was Huan. He was sorry because he likes the cow very much, but he hasn’t got a choice. When they were in the mountain, the thieves appeared and stole the cow. Huan went after them. He saw that they entered a cave. He stayed behind the bush and waited for the thieves. Half an hour later they went out of the cave and Huan heard that they were going to rob somebody else.

When the thieves went away, Huan went in the cave even though he was afraid. It was very dark and Huan couldn’t see anything. The youth kept going for a long time and he decided to have a rest, but he fell asleep. When he woke up, he realized he is in some kind of a room. But there weren’t any windows, door, furniture. There was a little hole. The boy tried to go to the hole, but he could not pass because his leg was tied up to a stake.

Huan thought the thieves were the ones that did it and eventually he was right. He became sad and sat on the ground. He saw a notе: „If you want to stay alive, you must be our servant to the end of your life. Otherwise – BOOOM!“

The boy was frightened and decided it’s better to be a servant than get himself killed. He knew that it would hurt his father a lot (who was wondering where his son is).

At one moment one of the thieves came in the room (maybe the leader) and asked the youth what had he decided. Huan answered and the thief told him to go to the kitchen to prepare some dinner.

A few months later Huan became very sad for his father and his home. He decided to get away. So, he waited until all the people in the cave fell asleep. He went around the cave and found a room full of money and jewellery. He succeeded to put all the things outside. Without making a noise, he took his cow, the jewellery and went back home. His father was so excited that he did not notice the money and jewellery.

Later Huan told him everything about the thieves, the cave, the money, the jewellery. The man was really surprised.

Next day the father and the son went to the town and gave all the things to the City Hall. After a couple of days, a letter and a few bags arrived at their home. The family received a part of the treasure because of the good deed. The boy and his father were surprised.

The family started to live calmly and happily.

Buena Acción

Había un hombre que tiene un hijo y una vaca. La vaca era muy hermosa y el hijo era un poco tonto. El padre lo envió a vender la vaca porque necesitan algo de dinero. El nombre del hijo era Huan. Lo lamentó porque le gusta mucho la vaca, pero no tiene otra opción. Cuando estaban en la montaña aparecieron los ladrones y robaron la vaca. Huan fue tras ellos. Vio que entraron en una cueva. Se quedó detrás del arbusto y esperó a los ladrones. Media hora después salieron de la cueva y Huan escuchó que iban a robar a alguien más.

Cuando los ladrones se fueron, Huan entró en la cueva a pesar de que tenía miedo. Estaba muy oscuro y Huan no podía ver nada. El joven continuó durante mucho tiempo y decidió descansar, pero se quedó dormido. Cuando despertó se dio cuenta de que estaba en una especie de habitación. Pero no había ventanas, puertas, muebles. Había un pequeño agujero. El niño intentó ir al hoyo, pero no pudo pasar porque tenía la pierna atada a una estaca.

Huan pensó que los ladrones fueron los que lo hicieron y finalmente tuvo razón. Se puso triste y se sentó en el suelo. Él vio una nota: „Si quieres seguir con vida, debes ser nuestro servidor hasta el final de tu vida. De lo contrario, ¡BOOOM!

El niño estaba asustado y decidió que era mejor ser un sirviente que hacerse matar. Sabía que lastimaría mucho a su padre (que se preguntaba dónde está su hijo).

En un momento, uno de los ladrones entró en la habitación (puede ser el líder) y le preguntó al joven qué había decidido. Huan respondió y el ladrón le dijo que fuera a la cocina a preparar la cena.

Unos meses después, Huan se puso muy triste por su padre y su hogar. Decidió alejarse. Entonces, esperó hasta que todas las personas en la cueva se durmieran. Dio la vuelta a la cueva y encontró una habitación llena de dinero y joyas. Logró poner todas las cosas afuera. Sin hacer ruido, tomó su vaca, las joyas y regresó a casa. Su padre estaba tan emocionado que no se dio cuenta del dinero y las joyas.

Más tarde, Huan le contó todo sobre los ladrones, la cueva, el dinero, las joyas. El hombre estaba realmente sorprendido.

Al día siguiente, el padre y el hijo fueron al pueblo y entregaron todas las cosas al Ayuntamiento. Después de un par de días llegaron a su casa una carta y algunas bolsas. La familia recibió una parte del tesoro por la buena acción. El niño y su padre estaban sorprendidos.

La familia comenzó a vivir tranquila y feliz.

Добра постъпка

Имаше мъж, който имаше син и крава. Кравата беше много красива, а синът – малко глупав. Бащата го изпрати да продаде кравата един ден, защото имаха нужда от парите. Хуан, който се наричаше синът му, съжаляваше, защото много обичаше животното, но нямаше друг избор, освен да се подчини. Когато преминаха планина, крадци излязоха и откраднаха кравата. Но той ги последва и ги видя. Проследи ги крадешком и видя, че влизат в някаква пещера. Хуан седеше зад един храст и чакаше крадците да излязат. След около половин час те излязоха от пещерата и момчето ги чу да си говорят, че отиват да ограбят още някой.

Когато се отдалечиха на безопасно място, Хуан влезе в пещерата макар и да го беше страх. Там беше много тъмно и не се виждаше почти нищо. Младежът вървя доста дълго и накрая реши да си почине, обаче неочаквано заспа. Когато Хуан се събуди видя, че е в нещо като стая. В нея нямаше нито прозорци, нито врата, нито мебели, а само едно малко отворче, в което едва- едва можеше да се провре човек. Момчето тръгна към отвора, но не можа да стигне, защото кракът му беше завързан за един кол.

Хуан си помисли, че крадците имат пръст в това и беше прав. Младежът се отчая и седна на земята. Огледа се и видя бележка, на която пишеше: „Момче, ако искаш да останеш жив, ще трябва да ни бъдеш слуга до края на дните си. В противен случай – БУУУМ!“ от крадците

Момчето се изплаши и реши, че е по-добре да им бъде слуга и да е жив, отколкото да го убият. Знаеше, че това ще нарани баща му много, който през цялото време се чудеше защо синът му не се прибира.

По едно време в стаята на момчето влезе един от крадците (най-вероятно главатарят) и попита младежа какво е решил. Хуан отговори и човекът го заведе в кухнята, за да приготви вечеря.

Така мина много време. На Хуан му домъчня за баща му и за родния дом. Той реши да се измъкне и го направи една вечер, когато всички бяха заспали. Момчето обиколи пещерата и откри стая пълна с пари и съкровища. С много труд успя да изкара всичко навън без да събуди крадците. Взе си кравата и с нея се върна в дома си. Баща му се зарадва толкова много, че дори не забеляза чувалите с пари и скъпоценности. Когато се успокои Хуан му разказа цялата история – за крадците, за парите, за съкровищата. Мъжът остана с ококорени очи.

На следващия ден те отидоха в града и предадоха парите и съкровищата на кметството. След няколко дни в къщата им пристигна писмо и няколко чувала. В писмото пишеше, че заради добрата постъпка семейството получава част от богатството. Момчето и бащата бяха очаровани.

От този ден нататък семейството заживя спокойно и щастливо.

Adalmina, the spoiled princess…

Before sharing our creations, I must say that it was difficult to choose … Finally I decided to choose Adalmina because of the values that appear in the story, very appropriate and very suitable for my year two students. Having said that, I will share with you some titles, like the one in this same post. They also invented others such as Adalmina and the heart, Adalmina and the two fairies or Adalmina and the pearl.

Now you can read a few very, very interesting endings, which I have translated trying not to miss any of the spontaneity that children at this age have. Enjoy them.

  1. Suddenly, the princess was no longer so bad, nor so pretty, and she went with her parents to talk for a while and told them that the heart was more useful because she was humble and she  could be nice, good-humored and friendly. She went to her godmothers´  houses and told them that she had lost the pearl.
  2. The princess ran to her room and saw that the room was no longer full of gold. Her father, who was passing by, saw that she did not have the crown and said: You do not have the crown! He was very angry, but since the pearl had been lost, the wish of the blue fairy, which was the humble heart, was fulfilled, and the princess became very good as before and the red fairy asked for forgiveness and said crying: “I shouldn’t have given you that, because you’re already the prettiest for me and you’re already the wisest, and you have a wonderful family; and with those three things you’re already rich.”
  3. And the beauty faded. She was the same as before, she is no longer wise or rich. She got mad at her parents, and went further, to the blue fairy house. And she was happy although she was not the most beautiful. One day she was cleaning the windows and a prince came, and they played together, fell in love and lived together.
  4. Being less beautiful, less wise and less rich, she ran to the castle and asked the blue fairy for the humble heart. And the blue fairy, delighted gave it to her. And her parents not only learnt a lesson, but they learnt many more.

We have also drawn…

…and we have represented the most significant situations in each story we have invented using Lego…

CONSTITUTION DAY IN SPAIN

Today has been a great day for us. We have celebrated the 41st anniversary of our current Constitution. As you can see it is not so old, so many teachers and parents remember with emotion how the Spanish people voted a unanimous YES to this Constitution after having gone through 40 years of a military dictatorship. Our students´parents have been the protagonists today telling their chidren about personal experiences of that time. They have specially highlighted  how important this document is as  all our rights and duties as citizens are collected there. We, parents and teachers, wanted to make students aware of the importance of our country being a parliamentary democracy since it wasn´t always like that.

Long live the Constitution!

Can you draw him?

In this post, our third grader secondary students José and Alba, would like to challenge you to draw Patronio. Patronio is a character of the book “EL Conde de Lucanor” (The Count Locanor). The novel book is composed by 51 stories, and it is a very old piece of Spanish Literature. It was written in the Middle Ages (1335) by Don Juan Manuel. Read carefully the text below, focusing on his physical and personality features and try to draw him. Are you ready?

“Patronio is shown as a knower to the perfection of the moral and the ethics and a very cult man. Although surely, his most characteristic attribute is the wisdom. This can be seen in his language and in his ability with the problems of the count Lucanor.

Patronio, also, is shown always as a very humble man. This can be seen in his answers, ensuring that it isn´t necessary for someone as illustrious as the Count Lucanor to be advised. Even so, he offers to tell him a story. From this story, the count will take a teaching and solve his problem.

All of this makes us realize that Patronio was a man with a large experience in the life, not in itself for many stories he knew, but rather for the way to apply them to the problems. Here, he is seen as a man who has lived as an experienced man.

It can be concluded that Patronio, adviser of the Count Lucanor, was a man with a large wisdom and humility. He also had a lot of culture and experience. He is shown like the adviser that everyone should have to solve all his problems.

He is an advanced man, surely with a white hair and slightly smaller in stature than the Count Lucanor.”

Written by Alba and José.

 

A Spanish national hero.

DESCRIPTION OF A LEGENDARY SPANISH CHARACTER…

...who was born of the minor nobility, was educated in the royal Castilian court and became an important general and administrator, fighting against the Moors in the early Reconquista. Later exiled by King Alfonso VI, he left service in Castile and worked as a mercenary general for other rulers, both Moor and Christian. Late in life, he captured the Mediterranean coastal city of Valencia, ruling it until his death in 1099. (reference).

This is the description that my students have done for you to draw your pictures:

Our character is special because it mixes reality with legend. We will start with his description:

He was a brave and warrior man. He used to wear a beard like most of the men of his time. He is always pictured with an armor, a cape and his sword and helmet. His two most precious assets were his sword and his horse to which he even gave a proper name.

But he wasn´t only a warrior; he also was a family man with a wife and children. He comes from the northeast of Castile, a Spanish region and he is mainly known for his warrior exploits. Despite being considered a hero, he did not always have it easy.

We hope to be helpful with this description to elaborate your drawings.

Now you can find out:

1.- The name of his sword and horse.

2.- The name he was given as a national hero and its meaning.

3.- Something about him that it is part of the Legend.

4.- Where do you have to go to visit his tomb.