Time for a little shopping…

  

  
I love to use student-made teaching materials in my ESL class. The items that we made this time were drawings of objects that my students were going to sell to each other. I understand that some parents find the use of     art in a ESL classroom as irrelevant or just a waste of time. I beg to differ. My students and I use that time to actually talk and sing. You’d be amazed at how much more relaxed children can be when they are in the middle of creating something. Singing becomes more fun and I get the time to question them about everyday occurrences. More than that, they are actually made to use the actual language (and phrases) that they would benefit from the most. 

Here’s how my lesson went-

After we learned some typical phrases like:

“How much does this cost?”

“It costs # euros and # cents.”

and:

“That’s expensive!”

“That’s a good price.”

“That’s a bargain!”

I then had them practice naming all of the individual coins:

“Twenty cents, ten cents, one euro, two euros…”etc. 

We then quickly moved on to adding up different sums and they really enjoyed showing off their ever growing math skills. I then asked them to pick out a particular item to sell and to then choose a price to sell it at. Working in pairs they took turns asking, “How much does this cost.” ” It’s costs # euros and # cents. ” Whereby their partner would answer,       “That’s expensive!” or one of the other phrases. 

How did my students like this activity! Let’s put it this way, it was hard to get them to end the lesson. They were hooked. 

Until next time!

“Just speak!”

Danielle

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Happy Halloween!

Boo! I just wanted to share a last minute Halloween costume with all of you. This one will be used by my Star Wars crazy boy but it can be tailored to fit any size. For detailed instructions please go … Continue reading

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DIY awards for dad

I have a feeling that some of my students must have some cool dads because these awards, complete with mini portraits, turned out great :)

 
    

 
   

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Happy Father’s Day 

 
We wish all of our students a happy Father’s Day with their loved ones. 

Hugs,

Danielle and Gobo

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Shrinking Plastic 

I found a material that has me inspired to draw more, to create characters and new worlds. It’s called “shrinking plastic ” or “plastique dingue” in French. I’ve used it to make pendants for necklaces and charms for bracelets and I’m officially hooked. However, now I understand why these little DIY items can be so pricey…they take a lot of work. The ones that I’ve made are all hand drawn, colored and cut. Then I add a piece of string and make it wearable. If I don’t answer my phone in the coming weeks it’s because I’m shrinking plastic :)

Have a great day!

Danielle 

  
   
 

   
 

  
  

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Custom made crayons


 

Why not make some custom crayons to use at home, for a friend or to add as party favors in your birthday gift bags? 

What you need:

1. Old, broken crayons

2. Silicone muffin molds (any shape will work fine)

3. A baking tray to set the muffins on 

4. A preheated oven set to about 170 degrees Celsius 

Directions:

1. Peel the paper off of your crayons.

2. Place the broken crayon pieces into the silicone muffin molds.

3. Place the muffin molds on the baking tray and place the tray into your preheated oven.  Allow them to “bake” for about 15 minutes.

4. Take the molds out of the oven and allow them to cool for about an hour.

5. Pop the crayons out of the molds and put them to paper!

Just speak!

Danielle 

 
    

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