Queen for a Day

Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It is a day when children honour their mothers with cards, gifts, and flowers. Although it wasn’t celebrated in the U.S. until 1908, there were days honoring mothers even in the days of ancient Greece. In those days, however, it was Rhea, the Mother of the gods that was given honor. Most classroom teachers are sure to help their students honor their mothers on this special day! And I was pleased to see some inspiring crafts in the schools I teach. I could not resist helping students honour their…Συνέχεια ανάγνωσης Queen for a Day

Easter song

«Hot Cross Buns» is an English language nursery rhyme, Easter song and street cry referring to the spiced English bun associated with Good Friday and known as a Hot Cross Bun. It contains currants and is decorated with a white cross on the top. It is usually cut in half, toasted and buttered and eaten at Easter time. The cross on top of the bun commemorates the crucifixion. The treat was sold in the streets of England to the cry of «Hot Cross Buns!», and dates back to the nineteenth century. Lyrics Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny,…Συνέχεια ανάγνωσης Easter song

International Children’s Book Day

This thought provoking poster for International Children’s Book Day 2011 comes from Estonia, with a beautiful design by Jüri Mildeberg (aka Jüri Mildebergius). The theme is ‘The Book Remembers’. Saturday, 2nd April is the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen is celebrated worldwide as International Children’s Book Day.  There are a myriad of ways to do this in schools, libraries and homes.  Some suggestions include: •    reading and promoting stories by HC Andersen •    introducing folk tales from around the world •    invite a local storyteller to tell HC Andersen stories and/or folktales from overseas •    inviting parents from other cultures to share…Συνέχεια ανάγνωσης International Children’s Book Day

Writing about a famous person

Unit 7 in the Grade 5 book is called Going back in time. We talked about various figures from the past and students wrote about Aliki Vougiouklaki, Jenny Karezi and Socrates but I am posting the following piece as it is 200 years since this influential Greek writer passed away. Papadiamantis was born on 4th March 1851 on the island of Skiathos. He lived a humble life and he supported himself (very meagerly) by writing throughout his adult life. His novels are adventurous with rich plots about war, pirates and the plague and his shorter stories are “ real “ about…Συνέχεια ανάγνωσης Writing about a famous person

Saint Patrick’s Day

There are certain days in the year that as an English teacher I feel we should point out to students….. March 17 last week was Saint Patrick’s Day and I did enjoy making leprechaun figures with students and introducing them to the legend of Saint Patrick. There are crosswords, word searches and a variety of printable worksheets on line to keep everyone busy. We may not have worn green but we did read GREEN EGGS AND HAM by Dr.Seuss. We had a good time.

READING CORNER

I think encouraging children to read books is very important and introducing them to some classic English children’s literature is something I truly enjoy. Today I chose to read Where the Wild Things Are (a 1963 children’s picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak) to the students in Grade 6. The story appealed to them as the plot is “wild” and they did enjoy the beautiful illustrations. We talked about Max’s feelings, dreams, fantasy and animals as the “wild things” in the book are a combination of different animals. We finished off with a worksheet and I now await to…Συνέχεια ανάγνωσης READING CORNER

Letter to pen-friend Joe

Tuesday 22nd February, 2011 Dear Joe, Thanks for your letter and it was nice to hear from you and all about your class trip to the London Transport museum. It did sound interesting! We also went on a school trip recently. We visited the Mevgal Milk Industry in Koufalia. We travelled by bus and when we arrived we watched a video of the industry’s operations. We were also given a bag with samples of yogurt and milk. We then had some free time in the park. We also visited an enamel workshop in Pella. A woman showed us how to…Συνέχεια ανάγνωσης Letter to pen-friend Joe

Animal Riddles

It lives in a home. It’s got four legs and a tail. It eats bones and meat. It drinks water. It likes to run and barks. It is small and cute. Which animal is it? A puppy.    By Helen E.  Grade 4 My favourite animal lives almost anywhere. It has a long tail and is a type of lizard. It is small and changes colour. It eats leaves. Which animal is it? A chameleon. By Marios. Grade 4 My favourite animal lives in the mountains and in the forest. It is big and short. It has got four legs and…Συνέχεια ανάγνωσης Animal Riddles

Greek Customs at Christmas

GREEK CUSTOMS AT CHRISTMAS At Christmas we decorate a Christmas tree and a boat. We always sing carols on Christmas Eve and open presents from Father Christmas on New Year’s Day (January 1st). We make Christmas cards at school and sometimes send them. We always eat vasilopita (New Year’s Pie) and hope the lucky coin is in our piece. We decorate our house with lights. We sometimes eat turkey and we often eat traditional honey sweets –  melomakarona and Greek shortbread – kourabiethes. Based on the Write and speak task in Grade 4 Student’s Book page 64 Christmas trees in…Συνέχεια ανάγνωσης Greek Customs at Christmas