martes, 22 de mayo de 2018

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!" and the ABC's with Infantil

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a classic children's story I remember from my childhood. The story is about the letters of the alphabet climbing up a big coconut tree. The artwork is beautiful, and since my infantil kids have been learning the alphabet in English, I wanted to create a craft with them.

Resultado de imagen de chicka chicka boom boomYou can listen to the story here:

There are three videos I like to use when teaching the alphabet. If you want to practice with your child at home, check them out!

1. The slow song:
2. The song that gets faster:
3. The alphabet + animals and sounds:

After practicing the alphabet, the kids started to make their own coconut tree surrounded by the letters of the alphabet. Here's the example project:

While the kids were working on their projects today, some of them started to sing the alphabet. After a couple minutes, almost all the students were singing! They love learning the alphabet!

EuroTour in Colegio Torrente Ballester

During May and June, the students will be working on different projects for our "EuroTour" day. The tour will take place in June, but the students will be working on their project during the next few weeks.

Each grade will learn about a different country, create projects, presentations, and posters related to the information they learned, and then they will present and "travel" to all the different countries with their Colegio Torrente Ballester "passport."
Resultado de imagen de europe map
Here's the breakdown...
1st grade: Spain
2nd grade: Ireland
3rd grade: Italy
4th grade: Portugal
5th grade: Poland
6th grade: Germany

The students have to prepare little flags and one big flag for classroom decorations. Students must also create a big map and label important cities of their country. Each student must also learn how to say, "Hello, my name is _______" in the native language of their country. Finally, the students will work on little projects involving different topics such as:

- Traditional food
- About the flag
- Famous sights and monuments
- Traditional clothing
- Weather and climate
- Language(s) of the country
- Traditional music
- Celebrations, holidays and festivals

I've started with the flags and map with my 1st grade class already. Check out their work below! They're doing a great job!

These students are from Primary 1B.

The students who finished their flags got to work on a big Spanish flag to decorate the door. They had great teamwork skills!

Some students were working on the map of Spain. Spain has 17 regions, so it's not easy to draw the map. Nonetheless, the students did a great job and worked together well!

Here is the "big flag" team showing off their nice coloring skills. Up next: the Spanish emblem!

Stay tuned to see more projects from our primary students for the EuroTour!

jueves, 26 de abril de 2018


On Wednesday, some of our best primary school spellers went to Madrid to compete in the Facepm Spelling Bee. Teacher Noemi and auxiliar Melissa accompanied the students to the contest. They had some difficult words to spell, but they did a great job! Congratulations, students!

Yaiza (6th grade) and Biagio (5th grade), Nora (4th grade), Saira (3rd grade) and Emilio (1st grade) all competed in the Spelling Bee

Our students with Noemi and Melissa

Emilio, 1st grade

miércoles, 25 de abril de 2018

Earth Day recycled maracas in Infantil

To continue celebrating Earth day, we recycled old containers to make fun maracas. The kids learned about the Earth and things we can do to help the planet stay clean. Then, we put rice into the bottles, covered the top of the bottles, and made the maracas. Check out their recycled instruments!

Happy Earth Day from 1st and 2nd grade!

Earth Day was Sunday, April 22nd. This week, we are learning about Earth day and things we can do that are good for the planet. With 1st and 2nd grade, we watched a short video about the environment and both good and bad things we do to the planet. Then, the children brainstormed their own ideas of things they can do to help the Earth.

Finally, each student cut and colored a picture of Earth and wrote three of their ideas on three hearts. We are going to string the hearts to the Earth to create a mobile. The kids are learning a lot and really enjoying the project! They're excited to take it home and show their parents.

Primary 1A with their planets

2nd grade coloring their earths

Amelia's 2nd grade class
Ana's 2nd grade class

1st grade with Amelia

1st graders punching holes into their hearts and Earths

Many of the students learned to tie a knot in order to do the craft. They enjoyed the project and learned about positive things we can do for the Earth!

The final product!

Happy Earth Day!

Infantil students go to the theater

This week, our infantil students went to the theater in Parla to see a wonderful and interactive play in English! The students got to practice the words they know, learn new words, sing, dance, clap, and even go up on stage to participate in the show! They had a lot of fun at the theater!

miércoles, 11 de abril de 2018

Open House / Puertas Abiertas

Last week was "Open House" (Puertas Abiertas) at Torrente Ballester. On Friday, each of us auxiliares worked with different classes to do a fun activity. In infantil, Melissa taught the kids the story of "The Three Little Pigs." In primary school, Jason worked with his students on a science project. In ESO 1, my students worked in teams to put together and label a puzzle of a map of the United States. Check out Melissa's storyboards!