Monday, December 24, 2012

Rejoice! Christ is born!

“Gaudete” (“Rejoice”) is a sacred Christmas carol, composed sometime in the 16th century, in Latin. Listen to it! You may like it as much as I do!


Christmas at last!

Merry Christmas!

Wonderful Christmas time

Isn' it wonderful when you spend it with your family and friends and those who love you?

Wonderful Christmas Time

Friday, December 21, 2012

Last Christmas I gave you my heart...

... and now I keep wondering why I made such a mistake! (LOL)



Jingle Bell Rock

 Let' s rock a little - or a lot!


Deck the halls

...and be happy!

Rudolph the reindeer!

...red-nosed and everything! This is his story.


You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen.,
But do you recall?
The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names;
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?

Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You'll go down in history.

Santa Claus is coming you-know-where


Thursday, December 20, 2012

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Today at school we had a merry time while singing some of our favourite Christmas carols and songs. If only we could sing them for each one of you!

What' s in my schoolbag?

I asked my 3rd Graders to draw their schoolbags - either the real ones or the ones they dream about - and what' s in them. Do you want to see?





















My family tree

Do you want to see some of the family trees my 3rd graders have made?
Aren' t they lovely and imaginative?











Monday, December 17, 2012

A word a day


 cosy (or cozy) - adjective (cosiercosiestcoziercoziest)

    1. (of small spaces) comfortable and warm
    A cosy little room or apartment
    A cosy armchair

    2. (of a relationship or conversation) intimate, friendly and relaxed
    A cosy chat
    cosy dinner with the whole family 
    A cosy evening in front of the fireplace

    3. convenient
    A cosy arrangement
    A cosy deal

    Where do you feel cosy? Do you feel cosy in your room?
    The singer in the next song feels cosy in a rocket! Actually, the lyrics about the rocket come from Ted Hughes (1930 – 1998), English poet and children's book writer, from his poem Crow and Mama, where a little crow’s actions result in harming his mother; then he gets in a rocket and crashes on the moon:
    ... ... ...
    He jumped into the rocket ...

    And it was cosy in the rocket, he could not see much 

    But he peered out through the portholes at Creation 


    And saw the stars millions of miles away 

    And saw the future and the universe 


    Opening and opening 

    And kept on and slept and at last 


    Crashed on the moon awoke...




    But I' ve said a lot. Enjoy the song!


    Friday, December 14, 2012

    Letter to Santa

    Have you written a letter to Santa asking him for a present? What? Not yet? Never mind! It' s never too late!

    Send a letter to Santa here and he' ll answer right away!

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    The UK and... UK

    Of course, you know the UK, the United Kingdom in other words, that has four parts: England, Wales, Scotland  and Northern Ireland. We have talked about it in class again and again.


    What you don' t know is the supergroup UK.

    U.K. were a short-lived British progressive rock supergroup, active from 1977 until 1980. They reunited after 33 years for a world tour in 2012.Their music was great. Here is a song from the year 1978. Tell me what you think in a comment. And remember: always choose the music you listen to - don' t just listen to anything the radio plays!


    Friday, December 7, 2012

    Only songs!

    Thank you, Disney, for all the magic you have given us!
    Happy Christmas to all!
    No pain, no hunger - only music!
    Only magic!


    Thursday, December 6, 2012

    Christmas Advent Calendar

    Count the days left until Christmas and learn or do something fun every day.

    Advent Calendar

    Start by clicking on the 6th December to find out which saint we celebrate today and who Santa Claus really is.

    Did you know you' re a star?

    Do you want to be the star in one of Santa' s stories?
    Click here and write about yourself - then read your story!

    Naughty or nice?

    How good have you been this year? Will you get a present or not?
    Answer the questions honestly and see if you' re on Santa' s Naughty or Nice list! 

    What' s inside?

    A storybook about Christmas and gifts.

    Christmas traditions around the world

    Christmas is celebrated all over the world. Do you want to know how?
    Click here and learn about the different traditions!

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Nothing compares to you...

    Hi, kids! Have you learnt you grammar lesson today? Are you ready for a quiz?

    Comparative - Superlative Quiz

    Fair enough!

    Have you got any idea about what is "more" and what is "less"?
    What is fair and what is unfair?
    Watch Bert and Ernie and remember: everything is relevant, my dears!



    Such competitive flowers!



    Which pair of shoes is right for this girl?



    Watch three small men with saws trying to saw a log.


    Olympic sports

    Another project of the 4th Grade.

      








    Shrek, Ulysses and Polyphemus

    Do you remember Shrek the ogre? He was the ugliest guy in town - yet, proud of himself!

           

    How about the story of Ulysses (Odysseus) and the Cyclops Polyphemus? Do you remember how cunning Ulysses was?
    In this video the narration and graphics belong to Emily, a seven-year-old girl, who frequently refused to go to bed and made animation instead! Well done, Emily!


    Friday, November 30, 2012

    Draw a monster!

    Do you want to learn how to draw a monster step by step?

    Draw a monster
    Click on the monster you like, then follow the instructions.

    Or you can draw a monster online. It' s your choice!

    Anyway... Grrrrrrrrr!!!

    Santa' s village

    Do you want to...
    • check your Naughty or Nice rating?
    • choose your very own Elf Buddy?
    • play games in Elf School?
    • print your Honorary Elf Diploma?
    • sing along with new original Christmas songs?
    • try funny holiday recipes? 
    • visit the amazing Toy Workshop?
    • send E-mail to Santa Claus?
    • follow Santa Claus in his sleigh on Christmas Eve?
    • see how many cookies Santa Claus eats on his trip?

    Then CLAUS. com is the site for you. 
    Visit it and explore Santa' s village!

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

    Christmas countdown

    I don' t know about the end of the world, but one thing is for sure: Christmas is on its way!
    That' s why, starting from today, you will be able to see a Christmas countdown clock on my sidebar. Just in case you lose track of time...



    Panic!

    According to the Mayan calendar, the world is coming to an end on December 21. So, we only have a little time left to do the things we haven' t done so far.

    According to others, some new Mayan calendars have been discovered, which prove that the world is not coming to an end after all! (Whom to trust in this world?)

    Anyway, click on this link for the end-of-the-world countdown ! Then you' ll know exactly how many days you have left to turn in that project your teacher is expecting from you!

    By the way, counting days reminds me of a rather old song. You can enjoy listening to it while waiting for the end of the world to come!


    ATONIN

    Imagine a pyramid 

     
    A pyramid invented by Marcelo Montecinos, creator of Phrazzle me


    At the top of the pyramid you have “AT”. You use it for the smallest in time: hours
    • I’ll see you tomorrow AT 5 p.m.

    In the middle of the pyramid you have “ON”.  You use it for bigger time: days
    • Let' s go out ON Sunday.

    At the bottom you have “IN”. You use it for everything else that is bigger than hours or days
    • I was born IN 1978.
    • My birthday is IN January.
    • I was a teenager IN the 90's. 

    - Can I help you?

    - Yes, I' d like a cheese and tomato sandwich, please.
    - Of course. Anything else? 
    - Let me see... and a bottle of water, please. How much is all that?
    - 2,85 €.
    - That' s a lot of money for just a sandwich and some water, you know! You can keep them! I' ll get something from the canteen next door which is cheaper!

    In order not to walk away from their canteen empty-handed, I asked my students to make their menus as appealing and reasonably priced as possible. Who is the winner in your opinion? Which student' s canteen would you like to visit again and again?