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Saturday, April 14, 2018







String Eggs are a great Easter project for kids. This year we made some string (yarn) eggs for Easter but they are a little different, they have little treats inside. You can place toys, chocolates or messages in as well. They are perfect  for giving as gifts for Easter.



Materials
  •     Small water balloons
  •     Crochet thread/ embroidery thread/ yarn/string  
  •     Chocolate, small toys or trinkets
  •      White glue
Tools:
  •       a bowl
  •        Optional: pump for blowing up balloons
Instructions

Step 1
Insert some chocolates into the balloon.
Step 2


In a large bowl, mix the glue with a small amount of water to thin out the glue quite a few of them dump the entire bottle of glue into the bowl and thin with water. As you add the water to the glue stir until it’s mixed well.
Step3


Place your string in the glue mixture and stir to completely cover the string in glue.
Step 4


Blow the balloon up
Step 5
Wrap your string around the balloon. There is no right or wrong way to do this.
Step 6
Let the string/glue dry for overnight
Step 7


Once the string is completely dry and harden pop the balloons with scissors or a pin.
Step 8
Finally,  pull out the deflated balloon with tweezers.
If you make this project, share it with us !

                                          





Sunday, October 01, 2017

Spring Scavenger Hunt



Spring has finally arrived. The weather is warming, the birds are singing so it's 

time to get outside and celebrate spring and enjoy God's creation.

I have been doing this scavenger hunt for years because this activity is 

fun and educational at the same time.




In order to make the hunt more fun I make it as a content. I give each team  

their own list and have to compete to find the most items in a set of time. 


The winner team gets a prize and everyone enjoys a glass of orange juice and

some delicious  homemade biscuits after the game.




Supplies for this hunt are easy: just a list,  a bag, a camera and a pencil to 

mark off what they have found. 


Spring Scavenger Hunt Items  



Here's the list of some of the things you may find or take a photo of:

1. a bird nest    

2. bugs on a tree branch

3. daffodils

4. a caterpillar, a butterfly

5. tulips 

6. seeds 

7. three different leaf shapes 

8. a piece of bark 

9. fresh  grass 

10. three rocks 

11. five insects

12. a feather 


I hope your students will enjoy this scavenger sprint hunt.   






Monday, June 12, 2017

Grandparents Day



"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."
Alex Haley

National Grandparents' Day is a secular holiday celebrated to honor grandparents for their contribution to our lives. It's a day to honor your family, as well as express your love and respect for your elders.
Grandparents' Day is officially recognized in some countries on various days of the year. Grandparents' Day will next be celebrated on 10th September 2017 in the US and 1st October 2017 in the UK.


Grandparents are important to children in so many ways. They have patience and time when parents are often busy. They have stories to tell and interesting games to play. They are also good for treats and spoiling, which we all need from time to time!
According to the National Grandparents' Day website, the aim of National Grandparents Day is: 

  • To honour grandparents
  • To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children
  • To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
If you have grandparents' go and spend the day with them. You can also get them gifts to show your appreciation. If you don't have grandparents' adopt some. There are lonely, elderly people in nursing homes that would love your company. 



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Shakespeare's birthday

                                               


Shakespeare  is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the history of English language.
Although centuries have passed since William Shakespeare last put ink into paper,his immortality has extended to more than just his writing.He has positively  influenced  western civilization,arts,letters and even cinema. 

These  violent  delights have  violent  ends,
And in  their  triumph  die, like fire and powder
Which, as  they  kiss,  consume.”
(Romeo  and Juliet, Act II, Scene VI)

Do you know the second movie in the Twilight saga begins  with  these words  from William Shakespeare?
We will  celebrate his 451 st birthday on Sunday  23rd April. 
The actual date of Shakespeare's birth is not known for sure, as no birth records exist, but church records indicate that William Shakespeare was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26th, 1564.
From this, it is believed he was born on or near April 23rd, 1564, and so traditionally, April 23, St George's Day is the date scholars acknowledge as William Shakespeare's birthday.However, the reality is that no one really knows when the great bard was born.


TEN QUICK FACTS ABOUT SHAKESPEARE

1. William Shakespeare was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon in England on April 26, 1564. His actual birthdate is not known, but is observed on April 23, which is interesting since he died on April 23, 1616.

2. The son of John and Mary Shakespeare, William had four sisters and three brothers.

3. At the age of 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant when they married.

4. William and Anne had three children together, but only one grandchild who died childless. Therefore,Shakespeare has no direct descendants.

5. Little is known about Shakespeare’s life between the years of 1585 and 1592, though rumors abound. Rumors include a flight from London to escape prosecution for poaching deer and a stint as a school teacher.

6. There is speculation that Shakespeare was Catholic at a time when Catholicism was illegal.

7. Shakespeare wrote 36 plays and several poems.

8. Women were not allowed to perform in plays during Shakespeare’s time, so the roles of women were often played by young boys.

9. Shakespeare was a wealthy man, who, in 1597, bought the second-largest house in Stratford.

10. Shakespeare’s oldest daughter and my oldest daughter share a birthday – a few hundred years apart.


                    

            

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

DIY Easter Bunny Candy Holder







It’s time to hop and get crafting !


While crafting for the sake of crafting is fun, I enjoyed doing crafts and 
activities that either have a message and teach something about culture and 
costumes.
This month at school we have done some Easter craft projects leading up to 
Easter. With these crafts, students can learn more about the popular costume 
of Easter bunnies.


These bunnies are an easy,  eco-friendly and adorable Easter Craft for kids and teens to make.These Bunny Candy Holders  can  be handed out as a gift or hidden with some chocolate eggs for Easter fun . 
                         
  Materials

  • Toilet paper roll
  • scissors
  • a piece of foam
  • coloured paper
  • permanent marker.
 
     
Instructions 
  • First, wrap up the toilet paper roll with a coloured paper or a piece of foam

  • Second, trace and cut out the bunny ears and one base from toilet paper roll with feet.


  • Then, position the two ears and the base and attach them to the paper roll with some glue. 


    • Next, using a black marker, draw the bunny face with eyes,nose and whiskers.If you have,you can glue some small craft eyes.



    • Finally, fill it with some chocolate eggs.

     Happy Easter!  

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    Back to School


    Students around the country are preparing to go back to school after a long summer holiday of freedom and relaxation.
    School days are right around the corner so it has come the time to start cleaning out schoolbags, shopping for new notebooks, and picking out the school outfit.
    In order to help students in the transition from swim suits and flip flops to school mode, I’m going to give some tips.

    1.      Pick up a book.
    The transition back to school will be much smoother if students crack open a book and get back into reading. In that way the brain area starts to churn even if only a few pages are read each day.  

    2.      Get to bed earlier.
    Days of summer holidays usually mean later bedtimes. It is a good idea to move bedtime a little earlier each night until it's closer to the school time schedule. Remember to sleep at least 8 hours.

    3.      Healthy breakfast.
    On holiday people have used to grazing but now is a good time to reinforce the school meal and snack time. 
    Kid off your day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast that will keep you going throughout the day. Breakfast will fill you up and fuel you at the same time. A healthy  breakfast  should  have eggs fruits, cereals and diary products.

    4.      Sing in the shower.  
    Make a play list with three of your favourite songs and listen to them  in the shower. It’ll give you on track and cheer you up.  

    5.      Get organised.
    Remember that the more organised you are now, the better off first few weeks of school will be. Make a place to stash school bags, a spot for important papers, and a calendar for everyone to write and keep track of important dates.   

    6.      Keep a sense of humour.
    Once one teacher showed his new students a picture of himself graduating high school — a grinning ape in a red graduation cap and gown. This usually makes people laugh, and it's a good way to remind them that school is fun!





    Sunday, July 03, 2016

    Father's Day Craft

    Easy DIY gift:

    Decorated coffee mug




    This is a creative idea for a cheap easy Father's Day gift. 

    This craft is a fun way to involve kids in creating 

    personalized mugs. We are sure dads   will love them!

    Supplies 

    • White plain coffee mugs

    • Permanent colour markers

      • Sheet of big font adhesive letters 

    Directions

    1. First, make sure coffee mug is clean and dry.

    2.  Then, place adhesive letters on the front side of the 

    cup. Rub them firmly in place.

    3. After that, using 2-3 different markers  fill in the area 

    around the sticker with dots. If you mess up, wipe away 


    with some rubbing alcohol on a q tip.


      4. Then, allow the mug to dry for about 5 minutes.



      5. Next,remove the adhesive letters.



    6. After, bake the mug in an oven for 30 minutes on 250 

    Celsius degrees (480 F).


    7.Then, turn off the oven and let the mugs cool down 

    inside for one hour.


    8.Finally, fill with your father's  favourite coffee or 

    chocolate.




    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    MOVIES TO CHECK OUT DURING WINTER BREAK

          


    It’s that time of the year when the weather gets colder and we prefer  bundling up and lounging around at home. It is also a great occasion to watch good flicks.
    Below there are two comedies based on Shakespeare’s plays that we’ll be watching during this winter break while we are drinking hot cocoa and eating pop-corn.

    Let’s snuggle up on the couch and enjoy ! 


    "10 Things I Hate About You''(1999) is inspired by Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew”. This movie is a funny teen film that goes  beyond the stereotypical high school movie and demonstrates that Shakespeare's timeless vision of human nature is accurate in our days, too.
    This movie is a 1999 romantic comedy directed by Gil Junger and starring by Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and  Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
    It brings Shakespeare 'The Taming of the Shrew’ to a setting in a modern American high school. The story this time involves two Seattle sisters. Bianca Stratford who is popular and her shrewish older sister Katarina, who is unpopular, never dates and is the class brain. But Bianca's father has forbidden her to date until her older sister Kat starts going out.When a new boy Cameron arrives at Padua High School, he instantly falls  for Bianca Stratford - but his hopes of winning her heart takes a tumble when he learns that Bianca will never be allowed to date by her father until her rebellious older sister Kat has done so first. And so, without her even knowing it, the search for a suitable boyfriend for Kat begins.
    So he hatches a plan to persuade Patrick, the school outlaw, to ask her to the prom. He takes a $300 bribe, but then realizes that Kat is actually quite lovely, etc., and really falls in love with her.




    "She’s the man"(2006) is a cute romantic teen comedy loosely based on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” It was directed by Andy Fickman and starred by Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, and Julie Hagerty
    The premise of the film involves the main character (Viola) to cross-dress as a man, pretending to be her twin brother, in order to have the opportunity to play soccer on the men’s team to prove women are equally as capable and talented.
    When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs.




    These movies represent just a sliver of the films that owe credit to Shakespeare’s plays.