Friday, October 30, 2009

EFL Game: Balloon Pass II

Have the children stand in a circle. Without using their hands, have the children pass around the balloon. If a child happens to use their hands or is unable to keep the balloon afloat, the child must then say an English word. This game is great for reviewing words, themes and so on.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Three Sources of Energy

Do not mistreat your body. Learn to handle it with respect. Do not look on your body as only an instrument. Preserve vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of the Way. (For brothers and sisters who are not monks and nuns:) Sexual expression should not take place without love and a long-term commitment. In sexual relationships, be aware of future suffering that may be caused. To preserve the happiness of others, respect the rights and commitments of others. Be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world. Meditate on the the world into which you are bringing new beings.

--The Fourteenth Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Twelve

Remember that the job of a toddler, and to some extent the job of all young children, is to taste, touch, smell, squeeze, tote, poke, pour, sort, explore, and test. At times toddlers are greedy, at times grandiose. They do not share well; they need time to experience ownership before they are expected to share. They need to assert themselves ("No," "I can't," "I won't," and "Do it myself"). They need to separate to a degree from their parents, that is, to individuate. One way they do this is to say no and not to do what is asked; another is to do what is not wanted.

If adults understand children in this age range, they will create circumstances and develop attitudes that permit and promote development. Self discipline is better learned through guidance than through punishment. It's better learned through a "We are a team, I am the leader, it's my job to help you grow up" approach than through a "me against you" approach.

Friday, October 23, 2009

EFL Game: Ball Passing (Buzz!)

This is a counting game. Have the students sit in a circle. The students pass around a ball while counting (1, 2, 3, etc…). When the number reaches 7 (or any random number) the student must say, “buzz!” You can play this game in which any number with the number (let’s say 7) must be replaced with “buzz” (7, 17, 27, 37, etc…) the other way to play is that with any multiple of the number (let’s say 7) must be replaced with “buzz” (like 14, 21, 28, etc…).

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Twelve

Sung to: "Ten little Indians"

T-w-e-l-v-e
T-w-e-l-v-e
T-w-e-l-v-e
Twelve eggs make a dozen


From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Social Justice

Possess nothing that should belong to others. Respect the property of others, but prevent others from profiting from human suffering or the suffering of other species on Earth.

--The Thirtheenth Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

The most important human endeavor...

The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.

--Albert Einstein

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Eleven

To avoid confusion when talking to very young children, give clear, simple directions in a firm, friendly voice. This will ensure that children are not overwhelmed with a blizzard of words and refuse to comply as a result.

Friday, October 16, 2009

EFL Game: Various Word Ball Pass

This game is played the same way as “Ball Pass”, but instead of letters, use the words; it is a great way to review. Students sit or stand in a circle and pass a ball around, saying a word when they get the ball. You can use words that need to be in a certain order, like the days of the week, the months of the year etc., or just random words (you can choose what part of speech you want to use, like nouns, verbs, adjectives, or whatever you can think of).

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Eleven

Sung to: "Row, Row, Row your boat"

E-l-e-v-e-n
Eleven is after ten
All you do is go straight down
And do it once again


From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Protecting Life

Do not kill. Do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and prevent war.

--The Twelfth Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Ten

Establish firm limits and standards as needed. Until a child is 1 1/2 or almost 2 years old, adults are completely responsible for his safety and comfort, and for creating the conditions that encourage good behavior. After this age, while adults are still responsible for the child's safety, they increasingly, though extremely gradually, begin to transfer responsibility for behaving acceptably to the child. They start expecting the child to become aware of others' feelings.

They begin to expect the child to think simple cause/effect thoughts (provided the child is guided quietly through the thinking process). This is teaching the rudiments of self-discipline.

Friday, October 09, 2009

EFL Game: Animal Race

You will need a bigger space for this game. Have your children sit in a row facing the front of the room. In the front of the room, have two chairs on each side of the room facing each other. They should be placed so that two students can sit on one side of the room, then get up and go to the other side of the room and sit down again. Pick two children and have them sit on the chairs. The goal of this game is not about who the fastest animal is, but who the best animal imitator is. Tell them to “slither like a snake, hop like a rabbit, swim like a shark etc…” Be sure to yell “One, Two Threeeeeeee…. Go!” The children will leap from their chairs and race across to the chairs on the other side. Have the rest of the class judge who the best animal was and write their name on the board. At the end of the round have the best animals race each other. This game also is also great when learning about transportation e.g. “fly liker an airplane, etc…”

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Ten

Sung to: "Mary had a little lamb"

Number ten is t-e-n
T-e-n, T-e-n
Number ten is t-e-n that spells number ten


From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Right Livelihood

Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. Do not invest in companies that deprive others of their chance to live. Select a vocation that helps realize your ideal of compassion.

--The Eleventh Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Nine

If children have enough language, help them express their feelings, including anger, and their wishes. Help them think about alternatives and solutions to problems. Adults should never fear a child's anger:

"You're mad at me because you're so tired. It's hard to feel loving when you need to sleep. When you wake up, I think you'll feel more friendly."
"You feel angry because I won't let you have candy. I will let you choose a banana or an apple. Which do you want?"

This encourages characteristics we want to see emerge in children, such as awareness of feelings and reasonable assertiveness, and gives children tools for solving problems without unpleasant scenes.

Friday, October 02, 2009

EFL Game: Animal Noises

This game is great if you have the book Inside the Barn in the Country. You can find it on Amazon.com.

Cut out farm animals and laminate them. Make some headbands and put Velcro on the backs of the cut-out animals as well as on the fronts of the headbands. Take the same animal images used for the headbands and make large versions of them. Laminate them and put them on the board. Give each student a headband and an animal. (If you have a copy of the book Inside the Barn in the Country, read it to them, but any animal story will work, whether it be ‘Old MacDonald’ or ‘Goodnight Gorilla’). Have the children sit in a row facing the front of the class. Go through the animals on the board, reminding the children what noise each animal makes. Now start the game. Each time you point to an animal, have the child with that animal on their headband stand up and make that noise. The first time it is best to go slowly, but the fun of the game is to go faster and faster. As you go through the list the children get better and better, so then you can mix up the order of the animals so they don’t know which to expect. The faster you go and the more you mix it up, the more mixed up the children become, and the funnier it is for both you and the children.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Nine

Sung to: "Skip To My Lou"

N-i-n-e
N-i-n-e
N-i-n-e
And That spells number nine


From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.