Category Archives: workshop

Autumn leaves

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Autumn is here and our playground is full of leaves.

This beautiful scenery (our playground) and some activities I’ve seen in pinterest gave me the idea to do this craft.

It’s an easy one and children loved it.

First it all we used white cardboard paper and we placed some pieces of crepe paper (in different colors) in the pattern we wished. We let our imagination run wild with this technique.We made random patterns and  it was lots of fun.

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Then we sprayed liberally with water. The more water we sprayed on the crepe paper the more intense the color transferred.

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We pressed down to make sure the water penetrates and we left them for 10 minutes. After that we removed the layers and we let them dry and We waited until the next day to paint the trees.

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Using the black/brown watercolor and a paint brush, we painted a tree trunk on our horizon line. Then we dipped our paintbrushes into the black/brown watercolor and we made some little puddles at the top of our tree trunk.  With our straws we blew the watercolor up and across our paper to make branches.  We continued making puddles on our trunks or on branches and blew the watercolor in various directions.

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When it was completely dried  (it didn’t  take long) we collected  some dry autumn leaves from our playground. The leaves were very dry so they crunched up nicely. We crunched our leaves and we glued them where we wanted the leaves to be. And… it was done! Aren’t they pretty?

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We are in the final!!!!

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After all the work we have invested in this project we had our opening ninght the 13th of April and the jury came to judge us yesterday. It was awesome how everything worked. I’m very happy with the result.

PHOTOS  1 in colonial nuggets

 PHOTOS 2 in colonial nuggets

 PHOTOS3 in colonial nuggets

Our own translation and adaptation of “Eloisa in under an almond tree”, Jardiel Poncela’s “Eloisa está debajo de un almendro”, is one of the finalists for the 20th edition of Madrid School Theater Contest. But if you couldn’t watch it yet you’ll have two more chances:

  • 1) Next Wednesday, April 24th at 17:45, The Elsinore Jokers will perform it in front of a live audience and “the grand jury”
  • 2) We will perform it again  in Galileo Theater in Madrid, the 27th of April at 12:00.

Don’t miss them!! You are all invited.

Do you want to see how fabolous was last year? Just click  HERE 

Good Luck to everyone!!! I’m proud of you all!!

Thanks!!

Guising at Halloween

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Yesterday we had our traditional Halloween party at school, we wore fancy dresses or disguises and we worked very hard decorating our classrooms and our school as a haunted house. Javier the head of studies and our three teacher assistants inspected all classroom in the Halloween decorating contest.  After accepting bribes, succumbing to threats, consuming horrible treats, and studying the decorations and costumes, the three judges selected three first prizes and three second ones. We’ll know the results the next Tuesday!!

We also watched some videos, learned about the origin of Halloween, ate sweets and cakes, danced, did some Halloween themed crafts, told scary stories and played. We even had an experimient !! We had lots of fun!!

A sneak  peek at our decorations

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Origami frogs and waterlilies

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In order to finish our Monet gardens here you have some videos with instructions to create your own origami creatures. Working with our own hands is a good activity to do, because you can take a flat piece of paper and turn it into a three dimensional object. This type of manipulation helps us understand spatial reasoning.

Practice origami has a lot of benefits like developing eye hand co-ordination, sequencing skills, attention skills, patience, temporal spatial skills, math reasoning etc. 

First it all, a frog

Then, a waterlily

Finally, a snail

Starting our Art lessons!! MONET

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Last year we studied several painters, but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to finish our Monet project. We  read  this awesome book “Claude Monet: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists

We also watched some presentations and videos about the painter and his masterpieces, and we started our work inspired in “Monet’s water lily paintings” and this blog http://herdabbles.blogspot.com.es/2011/02/monet-mixed-media-masterpieces.html and we watched this presentation made by me 😉 Monet project.ppt

After that, I displayed on the table some different materials and the students chose what they wanted to use in their paintings. Here you have some of our work that we did today (I got the pictures but the quality on my cell phone isn’t the greatest. Sorry for that) I’m eager to see the results of it!!!!

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Working overtime!!!

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All school teachers should be required to take courses. As a teacher  you are willing to learn from other teachers and your students. Although knowledgeable in your subject you know that you never stop learning. You should motivate your students by using creative and inspirational methods of teaching. Hence the reason why students enjoy your classes and seek you out for new ideas. So I had to join in a course where I met some other nice teachers and I learned a lot of new things. Here it’s my workteam!!!