This season I had the most multi-purpose Christmas activity. It rocked so much I almost hope my schedule gets completely changed around and I get new classes so I can do it again next year (I said almost!)
It was sooo simple, too- paper chains!
But not some fluff activity. Noooo this was English learning paperchains! Tailored to each age/ ability group.
2yo mummy and me class- ask for the colour they want next and I am the paper shop. Mummy helps glue.
kinder class- answer a question (review stuff) and tell me how many of what colour they would like.
experienced kinder class- practice their writing on a worksheet then search for the corresponding letter on pre-written strips. Write names on last strip.
grade 1-2, practice their handwriting on a worksheet then write the letter of the alphabet on a strip before joining it to the chain so they end up with an alphabet chain. The last link they wrote their names.
phonics class- write the letter/ cvc word on a strip and then draw a picture of it on the next one.
four classes of 36 grade 2kids at the elementary school. After learning the Super Simple Songs S-A-N-T-A song (think B-I-N-G-O) I distributed randomly envelopes containing strips of paper with one of the five letters written on the outside (the A's were different colours). As a group of 6 the kids checked all together whether they had a S A N T A. Noone did. Some had 4 T's etc. Then a nominated member of the group (this is Japan so this was easy- group leader, deputy leader, cleaning leader, lunch leader etc) would stand up if they had doubles and the corresponding nominated person from a group without it would come over and say 'S please' then the whole group would chant here you are then 'thank you' etc. Sit down and we start on the next letter. Once each group had S A N T A they opened their enevelopes and made a chain with what they had. If they wanted more they came to me and asked 'more please'. Once each member of a group was finished they made a group chain, then approached the neighbouring group and asked 'together please' (crappy English I know but 'Can we join our chain with yours?' was beyond what I can achieve in 50 minutes!) and then it continued until the entire class had a huge chain.
Phew.... all that for 105 yen worth of paper strips (pre-cut to boot!)
Paper chains were definitely the MVP of this season's classes!
Experienced kinder class at work.