quarta-feira, 4 de julho de 2012

24 Hours of English


Here at the Secret Garden we have an extra special weekend where the students come to stay the night! This year it was the 7th graders' turn.  Their group is called the Ants!

Just for you to know, all our groups have the name of a bird or insects, for example: Robins, Spiders, Butterflies, Bumble Bees, Dragonflies, Ladybirds, Ants and Beetles!

The program of activities included: Warm up games, mime, storytelling, puppet making, cooking, music and singing and a final puppet presentation!

Apart from using English for 24 hours non-stop, the students had the opportunity to taste a typical English breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast, orange juice and a hot cup of tea.

As an educator, what I notice is how the groups change when they are out of the regular class context. The simple fact of cooking together, making a fire, singing and staying the night in the school etc. transforms them, and as a result they become closer. Through this kind of 'intimate' activity they share much more than a simple English class. It is my hope that they also share an unforgettable memory of childhood too! 

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