Archive for January, 2016

The 5 senses

Written by AngieB. Posted in Nursery

In Nursery we are well into our study of the 5 senses, and we are loving it! For sight we looked for missing objects, we did a walk around campus and we played the “I spy with my little eye” game. For hearing we played with instruments and we explored different animals sounds. For taste we tasted sour, salty and sweet food, and we read The very Hungry Caterpillar. Next week for smell we will smell different smelling foods and objects, such as chocolate, oranges, playdough and soap! And finally for the sense of touch, we will be playing at our sensory table full of dried beans, rice and pasta, as well as gooey shaving foam, and we will make letters with felt!

It is so exciting to explore our senses. Before we have our winter ski-week break, in order to wrap up this unit,  we will be doing a fun activity with POPCORN. First we will hear the popcorn being made, then we will see it, touch it, smell it and finally we will eat lots of popcorn!

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Chicken Soup with Rice

Written by Holly Gilbert. Posted in PreK

We spend about five minutes a few times a week reading and discussing our poem of the month. The poem of the month comes from a book written by Maurice Sendak, also the author of Where the Wild Things Are. In Chicken Soup with Rice, Sendak describes the monthly adventures of a little boy. This is the February poem.




Throughout the year, we explicitly teach the following literacy skills:

  • rhyme
  • alliteration (the ability to notice words that begin in the same way)
  • smaller and smaller units of sound (the ability to hear sounds in different parts of the word)
  • letter sound knowledge

Chicken Soup with Rice allows us to practice these skills every day. The first week of the month we spend getting to know the ideas in the poem. We discuss what students notice in the picture, any new vocabulary, and practice reciting the poem. Once students are familiar with the content, we can notice the rhymes. This month, we will focus our practice on hearing the rhyming words. The skill of rhyme trains the child´s ear to notice a specific sound in the word. We will then discuss the letter sounds that students hear in the poem.

You can also work with your child to notice sounds in words! Music is great to notice and hear rhyming words. Or, use the names of people in your family to talk about the sounds you hear. For example, my brother´s name is Peter. Peter has the same first sound as Pablo! Have fun and please let us know if you have questions!

Sociedad 4º: Los Ríos de Cataluña

Written by Jefa Mercade. Posted in 4th Grade Castellano, Castellano

Después de las vacaciones de invierno empezamos la unidad sobre los ríos de Cataluña. Para empezar hemos aprendido algunas palabras de  vocabulario (meandro, arroyo, afluente, caudal ,desembocadura, vertiente…) . A continuación hemos visto  cómo se forman y cómo son  en general los ríos catalanes: dónde nacen , dónde desembocan, cómo es su caudal, longitud, si son afluentes de otros ríos, etc. También nos hemos familiarizado con sus  nombres   y después los  hemos situado en el mapa. Para practicar han podido jugar on line desde casa con algunos mapas interactivos que les hemos ofrecido:,

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Para finalizar la unidad les hemos planteado una actividad de ampliación en la que podían  elegir el río que más les llamara la atención y hacer un trabajo de recopilación de información y luego  elaborar su propio proyecto .


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Después de conocer un poco más nuestros ríos hemos empezado la siguiente unidad que trata de los Espacios protegidos ( Parques naturales )  que tenemos en Cataluña, que no son pocos!

¿ Te gustaría ir al cine ?

Written by Maria Angeles Salvat. Posted in 4th-5th Grade Intermediate SAL

With the  SAL 4-5 intermediate students we are studying a unit called “Vamos a salir”: Ready to Go Out.

In this unit, we are talking about different places in town, different plans or activities, and knowing how to invite someone to one of these. Also, they will be able to express their opinions: whether they like or dislike any of these such plans and how to excuse yourself politely from an invitation.

They have to study the present tense as well as the near future one. This will allow them to understand better the different usages.

Furthermore, the students participate in an unscripted dialogue and work on sounding authentic by trying to imitate some voices in Spanish.

In writing, they are extending sentences using connectives, negatives and sequencing words… At the end of the unit they will attempt (and surely succeed) to write an extended text in Spanish.

In regards to reading, we are using strategies to work out new words and developing listening skills. Constantly, we are reviewing progress checking work using “mini tests”.


A look back at our families and friends

Written by Maria Angeles Salvat. Posted in 2nd-3rd Grade Intermediate SAL

The students in SAL 2-3 intermediate studied a unit related to counting. First of all, they asked about quantities and learning the numbers until 99.

We talked about likes and dislikes over different toys and colors, matching quantity and gender, and later also asking for the price of each thing. To practice the colors they enjoyed singing a song called “De colores”.

In addition, they have learned the months of the year and know how to ask when their birthdays are, which is hopefully soon: everyone enjoys birthdays!

They are able to speak about their families and “our” friends’ families: Rubén, Julia, Anna, Elena y Chema. “¿Cómo se llaman? ¿Cuántos hermanos tienes? ¿Quién es esta persona?” The basics to be able to talk within a family and about it.

Also in this unit we read a comic book about “El ratoncito Pérez,” a joyful little mouse, that they did a representation about.

To wrap the unit we talked about one of the celebrations in Spain during these days: la fiesta de los Reyes and they made a project which involves writing a letter to them.


Vamos a por la Unidad 7 !

Written by Marta Hurtado. Posted in 2nd Grade Castellano, Castellano, ES CSCS

Ahora vamos a empezar la Unidad  7 en la cual  aprenderemos cómo redactar noticias incluyendo las preguntas claves  que serían : ¿ Qué?, ¿Quién?, ¿Dónde ?, ¿ Cuándo ?

También vamos a trabajar los verbos y cómo van variando sus formas según la persona que realiza la acción ( yo, tú, ella …). Para acabar esta unidad vamos a saber  cuándo se escribe las letras “g”, “gu”, “gü”.

Estamos deseando empezar la Unidad para aprender todos los conceptos que os hemos mencionado anteriormente !