English for ALL

If you are attending the Nuffic English for All conference this Friday, make me sign. I will be giving two workshops (Round 2 & 3) so you can catch me before or after the sessions. See you then, Tatia .




What’s in your bucket?

Lovely update from the Montessori Prinsenbeek Little English Libray Reading Club. After reading Billy’s Bucket they worked on ideas what could be in their bucket. After the holiday, they will be working some more with the story.  Wonderful & big thanks to Miriam who runs this Reading Club.

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National Reading Aloud Days (24.01 – 03.02)

Every year, at the end January, the Nationale Voorleesdagen (Reading  Aloud Days) take place in the Netherlands. During this one week event, the picturebook of the year is presented. This year the chosen book is Sst! Tijger Slaapt by Britta Teckentrup, orginally published under the title Don’t wake up Tiger!

I hope that many Dutch primary schools will take the opportunity to not only join in but perhaps even read the English version. Have a look at the short video – my daughters had some fun with it at the weekend. Here is also a great balloon making activity (with turtle template) for primary teachers to complete with their class after reading the book.


If you are in the Netherlands and are wondering where to purchase the book, well, support an independent bookshop, contact marvellous Shirley from the American Book Center in Amsterdam  schools@abc.nl  and here is the link to the book here. )

Reading Clubs

By now our first reading club is in full-swing and this week the lower level group at the Montessori+Prinsenbeek were working with Clementina doesn’t want to read. Children were given the task to imagine they were a talking book: what would they say to Clementine? Pick me, read me. I have fun stories for you. Well done!


Book Donations

Book donations: they mean so much to me and the project. So many thanks for thinking of The Little English Library. The latests donations include the new book by author Faiz Kermani and That is not my Fairy which will be in good company. Books will be on the shelves of both open-access English libraries in Breda soon. Thanks again, much appreciated and keep them coming. Tatia

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