I am Yoga

Inspired by a session by Atelierstorytime based on the picturebook I am Yoga (Susan Verde / Peter H Reynolds), I put together a short English-Yoga Lesson for Young Language Learners – quite ‘CLIL’-y for the teachers amongst you. I was kindly invited to teach this lesson in two classes at a local primary school in Breda (Group 3 (6-7 yrs) & 4 (7-8)).

Children were fabulous, so excited when they saw the book cover. We first chatted about yoga, did some breathing and looked at some book-related vocabulary. Then we read the story together and talked a bit more. Finally, we read it again and this time we did the yoga movements as well. We ended the lesson with children drawing their own, new yoga pose and giving it a name. I wasn’t sure what I would get but as always, children surprised me: there is the WOW pose and it was WOW indeed… And with all the CITO end of year exams coming to an end, a bit of yoga can only be a good thing.

Teachers will continue to work with this book, looking at colours, emotions and as a fellow teacher educator (Marieken) suggested, practising and sharing their own poses. Then it really will be: I am Yoga.

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Little Library School Reading Clubs

Since the start of the year Miriam and Shirley have been busy running weekly reading clubs with children at the Montessori+ Breda and Prinsenbeek. The clubs run during class-time with groups of 8 children who are interested in reading English and perhaps who already have quite good English skills for their age. The clubs focus on reading together, developing English language skills and of course on having some fun. Here are some great photos from the latest reading clubs with Miriam at the Montessori+ Prinsenbeek. She worked with Steve Antony’s Unplugged and No-Bot by Sue Hendra linked to their IPC theme ‘Techniek’. Big thanks to the schools for making this possible and to Miriam & Shirley for coming up with such creative sessions.

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New Books …

Thanks to private donations, donations by the American Book Center and funding by Avans International School, the shelves at the open-access Little English School Libraries at the Montessori+ in Breda and Prinsenbeek are looking good. Lots of new books have been added recently.

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The REALBOOK Project by Opal Dunn

A few years after starting The Little English Library (TLEL) project, I came across an article on a project called REALBOOK which Opal Dunn started in the end 90s. I was ever so impressed and it felt like this project was the predecessor of TLEL project. So you can imagine my surprise when I was introduced to Opal just a few days ago in Brighton at the IATEFL 2018 conference. What a great joy & honour to meet her in person. Tatia