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P is for Pikachu!

So as my last post showed we’ve been studying letters and making a craft for each letter. We reached P and I didn’t like a lot of the other crafts out there. P is for pirate is cool but a bit lost on my Korean students. P is for Parrot, but I couldn’t  get that many feathers in time. Pig and puzzle just bore me so what could really WOW my kids… and me…P is for Pikachu

P is for PikachuPikachu! Something they all know, love, and idolize! P is for Perfect! Well I know it says Pokemon, that’s a little mistake on my part printing out Pokemon instead of Pikachu, but I didn’t want to waste anymore paper and reprint the whole thing. Besides the only words my class can read is: I, a, can, is and, you.

No tutorials for P is for Pikachu so here is how I made mine.Pikachu by Ken Sugimori
First off, for those of you that live without  Pokémon , Pikachu is a rodent like Pokémon that is the main mascot for the Pokémon franchise and also one of the main representative of Nintendo’s cast of characters.

First, you need a P. For all my letters I have been using the uppercase letters and use about.com’s list of letter coloring pages. You can also image search P letter coloring page.

Glue this to some thin cardboard (like a cereal box) and cut out for a reusable template. I also did the same with the tail and ear. I free handed both the tail and ear so sorry for no links for those. I guess you could find a picture of Pikachu and use those as a template.

P is for Pikachu parts

I used a 1 inch hole punch for the red cheek circles and black eye circles. Just used a regular hole punch for the whites of the eyes.

Color ears and tail and add a sideways 3 for a mouth. Now you have a fun way to teach P!

Here are some of my kids and their Pikachu!

Jack's PikachuJason's PikachuRyan's Pikachu Angelina's PikachuHenry's upside-down Pikachu


My ABCs

New school year once again here in Seoul.
This is my first year to have a class of my very own!! No more subject teacher bull and I’m the only foreigner that teaches them!

So this year I got my favorite age: 6-1. I like this age, they’re easy to mold to your style. We are currently learning our ABCs and so far so good. Every week we have two letters we make a little craft for. Here’s what we have so far….

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Things the Kids Made

Well it’s been 5 months since my teaching contract ended at Sungbuk ECC. Even longer since my last post. I guess to wrap up my time at Sungbuk ECC here are some pictures of some of the cool crafts my lovely students made.
Since the end of my 6 month vacation is coming to an end I’ll give you some pictures from all the fun I have! We’ll call it Flashback Friday and I’ll post one for each week this month! For now, enjoy these!

For a How-to for the Truffula Trees click HERE

For the printable for the rainbows click HERE

For a How-to for the Rainbow Rain click HERE

Truffula Tree Craft from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Dragonflies made with paper, pipe cleaners, and foam

Hanging Rainbows

After the rain goes, RAINBOWS!

U is for umbrella

U is for umbrella

Rainy Day Classroom

My Rainy Day themed corner!


Photo Booth Photo-Strips

Found a great tutorial and template to make some photo-strips for our carnival day. You need Adobe Photoshop.

For the tutorial and template visit HERE

Here’s what I came up with:


Mini-Carnival Day! +FREE Printable Signs

Go Fish

Had a fun day with our pre-elementary students. I was tasked to come up with some games that would be fun, but not rile the kids up too much so they could study during their second class. So I came up with some carnival games, ya know the usual: GO fish, ring toss, bean bag toss, duck-o-war, and a photo booth. Go FishRing and Bean Bag Toss

The 7 year olds had fun but it seemed lost on some of the 6 year olds. Oh well can’t please everyone. There are tons of great websites that give tips to run a carnival for schools or for birthday parties.

Martha Stewart has some great ideas HERE

Catch My Party has a long list of great examples of a circus or carnival themed party HERE

A big list of carnival games HERE

I couldn’t find signs that I like that were free, so I made my own. Here are some FREE PRINTABLES for the signs I made (for personal use only of course) ENJOY!

Here are some of the highlights of our mini carnival:


Highlights For Kids: March 2012

Some pictures from this March! Enjoy!


Highlights For Kids: February 2012

Here are some of the highlights from this past month! Hope you enjoy!


Highlights For Kids: January 2012

For Christmas, Chad got me an iPod Touch. He’s a good boyfriend! (For the record I got him an iPod Touch too.) I love the camera and different apps that enhance photos. My favorites so far have been: Vintage Camera, Diptic, and Instagram. If you have any suggest on other apps, please let me know!

Here are some of the kids doing what we do best… playing…

 


Highlights For Kids: December 2011

Haven’t posted since Pepero Day! Had a little photography over-load when my mom was visiting. Dusted off the trust camera and took some picture during Christmas. Here are some highlights:

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Trick or Treat!

Halloween in Seoul has been more… uh… celebrated this year than last, which makes me super happy. I say that because Halloween things are more available this year and there are more costume shops and Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts have been doing Halloween foods! I found the most amazing ice cream that taste like a pumpkin pie. I think Halloween is my favorite holiday, it’s all about dressing up and getting candy, two of my favorite things.

Here’s my costume this year, Chad was a  Pokémon Trainer and I was a pikachu.

At my school, we took the kids trick or treating to a couple of the kids homes and then YBM Head Quarters.

Then we played around at the school trading candy.

The afternoon was the same and it was pretty fun. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


How to Sell An Education: Open Class

At my school and many other hagwons like it, we have this ‘neat little’ event called “OPEN CLASS.” From it’s name, I thought back to the days at my elementary school when Dads would come and have lunch or we’d have an evening of “Open House” and we could show our parents around the school. However, I am quickly shaken back to reality and discover that open class is no more than a little show we put on for the parents. Last year, I made the big mistake of not knowing what I was getting into, but I’m a year wiser now and knew what to do.

My co-teachers and I prepped the kids in song and dance. I worked on the best and flashiest flashcards that would WOW any kinder right off their feet! I made everything coordinate and match to satisfy my crazy need for… well… coordination! It was a sight to behold and would make any kindergarten teacher said, “OOooo” and even “Aaahh!”

One class was perfect and it was so fun, the other was… let’s just say, “too silly” and made it more difficult to finish the lesson in time.

Now maybe I can finish this cold and be well enough to enjoy Halloween!!


A Day in the Life: October 22

9am

A day in the life of a currently over-worked English teacher. We had a “seminar day” which my school used as a field trip day with the kinder students and their families!

7am Getting on the subway, the station is dead on a Saturday morning…

After eating some breakfast and waiting for the bus, the teachers arrived at the park that is nearby the mountain. All the fall colors came out to greet us.

Now we play the waiting game. I wandered around in the woods and found this pretty tree blanketing the trail.

The kids finally show up and they play a game with their families. They had to stack a pile of rocks as high as they can without it falling. You see little rock piles along trails in Korea when you’re hiking. They say if you add a rock to the pile and make a wish it will come true if the pile doesn’t fall; however, if the pile falls your wish and the other wishes won’t come true.

I was impressed by this rock stacking.

Mommy helps daughter count her stickers that she has won over the course of the day.

Alright teacher it’s time to go, she leads the way with her balloon.

After lunch and a long bus and subway ride, my friend Jamie and I head to the crowded streets of the toy market to find Halloween costumes.

It’s only 5pm but I’m sick and exhausted so this is the end of my day…

My wonderful boyfriend brought home some sandwiches for dinner and after a cup of Theraflu, I try to reclaim the sleep that was taken from me. Goodnight.


A Day in the Life

Hey everyone! Sh1ft.org has a new project coming up: A Day in the Life. If you want to play click here to learn more!

And just for you here is a random picture of me in a Hanbok with a silly student we called “Dan the Man”

 


31 Photos in 31 Days: Day 26

Day 26: Pajama Day at ECC. The kids and teachers wore pajamas and had this little event in the playroom. They decorated t-shirts and making patbingsu. They all looked really cute in their pajamas.


31 Photos in 31 Days: Day 21

Day 21: Went to the toy and stationary outlet shops in the Dongdaemun Market to buy some stickers and prizes for my students. Lots of little shop full of color. More shops are open on Saturday than Sunday. But my favorite shops are usually open on Sunday and it’s a little less crowded.

I even saw one kinder student I teach. It’s funny how a kid goes blank when they see a teacher outside of school. They forget all the English they learn and just smile or act shy even though they are the best in the class or very talkative. I guess no matter what generation or age you always think teachers live in the school and never leave…

 


31 Photos in 31 Days: Day 19

Day 19: I’m teaching a story/musical to the youngest classes at ECC. The story is called Scary Dino. In an attempt to teach a fun lesson, we took little dinosaur erasers and put them in play dough. Then we had little dinosaur eggs and played a counting/number game. However, some little dinos didn’t make it through the egg hatching process. This was the result.

 


31 Photos in 31 Days: Day 8

Day 8: I teach arts and crafts at my school. I teach 9 out of the 10 kinder classes arts and crafts. I love teaching arts and crafts and I try to add a little flair to the pre-packaged craft kits. Mostly to keep myself entertained. This week we added glitter glue to the dragonflies ya know, to fill that extra 10 minutes in class! Here are my 7 year olds’ dragonflies with a bit of artiz Photoshoppin’. I hope you enjoy it!


31 Photos in 31 Days: Day 4

 Day 4 I’m having a blast! We made sunglasses in B class today. B Class is one of the ‘baby classes’ because they’re little, Korean age 5, so 3 or 4 in Western age. Had a fashion show and Dorothy is quite the little model.

 


31 Photos in 31 Days: Day 3

Day 3! I’m getting good at this! This is “P Class.” They are 7 years old (Korean age so most are really 5 or 6) and this is their second year learning English. We’re in Science class here. Something about teaching convex lenses and it makes objects appear larger… ‘whatever Teacher we just liked playing with water and magnifying lenses.’


Summertime

So it’s summer now. It’s hot. Haven’t posted in a long time because I haven’t had much of a chance to take pictures. We did go to the aquarium a few weeks back but that’s about it. Just been busy. I add several new classes in June so my nice and easy schedule has gone the way of the dinosaurs. So this picture sums up how I feel. Tried and hot.

Happy Summer!!!

after a field trip at the World Cup Stadium Park


Teacher’s Day

Gifts from my students for Teacher's Day

Happy Teacher’s Day!! In Korea they celebrated Teacher’s Day on May 15. Since May 15 falls on a Sunday this year I got a lot of presents this last Thursday and Friday. I had many students say, “Teacher Monday, Monday I will give you a presents!!” So finally a reason to look forward to Monday. To all those teachers out there Happy Teacher’s Day and THANK YOU for your teaching!!


Trees are Terrific!

Does anyone else remember this and sing this song every time you hear the word arbor… I do. Sometimes I just sing it to trees because I feel like they will appreciate it. Trees are so nice and giving. Want proof read The Giving Tree that kid’s such a jerkface and the tree is so laid back and ya know… giving.

Plant a tree or at least hug one. Happy Arbor Day!


Sing a SONG!

Song

Remember “Sing” when they would sing it on Sesame Street? One of my co-teachers did and showed the video to the kids in her main kinder class. Now they LOVE “sing a SONG” and they put it. So have a la lala lala lala la la lala lala lala la day!


Neckties and Power Rangers

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So as many know I’m the arts and craft teacher for 9 of the 10 kinder classes at my school. In what most here call “baby class” we made neckties. Which means they colored some paper and I taped it together. Just so you know, baby class isn’t a mean name because they are babies. They’re Korean age five so that mean they are actually three or four years old. They are a handful because they are babies and they don’t speak any English… yet. Some can say little phrases but before long they’ll be savvy little English speakers. Last year’s baby class really impressed me last week because they were talking to me in full sentences. I was like, “Wait! When did you learn English?!?!” So the hagown system really work. It’s just hoping they can keep the knowledge they learned. However, we made a friend here that actually went to the same ECC that my friend Jamie teaches at and his English is great and he’s 20-something. So I guess there is something to be said about English school.

Anyway these kiddos enjoyed the neckties especially once little Daniel noticed they look like swords. Then we had a class full of models and Power Rangers. Awesome.

You like the pictures? I’m learning more and more with my new awesome camera too! ;)


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