Mad for Music

This week at The Elementary English Club we learnt the names of various musical instruments in English.

In the order class this included writing and sketching the instruments, playing memory card matching and bingo. Finally we exercised our comprehension by listen to a song, Eternal Flame, and selecting the correct words to complete its lyric sheet. Many of them did very well at this final game, especially considering that it was the first time that they had encounted it.

The younger class were a little chaotic this week, but together we managed to trace the words of a number of instruments and sketch them. Afterwards we played circle games, including musical miming.

I would like to continue with this topic for another session. The music comprehension exercise was especially rewarding and I hope to build on this as the club develops,

Fruit and Vegetables

This week at the English club we concentrated on fruit, vegetables and food in general.

In both classes we began with gathering the words we knew onto the board.

In the 4th and 5th we continued with a word and picture memory card game and concluded with various paper based activities.

In the 3rd, 2nd and 1st, we continued with some word and picture matching activities, then we read the story ‘Beans on toast’ and finally we played some circle games, including learning the song ‘One potato, two potato.’

I would ideally like to introduce some circle games to the 4th and 5th, but as yet I haven’t had the courage to do it!!

The Eggs of Spring

This week at Finžgar the 4th and 5th classes concentrated on Spring and Easter vocabulary as it was the last time I would meet them before the spring break.

Including the writing down and reciting of two simple spring poems.

The session went reasonably well, a part of each club session is now regularly ‘self-directed’. And during this period they visibly enjoy the freedom of being able to choose which activity they do.

However, I would like to somehow encourage them to use more English among themselves during each session.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd class was a more lighthearted affair, while they did learn/revise a number of Spring and Easter words, much of the time was spent singing (ABC, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes), playing circle games and playing Simon says.  Good fun was had by all, including me!! 🙂

Spring is here

This is my first blog post concerning this course for ages. Please accept my apologies, but now that spring is here I hope to enliven both the Finžgar course and this blog. 🙂

Over the silent blog period we have covered a range of topics and read a few more stories, including the children’s classic The Gruffalo.

This week’s topic will be springtime.

Finžgar: The Classroom

Last week’s unit focused on ‘The classroom’. We learnt and revised words connected with classroom objects and looked at the grammatical structure of there is/isn’t and there are/aren’t.

Next time …Valentine’s Day!

Finžgar: The Emperor has no clothes!

We finished the clothing unit with the reading of a simple version of ‘The Emperor’s new clothes’.

The 4th and 5th completed gaps within their story sheets. The 3rd read along with me. The 2nd and 1st listened while doing some related coluring exercises.

We then finished off with some clothing vocabulary exercises.

Finžgar:Star Wars

The fourth and fifth class had a break from the clothing unit last week. Instead we concentrated on a movie topic…Star Wars. 🙂 This was chosen because the fourth class are going through a Star Wars craze at the moment and so I thought it would be fun to use it as a way to practice some English.

The fourth class loved it, while the girls from the fifith weren’t very pleased. 😦 

Next week we will return and finish off the clothing unit.

Finžgar:The Gingerbread Man

We started 2009 with the story ‘The Gingerbread man’. Most of the children seemed to enjoy it, there were many words that they didn’t fully understand, but before the story began I introduced the names of the characters, the animals, the locations, and a number of the action verbs. This introduction was more in-depth for the 4th and 5th classes.

After listening to to the story we did some Gingerman based exercises, especially in the 1st and 2nd classes.

And then we began the next unit which concentrates on clothing. 🙂

Finžgar: Dragons and Dinosaurs

During our last session we listened to a story concerning a mouse and a dragon entitled ‘George and the Dragon.’

We then went on to explore English words connected with Dinosaurs, with the children completing word searches, crosswords or colouring. Finally some of the children ended the session my making a paper cut out dinosaur.

The children loved it.

It was the first time a full English story had been presented to them in my class. It was a success, and one I intend to repeat. 🙂


This week we begin another seasonal unit – Christmas. 🙂

Finžgar: Unit 2 Update

The animalid is going very well. Last week we explored ‘Polar animals’, this week we will finish Polar animals and learn about animals a little closer to home…Pets. 🙂 So it will be a lesson full of cats, dogs, birds and goldfish. 🙂


A kitten preparing for a hike.

A kitten preparing for a hike.