The past two months have been really intense – the COVID19 quarantine has world upside down. Today I thought I would share the first of a series of videos which we are generating for our students. FunLab Workshop runs phonics based courses for children from 4 to 12 years of age. We were able to transfer our elementary school age and older children to ZOOM lessons without too many problems. However, the little guys (4 and 5 year olds) have been more difficult. After a series of different approaches, we have started to send pre-recorded video lessons to parents twice a week. We try to keep our students stimulated and learning even if we can’t be together in our usual classes.
This week I tried to combine a crafting with blending and we came up with the idea of CREATIVE LEARNING: Jolly Phonics plus creativity to make reading fun and easy. The first video is H IS FOR HEN! In addition to blending, we tried to also have the kids expand their vocabulary, work on listening comprehension and review pure sounds. Big ambitions for a short video. The three sounds highlighted in the video are h – e – n and the craft is a paper plate hen. I tried to use material that could be found easily at home or at the local grocery store (for those of you out of Italy – our version of quarantine is that only supermarkets and pharmacies are open). A more basic craft that this one just really doesn’t exist.
If you are a parent who wants to try this at home, a fun idea is to have all the material cut out and ready so that the children can build the hen and repeat the words as they create it. This means a little bit of prep time for you but I really guarantee that CREATIVE LEARNING will be a good time for your beginning readers.
You will need:
white paper plates
Watch the video and have fun!
If you would like some other ideas for keeping your kids busy at home while learning English take a look at the FunLab blog’s archive. It is literally exploding with fun ways to spend time together.