2. MANGO TREE

Mangueira

Group 1 (2-4 year olds)

Welcome teachers to Vivadí´s second Cycle!

 

The structure of this cycle may look familiar, as it is similar to the previous one. This will make it easier for you to get used to the planning and class dynamic!

 

The objectives of this cycle has are different from Cycle 1, but continue in the same line. Therefore, the rubric is also different as it is based on these new objectives.

 

Remember we are always available to solve any doubts you may have!

 

THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS CYCLE ARE:

  • Consolidate bond with Vivadí’s class.

  • Recognize the value of the group as a vehicle for learning and experiencing.

  • Give meaning to the contents of the class with the help of audiovisual support.

  • Feel confident enough to respond to the slogans collectively.

When you see that there is progress in these areas, you can move on to the next cycle. Check the rubric that will help you know if the group is ready to move forward!

WE SUGGEST YOU CHECK THE EVIDENCES WITH WHICH YOU WILL OBSERVE IF YOUR STUDENTS HAVE ACHIEVED THESE OBJECTIVES​

CLASS PLAN

  • Emphasize that the English class is beginning with a rite that will be repeated in every class.

  • Mess up the class and make room in the centre of it

  • The children take off their shoes

1. STARTING SONG

  • This is the main activity that will follow the narrative in our classes. There are surveys, creative projects, and activities around the school (if that’s a possibility). 
    • The hands-on! activities are always inspired by the narratives, so make sure you check them in advance in order to better choose when each one of them.

3. HANDS-ON!

  • It is a transitional break to regain the student's attention, to keep them focused and to integrate their minds and bodies into one same action.

  • At the end of the game, the students should be sitting in a circle in the middle of the room.

5. BRAIN BREAKS

  • The idea is to end the English moment with a closing rite that the kids will memorize with the repetition of it.

  • Also, it's time to put the shoes back on and order the class.

7. ENDING SONG

  • Let the children listen to a story in English 

  • Always try to generate curiosity in your students by eliciting from them any kind of speculation; and when reading with them, make sure you use your body language so that meaning is clear.

  • The narrative will always be followed by a simple discussion, in which you will ask specific questions about what they’ve heard or seen.

2. STORYTELLING

  • To let the children’s bodies move freely after staying seated.

  • Connect children's daily activities with school life.

  • Associate mind and body in the same action.

4. MOVE YOUR HIPS

  • Strengthen the student’s familiarity to the practice of harmony so that they feel comfortable to really relax. In other words, we want the practice not to be something new for them.

6. HARMONY TIME

My class is 25 to 30 minutes long!

We know that some schools work with more frequent and shorter English classes of 25 to 30 minutes. In those cases, we suggest you follow this shortened plan of activities. 

1. STARTING SONG

Starting Song - Vivadí
00:00 / 00:00

It is important that the starting song is maintained throughout the cycles to emphasize the beginning of the Vivadí class. This way, we are letting students stay calm because they will know what is going to happen, even if the activities are different in this second cycle. The starting song and the ending song frame the English moment.

Once again, we need students to change the disposition of the class by moving the desks and chairs to the sides and making room in the center of the classroom.

This way, students are in charge of building their own learning space. This makes them protagonists of their process of language acquisition.

Lyrics

If your friends are in the classroom, say hello.

If you see your teacher smiling, show your teeth

If you want to show your feelings, give a hug

If you feel like being silly, make some noise

 

If you want to get together, make some room

Let your heart feel so much better, make some room

 

Let’s get ready for Vivadi

Let’s have some fun and play with english in our world

Let’s get ready for Vivadi

We are all in this together

We’ll do it you and me

We’ll be a big great family

 
 

2. STORYTELLING

 

The first activity is the reading of a story. After reading the story, you will have a discussion moment with your class where you discuss the story you read. Below you will find some discussion points you can use. 

Afterwards, you will find activities inspired by the story. Be sure to choose the activity that corresponds to the story you just read. this cycle, you have three options

Note that The Robot’s Bedtime involves the participation of the kids making robot noises, making robot movements and finally repeating “I am a sleepy robot powering down” while they close their eyes and relax.

 

We remind you that, even if you have audio-visual support, your body language is key to make children understand the meaning of the story and also make it significant to them.

*If you don't have a projector: it is convenient that you read with nuances, while another person acts what happens in the story.

You can choose between these options with no particular order, but, remember how important repetition is. So, if you choose to repeat one story more than once, don’t worry if another story is never told.

OPTION 3:

The day the vegetables

came to school

Discussion for "The Dream Pillow" 

  • Have you ever had a bad dream? What did you dream of?

  • What's the best dream you have ever had? 

Discussion for "The Robot's Bedtime"

  • Did you enjoy being a robot? 

  • If you were a robot, what color would you be?

  • What is your favorite thing about being a robot (speaking, moving or going to sleep?)

Discussion for "The Day the Vegetables Came to School"

  • What are your favorite vegetables?

  • Have you ever had a silly dream like Raju?

  •  Did you find the story funny?

Would you like to interact with the kids during the storytelling moment?

After you have read the story to the children once, you can do a second reading with the kids interaction.

 

Try stopping at specific moments of the story and ask the kids to copy the gestures of your face that indicate the feelings of the character in the story.

 

Example: if the character indicates that he is tired, you should make an expression that shows fatigue and the children should imitate it. 

 

3. HANDS-ON! 

ACTIVITIES

Inspired by The Dream Pillow

Game: Make Your Own Dream Pillow 

 

Students will think of their best stories, draw a representation of them and fold up the paper. Make a mural of "Pillow" with all of the drawings. The students can open the paper and see the stories.

ACTIVITIES

Inspired by The Day the Vegetables Came to School

Game: A market of vegetables!

Cut out all of the cards with the vegetables and the names of them. Put them all around the room. Tell the students when they go they have to ask for vegetables. Say phrases like "I would like..." "could I have?" 

Make groups of 4. One of the students from the group will be the seller of the vegetables (the students will rotate who is the seller in each station). The 3 other students will order the vegetables at the station. "I would like 3 sweet potatoes" "Could I have 5 yams?"

Game: Make Your Own Dream Pillow 

 

Students will think of their best stories, draw a representation of them and fold up the paper. Make a mural of "Pillow" with all of the drawings. The students can open the paper and see the stories.

ACTIVITIES

Inspired by The Robot's Bedtime

Game: Be Like a Robot!

Choose one student to be the "head robot" (they can alternate) to go to the head of the classroom.  The head robot will say: "Can you ….. like a robot?" And the students will mimic. For example: can you jump like a robot?

GENERAL ACTIVITIES

Game: How is (name of student)? 

Students can reply "Maria is happy" "Pedro is sad" (This game can apply to storytelling. For example, the teacher can ask "how is this character?" (and it can be the Dream Pillow story) and the students reply that the character is scared

4. MOVE YOUR HIPS

Use Move your Hips! activities when you feel students are too distracted or have been seated for too long. The idea is to move and refresh the body, always through learning, and it can be used at any moment of the class. Below you will find some ideas for your age group.

CONCENTRATED MODE

If the kids are concentrated, we propose a few activities that will help you manage the energy of the group.

FREE DANCE

Let them dance one of the following songs on our Spotify list (or Youtube list) that is also aligned with what we have been experiencing in the class. Just select a song that they will enjoy and press play to let them move freely around the space.

EUPHORIC MODE

If the kids are euphoric, we propose a few activities that will help you manage the energy of the group.

CHOREOGRAPHED DANCE

Play either one or both videos so that the students can mimic the motions. This way the students are listening to a song in English and matching the words with their actions.  

5. BRAIN BREAKS

 
 

This is a brain break moment for the kids to change energies and prepare with their minds and their bodies for what follows.

 

You can choose between these options:​

Musical Chairs  

 

A set of chairs is arranged with one fewer chair than the number of players (for example, seven players would use six chairs). While music plays, the students walk around the set of chairs. When the music stops abruptly, all players must find their own individual chair to occupy. The player who fails to sit on a chair is eliminated. A chair is then removed for the next round, and the process repeats until only one player remains and is declared the winner. Since we are working with young kids, one option is to always change the kid who is out of the game. When another student loses, the one who is already out comes back. 

 Dance and Freeze

 

Play a catchy tune and let students freely dance (or call out instructions to dance in particular ways, such as “Dance as if you have a sore foot” or, “Dance as if you just woke up”). Every so often, pause the music and have students freeze on the spot, likely in comical poses!

 

6. HARMONY

Now, you will continue activating your bodies. To do this, ask and show the kids how to move the body from their toes to the head:

                                                                                                           - Stand on your feet and lean forward letting your head and arms hang.

                                                                                                                                           - Maintaining that position, shake your body freely.

                     -  Slowly, raise your body back to the standing position. Always remember that the last part of the body to raise is the head.

 

                                                                                                                       - Open your eyes and mouth as big and wide as you can!

Tip: it is a good time to mention parts of the body and make the children start listening to these words.

To end this moment you can ask your kids to give a few jumps to finish activating all the parts of the body.

Now it’s time to start with the harmony activities. When the kids finish jumping and moving their bodies, put this playlist as background  music for the rest of harmony time.

Meanwhile, go ahead and start
with the following activities:
1. ASANA
2. SWARA
3. SAVASANA
4. ANJALI
1. ASANA (Postures)

We will start with the asanas, which means postures. Try these three different positions with your students.
Each position will be related to the story previously read. You can explain to the kids why they connect to the story.

BODY POSTURES

This time, we will start with a short series of body postures. They should be done one after the other in the order shown.

1. Mountain

Stand on your two feet.

Feel the ground beneath you.

Let your arms hang freely and relax your shoulders.

2. Sun

Raise your arms up high as if you were reaching for the Sun.

Place your hands together in Anjali mudra.

3. Dog

Bend down and place your palms flat on the ground. Step your feet back to create an upside-down V shape with your buttocks high in the air. Straighten your legs, relax your head and neck, and look down between your legs

4. Mountain

Stand on your two feet.

Feel the ground beneath you.

Let your arms hang freely and relax your shoulders.

FACE POSTURES

Dog face

Fish face

Happy face

HAND POSTURES

Anjali

Buddhi

2. SWARA  (Breathing)

Children should be lying in the floor in a comfortable and easy position for them.

Remind them of the importance of breathing through their nose.

 

Belly Breathing exercise:

- The children should put their hands on their tummies and try to expand their bellies (not their chests) when they breath in.

- Then they should feel their tummies shrink as they breath out. (They should picture their belly buttons push towards their tummies)

3. SAVASANA (Final relaxation)

After the Belly Breathing exercise, you should play a song from this playlist and let them just relax, ideally closing their eyes.

It would be also ideal to:

- Turn off the lights 

- Have the children lay down on the floor

- Have the children covered with a blanket

This song will be repeated every class in this same moment. This will serve as a guide for the kids to, eventually, understand that the final relaxation moment has come. Hopefully, they will gain the confidence to close their eyes when they hear the song as it will be a familiar activity. 

4. ANJALI

After the Savasana song, you can ask the kids to sit down again and close the Harmony practice by taking their both hands together to the centre of the chest.

Then, you should say “thank you” to them and they should repeat "thank you" after you.

 
 
 
 

 Coloring Pages  

Coloring pages are a great way to relax and allow the younger kids to take a break. Free handed drawings or coloring pages are both excellent choices for this age. 

Name Moves

Students stand behind their chairs. In turn, each student says his or her name accompanied by a special movement. For example a student might say, “Kayla!” while dramatically dropping to one knee and doing Jazz Hands. After the student does his or her move, the rest of the class says the student’s name in unison and imitates the move. Then it is the next student’s turn.

7.ENDING

SONG

Ending Song - Vivadí
00:00 / 00:00

Just like you´ve been doing so far, play the Vivadí ending song to let the children know that the class is almost over. Remember this is the moment to rearrange the classroom as you found it when you started and, finally, have the children put their shoes back on.

Lyrics

If you enjoyed our time together, sing along

If you can’t wait for next class, high five!

To get ready for what follows, tidy up

See you next time dear teacher, good bye!

 

It’s not goodbye with Vivadi

The things I learnt today will always stay in me

It’s not goodbye with Vivadi

We are all in this together

We’ll do it you and me

We’ll be a big great family

 
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