1. PALM TREE
Group 1 (2-4 year olds)
Hello teacher! Welcome to Vivadi’s first cycle of work. This is the beginning of a journey
that we’ll go through together, to help our students acquire the English language!
THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS CYCLE ARE:
Understand Vivadí's class routine and distinguish the English class from the other classes.
- Develop a curiosity for the content and start building a relationship with the language.
Begin to recognize the class as a safe environment for experimenting with the new language.
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 EVIDENCE WITH WHICH YOU WILL OBSERVE IF YOUR STUDENTS HAVE ACHIEVED THESE OBJECTIVES
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 center of it
The children take off their shoes
1. STARTING SONG
Through this activity we expect to let the children’s bodies move freely after staying seated.
To listen to a song in English that will promote immersion and will help the students start identifying the sounds of the English language.
5. MOVE YOUR HIPS
Let the children listen to a story in English
With the help of your body language, try to understand something about the meaning of the story, which will be connected, in some way, to a scene from a previous video.
The purposes of this activity are: to familiarize the students with yoga practices and meditation in English; make the students conscious of time and place and aware of how they can use their bodies.
6. HARMONY TIME
My class lasts between
25 and 30 minutes!
We know that some schools count with more frequent and shorter English classes of 25 to 30 minutes. In those cases, we suggest you follow this shortened plan of activities. It is based on the activities that follow.
The most important is that the essence of the Vivadí Class is respected to make sure that the immersive atmosphere is not disrupted!
If you have any suggestion don't doubt to tell us!
1. STARTING SONG
To start, we need to make sure that the English moment is clearly separated from other classes the children have in the same room and the same conditions of learning. To do this, it is essential to modify the space as this helps the students to receive something different (which is, in this case, a different language).
That is why, in favor of creating a new working routine, you will ask the students to clear the tables and benches to free the area in the middle of the classroom. They will not need the desks or the backpacks, nor pencils or notebooks. Also, they should take off their shoes and leave them in a place that you determine. Don’t forget to take off your shoes too! While they do this, you will play the following opening song.
*REMEMBER TO SPEAK
ENGLISH AT ALL TIMES!
It would be good if, little by little, the song became interactive. That is to say that the children can be doing the slogans that the song invites to perform, such as giving a hug. This will help them to make sense of what they are listening to and eventually, singing.
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
If you want to, show the kids the following video. Gestures are really important in this cycle as children don’t manage the language. In this video, the students will be able to watch and copy a choreography that will indicate with dance steps what the song is saying.
This is more of a fun activity than a game, but it gets kids up and moving (and grooving!). It’s perfect for after an instruction block. Put on some fun music and encourage kids to show off their best dance moves. When the music stops, everyone freezes. Anyone still dancing is out and sits down to watch their classmates.
Use the songs from Move Your Hips!
The character will give orders to the children for them to do, for example "jump". The children should do it only if the order begins with "XXX says" where XXX is the character's name.
If the children do the task but you didn't say "XXX says" before, they will lose.
* For the kids to engage with the game, you should get involved and play with them.
For the first few rounds, in order to not confuse the students, you should be the leader and explain the rules. You will say a command and the students must match the command with the expression. The point of the game is to “confuse the students” so you could repeat the same command 3 times. Whenever a student messes up they are out of the game. The game ends when there is one student remaining. Once the students have understood, the winner will replace you as the leader.
The commands are:
“I am happy” and the students must smile wide
“I am sad” and the students must hide their face in their hands
Test your students’ observation skills with a quick round of I Spy. Choose an object from your onscreen background. For instance, “I spy something green.” Students take turns guessing what the object is. You can also choose something from someone else’s background. For example, “I spy something in João’s background that looks soft.”
Invite the children to sit together looking at the screen in the class. Introduce the moment, with the assistance of the character explaining that they will watch a video and they must focus on the scene going on.
You can choose between the different options. They are both great! (this can be prepared from the first moment to avoid wasting time and prevent the kids from dispersing).
*If you don't have a projector: we recommend that you act what happens in the video. You should create a situation in which two people laugh wildly.