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21st May: WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT

21st May: WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT

Tomorrow (21st May) we are celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Are you aware of diverse cultures? Why not create mandalas to symbolize peace and harmony?

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development: Mandalas

This is my selection of interesting websites. They are all related to the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and offer extra ideas, songs, crafts and many more resources.

Happy surfing!

United Nations – Cultural Diversity Day

UNESCO – Third International Festival of Diversity

Diversity Council

PBS - Diversity in the classroom

DLTK’s Countries and Cultures

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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

Lots of love to you and

your lovely Mums!!


23rd April: WORLD BOOK DAY

 

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

World Book Day for Kids

Treasure Hunt: EASTER

Are you ready for an Easter Treasure Hunt???

Go to easterbunnys.net to find the answers to these questions:

  1. When do they have the Tincunaco ceremony in Argentina?
  2. What is the name of the village where they perform the Passion play in Brazil?
  3. In Crete they eat paschal at Easter. What is it?
  4. What do people do in France when the bells ring on Easter Sunday?
  5. What time is the church service on Good Friday in Hungary?
  6. In Lebanon they eat maamoul at Easter. What are they?
  7. What do they call Easter Sunday in The Netherlands?
  8. In Ukrania people do Pysanky at Easter. What does this mean?

Use the dictionary to do the following activities:

1. Which two words do not follow the word Easter?

2. Answer the questions.
    1) What is another name for Easter Day?
    2) What is an Easter egg made of?
    3) What is in a hot cross bun?
    4) Where is Easter Island?
    5) Which comes first: Good Friday or Easter Sunday?

3. The word Easter probably comes from Eastre. Who was Eastre?
    a) a German religious writer
    b) a Christian leader
    c) a goddess of spring
    d) a rabbit from a folk tale

Go to this link and watch how to make hot cross buns! Now Complete the list of ingredients and have a go making some hot cross buns at home!

  1. 500 grams ………………………………….
  2. A teaspoon ………………………………….
  3. Two teaspoons mixed ………………….
  4. 50 grams caster ………………………….
  5. 7 grams sachet ………………………….
  6. 250 grams of mixed …………………….
  7. 250 ml warm ……………………………….
  8. 50 grams melted ………………………….
  9. 1 large beaten …………………………….

Go to this link and watch “The White House Easter Egg Roll”. Then answer these questions:

  • Who is speaking from the White House at the beginning?
  • What activities are shown?


EASTER

EASTER

It’s that time of year again…Easter!


I would like to offer you resources to create that Spring feeling in your house.

Learn this traditional Easter rhyme.

There are various ways to decorate eggs. Here’s one method. What did they use to decorate the eggs? Have you ever decorated an egg? How did you do it?

Check out all the possible Easter crafts. Choose a project and read the instructions to make one of the Easter crafts!

Send a friend or family member an animated e-card for Easter.

Go to this link and click on The Easter Story. Watch and read an illustrated story of Easter.

12th April: YURI'S NIGHT

12th April: YURI'S NIGHT

Yuri’s Night is an international celebration held on April 12 every year to commemorate space exploration milestones. The event is named for the first human to launch into space, Yuri Gagarin, who flew the Vostok 1 spaceship on April 12, 1961. In 2004, people celebrated Yuri’s Night in 34 countries in over 75 individual events. Locations have included Los Angeles, Stockholm, Antarctica, the San Francisco Bay Area, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and the International Space Station.

If you want to read more, click on this link.

This is my selection of interesting websites for this event. They all offer extra ideas, songs, crafts and many more resources. Happy surfing!

Yuri’s Night Blog

The Solar System: Astronomy for Kids

Astronomy for Kids

Astronomy for Kids Online

The Nine Planets – For Kids

FT Magazine

19th March: FATHER'S DAY


Over the years
As we grow old,
We remember our father
So brave and bold.

In the garden,
Leaning on the plow,
He would listen to me;
I see him now.

He would give advice
And understand;
He was always there
To lend a hand.

God made fathers
Strong and firm,
For he knew our lives
Would have great concerns.

So he gave us fathers
To teach us to pray,
And guide our lives,
And show us the way.

So on his day
Let’s take the time
To say "Thanks, dad.
I’m glad you’re mine."

Poem by Mary Frances Bogle

St. Patrick's Day Trivia Hunt

HAPPY St. Patrick’s Day!!

Have fun finding the answers to our

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Hunt

 

Visit the links below to find the answers to the questions about St. Patrick’s Day.

You’ll have to be careful and read and think. Have Fun!!

                

Here are the questions. Happy Hunting!!

  1. When was St. Patrick born?
  2. What did St. Patrick supposedly do to help Ireland?
  3. Where and when was St. Patrick’s Day first celebrated in America?
  4. Where is the largest parade held in America?
  5. What gift do you get if you kiss the Blarney Stone?
  6. Where did the Blarney Stone come from?
  7. How can one find a leprechaun?
  8. How did St. Patrick use the shamrock in his teachings?
  9. How long does it take to fly from Madrid to Dublin?
  10. Who really did Patrick’s homework?

               

St. PATRICK'S DAY

This month we are going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Get ready for exciting and meaningful activities!

This is my selection of interesting websites. They are all related to St. Patrick’s Day and lots of ideas, songs, crafts and many more resources. Happy surfing!


History: St. Patrick’s Day

Kidskonnect: St. Patrick’s Day

English-zone: Saint Patrick’s Day Symbols

Emi-premier: Facts on Ireland


14th February: SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY

14th February: SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY

Every February we celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving flowers, candy and cards to those we love. We do this in honor of Saint Valentine. You may be wondering, "Who is St. Valentine"? Time to brush up on your Valentine’s history!

Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. With this thought in mind he outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger military base. Supposedly, Valentine, decided this decree just wasn’t fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine’s actions he had him put to death.

Another legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor’s daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first ’valentine’ himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it ’Your Valentine’, words still used on cards today.

Perhaps we’ll never know the true identity and story behind the man named St. Valentine, but this much is for sure... February has been the month to celebrate love for a long time, dating clear back to the Middle Ages. In fact, Valentines ranks second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards sent.

Another valentine gentleman you may be wondering about is Cupid (Latin cupido, "desire"). In Roman mythology Cupid is the son of Venus, goddess of love. His counterpart in Greek mythology is Eros, god of love. Cupid is often said to be a mischievous boy who goes around wounding both gods and humans with his arrows, causing them to fall in love.

Also, check out the History of Valentine’s Day and other ideas for Valentine’s Day, including creative Valentine cards, Valentine party games, and many more fun activities.

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30 de Enero. Día Escolar de la Paz y la No Violencia

30 de Enero. Día Escolar de la Paz y la No Violencia

 El Día Escolar de la No-violencia y la Paz (DENIP) fue declarado por primera vez en 1964. Surge de una iniciativa pionera, no gubernamental, independiente, y voluntaria de Educación No-violenta y Pacificadora del profesor español Llorenç Vidal. Su objetivo es la educación en y para la tolerancia, la solidaridad, la concordia, el respeto a los Derechos Humanos, la no-violencia y la paz. En este día, los colegios y centros se convierten en instrumentos de paz y entendimiento entre personas de distinta formación, raza, cultura y religión.

El mensaje básico de este día es: ’Amor universal, No-violencia y Paz. El Amor universal es mejor que el egoísmo, la No-violencia es mejor que la violencia y la Paz es mejor que la guerra’.

El DENIP fue reconocido por el Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, mediante la Orden Ministerial del 29 de noviembre de 1976.

El día 30 de Enero se conmemora además la muerte del líder nacional y espiritual de la India, el Mahatma Gandhi, el 30 de Enero de 1948, asesinado a tiros por un fanático hinduista.

Gandhi nació en Porbandar, India, en 1869, y tras graduarse en derecho en Inglaterra, se instaló en África del sur y luchó allí contra la discriminación de que eran objeto los indios. Al volver a la India organizó la resistencia no violenta (su filosofía, de base religiosa, tenía por principio fundamental la no violencia) contra el colonialismo y la no cooperación con la administración inglesa. Trató de frenar los choques entre hindúes y musulmanes que se produjeron tras la independencia en agosto de 1947 (los colonialistas británicos impusieron como condición para retirar sus tropas, la división de la India en dos estados, India y Pakistán, uno hindú y otro musulmán). Encarcelado en numerosas ocasiones, era en 1937 el líder de un movimiento independentista capaz de movilizar o detener a millones de indios.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011!!!!

 

New Year’s Day, or January 1, is the first day of the year and is an occasion that witnesses the biggest annual celebration across all countries of the world. It is the time when we ring out the old year and welcome the present year with open arms, with eyes filled with new dreams and hearts replete with new expectations. With another year approaching soon, it’s time again to gear up for New Year celebrations.

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CHRISTMAS (with recipe)

CHRISTMAS (with recipe)

The word Christmas comes from the Old English ‘Cristes Mæsse’ ~ meaning the ‘mass of Christ’ as it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. The first official celebrations took place in 336 after Emperor Constantine had declared Christianity the empire’s favoured religion. The festivals often begin at the beginning of December and continue until 6th January or Epiphany with the arrival of the Magi (Three Wise Men or Three Kings).


In the weeks leading up to Christmas, many people decorate their houses. They send Christmas cards and children write a letter for Father Christmas letting him know which presents they would like. It is typical to have a Christmas Tree and many children have advent calendars, which they open each day until the 24th: Christmas Eve. That night, Father Christmas uses his reindeer-drawn sleigh to visit each house and deliver the presents down the chimney. Some children hang stockings by the fireplace or at the end of the bed but often Father Christmas leaves the presents under the Christmas tree.


On Christmas Day, people open their presents. Families get together to eat. Traditionally, they eat roast turkey followed by Christmas pudding. They pull crackers, which open with a bang and contain a joke, a paper crown and a small present.


The day after Christmas is Boxing Day.This word comes from a custom from the Middle Ages: churches would open boxes in which people had placed gifts of money and distribute the contents to poor people in the neighbourhood.

 

And now something as sweet as a peaceful Christmas time...


Christmas is associated with giving, so why not make some truffles which they can use as gifts??

You will need:
• 500g sponge cake
• 25g drinking chocolate (powder)
• 50g ground almonds
• orange juice
• vermicelli or more drinking chocolate
• mixing bowl
• fork
• greaseproof paper
Instructions:
1. Put the sponge cake into the mixing bowl and crumble it. You can use the fork or your fingers.
2. Add the drinking chocolate and ground almonds. Mix together.
3. Add the orange juice little by little, mixing until you have the right consistency (firm but malleable – similar to play-doh). Ideally (but not essentially), cool the mixture at this stage.
4. Get a square of greaseproof paper and a portion of the mix. Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls.
5. Roll the truffle in the vermicelli or drinking chocolate.
6. Enjoy eating them and sharing them with your friends.

Note: Remember you can only work in the kitchen when there is an adult nearby.

LEMMON TREE

Why don't we sing last year's song too??

Here you have a karaoke version of the "Lemmon Tree" for you to remember the music and the lyrics.

Christmas is coming soon!

Christmas is coming soon!

This is my selection of interesting websites for this season. They are all related to Christmas and offer extra ideas, songs, crafts, and many more resources. Happy surfing!

Kiddyhouse: Christmas Activities

All Things Christmas: Christmas Traditions

Activity Village: Christmas For Kids!

Merry-Christmas: Kid’s Zone

Kaboose: Christmas Games

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Once again, our show is going to be the best one.

Learn the lyrics, practice the song and get ready to be the stars in the stage!!! Guiño

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Marta y Gerardo me han pedido que os recuerde que le echéis un vistazo a esta canción que estáis practicando en clase para el festival de Navidad.

¡¡Ánimo y buena suerte!!

OUR 1st PUMPKIN CONTEST

 

Our first Pumpkin Contest has been a TERRIFIC success!!!

 We were very glad to see how creative you (and your parents) can be!!!

Thank you all for your ideas and enthusiasm!

                                                  Halloween Pumpkin

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