Listen to the tune, performed by Raffi!
Everybody I know in Vitoria is going crazy for Tiger. Be it because they have children at home, or simply because they have a home at all. Tiger is for most people “the new store opposite the post-office”, but for teachers and creative minds, it is a parallel universe.
Take this DIY memory game. I had promised my 7 year-old groups at school that if they made the effort to speak English in class I’d show up with a surprise.
So I went to Tiger and spent a whole hour choosing the best idea. But there are hundreds of them! It was really difficult not to buy them all!
There are these paper dolls with assorted cloth items, there are design plasticine sets, original activity books, there are these rubber stamps with house and furniture pictures… and loads of nourishing ideas!
I decided on the memory game, as a team work. I’d give each child four square pieces for them to draw two pairs of objects. It was useful to review vocabulary and spelling, and most of all, to make them believe that, all together, they were able to create a bigger whole than the mere sum of the parts.
Now, this small box containing 44 blank pieces could be used in many ways. I imagine that someone with more patience than myself could create an amazing mandala mosaic.
If there ever was a quintessential time-space traveller in English literature that was Alice. Her features give us the best excuse for presenting today’s reality from a foreigner point of view… and that’s just what we did: send her to the Children Section of our library in 2015!
Comments will be most welcome!
ALICE IN OUR LAND
(Click here to download the PDF file: Alice in our Land – Luciana Serra )
Alice is sleeping on the floor. She wakes up, rubs her eyes.
ALICE: Ohhhh [yawning] I must have slept for ages! I had this very weird dream… of falling through a rabbit hole! And there was a white rabbit with a pocket watch, too. And a crazy cat… I’m sooo tired… I feel as if I had been running all night! But… wait a minute… [She looks around] What is this place? Where am I? What a whole lot of books!!! [She looks up to the ceiling lamps] This is strange indeed… I must be dreaming again! [A phone rings right next to her. A librarian picks it up] Wooowwww!!! What’s that sound?
LIBRARIAN: Love? Yeah… listen, I can’t talk now, I’m at work. Yeah, OK. [She hangs the phone]
ALICE: [To the public] …Was she talking to that thing? [Now, to the Librarian] Hello!
LIBRARIAN: Good morning, darling!
ALICE: Can you make it play again?
LIBRARIAN: Ohhh… what do you mean?
ALICE: The little box, can you make it play again?
LIBRARIAN: This? The phone?
ALICE: What happens if I talk to it? [She now speaks to the wrong side of the phone] Heee-lloooo! [looks puzzled] “Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night…”
LIBRARIAN: [Looking at her suspiciously] How old are you? [The phone rings again] It’s my son, you can speak to him, if you want. [She picks up the phone and passes it on to Alice]
ALICE: Hello? [the Librarian helps her setting the phone in the right position] This is Alice, what’s your name?… Hello, Hegoi… and… how did you get in there?… there, inside this little box? Did you drink from the “Drink Me” bottle, too?… Your mum? She’s here, hold on… [passes the phone to the Librarian] (more…)
We are immensely glad to announce that 2015 will bring about the latest version of Storymaking Sessions by Tell-Tale What? This time, time itself will be the axis of symmetry. Prehistory, Medieval times and Present-day tales will be the topic of the three sessions arranged for January, February and April, respectively, at Ignacio Aldecoa Culture Centre, in Vitoria-Gasteiz. The following short story has been created with this purpose, serving as brainstorming for children of about 7-10 years old during the Prehistoric Session. Hope you enjoy it!
GUARDIAN OF THE FIRE
(Click here to download the PDF file: Guardian of the Fire)
Long, long ago, when the streets were rivers and today’s hills were still under the sea, the moon and the sun were ever so bright and the stars were the ancient peoples’ only guide in the night.
We learnt how to survive. We tamed the fire, it became our dearest pet. We worshipped its power: the power to light the darkness, the power to melt the ice, the power to destroy. It was a question of measure; we pictured relativity. In every clan a Guardian of the Fire was appointed. In our clan it was generally a young hunter, helped out by his whole direct family, especially the women, who would look after the fire when the hunter left in a mission with the rest of the men in the clan. Much before I became a hunter myself, my brother Nack was appointed Guardian of the Fire. It was a honour to us all. It affected all our family directly since our place at the cave changed from quite-at-the-entrance to right-next-to-the-fire. And, believe me, this was an outstanding promotion. (more…)
English Club – Session II, November 8 at Vitoria-Gasteiz.
I want to share this amazing tale with all you storytime lovers, especially those under-age… simply because I love to see their eyes catching fire with the unexpected.
Welcome you all!
I hope you brought some tissues with you…
“Big Joe And Phantom 309”
Written by Tommy Faile 1967,
Performed by Tom Waits
“Well now, it’s story time again. I’m gonna tell you a story ’bout a truck driver. This story was written by a guy named Red Sovine, and it’s called the Ballad of Big Joe and Phantom 309.”
Since my good friend Lola mentioned it, I started going through the picture publications at WeHeartIt, now and then. A soothing activity that tells you a lot about how global society lives nowadays. I found it to be somewhat like Pinterest, but with even less words, just images.
I have to recognize that, depending on the day, I may relax visiting We Heart It by feeling I’m not doing exactly anything or, on the contrary, I may get overstressed by the sight of an infinite parade of slim youngsters in their underwear, tossed with witty phrases.
Among these, I saw that there exist several publications of this kind linked to literature. Most of them aren’t related to classics, but to popular up-to-date bestsellers. And that’s where my light bulb started working. Using catchy images and phrases linked to the art of reading and the joy it brings may help creating a new feeling of belonging, something lost for many youths these days (or at least that’s my feeling in Spain).
An easy way to get youngsters to use the load of adjectives we teach them at school is to make them think about (or link them to) something they enjoy.
During the first sessions of the Reading Workshop we will go through several adjectives describing personality and appearance to find out what type of characters move them.
We will also look into the distinction between flat and round characters as presented by E.M Forster in his book Aspects of the Novel (1927), and use it to classify the characters we find along the workshop.