english drama, ingilizce drama, Uncategorized

Her yaşta sahne! İngilizce Drama … English Drama for all

Dünyanın en fırsatçı öğretmen annesi ben olabilirim 🙂 İkea’nın çocuk boyu porselen fincan takımı karton kutusunun şeffaf plastiğini çıkarıp dik tutarak üzerine biraz kartondan perde yapıştırdık. Harika bir mini sahne oldu. Minik parmak kuklalarını kapan Begüm şova başladı. Bunu gören ben hemen küçük bir manüpülasyonla Edi’yi dahil etti. Şöyle ki 🙂

  1. Önce ben minik bir sunum yaptım onlara: Hi, I’m a turtle. I love swimming.  Hello, I’m a zebra. I love running. Hi there, I’m a lion I roar really loudly.
  2. Çocuklar sırayla ellerindeki hayvanları konuşturdular. Edi için böyle basit tuttum ve tabii ki o şöyle dedi: “Hi, turtle, sea” “Hi, zebra, daddy, baby- burda başka bir kitabından alıntı yaptı”   “Hello, roaaaaar” Ve bu inanılmazdı…

Onu tebrik ederken sizlere de bu aktiviteyi mtlaka hergün yapmanızı öneririm! Bir gün hayvanlarla bir gün insan figürleri ile..

Bir sonraki drama etkinliğimizde nezaket sözcüklerini çalışacağız (Örnek:  Hi, can you help me climb the tree. Hi, can you play with me please?  Thank you. Love it. Great.)

İpucu: Çocuğunuz birşey söylemeye çalıştığında skince dinleyin başınızla onaylayın ve sonra doğrusunu söyleyip onu tekrar denemey cesaretlendirin… inanın minikler buna hiç alınmıyor darılmıyor…aksine hoşlarına gidiyor bu destek.


I love opportunistic teaching and learning. Here’s what we did with the Ikea toy  porcelain set packaging. We ripped off the transparent plastic cover on the front side, opened up the box, strengthen it to stay open and glued 3 piece cardboard curtains. There we go! A cute little stage for all. Our actress showed herself the way to the stage immediately. Seeing where this would go, I found a way to involve the little one by modeling the language to practice.

  1. My presentation: I picked a mini animal finger puppet and said: Hi, I’m a turtle. I love swimming./ Hello, I’m a zebra. I love running./ Hi there, I’m a lion and I roar really loudly.
  2. Next, kids took turns to pick an animal and act out. Emre did a very good job and said more than expected: “Hi, turtle, sea”; “hello, roarrr”; “Hi, Zebra, daddy, baby- transfering info from one of his books”

Tip: When your child is trying to say smth and has difficulty, wait patiently, nod your head to confirm s/he is on the right track and say the same word out loud. Encourage her/him to try again. Children at this age love, appreciate scaffolding as such unlike older kids or adults 😉


toddler sensory & language activity, Uncategorized

Sonbahar/kış hazine avı ve bize kazandırdıkları (Fall/Winter treasure hunt in the nature)


Today, after we dropped Begüm off for her piano class, I told Emre we were going to collect stuff together from the woods. We spent an hour in the woods and collected colorful leaves, branches, pine cones, sticks and stuff. We walked around with a bag in our hands. He loved the idea. He spent a good one hour discovering the ground and stuffing his treasure into the bag each time he discovered something worthy.

This is what we gathered. While collecting I didn’t speak much on purpose, except for a few questions to practice the language:

Do you see any yellow leaves?

Do you have an orange leaf in the bag?

Wow, a long stick, you wanna put it in the bag?

I couldn’t find any big leaves, do you see any big leaves around?

When I asked these questions, he sometimes nodded his head, or repeated the key words “yellow”, “leaf”, “orange”, “big” at times to respond.

When we got home, we put our stuff onto a tray. I also put a transparent box next to it. Next came our 15 minute language practice for the day.

  1. I picked an object from the tray, examined it carefully and named it and shared an obvious characteristic of the object.  “It’s a leaf, a yellow leaf”. Next was my daughter. She said: “It’s a branch, it’s a big branch.” It was Emre’s turn and to my surprise he said ” onanç leaf”. We had focused on colours earlier but I was expecting colours to be receptive language for another while. I was astonished by this. We also knocked the rocks and some other objects against the metal tray and talked about the sound they made. Emre just repeated sounds like “tink tink” “tac tac        .
  2. Next activity was practicing “big small”. We separated the objects into two groups “small” and “big”. We took turns to do this. Emre was good at naming little items “small” but he still has time to understand relative sizes. He certainly knows the words “big and small” though.

(We will use this material for a few more days to repeat the words and add new concepts like dry, wet/still green)

3. As a culminating activity I asked Emre to bring his autumn book from the shelf. He eagerly did so. This is one of the my first book series by Doğan Egmunt/Martin’s Press. Emre and I love this series because all the pictures in the books are real pictures and the pages are not overcrowded with many irrelevant objects; in fact there is only one photo on each page. This is preferable for this age group according to Montessori, too. We went over the pages and reiterated what we did using the pictures.

“Emre and I went to the woods.”

“We collected leaves, branches and pines”

” We saw red leaves, orange leaves, yellow leaves.”

“We didn’t see a squirrel”.

Today’s target language wasn’t totally new to Emre. Since Autumn, each time we went out I have said similar things and he often repeated them as parroting is what they like doing at this age.

Talk about the weather (Teaching him small talk hey 🙂 It’s cool Emre, isn’t it. It’s sunny. Do you see the moon tonight?

Tallk about the changes in the environment: The leaves are falling down. Leaves are yellow now etc.

Reading books about nature and weather often.