'MY WINDOW OF FOUR SEASONS' pdf file 2.5 mb
Study activity for learning English as a foreign language, using word-building blocks to construct simple sentences.
This activity is meant for children under eight years of age. The blocks are for cut out assembly, provided in the book..
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Activity book/ English language teaching aid:
A handicrafts activity book for primary school children intended as a supplementary task to be used in the classroom as a means of teaching
English as a foreign language. The concept is new and attractive and well suited for a first contact with the English language in any country
since the grammatical information is conveyed in a visual, tactile and interesting way.
The handicrafts aspect of cutting out and assembly of the ‘Window’ holds great appeal for children between about six and nine and the
book is based on ideas developed during teaching.
The activity introduces the existence of grammar in a simple, clear, colourful and playful way. Through repetitive action within a compact framework
it automatically allows young students to identify for themselves basic repetitive patterns.
The range of vocabulary is strictly limited so as better to focus on the basic order and mechanism of English.
The aim is to introduce the two present tenses, explaining how to construct them by combining an auxiliary verb with a gerund and thus laying
a basic understanding for the construction of all other tenses such as the past perfect, future, etc. through visual demonstration.
It's also easy to show how to combine basic grammatical components, position question words, adjectives, prepositions and nouns.
Use of a printed version of the above pdf file on light card (dimension: A3)
The cover page featuring the window and the rear page are attached along the long sides to function as a folder.
The four background pages (summer- winter- spring-autumn) are slipped in between with a sheet of plastic film on top.
Images provided are cut out.
The provided building blocks with words on each face are cut out and constructed,
The teacher opens the folder, places some of the cut-out objects in selective positions, closes the folder and presents the closed 'Window' to the child
who opens it and describes what s/he sees using the building blocks to construct complete sentences.
Samples of building blocks:
Each of the 12 blocks is colour coded to correspond exclusively to one grammatical form, i.e. a noun, a verb, a preposition, an adverb, a possesive adjective, a pronoun, etc.
1. The cut-out window opens and simple scenes can be set up behind it using provided cut-out objects.
2. The idea is to use the images provided to make sentences to describe the picture that is created.
3. Building blocks are used for assembly of the sentence.
4. Colour coded sample sentences are provided.
5 Colour coding is directly related to grammatical forms i.e. nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, articles, pronouns, etc. – and is consistent throughout the play/study.
6. The SIX faces of the cube are utilized because they correspond to the 6 personal pronouns (singular and plural) and are thus convenient for conjugating verbs.
7. This is the first phase in the activity which focuses on the present tenses. Later stages address past and future tenses.
Explanation of colour coding used: