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Our favourite books for the Spring term

Here are our most precious recent finds:

‘BUSCAR’ from our favourite new children’s author Olga de Dios. This is her second book and it is beautiful with  her fun and quirky illustrations. Her first book ‘Monstruo Rosa’ by the way is becoming big in China! These friendly monsters are taking over the world with their cute, basic and very important messages.

buscar   monstruo china

El monstruo de los colores – another monster with a great message. Schools don’t really teach our children about emotions explicitly. Yes they provide a ground for practising emotions but how much do they actually talk about them? Here is a book that makes emotions clear and simple for all. Love it love it.

colores

 

Cocorico – My children have been loving this story. All the teachings from the red hen, little red riding hood and the three little pigs all in one simple book about a little chick. The cat says ‘marramiau’ great for practising rolling those ‘r’.

Cocorico

A spoonfull of Spanish, helps the tapas go down…peacefully!

We have a lot to celebrate as we finish the school year.

Our gorgeous trophy and certificates!

 

This month at Ole Kids, we joined the other shortlisted local businesses at the

Hammersmith and Fulham Brilliant Business Awards 2012.

 Thanks to all your votes we were shortlisted for ‘Best Supporter of the Community’, ‘Your favourite Business’ and were  

Runner up ‘Best New Business’!

We picked up our trophy and are feeling very proud of ourselves as a team and all the families that are on this Spanish learning journey with us.

 

 

As well as our trophy we are also over the moon about our other news for the month:

                                       Sunday Spanish workshops at Iberica Canary Wharf!

Iberica London is a gorgeous Spanish tapas restaurant that aims to bring the best quality Spanish food to London. Iberica has also recently collected an award by the Real Academia de Gastronomia in Madrid for their  ‘outstanding contribution to Spanish Gastronomy Worldwide’

And now Iberica is ready to offer the families coming for Sunday lunch a bit more than a cultural experience in terms of food, they are also wanting to bring Spanish language and culutre FREE to their children while they eat!

And that is where we come in. Ole kids will be at the beautiful Canary Wharf Restaurant on Sundays from 12 to 3 pm to keep children entertained and learning after they have gobbled up their ‘croquetas’ ‘jamon’ or ‘tortilla española’ (that is usually what our children choose to eat!)

Each week we will have several art activities ready to pay tribute to different Spanish artists. Picasso, Dali, Velazquez, Miro… they will all have their turn and children of all ages are welcome to come and have a go, from colouring in to collage and sculpture we will cover a range of art materials and formats each week.

 When we feel it is suitable we will run our well known classes full of fun and games to introduce children                                         to different vocabulary whilst gently challenging their movement, communication, social and cognitive skills at whatever stage of development they are at.

 There will be plenty of traditional songs and games to learn, story time, puppet stories. A mixture of      reading in Spanish and English so we can cater for bilingual and monolingual children and bring learning for all. The Grufalo in Spanish, a story about Velazquez in English, the three little pigs in both.

 Initially our workshops are open to all and please please please give us as much feedback, support and ideas as you can so we can make it the best possible experience for all. We are really looking forward to the next few weeks and seeing how our project runs, so do come and visit us and enjoy your meal!!

WHERE: IBERICA CANARY WHARF- 12 Cabot Square, E14 4QQ

WHEN: Every Sunday 12.00 to 15.00

(General Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11.30 am to 11.30 pm, Sundays 12.00 to 16.00)

www.ibericalondon.co.uk

Definitely Healthy TV – La televisión saludable

My home-made TV

 

Un  día  de  invierno   frío,  oscuro,   lluvioso  (en  Galicia  son  muy  frecuentes ) en  casa  viendo  por “enésima vez  la película  de “ The  Muppets “

 

Ya aburridas de ver lo mismo  (pero porque ellas quieren ¿eh?) , a Lola , se le ocurre algo: Lola: Ahora  ¡voy a ser YO  la tele !!

Nosotras: ¡Ok!!

Se  sienta delante del televisor, metida entre muchos cojines , asomando solamente medio cuerpo (como  las presentadoras de telediario) , esperando  a que Alejandra y yo utilizásemos el mando a distancia eligiendo lo que queríamos ver.

Yo: Ale, ¿qué quieres  ver? ¿El tiempo?

Ale: sí

Lola   empieza a “actuar”  y dice: “Buenas noches, mañana por  la mañana hará frío y por  la tarde lloverá “

Ale: sube el volumen mamá

Yo: sí, ya subo, ¡clik !!

Lola:  PASADO MAÑANA,  SEGUIRA  HABIENDO  NUBES Y  DESPUES  VIENTO HURACANADO Y BLA BLA BLA …

(  ja ja ja , nos moríamos de risa )

 

Yo: Ale, ¿cambiamos?

Ale: sí. Vemos  la peli de “LosPitufos” Yo: ¡clik !!

Lola  actúa  …

Yo: Ale, ¿la ponemos en otroidioma? Ale: Vale.

Yo: en chino? Ale: sí sííiiiii.

Lola: ( con sonrisa  de oreja a oreja ) wachi wen chin …

Nosotras: ja ja ja jaj aj jaj ajajaja

Yo: Ale, espera, dale a PAUSA , que quiero ir al wc. Lola: (se queda inmóvil, como  una estatua) Nosotras: ja ja ja

Yo: ( Llego del wc ) y clik !!

Lola:    king xi chin … Muy gracioso !!!

Effective ways to read to our children

We’ve all heard it a million times: Read to your children, it helps develop pre-reading skills.It’s your duty and obligation as a parent.

Okay, so maybe that last one is a bit strong but don’t we have a responsibility as parents to help our children? The point is that those who tell us to read to our children usually have very good reasons for telling us to do so.

Researches confirm that the benefits of reading aloud continue into elementary school: “Listening to stories read aloud by the teacher is one effective way for students to enrich vocabulary.”

According to the Reading is Fundamental campaign(1), every time we read aloud to our children, we are stimulating their imagination.

The Multilingual Children’s Association(2)confirms that “frequent book reading leads to more advanced language skills.” It is not just the type of books, the level, or even the language in which they are written that matters. Literacy is a result of frequency; the old “practice makes perfect” .

If your child is consistently intrigued by the traditions associated with the Spanish language, he or she will be more apt to read about them. Encourage an interest in your native culture buying books in Spanish or borrow them from a local library.

Here are some ideas that the experts recommed to make the most of this reading time and also help to build our child’s literacy skills while keeping it fun: (3)

Make reading a part of every day: Try to read to your child for at least 15 minutes each day. Bedtime is an especially good time to read together.

Hold your child while you read: Sit with your child on your lap as you read. Let him or her hold the book and help turn the pages.

Read with fun in your voice:Use your face, body, and voice to make reading fun. Use different voices for different characters.

Know when to stop: If your child loses interest or has trouble paying attention, just put the book away for a while. A few minutes of reading is ok. Don’t continue reading if your child is not enjoying it. With practice, your child will be able to sit and listen for a longer time.

Talk about the pictures: Point to the pages and talk about the pictures in the book. Ask your child to look at the pictures for clues to what the story is about.

Show your child the words: As you read the book, run your finger along the bottom of the words. Soon your child will realize it is the words that are read and not the pictures. If you’re reading a book in Spanish, feel free to let your child know the English version of a word. Say something like “Perro is called dog in English.”

We are sure there are plenty more ideas on how to read to our children and we would love to hear about them so do please please feel free to leave us a comment!!

(1) http://www.rif.org/ (2)http://www.multilingualchildren.org/(3)Source: colorin colorado

The wonders of being multilingual

Current research leads to the belief that speaking two or more languages can add to the cognitive flexibility of the child.

The different connotations and ideas around a word in the different languages allows the child to build a more complex understanding of the world at a younger age.

Although it is never  too late to learn a language, learning  at the early ages is ideal because so much development takes place during these years.

Olé Kids classes encourage all aspects of child development through stories, matching games, movement, arts and crafts, singing and signing and exploring materials and topics.

The choice of mixing children from the ages of 6 months to 4 years old is not an accidental choice but rather an intentional one,  as we believe that in a group lesson the younger ones are encouraged to learn by observing the ability of older children and makes them more confident to speak in public.

If you’re a Spanish speaker you and your child will meet other Spanish speakers and if you’re interested in learning another language with your little one, Spanish is a great choice.

  • Spanish is the official language in 23 countries worldwide
  • Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world in terms of native speakers
  • Learning a second language at an early age may benefit problem-solving skills and general mental development

All on board with Ole Kids Spanish Classes

The choice of baby classes in London ranges from music, arts and crafts, sing and sign, languages and more,

but there were no classes available that incorporates all these topics and be taught solely in Spanish for babies as young as 6 months of age to 4 years .

This is where we spotted an opportunity to create classes where mother and child from either a native or non-native background would explore, learn and practice Spanish in a fun, culturally rich and dynamic environment.

Although it is never  too late to learn a language, ideally lessons begin at the early ages of a child’s life as so much development takes place in these years.

The aim at Olé Kids is to provide opportunities across the six areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication and literacy; reasoning and numeracy; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical development and creative development.

The choice of mixing children from the ages of 6 months to 4 years old is not an accidental choice but rather an intentional one,  as we believe that in a group lesson the younger ones are encouraged to learn by observing the ability of older children and makes them more confident to speak in public.

ALL the children in our classes benefit from the social aspect of learning together.

Parents have a very active role in our classes as they will be able to speak with other native Spanish speakers or learn the language at the same time as their child.

At different ages children will learn different things from each class and definitely we all learn from each other and have lots of fun!