Saturday, October 20, 2012

Playing store with my adult Norwegian class

One of my adult Norwegian classes is studying food right now, and just learned about the Norwegian monetary system. There is a dialogue in our textbook that illustrates how to shop for food, but that is the only example given. Many of my students either want to go to Norway in the future or are already planning their trip, so I use this opportunity to do a practical, hands-on lesson. Over the years, it has become a favorite among all my classes. I take the play food that the barnehage (children's immersion class) uses and set all the pieces out on a table. I include some silverware and condiments. Then I set the play cash register on the end and take out the play money. I make sure to hide the credit card that comes with the cash register! The students bring their books along and gather around the food. I sit at the end with the cash register and start the activity, greeting the first "customer". The "customer" chooses what he or she wants to buy, then gives it to me to ring up. I make up reasonable prices, but have a current advertisement from a Norwegian grocery store chain as a reference for those who want to use that. I tell the "customer" the price, then he or she pays me and we end the conversation. The "customer" then becomes the "cashier" and another student becomes the new "customer". I then am the last "customer" so that every student has an opportunity to fill both roles. If there were an interactive whiteboard in our classroom, the students could use the online advertisement site to pull up the actual prices of their merchandise so the "cashier" could ring it up accurately. This would also incorporate the techniques of skimming, reading forms, and spelling.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Dinosaur theme for barnehage

The kids absolutely loved the new dinosaur theme!  Right when they first came in, they saw the dino dig I'd set up in front of the play tent (from our camping theme) and asked if they could start in.  I supplied various buckets and tins, two metal ice cream scoops (with non-moveable parts), and paintbrushes.

The kids uncovered every single one of the dinosaurs, made dino soup, and pretended they were Tyrannosaurus Rex with the hand puppets.  One student wanted to get a My Little Pony to be a friend to her dinosaurs, so she went over to the table where the ponies normally are.  She found the shoebox they are stored in, but she also found the rest of the dinosaur-themed activities!

The playmat came with the plastic dinosaurs, but it made a great Play-Doh mat as well.  I supplied little containers of Play-Doh (that were originally sold as Halloween trick-or-treat handouts a couple years ago) in a basket, and the kids had fun making tracks with the dinos.  The cards on the bottom of the picture are dinosaur matching cards from Busy Bee Kids Printables.  The backpack and other shapes on the left have matching "shadow" cutouts, and are all dinosaur- or paleontology-themed.  They are free from Danielle Danver's TpT store.  The dinosaur bones on the top are all different lengths, lending themselves easily to a standard and non-standard measuring activity, although one child asked if she could color them in.  They are at Sparklebox, which is a wonderful site with free printables in many languages.

I will be adding more activities as the month progresses, depending on how many students come each week.  I've collected most of these ideas, plus more, on my Pinterest dinosaur board.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Classes start in September, plus barnehage themes

August's theme for barnehage, our children's Norwegian-language playgroup, was "camping".  I set up a camp on one side of the room, complete with the Fisher Price Fun to Imagine 2 in 1 backpack and tent camping set.  A little working lantern was there for a day, but then one of the children put it away somewhere else (and I haven't be able to find it since).

The children had fun roasting marshmallows and hotdogs over the fire, hiding in the tent from various woodland creatures (me in the role of a bat, an owl, and a bear), but defending their food from the bear was scarier than they thought it would be.  Then they pretended to be various animals and ran around the room on all fours, having a great time!

One of the children lined up the roll & graph and plant or animal sorting cards from 2 Teaching Mommies' Forest Pack, then went through and named them all in English while I told the class the Norwegian words.  At the end of each class time, I took pictures of the noun cards (and some of the other cards, where applicable) with the objects they represented.  These will become part of our word wall, as well as word walls at home (via sending the pictures by e-mail to the families).

Norwegian classes for adults will start next week, as will lille leikarringen (children's Scandinavian dance) practice.  Registration for Norwegian classes is still open through the first two weeks of September.  Enrollment for lille leikarringen and barnehage is ongoing.  See the links on the right side of this blog for more information on these programs.

The barnehage theme for September will be "dinosaurs".  My nephew was helping me set up and test out the sensory box for this, using small dino toys, rice, and dried split peas.  We had a couple dino digs, then he built a dinosaur world himself.

Digging for dinos
JJ's dino world

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sensory box and toys for June's garden/farm barnehage theme

Our theme for the barnehage, our children's Norwegian-language playtime, is gardening & farming.  I put together this activity table to encourage the children to learn new Norwegian words and use them in their play.  It includes a Playmobil farm set (seen in and around the yellow fence), several My Little Pony toys and accessories (including the barn), a sensory box, and picture cue cards.

The box has coffee beans in it, and the children can "plant" the fruit, flowers, and vegetables from the plastic toy sets.  They can also put row markers made from cut drinking straws in the coffee beans.  Then they can "water" the plants with the watering cans.  The big flower is a four-piece puzzle, and the cards to the left of it (below the straw signs) are word cards for the parts of a flower.  On the right are two sorting sheets, one for flowers and one for vegetables, and a set of picture/word matching cards with the words written in both Norwegian and English.  The sorting sheets can be used with the plant stakes and with the matching cards.

My ideas for this play table came from the Playmobil 5893 Pony Farm with Carrying Case, the My Little Pony Applejack's Sweet Apple Barn Playset and other accessories,, and Modern Parents, Messy Kids.