April 2010 Newsletter Bookmark and Share

Again we are late with our April newsletter, So much is going on at the moment at Centru Tbexbix, it’s difficult to stay up to date with our work. All of us are happily busy, finalising the plans for the last few weeks of the scholastic year, preparing for the residential weekend happening at the end of May, as well as for the summer club starting on the 5th July.

Different ways to motivate children

Many of us educators have the experience of children refusing to co-operate and participate in the learning activities, especially when this involves writing. At Centru Tbexbix all the time we are experimenting with different ways and resources to motivate the children to learn. One thing which the children like a lot is using small individual whiteboards to write and draw on, instead of pencil and paper. During English club, whether it is to learn the alphabet, or write phonemes, or draw a house, car, bird or boat, all the children enjoy using board and coloured markers.... they never get tired or complain!

Whiteboards

Children are by nature curious. Using actual objects (realia) to illustrate and teach vocabulary allows language learners to see and touch the objects, thereby making the learning experience more concrete and intriguing. In the photo the children learn the names of different health foods.

Realia

The same goes for Arts and Crafts. Don’t throw anything away... Ask Ogun and Arianna whether they’ll need it for Arts & Crafts! And sure enough... buttons, yogurt cups, used matches...everything can be used to make art.

Buttons

Buttons

Sugar gives an interesting shine and texture to children’s paintings!

Sugar painting

Yoga shoots

continues to bloom, with lots of positive feedback from teachers and pupils. Go to:  http://mrsgrima.blogspot.com/2010/05/centru-tbexbix-bormla.html

During every yoga shoots session, the children are given a vegetarian meal. They are asked whether they prefer to eat in a disposable plate or in a ceramic one. “If you choose a ceramic plate you will have to wash up after you eat, but if you choose a disposable plate you will be adding to the waste, which harms the environment.” All the children, without exception, choose to wash their own plate

Washing up

The journey to Sweden

-  by Anna

As a new teacher for English Club I thought it would be fun to do some kind of project with the children, especially the older ones. And since I’m from Sweden, what could be better than a journey to Sweden?!

-          Sure, said the children when I told them. Do you pay for hotel and restaurants?

-          Of course, I said. This is an all-inclusive trip!

Said and done. The first lesson we went to the airport (virtually), because if one is going to Sweden one will probably have to fly. The children learned some useful airport vocabulary and they also got to know some typical airport situations; check-in and boarding for example.

On the next lesson we had reached Stockholm and we started our visit by dining at a restaurant. There the children learned some restaurant vocabulary and later we all went to the kitchen where the children made chocolate-balls which is a common Swedish sweet. Everyone at Centru Tbexbix; children, volunteers, teachers and parents enjoyed the cookies, because when some children bake they happily share it with the others!

During our journey we have so far also visited one of Stockholm’s main-attractions – Skansen – an open-air museum. The children learned about the Royal family. The next lesson will be dedicated to the Swedish music-treasure and of course we’ll listen to some Abba-music. Musically Sweden and Malta are connected through the singer Kevin Borg so I think we’ll have to dedicate some time to his music too.

During the coming weeks we’ll continue our journey to the north parts of Sweden where the children will have a closer look at animals like bears, wolves, elks and reindeers. I am also planning to teach the children some typical Swedish dances – one item to perform at the closure of this scholastic year in June…

Goodbye Clara

Clara

Saying goodbye is never a happy event, but unfortunately it is something that is happening often at Centru Tbexbix. Eight months of volunteering came to an end in April for Clara Lensing, teacher of co-op games and sports as well as yoga. Clara’s work was appreciated a lot and we were happy to see her develop into an efficient and effective teacher. We wish to thank her for her dedication and valuable contribution to our programmes, especially the yoga for kids. We would also like to congratulate her for her decision to train as a yoga teacher on her return home.

Welcome Lucia

Clara’s replacement also came this month, Lucia from Italy. Lucia graduated as a dance sports teacher and surely her skills will again be very useful in the games and sports programmes of Centru Tbexbix.  Lucia is integrating quickly and we hope that her experience of one year working with our children will give her a lot of fulfillment and satisfaction.

Lucia

Lucia’s activity, same as Clara’s, is funded by the Youth in Action programme of EUPA.

Co-operation not competition

The children surrounded Anna while she was explaining the game. “I shake hands with one of you and say my name, and you say yours. Then I take on your name and you take mine, and we shake hands with other children and say our new name, and again swap names. The game continues until one by one we get our name back. Those who get their name back are to sit down and wait for all the rest to get the names back, and this is when the game finishes.

The children seemed to understand, and the game started.  One by one children started “finding” their names, and moving out of the game.. until at the end there were two boys with the same name. Anna explained that the game has to start again, because someone must have made a mistake.

One boy asked: So who wins? Anna explained that in this game everyone wins, because everyone gets their name back. If someone doesn’t, everyone loses, and the game has to be repeated until nobody makes a mistake and everybody wins.

In co-operative games everyone wins.

Parents please note:

by Anthony Valletta

May and June are with us. These two months bring a lot of stress to our children due to exams. The best way to help them to confront this is by teaching them relaxation. One way to do this is by Deep Breathing.

This can be done standing up while you are waiting. Just stand quite still and breathe in slowly through your nose and exhale slowly through the mouth.

Deep brreathing helps in three ways;

1)   It slows down the heartbeat.

2)   The intake of the oxygen will clear your brain and enable you to think more clearly.

3)   It fills your lungs with air making it easier for you to speak instead of gasping for breath.                                                  

NOTE: This is also perfect for oral exams and job interviews.

 

Inspired?

There are many different ways how to contribute to the success of Centru Tbexbix. Through volunteering (in classes, administration, odd jobs, maintenance), donations in kind or financially, etc. The opportunities are endless.

One way to support the efforts of Centru Tbexbix is through the "Friends of Centru Tbexbix" scheme with a small monthly contribution by standing order. Centru Tbexbix holds the following accounts: HSBC 013-085675-001 and BoV 400-1705136-1.

For more information on how you can help, call us on 21/27 805130 or send an email to tbexbix@gmail.com.

This newsletter will be coming to you every end of the month, with the intention of keeping regular contact with the growing circle of friends of Centru Tbexbix, keeping everyone informed of what is happening as well as sharing the inspiration of this blossoming community project. The intention is to keep it brief and factual. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

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