My maker plan revised: The shoebox of union and education

I have given some thought to my original maker plan and decided that it didn’t suit my real interests and probably those of my future students; so I came up with something much better and I think this is it! To begin with, I’m a bilingual childhood education major (Spanish). So, I’ve been to many classrooms where sometimes kids can be a little mean to each other when another child/student doesn’t know English well or even vice versa.  So in order to try and have the children appreciate other languages other than their native one and to also have a little fun learning and practicing while they are doing it, I (my husband helped me so I will credit him too) came up with the shoebox and story booklet project/ activity.  I will create a nice colorful shoebox which will be filled with little papers.  These little papers will have a phrase or word written on it. Each paper will have it written in both languages (Spanish and English), so that the native English speaker will learn Spanish, and the Native Spanish speaker will be learning and practicing English. :). I will go around with the box, they will pick a paper and read it out loud. They will be provided with little hand made booklets or they can make it themselves, so after they pick the word and read it thea can write it in both languages in their little booklets.  This will be a weekly activity, if not every other day, so they can fill up their little booklets and at the end of the year they can make a story book with all the words that they have in their booklet.  :). One more thing, I do realize that as a public school teacher the classroom is very diverse at times, so if there are students that speak a language other than English or Spanish, I will ask for them to contribute a word from their language:)

This activity will hopefully help each student interact, learn and appreciate other languages in order to lessen the barriers that are sometimes encountered in bilingual classrooms.  I will post a video later on today:)

Thanks!

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About christinev0814

Hello to everyone! A little about myself....I am currently majoring in Bilingual Childhood Education and I will be entering my 4th semester once the Fall semester begins. I graduated BMCC in Jan of 2011 with a degree in Liberal Arts... Everyday I try to do my best in everything and maintain a positive mind in order to move forward and fulfill my goals. Although I feel like I've been on the college path for an eternity, I've realized for me, "steady and slow wins the race" :) I love tropical places and I hate pollution! Hope to island and country hop with my family one day:) Good luck to all, in all that you do!

5 thoughts on “My maker plan revised: The shoebox of union and education

  1. This is a great idea, especially in this time an age where classrooms are very diverse with people from many cultures, hope it all works out, good job to both you and your husband lol 🙂

  2. Wow i really do love your idea of the shoebox especially in these times of today there is still a lot of bullying, etc in regards to people’s language knowledge and as well as personal knowledge. Your idea is wonderful because it brings together different people of different cultures who can learn bits and pieces of different languages and keep it in their mind and share with others what they learned and make a story from the words they learned.I like this idea a lot. I can’t wait to see it come together.

  3. i saw your video and i think it is really cool great concept and a great way for children or adults to learn another language.

  4. your booklet plan is cool, i am sure the students will appreciate it because they contributed their own work into booklet.

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