Wednesday, September 27, 2017

LH1 Dual language Books

Dual language books

For iExplore in Term 3, 2017 a group of learners worked with me on exploring their culture. As part of their learning they created a dual language book with information about their culture in English as well as their first language.

So what?

Dual language books have been designed to help children learn to speak, read and write English well, by building on the strengths of their strongest language to do this.
Children start school with different strengths in language:
Some children may speak their first language strongly, but their English language may not be quite so strong.
Some children may speak English well and be able to understand their heritage language but not speak it strongly.
Others may be able to speak some of their own language and some English, but not be strong in either. 

Now what?

When children create dual language books they are meant to take them home and read them to family members, in their strongest language. That could be their first language or English. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Culture Art

As one of Learning Habitat 1's Art iExperience this term, all learners created a 3 circles piece of artwork. Each learner drew three circles - one to represent the culture, one to represent their family culture and one to represent New Zealand culture.

The learners really enjoyed this experience and it was great to listen to them talking about their artwork and their culture. Below is an image to show some of the learners with their artwork.