Category Archives: books

Leyendo con Pictogramas

Another of my purchases in Bilbao was Las vacaciones  which comes from a series called Colección Pictogramas described the publisher, CEPE (Ciencias de la Educación Preescolar y Especial) as forming part of a series  “para favorecer la integración de los alumnos con n.e.e. [Necesidades Educativas Especiales], sobre todo los que presentan dificultades lectoras y/o de comprensión” (to support […]

Un bicho extraño

One of the books I bought in Bilbao was Un bicho extraño by Mon Daporta, a book which first came to my attention at Language World last year during the Show and Tell when Jesús from the Consejería shared it. It’s a charming book that fits in well with the work we’re currently doing in Y4 […]

La Maravillosa Medicina de Jorge – #WBD2016

My school decided that this year we’d have a Roald Dahl theme for World Book Day on March 3rd. Children came to school dressed as characters from Roald Dahl books – so lots of Oompa Loompas, Matildas, BFGs and Willy Wonkas not to mention a Fantastic Mr Fox appearing around every corner – and lessons […]

Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning

If you’ve read the July edition of UKEDmagazine you may have read my article entitled Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning. If you haven’t, you can read the unedited version below or the official version at this link Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning A wide variety of people teach languages in Primary […]

Books and bloomers

Mr S has been to Mexico this week and returned bearing gifts. I suspect there will be a few posts coming up in the near future about these ‘gifts’  and here’s the first! I asked Mr S, if he had time, to bring me back children’s books that are simple and repetitive, and that’s what […]

Teachmeet Brum #tmbrum

Last night I braved the cross city traffic and went to King Edwards Five Ways (nowhere near the Five Ways I know!) for TeachmeetBrum. Organised by @frogphilp aka Steve Philp of Paganel Primary, it was an intimate affair (but that’s not a bad thing!) but that’s a good thing as we all talked to one […]

Favourite books for PLL – Counting ovejas / Diez orugas cruzan el cielo / Descubre y aprende los números con Fido

*This is one of a series of posts about some of my favourite story books for Primary Language Learning* Following on from some ideas for Spanish books using colours, the books in this post look at numbers 1-10. Counting ovejas (available on Amazon and Abebooks) is a book about a little boy who can’t get to sleep as there’s […]

Favourite books for PLL – ¿De qué color es Elmo? / Descubre y aprende los colores con Fido / Harold y el lápiz morado

*This is one of a series of posts about some of my favourite story books for Primary Language Learning* One of my favourite occupations in Spain or France – and now Switzerland/Germany – is sitting on the floor of bookshops, supermarkets and any other likely looking shop, poring over children’s books. I could – and […]

Learning Spanish with children’s books

Taking a break from my favourite books for primary language learning, I thought I’d share some ideas from someone else! On her blog, The Architect and the Artist, Debbie Palmer has written two posts about Learning Spanish with children’s books. The first highlights a few series of books that she has found useful – Froggy […]

Favourite books for PLL – Tú ¿Qué quieres ser? / Cuando sea grande / Yo astronauta

*This is one of a series of posts about some of my favourite story books for Primary Language Learning* Following on from yesterday’s post , my other Imapla book is Tú, ¿Qué quieres ser? This has the same quirky style of drawing and poses also poses a question; in this case, what would you like to […]