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Mission English – Week 5

After the two short previous weeks, it was time to get back to 5 days a week class.

Day 1 Monday 18th July 2011 – We read the story of Snow white and the Seven dwarfs.  It was difficult for the students to follow though because of several new words.  It proved to me that there was an urgent need to increase their vocabulary.

Day 2 Tuesday 19th July 2011 – We did a conversation piece of introducing oneself.  The students had to tell their name their age and how many brother (s) and/or  sisters they have.   It was conducted in the form of a dialogue.  Me asking the questions and the students giving the answers.  Started with the vowel “i”.  Familiarized with “i” CVC words.   A small test was announced for Friday on beginning sounds, vowels “a” , “e” and “i” and alphabets (a to z / A to Z)

Day 3 Wednesday 20th July 2011 –  Continuing with the vowel sound “i”, reinforced the short sound.  Solved 2 worksheets for the “i” sound.   Read the story of the “The Little Red Hen” from the Class V coursebook

Day 4 Thursday 21st July 2011 – Introduced the Alphabet song and Number song (One, Two, Buckle my shoe).  The children enjoyed the video and tried to sing along with it.  Also heard a story from the Panchatantra ” The Blue Jackal”.  The students were very excited with this new media addition.

Day 5 Friday 22nd July 2011 – It was test day.  The students appeared for the short test.  It lasted for an hour.  Did not have much time for anything else.


Mission English – Week 3 and Week 4

Its the 3rd Week.  Not a very good week.  The teacher i.e. me had to take sick leave on Thursday and Friday.  So only 3 days of classes.

Day 1 – Monday 4th July 2011 : The 14 “a” short sound words were given as dictation.   Solved the remaining 2 Vowel “e” worksheets.  Gave the class a list of sight words (a, and etc.).

Day 2 – Tuesday 5th July 2011 – Introduced Vocabulary words for each alphabet.  Also revised the beginning letter sounds.  The dictation the previous day showed that they needed more reinforcement on letter sounds.

Day 3 – Wednesday 6th July 2011 – Discussed the days of the week using questions :  How many days in a week, which is the first day etc. along with spellings and how they are to be written.   Also read sentences using the sight words given. Eg. a : I am a boy.

I will continue with the fourth week in this blog because again this week had only two classes and this time blame the monsoon.  Monday was a public holiday and Thursday/Friday it rained a lot.  The school being in a low lying area was flooded and had to be kept closed for the students.

Day 1  Tuesday, 12th July – Played the Password game using the “e” short sound word.  The student gets 1 minute to read the word appearing on the screen. The contest was between the girls and boys.  The girls won.  The students were given 4 sentences to write about themselves.

I am a boy / girl.  My name is ____________________. I am _______ years old.  I study in ____ standard.

Also introduced the words : holiday, yesterday, today, tomorrow.  As homework the students had to make simple sentences using these words. For eg. Sunday is a holiday.

Day 2 Wednesday, 13th July – The homework was submitted and corrected in class.  Red the short vowel “e” story.  The story was about the hen and her ten chicks.

Mission English – Week 2

Welcome to the second week of the new year.  I hope you enjoy reading about this class as much as I enjoy teaching it.

Day 1 – Monday 27th June – Due to personal reasons I had to cancel the class on Monday.

Day 2 – Tuesday – 28th June  – Introduced new vocabulary picture words from A to Z.  Learned four new words with pictures and talked about them.  For eg.

The first picture is a Hen : where does it live, what does it give us, what is a baby chicken called etc.  Similarly, with other pictures.

Day 3 Wednesday 29th June :  Revised vowel “a”  and started with vowel sound “e”. Three letter words with ending sounds like et, eg, ed, en etc.  Solved the www.mes-english.com worksheets for vowel “e”.  Distributed the corrected alphabet writing test held in the previous week.  The students practiced correcting their mistakes.

Day 4 Thursday 30th June : The class was not held on account of month end.

Day 5 Friday 01st July  :  Distributed notebooks for English.  Students had to write their names in English.  Also write the alphabets in small and capital letters.  Completed 2 more worksheets with vowel  “e” sounds.   List of fourteen (three-letter) words for short vowel sound “a” was given for the students to learn for dictation on Monday.

Plan for next week : Introduce sight words, reinforce vowel “a” and “e” sounds, introduce vowel sound “i”.