Archive | April, 2013

Easter at the Escolinha

26 Apr

Preparing Easter at the Escolinha is a real run, but finally (and hopefully!) a real celebration! Behind the scene, it is a huge work: we had no time to breathe, having always something to do: things to pack, chocolate to hand out, boxes to bring, candies to gather, teachers to help, children to calm down…

Behind the scene... working hard!

Behind the scene… working hard!

The day (29/03/13)  began with little shows, prepared by each class: choral, dance, circus… as always, children were very glad and proud : it is true that some of them are quite gifted.

Unfortunately we could not attend those shows because we were working with other teachers. We were actually busy with getting small packs with candies ready which would  be given to the pupils later on.

Teamwork with candies!

Teamwork with candies!

As you can see in the picture below, everything was carefully planned; everyone had a specific task to fulfil so we had to be very reactive! Each gift had to be identical to the other, holding the same amount of chocolate and candies.Then we gathered them into a big box labelled to a specific class, and each teacher distributed them to his pupils after class.



We really enjoyed helping teachers for this Easter Celebration.

First of all ,it allowed us to meet other teachers we had never met before. Besides, it was a great experience to be part of a teamwork with Brazilian people. At last, it was indeed a  real pleasure to see all those children smiling when they received their candies.There’s nothing better !

FELIZ PáSCOA to everyone!

Children'smiles, our special easter gifts!

Children’smiles, our special easter gifts!


Liliane – The English Teacher

15 Apr
On Air

On Air

Liliane has been the Escolinha’s English teacher for 10 years.

Thanks to her, about 670 children, from 4 to 10 years old, will have the chance to learn English this year; that is to say 26 classes. Working 8 hours per day, from Monday until Friday, it means a lot of pressure for the only English teacher of the school.

As you can see below, her schedule is tight and well organized.

Liliane's schedule

Liliane’s schedule

Even if she doesn’t have to give any classes, she has to stay at the Escolinha: “I have to be there to plan” she said. That means preparing each lesson she will give into a big book, and then showing it to the Escolinha’s coordinator. Sometimes, it happens that the coordinator makes some suggestions, but generally he authorizes the whole lesson. Indeed, Liliane explains that every class has its own goal and she wants to be sure that children are memorizing her lesson “I want to feel that they really learned something. And they are usually very happy to prove it during the little test I give at the end of each class”. However, only the 7 to 10 year old children will be graded in April.

Sample of a english lesson, carefully written at first

Sample of a english lesson, carefully written at first

Liliane insists on the fact that “English is as important as mathematics or geography”. Asked about the difficulties she is facing, she firstly talks about her tight schedule: as she has each class once per week, she has to be very organized. She also adds her difficulty to fill her role completely  in only a 50 minute lesson – which is very short when “you have to involve all the children and to finish at the correct time”.

Exemple of activities proposed by Liliane

Exemple of activities proposed by Liliane

At last, she mentions that handling the discipline was also a perilous part. Indeed, the younger the kids are, the more they are undisciplined. According to Liliane, it is not really necessary to teach English to children who are still in the kindergarten.