lundi 16 juin 2014

Art for Haïti workshop

On Sunday we had an amazing time learning about Haiti and raising funds for the children of Destiny Village in Pierre Payen, Haïti. 
We started our party off by coloring Tap Tap buses, a regular mode of transportation in Haiti. Tap Tap buses get
 their name from the tap tap sound that they make as they drive down the dirt roads. After coloring, we indulged 
in Haitian spread that included: plantain chips, avocado, black beans and rice, pineapple, peanut butter on brioche, and mango sorbet for dessert. We also had coconut milk, mango, guava, and passion fruit 
juices as drink options.

After finishing our yummy snack, we began painting the beautiful Moringa Tree and shared the following story with the students:

Once upon a time there was a tree with lovely green leaves that could grow anywhere in the world, even in very hot, dry and windy climates. It didn't need much water either. People learned that if they ate its leaves, they would grow healthy and strong. Birds and butterflies were drawn to its branches and loved to rest there. Wild animals sought comfort in its shade, and fruits and vegetables grew plentifully near its roots. This is the story of the magical, life-giving Moringa Tree.

Here are some of the Haitian songs we listened to :

Coupe Cloue, “Myan, Myan” (A good video w/art, people, places) :

Orchestre Tropicana d'Haiti Randevou Chanpet :

Needless to say, our time painting the tree was just as magical as the tree itself and we were very pleased with the result. To close, we filled and decorated jars with sparkly sand and sequined beautiful butterflies.
It was a great day! 

jeudi 12 juin 2014

Welcome to New Orleans!

After two weeks in Tennessee, our growing interest in jazz music and appetite for amazing food brought us deeper into the south to New Orleans.

We miss Mardi Gras this year, but we were still swept away by the traces of the Carnival spirit, so we decorated our own masks in purple, green, and gold.

Contemplating the next glitter move.

Searching for supplies and clapping along to some music.

Is your mask finished?

Carefully applying some green glitter to the mask.

Making masks requires intense concentration!

Expert gold glitter application in progress.

After making our masks, we took a scenic (virtual) walk around the city, taking streetcars and admiring all the old buildings. We of course also stopped to eat beignets, muffaletta sandwiches, and po-boys along the way!

We also read the book version of Disney's The Princess and the Frog, which takes place in New Orleans. In the movie, there's a whole song about the city:

We had a short week in New Orleans, so the rest of our classes will be visiting in a few weeks.

mardi 10 juin 2014

Fête de fin d'année KidsCreate le vendredi 27 juin 18h -20h

Venez "festoyer" avec nous afin de fêter une belle année 2013-2014 passée ensemble ... 
Plein de surprises vous attendent !!

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L'année 2014-2015 se prépare déjà à English & Creativity !

L'année 2014-2015 se prépare déjà à English & Creativity !

Le planning final est toujours en cours de finalisation, mais pour l’instant j’ai les créneaux suivants :

Lundi                        17h-18h                                4-5 ans
Mardi                       17h-18h                                6-7 ans
Jeudi                         17h-18h                                8-9 ans
Vendredi                   17h-18h                               10-11 ans

Mercredi                   10h-11h                                7-8 ans  enfants bilingues
Mercredi                   14h-15h                                Ados (6e-5e)

**** Nous consulter pour des renseignements et pour d'autres groupes d'âges****

A very warm welcome to our summer interns from Princeton! Bienvenue à Sydney et à Brenäea !

Chaque été, nous avons le plaisir et l'honneur de recevoir à English & Creativity des stagiaires de Princeton University, venus pour découvrir la vie et le monde de travail à la française.

Voilà que Sydney et Brenäea sont parmi nous depuis une semaine déjà et ceci pour la plus grande joie des enfants !

Elles seront présentes jusqu'au 4 juillet et vous pourrez venir leur dire bonjour personnellement lors de la grande Fête de fin d'année le vendredi 27 juin de 18h à 20h.

jeudi 22 mai 2014

An Elvis Impersonator Contest in Memphis!

We're gradually wending our way back East and are spending two whole weeks in Tennessee. First up: Memphis, home of Elivis Presley. We really enjoyed taking a tour of Graceland, Elvis's famous Tennessee home and seeing his old pianos, guitars, and costumes:

We were so inspired by the music that we learned about all kinds of instruments: guitars, drums, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and more.

But by far the best part of Memphis was our very own Elvis Impersonator contest. Scroll through the pictures below to see which one you think is most like The King!

We listened to several Elvis songs while we were dancing for inspiration. Our favorite was "Jailhouse Rock":

We really like the music in Tennessee, so we're stopping again in Nashville next week to check out the Country Music Hall of Fame!

mardi 29 avril 2014

A Week in English

Kids Create spent the first week of vacation doing a five-day English workshop. Each day had a theme: animals, books, art, sports, and food. Keep reading to find out what we did each day!

Monday: Animals

On Monday, we learned the names for a bunch of different animals (everything from cat and dog, to elephant and tiger, to shark and seahorse) and the sounds that they make. Some sounds were easy to make (woof! roar!) and others were much harder (like the elephant). We read some books about animals, like a story about how the zebra got his stripes, and a story about Lyle the Crocodile, who lives in New York City. We also searched for animals in a special spot-the-animals book, and practiced counting in English. At the end of the day, we all picked our favorite animal and made little habitats for them.

Tuesday: Books

We love to read at Kids Create, so we read some classic English picture books together. First, we read Cat in the Hat and watched a video version of it. Then we read Swimmy, a story about a clever fish, by Leo Lionni. We loved his illustrations, so we took a break from reading to create pictures of fish just like his:

For our last book, we read Harold and the Purple Crayon, a classic about a boy who uses a crayon to go on all kinds of adventures. Luckily we had a supply of purple crayons, so we tried going on crayon adventures too! Finally, we were so inspired by all these famous books, that we finished class by writing our own books. Topics ranged from mermaids to Star Wars!

Wednesday: Art

On Wednesday, we put on our smocks and studied some art. We kicked off class with Andy Warhol and each colored a soup can to create a colorful pop-art installation. We also learned a little bit about his life and artistic influence.

As artists, we also made self-portraits. Can you spot who's who in these drawings?

We also reviewed some famous art collections, from the Tate Modern in London to the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. We learned the colors in English and some other art-related words (paint, draw, sculpture, etc.) so we could talk about all the art we were seeing. Then we played a fun art memory game.

Finally, it was time to pick up our paintbrushes and make our own masterpieces. Watch out, Picasso!

Thursday: Sports

After a day in the artist's studio, we wanted to get out and stretch our legs, so we learned about popular American sports: baseball, basketball, football, and ice hockey. We learned some vocab words for each sport (ball, bat, base, hoop, shoot, touchdown, puck, goal, etc.), and watched some videos of each sport. We especially liked a clip from the movie Air Bud, where a beautiful golden retriever dog helps a boy play basketball. Armed with our new sports terminology, we read two books: Go, Dog, Go and Hop on Pop. There were lots of athletic action verbs in those books! Finally, we each made our own jerseys out of felt with our name and number on them. Go team!

Friday: Food

For many of us, Friday was the best day because it was all about FOOD. At the very beginning of class, we measured out some ingredients for mac and cheese. We learned the English words for cheese, flour, salt, pasta, macaroni, and so on, and carefully helped each other measure the right amounts. Then we headed to the kitchen to mix them all together on the stove (very carefully!) and put our mac and cheese in the oven. While that was baking, we went back to the classroom to go over some food words on flashcards, tell each other about our favorite foods (lots of cheese and cake discussion!), and read some books about food, like In the Night Kitchen and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. 

At last, it was time to eat the mac and cheese! We mixed up a quick salad to go with it, and sat down for lunch together. 

All-in-all, a fun week of English vacation!