12 noviembre, 2019

How music can be used as a tool to help teach English

Previously in this blog, we have spoken about using art to help teach English and in this blog post were a going to discuss a similar topic. This week we are looking at incorporating music into the world of learning. Music is a great tool to help with learning English because it is more memorable and can make learning seem more interesting, especially for young children. It has been shown that if you listen to information as part of a song you can comprehend the text better. So if students sing about the material they are trying to learn then they are connecting the information more engagingly. Therefore in this post, we are going to discuss different ways to incorporate music into teaching English. Sing […]
5 noviembre, 2019

How to make the most of the outdoors in a City

  Living in a city gives you so many opportunities with access to all the amenities you might need. It is easy to get wrapped up in the city life travelling from one place to another and forgetting about setting time aside to spend time outdoors. Now luckily if you live in a place like Madrid there are lots of parks around that are great for getting children to spend time outdoors but even as the colder months start it is important to spend time in the fresh air. Spending time outside ensures you get enough Vitamin D, to improve bone strength, and stabilises your mood. Taking a walk and enjoying nature can decrease anxiety levels and boost your immune system. There are a multitude […]
28 octubre, 2019

It´s the spookiest time of the year… Halloween

In the UK on 31st October there are celebrations for Halloween. Here in Spain it is more commonly known as El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Halloween in Spain is the start of a three-day celebration. Far from what you find in America or the UK, this is not a commercial holiday. In Spain, this time is all about honouring the dead and celebrating the continuity of life. The specific customs and rituals that can be observed are similar to those seen in Mexico. Different regions of Spain also have different traditions. Northern Spain is known for having a more Celtic background while Barcelona has its Catalan traditions. Whatever this festive period means to you, it gives the opportunity to switch things […]
22 octubre, 2019

8 Fun Games to help introduce English to young children

This post is going to be aimed at younger children at the point where they are just starting to learn English. A lot of these games will be entertaining but start to introduce basic vocabulary. As a parent or a babysitter, these games would be a great way to get the children to start picking up English. Game 1: Treasure Hunt This game is a classic for kids and can be adapted to incorporate teaching English. Get some treats or healthy snacks and hide them around the house. Then you can write clues that are in English to help them find the treasure. For example, you could hide something in the cutlery drawer and the clue could be ´fork´. Keep it simple if the children […]