Welcome

Hi, this is our little corner of the web. English et al. for children is an education charity that promotes education and learning. We support children who want to learn but cannot afford to pay their fees. We try to teach real-life English, we strongly desire to increase environmental awareness and we actively encourage all students to get involved in fundraising, arts and crafts. In the classroom we work on a range of topics including litter, waste and recycling, water, energy, transport, healthy living. We talk to children about poverty, hunger, climate change and seek to involve them in project work that will help them realise that although they are young there are a lot of things they can do to help their world.

Find out more about us by getting in touch.

 

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Being creative project

Making arts and crafts 

This project aims to fire up our creative spirit, make the learner’s experience as meaningful as possible (and therefore maximise the learning potential) and give joy to our hearts.

Arts and crafts projects are more than simply creating something useful or beautiful; learners benefit in a variety of ways some of which you may find very surprising:

  • stimulation of social learning and communication skills in group projects
  • improvement of co-ordination and gross and fine motor skills
  • faster learning development through increased awareness of surroundings
  • improved use of perceptual skills and response to stimulation
  • increased awareness of different senses such as touch, sound, sight and smell

Art emphasises ideas, feelings, and visual qualities.

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The art of helping people

Art and philanthropy

This project begun as a way to raise money for some poor families I know that are in need. I always get my pupils involved in charity work. Involving children in charitable giving is fostering their sense of caring for the world and others. It teaches them valuable, character-building lessons.

You’ll be well on your way to raising thankful kids who care about the well-being of others.

 Please support our work by taking part in our events or making a donation.

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Art, music and drama

The creative classroom

Children who are offered a well-rounded education receive incredible benefits from the arts being included in their education.

Any academic discipline has its own individual merits. We don’t teach kids mathematics so that they will read better and vice versa. A well-rounded education does result in children being able to make a myriad of connections and become multi-faceted adults with more interests and skills than children who were exposed to a limited number of subjects of study. Each discipline should be taught because each discipline offers the development of valuable skills and adds to the child’s world view.

Music

Listening to music evokes emotions, and playing music can be just like communicating emotions. Some people find this a very powerful experience. Music enriches the lives of students and should be considered a necessary part of education.

Scientific studies of the brain have mapped more extensive neural connections in musicians than non-musicians. Scientists have also observed that studying music often results in enhanced mathematical ability. Some studies have shown a relationship between music and memory (known as the Mozart Effect), but they are less conclusive.

Art

There are many skills an elementary school child can learn from art classes. A child learns to pay attention and observe when she draws an object that she is looking at. She learns to plan ahead and follow through when she sketches a series of preparatory pictures before creating a complete painting.

A child in art class learns to problem solve. If he can’t get the clay to do what he wants, does he need more water? Or should the clay be drier (and if so, how to get it that way?)

Humans have expressed themselves and created artwork since the dawn of civilization. An appreciation for art and exposure to art history gives any student a means for understanding other societies and cultures as well as our own.

Drama

Children benefit greatly from participating, even in small ways, in drama. They gain poise, self-confidence, and the ability to speak in front of others. They learn patience while they are waiting for their cue. They learn to be supportive when they have a small role, and they learn that they can’t do it all alone when they have a bigger role. They learn to work as a team, take turns, and cooperate.

Theater pulls together a wide variety of skills from different people and throw them all together. In addition to actors, dancers, and singers, a theatrical production needs good electricians, visual artists, carpenters… the possibilities do seem endless.

And children stand to benefit from being exposed to the many individual and interconnected disciplines in life.

We include music, art, drama games and movement in the classroom we believe these subjects have a lot to give and they shouldn’t be forgotten.

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We bother teaching phonics

Isn’t it enough to simply teach our young learners the alphabet?

Phonics teaching involves teaching children the relationship between the written letters of the alphabet (the graphemes, to use their technical name) and the individual sounds of spoken language – i.e. the phonemes.
The phonemes are the smallest parts of spoken language that combine to make up words. They are the speech sounds, not the actual letters, in a word. For example, the word look has four letters but only three phonemes (l, oo and k).
The English alphabet has 26 letters but around 43 phonemes (it’s hard to specify the exact number as there are variations due to accent and dialect).
The aim of phonics teaching is to help learners understand that there are systematic relationships between written letters and spoken sounds (even though the vagaries of the English language mean that these relationships are not always entirely predictable). Knowledge of phonics helps children recognize familiar words and also decode new words. It means they are better equipped to enter into (and also enjoy) the world of reading and pronouncing English words.
It’s generally found that learners who struggle with reading have one of two main difficulties – either comprehension problems, or trouble identifying, using and/or learning the sounds of speech that correspond to the letters. Phonics teaching addresses the latter area of difficulty extremely efficiently.
So, to answer the opening question, phonics teaching prepares our children for language learning and that fact alone makes it worth the effort. And, no, it is not simply enough to teach the alphabet in isolation. Key research findings on phonics teaching indicate that systematic phonics instruction is more effective than no phonics instruction at all and makes a significant difference to the pace at which a child’s word recognition, spelling and reading progresses.

Phonemic awareness is a valuable tool for all language learners.

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Activities that build

Children are our future

The lives of children today are much different. They need to learn skills for life, not just passing exams. What skills are life skills? 

The World Health Organization has defined life skills as,the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life”.

Life skills are essentially those abilities that help promote mental well-being and competence in young people as they face the realities of life. Most development professionals agree that life skills are generally applied in the context of  health and social events. They can be utilized in many content areas: prevention of drug use, sexual violence, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS prevention and suicide prevention. The definition extends into consumer education, environmental education, peace education or education for development, livelihood and income generation, among others. In short, life skills empower young people to take positive action to protect themselves and promote health and positive social relationships.

There is no definitive list of life skills. Problem solving, critical thinking, effective communication skills, decision-making, creative thinking, interpersonal relationship skills, self awareness, building skills, empathy, coping with stress and emotions are some essential tools for understanding one’s strengths and weaknesses, explore alternatives, weigh pros and cons and make rational decisions in solving each problem or issue as it arises and establish productive interpersonal relationships with others.

We help children to develop these skills by turning classroom activities into opportunities for real learning.

Knowledge will build you a house, attitude will make it a home.

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