Miss Farah’s new Educational and Fun website “BRAINY”!

brainy website


      Today could be one of my happiest days! You might be wondering why! Well, it’s because I am grateful for everything. I’m grateful for my family, friends, students, all the people who support me and to “someone” who made this new project happen. I am sure you are going to read this and this is my chance to tell you THANK YOU! 

       My blog will remain of course where I will still post student’s activities, parenting advice, teaching strategies and so on… However, I wanted to do something special to my students and to all the students around the world. I want to prove to everyone that learning can be fun! This brings us to “Brainy”, my new website’s name Smile

Brainy is an interactive and educational website for kids between 5 and 10 years old. As a teacher, I would recommend your child do their homework first and then do a wrap up of what they learned in class at Brainy!

   Brainy’s aim is to help kids who need extra help or just more practice on a certain skill. After all practice makes perfect right? At Brainy your child can play educational games in English, Math, Science, Computer, Drama, Art, learn new songs, and read online stories with audio. I will be featuring new activities that are in Brainy here every now and then. I really hope you like it! Your feedback is highly appreciated.

Visit Brainy here: brainy.missfarah.com

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Is Angry Birds keeping your brain healthy?



A new study from the Archives of Neurology says playing brain stimulating games can improve your memory and delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Traditional brain games are scientifically designed to boost cognitive activity and enhance memory.

But scientist are finding that many games requiring focus — including Angry Birds — give the brain a healthy workout.

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6 Healthy Snacks for Kids You Might Not Have Thought Of


Need a few new ideas for after-school snacks? Here are a few to keep stomachs in your family satisfied.


1. Hummus

 Hummus can be used as a sandwich spread, a vegetable dip, or as a topping for chips and crackers.

2. Popcorn

Use air-popped or stove-popped. This way, children get the fiber benefits — minus extra butter and preservatives — while enjoying the crunch. A few cups of air-popped popcorn contains very few calories.

3. Whole grain crackers

These have become more of a commonplace on supermarket shelves. Serve alone or with nut butter spread on top.

4. Croutons

These crunchy pieces of toasted bread come in large sizes — perfect for small hands. Mix them with fruit, or carrot and celery sticks for a crunchy snack.

5. Dried vegetables

You can dry these yourself with an oven or food dehydrator, or purchase them in packages at most grocery stores. These are a great alternative to chips, and just might entice your children to try something green.

6. Salsa

Tomatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, spices: salsa’s main ingredients contain lots of health benefits. Serve with a limited number of chips or use multigrain crackers (see above). Salsa can also be added to hummus and used as a dip with a Mexican food meal.


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March 1, 2012: World Book Day!



What is World Book Day?

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

It’s all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.

To help make World Book Day special – and to encourage reading for the rest of the year too – there’s a whole range of resources like activity sheets, and more! Just click on the age range that is relevant to you.

resource link: http://www.worldbookday.com/resources/schools/

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For World Book Day:

The World Book Day site has a ton of resources.

The Wikipedia World Book Day page.

Scholastic Children’s Books are delighted that best-selling author Holly Webb is their World Book Day author for 2012. Holly has written numerous books for children including the fantastic Magic Molly series and she has written a special Magic Molly story just for World Book Day!

Molly is desperate to become a vet when she’s older, just like her dad. And she has a special magic gift – she can talk to animals! When Posy the kitten is bought into Molly’s surgery with a sore paw Molly starts to get worried. Posy is searching for something, but she’s not sure what. Will Molly be able to help Posy before the accident-prone kitten gets hurt again?

The Clever Little Kitten is the perfect book for any animal lover aged 5 and up.


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It’s snowing outside! How are we going to spend it inside?


As I was getting dressed to go to school this morning, wearing of course so many layers to keep myself warm from the freezing weather in Brummana, I get a message that school is closed today. Oh how I needed a day off! What a perfect timing!

   So I was thinking of the parents who had to keep their children home, with nothing to keep the kids occupied for the whole day. I have some ideas for you maybe you can try them out.

Since your kids are home today it’s going to be crazy I guess! What would you do to keep them occupied? I have a few ideas that I think might help Smile

1- Crowd onto the couch under some blankets, and watch a family movie together. Snuggle time!

2- Get out an old photo album and share stories of people and places from when you were your child’s age.

3- Mostly girls? Pretend it is a day at the spa! Give each other facials, massages, makeovers or just paint your nails together.

4- Cook or bake. Why don’t you bake chocolate chip cookies together or bake a cake.

5- Arts and crafts, engage your kids in activities. If you have art materials at home have them draw or make a craft or decorate the tissue box in their room.

6- Read stories.

7- Exercise with your kids.

8. If you would like to take advantage of the day off from school revise and practice with your kids the lessons that were taught in class.

9.  Go online and search for educational websites where they have educational online games. Like hangman, cross ward puzzles, spelling practice, math, online stories.

10- Get together and play some board games like monopoly, risk, etc…

I hope these 10 ideas helped, as for me I’m going to be very lazy and take advantage of this day blogging, watching television, and spending it with my mother. Smile Have a good day!

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….and this is why teachers should blog


        I have been blogging for almost 3 years now about my daily life as a teacher. At the end of the day I like to sit and write about how my day was, the things we learned, cute and funny things I wanted to share. It keeps me passionate about my job. Blogging reminds me of how significant teachers are, and that what they do makes a difference. I think that every teacher should blog. Sometimes, for my own clarification, I go back and read my own blog to look at what I have done and how I can continuously work on it to improve.

    When I blog I get closer to the parents and to my students. Parents love discussing the posts that I put and my students love seeing their activities posted online for everyone to see. When people see you so passionate about your job especially as a teacher, the parent would feel comfortable that their child is in good hands. I am not saying that teachers who don’t blog aren’t, but teachers who do, show their passion about teaching through their blogs. I haven’t seen a lot of Arab teachers blogging, I see more teacher bloggers in the US or Europe, and that is sad….

      Since technology is being more and more integrated in to school curriculums here in Lebanon, I think blogging will be easier for teachers later on.  I know that one day it will happen, and I’ll remind you of that day Smile 

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IB-Primary years Programme: Think, Puzzle, Explore


      The IB Primarly Years Programme provides a curriculum framework for students in elementary school which focuses on the development of the whole student.  I know a few schools in Lebanon who practice this programme and I’ve heard positive and negative feedbacks. I can’t really judge since I haven’t taught this programme before but I’ve read a lot about it.

    This programme is focused on kids aged 3 to 12 years old where it focuses on the development of the whole child and the world outside. Students will actually want to learn because it is inquiry based meaning it allows the children to think by themselves and become responsible of their own learning.

There are no text books; students have to research, act, or react.

They are engaged in what they do and reflect on what they’ve learned.

They learn to become communicators which plays a significant role in preparing them for the middle year programme.

Teachers who have taught this programme see the growth in the student. They will be left with a strong sense of confidence, self esteem and a very open min to understanding and learning overall.

Students say that teachers find out what’s good in every student and bring that up.



Watch this video of  The IB Primary Years Programme described by teachers and students in their own words.

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When my students visit the library…


Helping your children to enjoy reading is one of the most important things you can do as a parent and well worth the investment of your time and energy. Kids will learn reading skills in school, but often they come to associate reading with work, not pleasure. As a result, they lose their desire to read.

Even a baby of a few months can see pictures, listen to your voice, and turn cardboard pages. Make this time together a special time when you hold your kids and share the pleasure of a story without the distractions of TV or telephones. You may be surprised to find that a well-written children’s book is often as big a delight to you as it is to the kids.


    As a teacher it is my role to encourage my students to read. We only go to the library once which is a Thursday, so they have to wait till the next Thursday to get a new book. I tell my students if you finished it earlier then you can go and exchange.

   Book reports are important, but I don’t like to do much of it because I don’t want the kids to feel as if the library is homework as well. I want them to enjoy reading. I usually just ask them a few questions about their book and what it is about.

   Now when my students visit the library, they actually look forward to it! They love reading books and sometimes I have students fighting over one book. If the teacher shows them how important it is to read and is so enthusiastic about it then her students are going to copy her.

Teachers it’s in your hands! Make your students LOVE reading!

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Classroom management ideas to the new teachers!



It is a Noise-O-Meter so that you can easily set the expected level of noise for given activities.



Sometimes students have to talk so here is how you can control talking by assigning it. I really like this one it helps a lot.


The famous “Give me Five”. When you say Give me Five students have to follow these 5 rules of course you have to explain the rules first at the beginning of the year.



The Clothespin Clip Chart is a simple behavior management strategy. Every student has a clothespin with his name on it. The clothespins are clipped to a tall chart that is divided into seven sections. From the top down, the sections are labeled: Outstanding, Great Job, Good Day, Ready to Learn, Think About It, Teacher’s Choice (as a consequence), Parent Contact.

At the beginning of the day, all of the clothespins are clipped to the Ready to Learn section. Then, during the day, students move their clothespins up or down the chart based upon their behavior. As I explain the technique during Interactive Discipline seminars, I share some of my own experience using it.


Children love to get involved, they love to be a part of everything. It is a great way to train them to be responsible and independent. To get each one engaged with a small task and to make them feel good about themselves. After all, when they are engaged with something, they get into less trouble. 

Read more: http://socyberty.com/education/effective-pre-k-and-kindergarten-classroom-management/#ixzz1n94WWGRN


Home school Connection

   Many new teachers are out there and I would love to help out. These classroom management charts are just a few of many more ideas and tips. I will try to post a few every now and then. I hope you can benefit from them.

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What I’ve learned throughout my 10 years of teaching!


      Throughout my 10 years of teaching experience, I have definitely learned a lot. Each year was different and unique in its way. I met so many students, parents, and co-workers. I moved to new classrooms, schools, and countries.

I’ve been thinking about all that I have learned over the years about classroom management and teaching . Some of it I’ve learned the hard way believe me.

  1- I’ve learned to work as a team! I was having trouble with that issue but with time I learned that through teamwork with colleagues you learn from them and you can share what you have as well.

2- I’ve learned that I should catch student doing good instead when misbehaving. I’ve had a few experiences with this issue and trust me nothing works more than a positive reinforcement.

3- I’ve learned to stay positive! Teachers stress out a lot like when they are overloaded with work, having a bad day, etc… and students do stress out as well. By being positive I was able to control my classroom positively and easily. You may think that kids won’t understand the concept of being positive but believe me they do!

5- I’ve learned to remember tomorrow is another day. Some days when nothing seems to go right, I try to remind myself tomorrow is another day, and I’ll have another chance to do it right.

6- I’ve learned to be prepared and organized. You are their role model! If you’re classroom is disorganized that means it’s all the teacher’s fault. Children will copy you and be responsible.

7- I’ve learned that students learn by doing. As William Arthur Ward says:

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires”.


8- I’ve learned to laugh and smile. Children love to see their teachers in a good mood. IF you are in a good mood then the whole class will be happy and enthusiastic about studying and learning.

9-  Most importantly, I have learned that it is my role as a teacher TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE into the child’s life!

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