Starting a New Class: My Top 4 Ideas

April 7, 2016 at 4:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Exciting, nervous, fun, interesting are all words that come to mind when starting with a new group of students. We never know what kind of adventure a new class will bring. Each student has their own specialness they bring to the class, and the teachers as well.

Here is a list of my favorite activities when starting a new class of very young learners:

  1. Warm Ups: Take several minutes and do some simple and maybe even funny actions, and have the children repeat after you. Say the action while you do it, and repeat a few times. For example, “clap, shake, wash, jump, up, down, silly face”. You get the idea.
  2. Counting Songs: Many children when learning a new language have already learned numbers before coming to class. Count from 1 to 10 on your fingers, and have the students follow, count the students, etc. And of course sing the always fun Let’s Count 1 to 10 Song!
  3. Read a Book: Try to find a book that students will easily recognize what is going on. Something about animals, or counting is a great start.
  4. Circle Time: Teach the children how to make a circle holding hands. Pass a ball around the circle and as the students pass the ball have them say “hello” to the next student.

Basically the idea of the first class is to get comfortable with your students. And to have your students become comfortable with you the teacher.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. I have many more songs and lesson plans on the Dream English Site. Have a look, and happy teaching!


Raising the Level in Dream English

March 16, 2016 at 6:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

If you have been following Dream English for awhile, you might have noticed something different about my new songs and videos. While I still use and love the older songs like the “Hello Song”, “Days of the Week”, and “Let’s Count 1 to 10” to name a few, I have been working hard to increase the overall educational level of the songs.


Great question! I found after years of teaching that my students were not retaining enough, because I was not presenting enough material for them. Children are amazing, and can learn so much, so quickly! But, you have to give them the opportunity. So I started increasing the vocabulary in a song from an average of about 6 words to 12 or more.

I have also been doing a lot of reading and research into SLA (Second Language Acquisition). The ideas I have learned, supported by scientific research, have been really helpful. For example, my songs now repeat a second time at a faster pace. I do this, because children need fluency practice, which this helps with. Also, the repetition helps the children learn the vocabulary and phrases in a way that enables them to  become automatic with the language. That is the goal! Say that three times with me, “Automatic, Automatic, Automatic!” Speaking and conversing in English without the need to stop and think about every word or phrase.  Like we practice a sport, repetition makes perfect.

I’m trying my best to raise the level of the Dream English songs. Both on my side, the producing side, and for the benefit of the learners. Thanks for your support in this!

If you would like to watch some of the new videos with these methods click here.

Shapes and Colors Long Play Video

July 14, 2014 at 6:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We all know that repetition is really important for young learners. I’ve made this new video with 6 songs, plus a fun playing with play dough guessing game. The colors and shapes are repeated often, to help youngsters learn while having fun!

Kids Songs Collection 3

February 19, 2014 at 6:19 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hi! I am excited to share the Kids Songs Collection 3 Video. I tried to make this like a TV show, with fun interactive lessons, and some of the favorite Dream English Songs. Happy Learning! Matt

The Tortoise and The Hare Song

May 24, 2013 at 6:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Tortoise and the Hare is a classic children’s tale that has a great lesson for all! We had a lot of fun making this song and cartoon. We hope you enjoy it, and learn a lot from the Tortoise and the Hare!

A Little Fun with a Classic: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

January 31, 2013 at 5:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I always love to bring actions to songs. It gets kids moving, active, and having fun. Plus, it is a helpful way to remember the lyrics. So give this a try!

Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign Song

January 30, 2013 at 4:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I had a lot of fun making this video. Can you learn all of the animal names, the sounds they make, and say them in order? Let’s give this a try!

New Santa Dance and Song video

December 5, 2012 at 6:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Let’s try this fun new song and dance. Perfect for holiday classes, or fun around the house!

New Hello Song to Start Your Classes!

August 27, 2012 at 4:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trying new things out in class helps keep things interesting for everyone. I wrote this new Hello Song with that in mind. It is simple, fun, and reviews a bunch of vocabulary to get the class started.

This song can be used in a preschool or esl/efl teaching environment. So have fun and happy singing!

Jump, Jump, Stop!

July 21, 2012 at 5:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This is a fun new video that is as much about exercise as learning. If you can jump to this video a few times in a row, then you are in great shape! Enjoy!

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