Warm Ups for Young English Learners

January 28, 2008 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Teaching Tips: Warm ups | Leave a comment
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I like to start every class with simple greetings: Hello! How are you? Good morning! When I say good morning to the kids, I make them wave their hands high up in the air in a circle. Gets them moving. After that, I start the warm up. There are many different things I do to warm up the kids. Today I will talk about one way. If I know I am going to finish off the day with the Goodbye song, which I generally do, sometimes I start the class by warming up the kids with the actions from the song. Here are some of the lyrics:

Clap your hands, spin around, sit down, stand up!

By asking the students to do these simple actions, it engages them in many ways. It wakes up their ears to English, which maybe they haven’t heard spoken for a week. It engages their bodies, for those kids that learn well by moving. Also, since I am doing the actions as I ask the students to do them, it engages the visual learner. So a simple activity has warmed up the kids, in several ways. Now they are ready for what usually comes next. Can you guess? Yep, a song.

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