New Weather Song Video for Kids

June 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Children's Songs, Education | Leave a comment
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I wrote How’s the Weather?  a few years ago, but I only recently had the chance to make it into a video. I think the video really helps illustrate the song. I showed this to my students, and they got the weather vocabulary right away. For some reason, this song just makes me happy, too. I hope you enjoy it!

Easy Ball Toss Game with Flashcards

January 21, 2008 at 4:29 am | Posted in Children's Classes, Teaching Tips: Games | Leave a comment
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Sometimes it can be hard to keep get young learners to sit still. They have a lot of energy! I use a really simple game to teach vocabulary: The Ball Toss Game.

All you need is a small basket, a ball, and some flashcards. Ask the students to sit down and put the basket a few feet in front of them. You can adjust the distance depending on their age. Simply show the flashcard to the students, and ask them to repeat after you. Once they say the word correctly, they win the opportunity to try and get a point by tossing the ball in the basket. Simple, but effective.

For older children: age 7-12

You can use the same game with older students, but instead of drilling vocabulary ask them basic questions. For example, ask them what color they like, where they live, etc. If they get the answer correctly, they can try to get the ball in the basket. Good luck!

Easy Flashcard Game

January 16, 2008 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Children's Classes, Teaching Tips: Games | Leave a comment
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One game I use a lot is the Duck Game. This is really easy, and if you have fun with it, the kids love it. What I do is ask the kids to stand up, and start walking in place in a slow rhythm. Next, you take a set of flash cards and have one card that is the duck card. For example, if you are teaching animals you could have the Lion be the duck card. Tell the children that when they see that card to sit down, before the teacher can get them. With any game, be sure to make sure you have a safe area to play so the kids won’t hurt themselves when sitting down. Next, take the danger card and tell the kids to say “bye, bye”, and hide it among the other cards. Now have the kids walk in place, and repeat the names of the flash cards after you. When you get to the duck card, they should all sit down. Make it fun by building up anticipation in the kids. Say things like, ” Oh no, is the next one the Lion?”, and then really quickly pull out another card that is not the Lion. Simple things like that.

Variations

When I played this game with my students during Christmas time, we were using the Christmas flash cards from MES English. The elf was the duck card, but I told them when they saw the angel to spin around. You can add variations like that to make it more interesting.

If you are looking for some free flashcards to play this game, I recommend MES English. It is a great resource.

A New Free Chant

January 15, 2008 at 7:22 am | Posted in Teaching Tips:Chants | Leave a comment
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I am teaching clothing this month, and I made a chant to teach the vocabulary. It’s very simple and easy. I think chants are a nice way to introduce new vocabulary. In the long run I think songs are better for remembering words. The melody of the song somehow imprints the words in our brains. However, chants can be very effective learning tools. Check out the Clothing Chant here. Let me know how it goes!

Tell A Friend

There is an email button on the Dream English free song player on the website. If you click on that button it will open up a page and you can send an email to up to five friends at a time to tell them about a song. So if you like a song, and have 30 seconds, please help me by spreading the word. Thank you!

Happy New Year Chant- All Month Long!

January 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Teaching Tips:Chants | Leave a comment
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I ran into my friend Chris from English Event Company on the train today. Chris has been using Dream English Kids Songs to teach his students, and had some great ideas for teaching the Happy New Year Chant, which is a free download at Dream English. I have been teaching the chant by first teaching the words and actions, and then playing the chant and chanting/singing along. Chris used the opportunity to quiz his students, which I think is a great idea. He asked them, “Who can jump? Who can hop? Who can touch their nose?” After this he played the chant for his students, and they were all ready to go! Thanks Chris for the ideas! I’m going to be using the Happy New Year Chant all month long in my classes. I think the repetition is great for the students. Next time I am going to try a quiz! As for February… Well, I’ll just have to make a new chant for everyone. Stay tuned.

New Year, New Blog

January 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Children's Classes | Leave a comment
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Happy New Year So far this year is off to a good start. How about you? I had my first new classes of the new year today. I used my new Happy New Year Chant, and it worked great with the kids. My first class today was with 8 month to 2 year olds. We had so much fun, the class ran over time. That’s rare though, since sometimes it can be hard to keep the little one’s attention for so long.

I’m also testing out the new material for Dream English Kids Songs Volume 2. So far so good. Let me know how your classes are going! All the best in 2008! If you want to read my Blog from 2007, click here.

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