Month: February 2009

Distractions

If you’re playing competitive games with young learners, always have a pair of these handy. There’s no better way to make everyone laugh and forget about winning and losing! Read more »

Featured Video: Ten In The Bed

What an amazing tool the internet is.  Over the past several years, we’ve been able to communicate and share ideas with teachers all over the world.  One of those teachers, Val in Argentina, gave us SO many ideas for fun ways to use songs in the classroom. Our students LOVE the video Val made with… Read more » Read more »

Teaching English at home

What should you do if English isn’t your first language, but you would like to raise your children to speak English fluently?  Should you use English at home?  What if your child expresses frustration at having to communicate in English? That’s the focus of a discussion taking place at the Super Simple Learning Facebook Discussion… Read more » Read more »

Opportunity knocks

Teaching can be incredibly rewarding, and sometimes very tiring.  It’s important every once in a while to remind yourself why you do what you do.  For me, it can be summed up by a passage from Michael Lewis’s excellent book, The Lexical Approach. “…language is important and … language teaching is useful and valuable.  A… Read more » Read more »

Valentine’s Day Song

Valentine’s day is approaching so we thought we’d highlight our favorite song to sing during this time of year….Skidamarink. Skidamarink was made popular by the Canadian children’s group, Sharon Louis and Bram in the 1980s. That and their Elephant Show theme song are definitely high on my list of songs I remember well from my… Read more » Read more »

Featured Video: The Pinocchio

All teachers should have some “go-to” songs in their teacher toolbox. A “go-to” song is a song that you can go to in almost any situation, with any group. The Pinocchio is one of those songs.   You can use it with very young children or older kids, small groups or large groups, in a… Read more » Read more »