Month: November 2011

Christmas Topics – Toys

We know that this time of year isn’t just about giving and receiving presents, but the holidays do provide a great opportunity to talk about gifts and toys. Many children get quite excited at the idea of Santa coming for his annual visit and want to discuss the possibilities. “What do you want for Christmas?”… Read more » Read more »

Just For Fun – Shaving Foam Santa

Do you need a fun activity this holiday season that the kids are sure to love? Make shaving foam Santas! All you need are some cans of shaving foam, red food coloring and tables to work on. Prepare the area by covering the tables in plastic covering (garbage sacks work well) or use place mats…. Read more » Read more »

Parent Performances

The holidays are an excellent time to have a parent performance. Students love preparing to show what they’ve learned and parents appreciate seeing how much their kids are enjoying their lessons. One of the easiest ways to do this is to have them sing songs. Parents will be impressed as students sing along and gesture… Read more » Read more »

Christmas Topics – Counting and Numbers

No matter how old your students are, from very young to elementary age, counting and numbers are always a topic worth reviewing.  You can easily add a quick counting activity as part of any lesson. Use a song (“Count and Move” from Super Simple Songs 2 is the perfect active song to review numbers and… Read more » Read more »

How’s the Weather?

Ah…winter. As the seasons change, it’s a great time to discuss the weather. In some places, like here in Tokyo for example, the weather during the winter can vary dramatically from week to week and even day to day. When your students come to class, asking them “How’s the weather?” will help them become familiar… Read more » Read more »

Christmas Topics – Prepositions of Place

Prepositions of place can be a little hard to conceptualize with just words. In, on, under, next to, in front of and behind can be confusing. Using props and demonstrating location through gestures and manipulatives can help young learners understand this concept. But kids really grasp the idea when they are looking for something…or someone…. Read more » Read more »

Christmas Songs for Young Learners

For young learners, particularly emerging speakers, traditional Christmas songs can often be too fast or too difficult for them to follow along with. “Boughs of holly”? “Figgy pudding”? We LOVE Christmas songs, but when we had trouble finding some we could use effectively with our young students, we decided to make some that would be… Read more » Read more »

Christmas Teaching Tools

What makes Christmas such a special time of year? There is magic in the air! It is a time filled with possibility, wonder and excitement. No matter where you look, there is something special. Decorations, twinkling lights, falling snow…and music is everywhere. Using music in the classroom is a powerful teaching tool. Songs stay with… Read more » Read more »

My English Passport

As teachers, we are always looking for ways to engage with our students. When teaching children in groups, it’s often difficult to find ways to interact with students individually using natural dialog. One tool that we’ve found particularly helpful is a student “passport”. Students of all ages, from the very young to our older kids,… Read more » Read more »

Hickory Dickory Dock…Crash!

Hickory Dickory Dock is a popular English nursery rhyme about a mouse that goes up and down a clock. It’s simple. It’s fun. And it introduces some basic concepts like up and down, simple counting, and telling time. We love it! But we also thought it was so simple that it provided an opportunity to… Read more » Read more »