Month: December 2011

S-A-N-T-A

One of our all-time favorite songs is the classic children’s folk song, B-I-N-G-O. The repetition and pattern make it easy to learn, the beat teaches intonation and rhythm, it helps kids grasp the concept of spelling, and it’s just a whole lot of fun to sing. It’s also a great song to adapt for teaching… Read more » Read more »

Classic Christmas Carols Made Simple

We love traditional Christmas songs. However, young learners and emerging speakers often get frustrated and tune out when learning some Christmas classics because the songs are either too fast or too difficult. On our Christmas CD, we decided to take a few classic Christmas carols and make them simple. Making a song simple does not… Read more » Read more »

Christmas Topics – Action Verbs

One of the great things about teaching with songs is that they can be listened to over and over again. Kids love the repetition of hearing a favorite tune and each time, it seems, they learn a little more. Repetition provides a great opportunity to focus on different aspects of a song to teach new… Read more » Read more »

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

One of the challenges of teaching traditional Christmas songs to emerging speakers is that the language in the songs does often not resonate with young children. In “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, good tidings, kin, figgy pudding, etc. are all interesting words but not terms that young learners with small vocabularies can latch on to…. Read more » Read more »

Guest Post – Super Simple “Hacks”

This post was contributed by Bob Pensak, owner of “Bob’s English” in Okazaki, Japan and author of the blog “Bob’s Frog.” I have been singing, gesturing, and performing Super Simple Songs ever since I discovered them three years ago. Since then, I have collected small ways to make the songs even more enjoyable and funny…. Read more » Read more »

Music and Movement – Using Gestures

One way to really enhance language development in the classroom or at home is through the use of music and gestures together. There are a number of studies that indicate that both music and gestures on their own greatly assist learning (see “Songs as an aid for language acquisition“, “Gesturing makes learning last“, and “Music… Read more » Read more »