Halloween Topics – Emotions

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at Super Simple Learning. It’s an excellent opportunity to take the natural enthusiasm that kids feel at this time of year and channel it into some engaging and memorable English learning. Even if you don’t traditionally celebrate Halloween in your country, you can still use it to… Read more » Read more »

Halloween FAQs

Halloween parties and celebrations are becoming more common around the world, but not everyone is familiar with the Halloween traditions that are practiced in the U.S. and Canada. So, we thought we’d answer a few Halloween Frequently Asked Questions. Read more »

Have a Super Simple Halloween Party

One way your school can celebrate Halloween is by having a Halloween Party. This is great activity that can build a lot of excitement for the kids. Invite them to dress in costume and get together for a couple hours of Halloween games, activities, songs, crafts and trick or treating. You can have your party… Read more » Read more »

Happy Anniversary!

So what are we celebrating? This week marks the 5th anniversary of our first YouTube video! Did you guess correctly? On September 8, 2006, we uploaded a video of Teaching Tips for “The Bath Song”, that features Devon, Tanja, and Jeremy-sensei demonstrating how to wash your hair, feet, knees and nose among other body parts…. Read more » Read more »

Songs for Homeschooling

Whether at home or in a classroom, the right songs make learning fun. Best of all, songs stay with young learners long after their “lessons” are over. Please check out the review of Super Simple Songs in the latest issue of The Old Schoolhouse – The Magazine for Homeschool Families. My granddaughter loves these songs,… Read more » Read more »

Beatlemania for the Babes

Did you sing any Beatles songs when you were a kid? National Public Radio recently did a report on why toddlers like the Beatles so much. (Funniest line: “Beatlemania returns to America this week.” What? It left?) According to Dr. Deforia Lane, The Beatles have repetition, predictability and rhythm. And in certain cases, it literally… Read more » Read more »

Moe!

Your 5th and 6th graders are going to love this. There’s some exciting unpredictability, there’s some strategic planning, and there’s a whole bunch of laughter. Devon and I recently presented this activity as part of a workshop at PEN (Primary English Teachers of Niigata), and my 5th and 6th graders have decided this is their… Read more » Read more »

Top 10 Picture Books for Kindergarten EFL

              Here are our top 10 picture books for kindergarten EFL classrooms: 10. Good Night, Gorilla 9. Ten Apples Up On Top! 8. Five Little Monkeys 7. Blue Hat, Green Hat 6. Go Away, Big Green Monster 5. No, David! 4. Ten Little Ladybugs 3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 2. Where’s… Read more » Read more »

Magic Marble Bottles

For a simple counting and color recognition activity, fill a clear plastic bottle with water, add some marbles, then some glitter and/or any other small shiny objects you can find. Repeat with a few different bottles. using a different color and a different number of marbles. Place the bottles in slots in a box labeled with corresponding numbers… Read more » Read more »

Head, shoulders, knees, …and peanut butter?

I sometimes do this thing at the end of my classes with 3 year-olds where I pretend to pop a piece of bubble gum in my mouth, start chewing away, blow a huge bubble, and then it pops all over my face.  I pretend to pick it all off my face and start chewing it again. … Read more » Read more »