I’ve had the opportunity to observe some great teachers of young learners over the years, and one little device that all of them used to some degree is feigning ignorance. It might be holding a potato and saying, “Mmm…I love apples.” Or in a delightfully silly way, forgetting the names of all the students. Or in the middle of a storybook saying, “The End” and closing the book and asking, “Wasn’t that a great story?”
Besides just appealing to the children’s growing appreciation of the humor of the unexpected and incongruous, it encourages children to speak up and share their knowledge Continue reading →
Our youngest learners will sing and dance all day long, all the while picking up vocabulary, grammar, and the rhythm of English naturally and easily. When they go home, the songs that they sang and played with in class will still be bouncing around in their heads. Songs are uniquely effective learning tools in that way.
However, as students get older, songs and chants often become less and less a part of the classroom. That’s a shame. We know that input is critical to second language learning, and few learning tools are as effective as songs at providing lots and lots of meaningful, comprehensible input.
Older children still enjoy songs (we all do!), but if we introduce songs to them the same way we introduce songs to young children, we often find them reluctant to participate. Once our students reach 3rd grade or so, they become more self-conscious about singing or dancing, and, understandably, don’t want to be treated like toddlers. Don’t let that discourage you from using songs in the classroom with older children. We simply need to change the ways we use songs. Continue reading →
Kids love to role play and use their imagination. Here’s a fun and easy way to learn or review letters, numbers, and colors by going fishing! Not only can kids practice motor skills by guiding the fishing line to the mouth of the fish to pick it up, each colored fish has a letter or number on it. You can use these versatile teaching tools in many ways, here are a few suggestions.
Over the past year, we’ve been making updates to the Super Simple Songs 1, 2, and 3 CDs. We’re really excited to share the 2nd edition of these CDs with you! We’ve also made some changes to the Super Simple Songs – Animals, Super Simple Songs – Halloween, and Super Simple Songs – Christmas CDs. We think you’ll love the updates, and we know you’ll love the new lower prices! Now available on iTunes and Amazon!