Muzzy – Vowels


This actually sweet song is a great song for learning the names of the vowels. Teaching children English has its unique difficulty of how to teach the alphabet. The way I learned was by the ABC song. First I learned the names of the letters, then learned their sounds… which can be completely different. Another way to is to learn the alphabet by phonics through a program like Jolly Phonics or Hooked on Phonics, and then later teach the names of the letters. Either way presents its own benefits and pitfalls. I don’t know which way is better, but I do know, at some point you will have to bridge the learning. It becomes very difficult, especially with the vowels. There are the soft sounds, hard sounds, and diphthongs. Even if your child is learning to speak, not read, these sounds present pronunciation problems, being unique to English and not their native language.


This song is a great introduction to the English vowels. The song is catchy and sweet. Among my few toys I have bought, I have a bucket of wooden cubes. Some are colored, some are natural. I use them for free play, for counting, for colors, and occasionally for creating dice. Here I wrote one vowel per block, both in lower case and capital form. The child rolls the dice and then has to say the name of each vowel in the order they were rolled.


It’s easy to recite the muzzy song, even in its jumbled up order. However, recital is not learning. This exercise reinforces the learning and tests their ability to identify the different sounds. Later these blocks can be used to identify the sounds of the vowels, not just their names.



Days of the Week

The concept of days of the week is usually a new subject for my students. They barely understand it in their own language. That’s ok. There’s no reason I can’t teach them a new concept as well as a new language. This happens quite often. I usually see it with Days of the Week, shapes, and time. I believe a child is capable of learning any concept with sufficient repetition.

Days of the week are long words with strange spellings. I start by teaching this song. I don’t expect them to learn the pronunciation of each word immediately. I want them to learn the tune. Then as we hear it several times over several lessons they begin to remember key sounds to each word. Then we focus on the word written and the first phoneme. They can’t read “Tuesday” but they recognize the T and they know its not Th because I focus so much on the correct pronunciation of Th.

We make cards with each day and wheels and an engine like the video. The child then puts the days in order. It takes several repetitions, but they all eventually learn them.


Love Monster

How to draw a Love Monster, from the Guardian by Rachel Bright


I stumbled across this as I was reading the news.  I thought it was adorable, easy, and used great basic Shapes.  I decided to give it a try in one of my lessons.  I first practiced at home:


Not too shabby ))))

Then in my lesson, I instructed my student to follow the same steps.  What is interesting here, my student is only 5 years old and is still not very comfortable with English.  But I gave all my instructions in English as I drew along on my paper.  I used simple commands such as “Draw two circles.” And then, I drew 2 circles.  She then drew 2 circles.  “Draw two triangles.” And so on and so forth…

Here was my drawing I was doing during my instruction:


And her monster:


I was thrilled how this lesson went.  We’ll see how this fares with the 4 year olds!


The Wheels on the Bus

The Wheels on the Bus teaches the parts of riding a bus.  It combines nouns, verbs, and hand actions.  The kids love singing along, especially the baby going WAaa WAaaaa.  We made a paper bus with moving parts to go along with this lesson.


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Paper Doll and Clothes

My on going lesson of clothes started with paper dolls. I have a set I keep and a print out for the kids. I combined the doll with a dice of seasons for our Seasons & Weather lesson.



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