Picture Dictionary

Ideally I want my students to learn organically, like they learn their native language.  What do I mean by organically? I mean by exposure to real things and real situations. I don’t want to open a dictionary and tell them apple is яблоко. I want to show them a real, juicy apple and say “apple.” While this isn’t always possible, it is what I strive for.

An invaluable resource is a good picture dictionary. It should simply be a good picture representation and the English word next to it, without any translation. I have used several in the past including huge coffee table sized books, but I’ve yet to find a good one for sale in my local area. In the meantime I have a great website:

English Worksheets – http://www.englishwsheets.com/ I like that the vocabulary is divided by subject and they have many, many subjects.

Example: Daily Routine Pictionary Worksheet.

These sheets are great for creating lesson plans and they are standard sized so they are great for cutting up and turning into cards.

The can be used for games such as Memory, Hangman, Charades, Pictionary, and Concentration.


5 Little Monkeys

Fun song that uses your hands to sing along. Teaches counting down from 5, uses our emotion words.

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.


Print out from http://www.homemade-preschool.com/msw-wheels-on-the-bus.html

Muzzy – Part 1

Muzzy is a language program developed by BBC for introducing young children to a foreign language.  Through several chapters we are introduced to the royal family of Gondoland and Muzzy the alien who loves to eat clocks.  The story is interesting and captivating for both kids and adults.

Over the course, we slowly watch Muzzy as we are introduced to new vocabulary.

You’ll enjoy watching Muzzy with your children.

A great worksheet from BusyTeacher.org for after watching:

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