This is the way…

Daily Routines – every age level has this lesson. My adult students work from the Cambridge English Vocabulary in Use . My older children build out their own schedules. My youngest students get this song)

This song and dance combine the verb + noun and an easy to recognize action. I try to incorporate a bit of sign language with my younger students to give them context clues. I arrive and say, I must wash my hands, while rubbing my hands together. The song format makes it very easy for you to add your own words and actions. The kids can even add their own.

 

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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.

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

We begin every lesson with this exercise. The kids love bouncing along to this song and it gets stuck in your head )

Faster!

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