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.

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Bingo was his name-o

It seems most of my students are crazy about animals, dogs in particular.  Awesome, me too )

This is another classic American kids song.  The great thing about using these songs is they are not only good for teaching English, but also the culture that native speakers all have.  I’d be hard pressed to find an American who does not know this song.

Why is this song great?

✓ Animals – dogs are cute and awesome
✓ Thematic – continues the farm theme from Old MacDonald
✓ Spelling – B I N G O
✓ Actions – clap your hands, pat your head
✓ Commands – listen and follow along
✓ Versatile – can change the commands as you learn new actions

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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