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.

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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.

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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.

 

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

Old MacDonald had a Farm

 

This songs teaches the names of the animals on the farm and the English sounds they make.  Example: pigs go Oink! Oink!

We colored a fun farm scene with this lesson.

And now for a Simple Past Tense lesson:

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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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