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Children love to play with magnets. Put them on a large surface like a fridge
and they will spend hours rearranging them.
Although I don't like to teach grammar directly, by the time a young learner
reaches 10 or 11, they usually have to know the rules for their regular school curriculum.
Back to the ABCs
I have a few fun alphabet books that I use with my two year old daughter. She enjoys discovering new letters. When she sees letters in books or
on everyday objects, she often asks me, "What's this letter? What's that letter?". Read more...
This is not a new idea, but one that we often overlook or forget to use. Read more...
Creating a Book
This activity involves listening, writing, and reading. The young learner will
have an opportunity to "publish" a book. Read more...
Textbook Evaluation Workshop
It doesn't happen often, but sometimes we have to choose textbooks to use with
our young learners. Read more...
This is not really an idea. It's more of an inspiration or starting point for
more ideas. Read more...
Overview of General Learning Theories
After teacher training we tend to avoid all theory and concentrate more on
practice. Read more...
3D Paper Crafts for Seasons and Holidays
Web sites of major printer manufacturers are the perfect place if you are looking
for simple crafts for holidays, seasons, or special dates...Read more...
Run and get the clock times
Here is a short listening activity that I practice with my basic level students.
The Dreaded Lesson Plan
No matter how much we dread it, we do need a plan for everything that we
do in life. In order to build a house, we need elaborate plans, but to run a few
errands, a simple mental plan is sufficient. What kind of plan do we need for an
English class? Alternative methods for lesson planning are explored in this article.
Learn Frequently Used Words (Dolch Sight Words)
Learning Dolch words builds confidence. Children will see Dolch words in almost
anything they read. Read more...
Quick Ideas for Very Young Learners
Here are some ideas from Simon Goodwin who teaches very young learners in Japan.
Some of his students are not even 2 years old yet!
This is a simple idea that serves to teach vocabulary, but more importantly it
"breaks the ice" and allows young learners to produce language without speaking.