Let’s Count to 10 on a Pirate Adventure! A Fun Young Learners Classroom Song!

When teaching young learners English in an EFL or ESL environment, I love doing circle time songs. A circle time song is a song you sing and act out while walking in a circle with your students. With this in mind I created the new Pirate Ship Action and Counting Song. More below the video:

Counting and Moving

The idea of this song is very simple: Let’s count numbers while moving in a circle and doing some fun actions. The pirate ship part is an extra layer of fun! We’re not just walking and singing, we’re having an adventure!

How to Teach:

Target Vocabulary: pirate ship, pirate, numbers 1-10, plank, beach, crocodile, treasure, open, gold coins. (If you are not sure about some of this vocabulary, please watch the video. Also, check out the video thumbnail for the following vocabulary: pirate, plank, beach, treasure, 1,2 ,3.)

You can let the students watch the video one time, and have them act along with it. Or, draw some pictures on the board, or use flashcards to show the different parts of the ship, beach, etc.

After the students are familiar with the vocabulary, you can teach the song without the video if you like. Try getting your students in a circle, and singing the song. You can either do this a cappella (without background music) or using the song only. Your students will have a lot of fun getting their energy out and doing all of the actions. Give it a try, and happy singing!

The song Pirate Ship Action and Counting Song is available on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services. 

 

New Animal Alphabet Song: A to Z Sing Animal Names for Young English Learners

Learning the alphabet is really important for young learners of English (ESL, EFL students). There are many ways to learn the ABCs, from the traditional ABC song we all know, using flashcards, or practicing writing. More below the video.

This song contains 26 animal names from A to Z. Children can learn to associate a letter with an animal name, like “A is for anteater. B is for bear.” They can also practice writing all of the letters and animal names from the video. Here are all of the animals in the song, from A to Z:

Anteater
Bear
Crocodile
Dog
Elephant
Fish
Goat
Hyena
Iguana
Jaguar
Kangaroo
Lion
Monkey
Newt
Owl
Penguin
Quail
Rabbit
Snake
Turtle
Urchin
Vulture
Walrus
X-ray fish
Yak
Zebra

Have some fun with your classes, singing along, writing the animal names, drawing pictures, and being creative with A to Z Animals!

New Podcast: Halloween Lesson Plan for Young Learners – Teach Kids English

In today’s podcast I talk about a fun and simple Halloween lesson plan for young learners. Using songs, books, and games, let’s have a fun Halloween lesson! Here is the lesson plan: 1. Warm Up 2. Halloween Counting (Count Halloween characters 3. Halloween Numbers Song 4. Halloween Game 5. Halloween Worksheet 6. Book Time – My Favorite Pumpkin Book 7. Song Time- My Favorite Pumpkin, Walk Like a Ghost 8. Trick-or-Treating 9. Goodbye Song Download all of these free songs, books and worksheets and dreamenglish.com/halloween Thanks for listening! Also available on the iTunes Podcast app!

New Podcast! Young Learners English Lesson – A Lesson Plan for ESL, EFL Students

In today’s episode I talk you through a simple lesson plan that I used with my preschool English language students. It was a thrity minute class, with about 20 students. We had a lot of fun. You can expand on these ideas if you have a longer class. Here is the lesson plan in brief:

1. Warm Ups- clap your hands, etc. 2. Weather Song 3. Count from 1 to 10,000 4. Let’s Count 1 to 10 Song. 5. I Like Apples Book 6. I Like Apples Song 7. Pick Up Color Apples Game 7. ABC Letters and Vocabulary Practice 8. ABC Song 9. Goodbye Song. You can find all of these songs for free download at DreamEnglish.com (Free Download Page) the Book is a free printable download from KidsEnglishBooks.com Happy Teaching!

Halloween For Children’s English Class, Free Song Downloads, Worksheets, Flashcards and Picture Books

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Hi, Friends! Halloween is just around the corner! Teaching cultural events can be a nice change of pace in English class for the young learner. Halloween is a lot of fun because of the fantastic characters, like ghosts, pirates, princesses, and more. Plus it involves a little candy. 😀 🍭

Visit the Dream English Halloween page to downloads some free songs, worksheets, and even printable picture books for your classes. New Halloween videos coming soon to the Dream English Kids YouTube channel. Happy Halloween! Thanks! Matt
Halloween Page: http://www.dreamenglish.com/halloween

Favorite Animal Song- A New Original Song for your Classes Young Learners of English, ESL, EFL

In this song I had a lot of fun combing a few question phrases, wild animals, and a bit of action! See below for teaching tips and vocabulary used in the song:

Target Vocabulary:
Questions: Do you have a favorite animal? Can you see the lion? Where is the lion?
Vocabulary: zebra, lion, elephant, crocodile, monkey, and tiger.
Phrases: I like zebras. It’s a lion.

The idea of this song and video is to teach the animal names in a natural way. It is a bit different than drilling the same question and answer over and over. I hope that this type of song will help students be able to have a conversation in a natural way.

Teaching Tips:
Watch the video with the students. Depending on the students age or level, you do not have to pressure them to sing along. They can watch and learn. After watching the video, you can use flash cards to make sure they learned the animal names.

Next, try asking a few questions like in the video. For example, “Do you have a favorite animal?”

Animal Matching Game:
Use small game cards to play the animals matching game. Put the cards face down, and the students have to pick up the cards and find a match.
MES-English.com has great game cards for this. Kids love this kind of game. As the students turn over the card, make sure they see either the animal name, or a phrase like “It’s a lion.”

I hope you find these ideas helpful. Be creative, have fun and your students will too! Happy Teaching!

What Do You Want To Eat? Song for Children’s English Classes, ESL, EFL

” I want a banana! ” asking for things in English is so important. If you listen to young native speakers, they are often asking for things. In this fun video we are learning the basics of how to ask for something in English. Watch, and give it a try in your classes!

Target Phrases: What do you want to eat? I want a banana.
Target vocabulary: sandwich, salad, hot dog, hamburger, banana, taco, broccoli cake, onion ice cream

Give the song a try in your classes, and then practice with different food vocabulary. You can even make a shopping game. Happy teaching!

 

Back to Basics English for Young Learners #1: Numbers

With so many songs, videos, flashcards, games, where does one begin teaching English to young learners? It can be overwhelming! My answer: get back to basics. In this post, and more going forward, I will cover some basic and simple ideas for teaching English. Remember, teaching English is easy! Present the material in a fun and interesting way, and children will do the rest with their magnificent minds. More below the video:


Basic # 1: Teaching Numbers 

We might think that most young learners already know numbers. I meet a lot of new students who have a basic idea of how to say numbers in English, but maybe have never done so in front of people. Numbers are a fun and simple way to boost young learners confidence in the English classroom.

Practice, practice, practice

Numbers are not only great on their own, but they contain many sounds of the English language. I start many classes by simply counting 1 to 10 using flashcards. If the students are older we might count to 100, or 1,000 or higher! It depends on the level, and kids get a kick out of saying really high numbers. You can make flashcards, write numbers on a white board, or even count objects. Be creative!

Numbers Songs

I have recorded a few numbers songs over the years, but the still number one favorite is Let’s Count 1 to 10. Simple, and always fun with the actions.  Here is a list of the Numbers Songs I use most in my classes. Click on the link to go to the page or video with the song.

  1. Let’s Count 1 to 10
  2. Let’s Count to 20
  3. Counting to 100 by 1s

Vocabulary Use

You can do many things with numbers. Ask students, “how old are you?” and they answer, ” I am five”, etc. You can use numbers in a shopping game and use the vocabulary, “How much is it?” “It’s 25 dollars.”

Games

You can play a shopping game, restaurant game, or many other fun games with numbers. Below are links to my favorite number games to use in class:

  1. Easy Counting Game
  2. Put in Order Game
  3. What’s Missing Game
  4. Toss a ball to students and count. (not a game, but a fun activity)

Numbers Wrap up

As a teacher I like to keep things as simple as possible. To teach numbers, practice saying numbers with your students, sing a numbers song, then play a numbers game. Simple and effective. Keep it light and fun, and your students will be counting to a billion in no time! Happy Teaching!

New Hide and Seek Song and Video for Young English Students, ESL, EFL

I am always looking for new ways to make the young English learners (ESL, EFL) classes fun. Kids love to play Hide and Seek. It is such a fun and simple game. Children hide, and one friend tries to find them. You can play it anywhere, at home, in a park, or even in a classroom. Teaching tips below the video:

Target Vocabulary:

Where are you? 
Where is Bell? Where is Tunes? Where is Matt?

There she is. There he is.

Very useful vocabulary for the young learner. We often ask where someone is. We also often say, “There he/she is.”

Game idea:

After showing this video you can play the real hide and seek game if you have space in your classroom, or outdoors. You can also play using some flashcards, and paper cut outs of characters.

Materials: 3-5 flashcards of your choice. It could be park vocabulary (tree, slide, bush, etc.) or transportation (car, truck, airplane).
Paper cut out of a character, or even animal.

How to play: Place the flashcards on the floor and say, “Let’s play hide and seek.” Identify the flashcards, teaching the students the vocabulary on the card. For example, “tree, bush, slide.” Show the paper cut out and say, “Now Tune is going to hide.” Ask the students to close their eyes and count to 5, 10, or how long you need. Place the character under one of the cards, and ask the students to open their eyes. Next say, “Where is Tunes?” Depending on the level of the students they can just say the flashcard vocabulary like “Tree” or they could say “under the tree,” or even “behind the tree.” It is up to you to decide what vocabulary suits your students level best.

I hope this give you some ideas. Be creative, have fun, and your students will learn a lot!