Learning the ABCs is a really important part of children’s English class (ESL, EFL). It is a good idea to teach the alphabet with books, games, activities, and of course songs! Here is my new Alphabet Phonics Song:
Give it a try in your classes. You can pre-teach the actions, or just play the video and have the students follow along.
After singing the song, get your students in a circle. Toss a ball around saying the letter of the alphabet and action that goes with it. For example:
Teacher: A add (do the action from the video)
Student 1: B bounce (bounce the ball, or pretend to)
Student 2: C catch
You get the idea! Keep going until you get to Z. You may have to help the students a bit if they can not remember the letter or action. Give it a try, and have fun!
For young English learners asking for a drink by saying, ” I want some water.” is very useful. This new video teaches kids how to ask for six different common types of drinks: water, milk, orange juice, lemonade, apple juice, and tea. I hope you find this video useful for your classes!
I had a lot of fun making the Wild Animals Finger Family Song Part 2. We sing about kangaroos, monkeys, zebras, giraffes, and bears! More below the video:
How to use the video in class:
Listen to Dream English Teaching Tips Podcast about this video. Click here!
Start by pre-teaching the vocabulary in the video: kangaroo, monkey, zebra, giraffe, and bear. Also teach the phrases, “Where are you?” and ” I see a monkey.” You can show flashcards with the animals and have your students repeat after you. Then, watch the video and sing the song with your students!
Mini Lesson about Wild Animals
Depending on the level of your students, you can do a few things with the mini lesson. Watch one time, the mini lesson is right after the song in the video. For younger students, have them just watch and listen. For older students, after watching ask the following questions:
What animal can jump? (answer: kangaroo)
What animal can swing from tree to tree? (answer: monkey)
What animal has black and white stripes? (answer: zebra)
What animal has a long neck? (answer: giraffe)
What animal is a bit scary and says roar? (answer: bear)
These are just some ideas to get you started. As always, be sure to come up with your great ideas! Leave a comment on Facebook or Dream English Kids YouTube and let us know what you think about the video! Happy Teaching!
Listen to my Podcast on How To Teach This Song!Click Here!
Do you have a pet? Do you have a pet?
p, p, p, p, p, p, p, p, pet
I have a dog. I have a dog. woof, woof, woof
I have a cat. I have a cat. meow, meow, meow
Do you have a pet? Do you have a pet?
p, p, p, p, p, p, p, p, pet
I have a bird. I have a bird. chirp, chirp, chirp
I have a fish. I have a fish. glub, glub, glub
I have an elephant. I have an elephant paw, paw, pawoo
You don’t have a pet elephant!
That’s true! But I want one!
Lesson Plan ideas
After the song, I always ask my students if they have a pet. Of course some do not. In that case, they can answer “No, I don’t.” If you have animal flashcards you can play a simple touch game. Place the flashcards on the floor. Have the students ask the teacher, “Do you have a pet?” the teacher answers, “I have a dog,” then the students have to touch the dog card. Whoever touches the card first wins. If you have a large class, you can have two or three students at a time play the game. I hope this is fun and useful for your classes!
I’ve been having a lot of fun making the Matt’s Tube Episodes! These videos are great to introduce vocabulary to your Kids English class (esl, elf). Watch here:
Episode # 2 Vehicles and Transport
In this episode of Matt’s Tube we are introduced to ten vehicles: airplane, boat, car, dump truck, fire truck, garbage truck, helicopter, motorcycle, race car, and train.
Watch real footage of the vehicles. Can you hear any tranport sounds? Can an garbage truck fly? Watch to find out!
Contents of the Show:
1. Welcome with Matt
2. Today’s Topic Vocabulary Practice
3. Today’s Topic Song
4. Crazy Dance with Bell and Tunes
5. The Spelling Game
6. Ask Tunes
7. Mystery Box Animation
8. Count with Matt
9. Song Time – Fire Truck Song
10. Quiz Time
11. What Did We Learn Today?
Matt’s Tube is a show designed to teach young learners of English vocabulary, basic phrases, letter recognition, spelling, and listening skills. The show uses songs, real footage, and animation. Let us know what you think on the Dream English Facebook page, or leave a comment on the video. Thanks for watching!
I’ve been getting many emails asking my advice about how to start new classes with young learners of English. My advice: Keep it simple!
I like to start my classes by introducing myself, then learning the names of my students and saying hello to each student. For example, “Hello, Sally. Hello, Bobby.” This helps the students feel comfortable.
Next, I do some simple action warm-ups like clap your hands, wash your hands, jump, spin etc. Then we practice counting from 1 to 10 with our fingers and flashcards. Counting is a great place to start because many young learners have already heard the numbers in English.
Finally we sing “Let’s count 1 to 10“ A great song to start a young learners English class. I also make sure to smile a lot, and I do not push the young students to speak at first. They will begin to speak naturally when they are ready. Slowly but surely!
I hope this is helpful happy teaching. Thank you, Matt
I’m excited to introduce a new show called Matt’s Tube! Great for young learners of English (ESL, EFL) Each show will introduce topics like Wild Animals, Vehicles and more. Students can learn the words through vocabulary practice songs, and skits. Have a look at the first Episode here:
I hope you find this useful in your classes! If you have any ideas for the show you would like us to hear, please put a comment on the video or on the Dream English Facebook page. Thanks for watching! Matt
The year is off to a fun start with the New Jobs Song, Pet Song, Winter Clothing Song, A to Z Vehicles and more! Great for young learners of English. In today’s post I give some fun tips on how to use these new songs in your classes. Learn more below!
A to Z Vehicles Song
I currently have three new song in the A to Z series. These song are made to help children learn the alphabet, while learning vocabulary and phrases. Please check out the Food A to Z and Animals A to Z song. The vehicles A to Z song teaches vehicle names like ambulance, and motorcycle, and watch out for the Nose Car!
More to come in this series, so stay tuned!
Do You Have a Pet? Song
I have a pet goldfish. How about you? This fun song teaches students how to ask and answer, “Do you have a pet?” Many students have pets, so this is very useful. We also learn cat, dog, fish, bird, and elephant in English. Sing this song and then ask your students the question, “Do you have a pet?”
I have been wanting to write a Jobs Song for a long time. I’m happy I waited as I’m really happy with the results. From the comments I’m getting on this video, students around the world are enjoying the new Jobs Song!
After singing the song, have your students take turn acting out the gestures from the song. The other students have to guess the job!
This song is a fun action song for the classroom. It is a bit of a challenge, and kids love a challenge! We make our bodies into the ABC letters, and do gestures for three words that start with A, B, and C. Give it a try with your young English learners or preschool class! After the song, challenge your students to say all of the vocabulary words with the gestures from the song!
Winter Clothing Song
It’s cold outside, brr, brr, brr! My students love this song, probably because it is so silly and fun. This song teaches, “put on my jacket” and more winter clothes. The refrain of “brr, brr, brr” keeps it silly and memorable!
I hope you find some use for the new songs from Dream English. It is always my pleasure to create and share these songs with the world. Thanks for your continued support of Dream English!