It was such a pleasure to visit northern Italy and do a performance with great students! The students sang so well, and were enthusiastic for the whole show! More below the photo:
(Photo: Matt and students singing Shake it Out)
There were about 30 students at this show, which made it fun and easy to interact with everyone. We could make a circle, and sing in a circle. We did this for a few songs. The teachers and students were very helpful and enthusiastic, which made for a very fun show!
Here are the Dream English songs we sang at the show:
After the show I was invited to see how the students practice Dream English songs in the classroom. It was amazing to see my videos on a large smartboard. We even sang the Weather Song and the Goodbye Song watching the YouTube Videos together. It was a blast!
I had so much fun at this school. A big thank you to teacher Linda, the other teachers at the school, and of course the wonderful students for an amazing morning!
I had a lot of fun singing with the great students at a primary school in Rome, Italy! There were about 200 students, and we did three shows for the different age groups. Read more below the photo.
(Photo: Matt and students singing the Weather Song)
We split the students into three age groups with about 70 students per show. The first group were 6-7 years old, the second group 7-8, and the last group 8-9. Each show was a bit over 20 minutes, and the energy was amazing for each group!
I was so inspired by the students singing, dancing, and enthusiasm that it helped me to perform. It was exciting for all of us!
Here are the Dream English songs we sang at the show:
One of my favorite parts of the show is singing the Days of the Week song with students. I always invite a few students up to the front to sing and do the actions, while I play guitar. It is amazing to hear all of the children singing a song that I wrote.
Thank you to teacher Isabella, the other teachers, and all of the students at the show for making this a wonderful afternoon of music and fun!
One of the best parts of Dream English for me is meeting teachers and students around the world. I have been fortunate to do Dream English Shows in Thailand, Japan, Spain, U.S.A, and now France!
The Speak N’ Play English school just outside of Paris, France was my first show in France. I was invited by the school owner, Eliza. She is very nice, and a great teacher! If you have children in the area who are looking to learn English, I highly recommend Speak N’ Play.
Show And Songs
There were about twenty students, a nice number and I could really interact with all of the students. It was my first time meeting these students, so I started out by doing simple warm-ups. I used repeat after me action warm-ups like this, “clap your hands, clap, clap. wash your hands, wash, wash.”
It was important for me that the students feel relaxed before starting into the songs.
We did the following Dream English songs at the show:
These days many teachers make playlists on Spotify and iTunes to bring to their classes. I do too! Did you know that Dream English is on Spotify? Stream favorites like the “Days of The Week Song” and “Let’s Count 1 to 10”. Three albums of fun songs for home or the classroom! Happy Singing!
One of my favorite ways to start a new English class for young learners (ESL, EFL) is to sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. The song is fun, simple, and active. After this song, the class can sit down and settle down for a fun class.
Recommended Ages: 3-7 Years old Target Vocabulary: Body Parts
I review numbers every class with my young learners, and this video is a fun and simple way to count from 1 to 100 by 1s in your young learner English classes! More below the video!
You can also review numbers in class using flashcards, or object, or fingers. After reviewing the numbers, I always like to do a quick quiz with my students. I show a few numbers and ask, “What number?” Children can learn numbers quickly and a numbers quiz is a fun activity to give children confidence in their English learning adventure!
My new video is a chant video with one hundred words. I made this video because I feel that children can learn so much so quickly in English class (ESL, EFL) so why not give them one hundred words to learn. I have been showing the video in my classes with great success. I say one hundred words in four minutes. The topics covered are: Animals, Food, Vehicles, Numbers, Jobs, Colors, Family, Clothing, Body Parts, and Actions. See below the video for Teachers tips!
Before the video starts, show the thumbnail to your students and see how many words they already know.
Encourage the students to repeat after me while watching the video.
After watching the video, ask your students what words that they can remember from the video.
As always, I encourage you to come up with your own ideas to make this song and video a useful learning tool for your classroom. Visit the Dream English Kids Youtube channel to watch this video and many more!
I recently started studying French again. I used to be able to speak a bit of French, and I decided to pick it up again. The biggest thing I am struggling with is numbers. I am not sure why, but it made me realize again how important it is to teach numbers well in Children’s English classes (ESL, EFL).
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Top 5 Ideas for Teaching Numbers to Children
Use flashcards to teach numbers. If the students are young teach 1-10. Count with your fingers, count objects, and use flash cards. Students from age 4 can start with numbers up to 100 and more. We count to 10,000 in my classes. First count 1-20, then by 10s to 100, then 1,000 then 10,000. Give it a try!
Ask the students their age: It is important for students to remember numbers individually, not just by counting up. Ask, “How old are you?” to your students. They can answer, “I’m five years old.” or more simply “I’m five.” Of course with their correct age.
Numbers Dice Game: I have a large dice with numbers 1-6. First, I show the students the numbers on the dice, and then ask them to roll the dice. They have to say the number that lands on top in English. Fun and simple!
Numbers Quiz: Show random number flashcards to your students and ask them “What number?” I sometimes show them really fast to add a challenge. You can also bring a group of students up to the front of the class and quiz them. I often combine this with asking them, “What’s your name?” after they answer I show a number flashcard and say, “What number?” It keeps the kids active and having fun
These are just some of my ideas for teaching numbers in your children’s English class. I hope they are helpful. Happy teaching!
When I teach young learners English (ESL, EFL) I always spend a bit of time on the letters of the alphabet. In class I use flashcards with a letter and an image on it (A, apple, B, bird), or a video. More below the video:
Teaching the Alphabet without Phonics Sounds
When I first started teaching, all of the teachers around me were teaching letters with phonics sounds. In general, I see no problem with this. However, there are many different sounds for each letter. For example, say out loud “orange, owl, otter, orangutan” same letter “o” with different sounds.
I did some research, and found that teaching just the letter name, and a word that it begins with is also excellent for learning. The students start to recognize that letters have different sounds. They also learn letter recognition, and vocabulary.
I recommend doing your own research and finding the best way to teach your students. I use a bit of phonics, and a bit of letter recognition, and so far I have had great results in getting my young students to learn to read in English. Happy teaching!