New Winter Clothing Song for Young Learners of English Plus Video and Free MP3 Song Download!

Brrr! It’s cold! I LOVE saying, “brr, brr, brr” in classes. The young students always laugh and smile. When it’s cold we have to bundle up in our hats and jackets. I made this fun song to teach young learners of English (ESL, EFL) the target language of “put on my jacket.” Learn how to teach below the video!

How to Teach the Winter Clothing Song

I start teaching this song by pointing outside (if there is a window) and saying, “brrr, it’s cold!” and make it look like I am really cold. A bit of acting skills come in handy here. You can see how I do this in the video above. Then I use flashcards to show the winter clothing items in this song: hat, jacket, gloves, scarf, boots. Or you can show real clothing items.

Next, I use the target language of the song and say, “hat, put on my hat” and act like I am putting on my hat. I have the students follow along and repeat the vocabulary if they are ready. Remember, it is not necessary for young learners to repeat and say the language right away.  I do not like to rush my young learners. Let them ease into the language in a fun and natural way.

Fun Tip: I always say, “brr, brr, brr” after saying each phrase like this, “put on my jacket, brr, brr, brr” The kids always laugh at that.

Then simply play the song and sing along with your students, or watch the video and sing along. It’s that easy! Kids will follow along soon enough. Download a Free MP3 of the song here. Happy Singing!

Jobs and Occupations Song For Children’s English Class And Free Song Download

Learning about jobs and occupations like doctor, teacher, firefighter is an important part of English for young learners (ESL, EFL). The Dream English Jobs Song teaches us about important people we might see every day. More below the video!

Key Words: doctor, teacher, pilot, firefighter, pirate
Target Phrase: I see a teacher.

How to teach: If you have been using Dream English, many of your students may already be familiar with the phrase, “What do you see?” Use flashcards to teach the target vocabulary. MES English has great ones. Then ask your students “Who do you see?” and have them answer. You can watch the video before one time to get the students familiar with the song. Then either download the free song and sing it in class, or watch the video. Be sure to do all of the actions with the song!

This song may be a bit different than other jobs songs. I made this in order for children to be able to identify people they might see in books, or in their daily life. You can download a free mp3 of this song here. Full lyrics are in the video description on YouTube. Happy Singing!

Getting Ready for The New Year – Happy New Year Chant

It’s been an amazing year at Dream English, thanks to your support from around the world. I got to visit students in Thailand, and had a wonderful time making songs and videos for teachers and students around the world!

Start off your New Year with the Happy New Year Chant! A great chant to clap and dance your way into the New Year! Check it out here! Happy Teaching!

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!