Hot Cold Song Opposites Lesson for Children’s English Class

The Hot Cold Song is a fun song to teach young English learners (ESL, EFL) about opposites. Watch the video and see below for how to teach.

How to Teach: 

I teach this song by first doing the actions of feeling hot, and feeling cold. You can watch how I do it in the video, or make up your own gestures.

Next, I show pictures of hot things like the sun, soup and say, “hot sun, hot soup” Then, I show pictures of cold things like ice cubes and snow and teach that they are cold. Flashcards work well for this.

Next, I teach the vocabulary of the song.

Hot Cold Song Lyrics:

Hot, hot, hot, hot (repeat)
cold, cold, cold (repeat)

The soup is hot.
hot, hot, hot
The sun is hot.
hot, hot, hot
hot soup
hot sun

The ice is cold.
cold, cold, cold
The snow is cold.
cold, cold, cold
cold ice
cold snow

hot, hot, hot,
hot, hot, hot

cold, cold, cold
cold, cold, cold

Is it hot or cold?

After the song quiz the students by holding up flashcards of hot and cold things and ask them, “Is it hot or cold?”

This song is a great class warm up!

Happy New Year 2019! ESL and EFL New Year’s Class Ideas For Young Learners

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday, and that you are ready to get started with the New Year! This week I will be doing the New Year’s Chant song and review in all my classes. Check it out here:

You can download the chant to use the song in your classes. Click here to get a free download MP3 of the Happy New Year Chant!

Sample Lesson Plan for the New Year’s Class

  1. Happy New Year Chant (See Above)
  2. Practice Counting Numbers 1-20
  3. Let’s Count 1 to 10 Song – One of my most popular Numbers Songs
  4. Book Time: Read a picture book to your students. Choose your favorite, I also have some free download picture books here.
  5. Today’s Topic: Choose a review topic and teach the vocabulary. For example, animals, colors, or transportation.
  6. Vocabulary review game- Play a simple touch game to get your students active. Place the flashcards on the floor and ask each student to touch one. For example, “Bobby, touch the dog card.”
  7. ABC Practice Time- Practice the ABCs and sing the ABC Song.
  8. Goodbye Song- Sing the Goodbye Song.

These are some ideas to get you started with your classes. You can also do crafts, coloring, or use a textbook. The main idea is to give the students a lot of comprehensible input in English.

Let’s make it a great year and be the best teachers we can be!

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!

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!

Dream English Teaching Tips Podcast : 5 Episodes For Great Classes!

Hi, Friends! A few months ago I began the Dream English Teaching Tips Podcast. I’m hoping this podcast will help teachers to have even better classes. Maybe you missed some of the podcasts over the summer, so here is a quick summary of the episodes. The podcast is also available on iTunes. All free, so please have a listen! Click on the link to go to the podcast on the PodBean.com site.

Warm-Ups! Starting Your Young Learner English Class

In this episode I talk about using warm ups, songs, games, and simple questions to start your English class with young learners.  Very useful!

Teaching Children English With Songs

In this episode I talk about a favorite subject of mine, teaching English with songs! I talk about how I teach songs in the classes to young learners. I also talk about different kinds of songs like action songs, finger play songs, and more!

Top 5 Classroom Games For Young Learners

In this episode I talk about my Top 5 Classroom Games for teaching English to young learners. You only need a few good games that you can use over and over again with differnet vocabulary. Have a listen for some of my students favorites.

Lesson Plans # 1 Colors For Young Learners of English

I hope to do a bunch of Lesson Plans Podcasts to help everyone with planning their lessons. The first episode in this series is Colors! Colors are a basic part of English for your young learners class, and can be lots of fun. In this episode I talk about introducing colors, color songs, and color games.

Teaching 2-3 Year Olds English: The Basics for the Classroom

Today on the podcast we will listen to a conversation I had with Mark from MES English about our basic philosophy in teaching very young learners English. We talk about how to relax in class, what to expect from the students, and how watching Sesame Street can help you with class ideas.

I hope you get some useful ideas from these podcast episodes. Happy Teaching! – Matt

Family Finger Songs – Teaching Different Ideas to Young Learners

Many of you may know the popular children’s song Family Finger. I have made some new versions using different vocabulary. I like this song, because it teaches other vocabulary such as, “Where are you?” I also use these songs to teach actions like dig, mix, and more. More below the video:

How To Use This Song in your Classes

This song can be used as a warm-up song or in the middle of your classes as a song break time. You can begin by teaching the Construction Vehicle names, then the actions. Then watch the video and have your students do the actions and sing along. Here are the full lyrics:

Excavator finger, excavator finger where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?
Let’s dig like an excavator

Bulldozer finger, bulldozer finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?
Let’s push like a bulldozer

Road roller finger, road roller finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?
Let’s roll like a road roller

Dump truck finger, Dump truck finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?
Let’s drive the dump truck.

Concrete mixer finger, concrete mixer finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?
Let’s mix like a concrete mixer.

So give it a try and get moving in your class! Here we go!

 

Teaching Big, Small, Fast, and Slow to Young Learners of English in a Fun Way

Fun should be at the heart of your English class, right? Well, there should be times when we get serious, but I try to have as much fun as possible with young English learners (ESL, EFL). I often start the classes with a simple warm-up song or two and opposites are great for this! More below the video:

Big and Small

It is really easy to teach the concept of big and small with our bodies. Simply make your body big and say in a loud voice “big!” then make your body small and say, “small.” You can see examples of me doing this in the video above. Next, you could point to some images and ask the students, “Is it big, or is it small?” I like to use easy to recognize images like elephants and mice.

Fast and Slow

In the same way that we used our bodies for big and small, we can teach fast and slow. Run quickly in place and say “fast!” then move your body very slowly and say “slow.” It is fun to go back and forth between fast and slow, students love this!

These are just simple ideas to get you started. Have fun with it! In the video above there are three songs teaching these target words. So practice with your students, watch the videos, and sing along. The students will learn the concepts in no time!

Listening to Music Before Class with Young Learners of English

I teach children English (ESL, EFL), and I always play music on either the CD player or through YouTube before the class starts. Of course I always play songs with English singing. Sometimes I put on some nice folk or blues music, but most often I put on the songs we will be singing in class that day.

Top Five Reasons to Play Music Before Class Starts

  1. Playing music sets the mood for the class, and can make it a relaxed atmosphere.
  2. The students will hear the songs in English and remember that they are in an English class and they will be expected to speak in English.
  3. Reinforces the songs that the students are learning in class. Some students may even start singing along before class starts!
  4. When parents or teachers bring their children or students to the classroom, it lets them know that the teacher is prepared for an English lesson.
  5. Helps the teacher review the lyrics of the songs they will be singing in class. (Very important!)

Whatever songs you are singing in class, I recommend making a CD or a playlist to play at least 10 minutes before class starts.

Halloween is coming up soon and we are singing many Halloween songs in the class. So now I am starting out the class with the Dream English Kids Halloween Album you can now listen to for free on YouTube.

As you can tell, I love music! Add some more music to your class today to give it a boost!

Starting classes for young learners in a fun way: Simple Warm-Ups

I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) for several years now, and sometimes at the very beginning of a class I still have to remind myself how to get the class started. Maybe it is a bit of nervousness in front of all the students looking forward to a fun class!

Simple Warm-Ups

I always go for the simple action warm-ups like, “clap your hands” or for younger students “clap, clap, clap.” While saying this I do the actions, and have the students repeat and do after me. There are so many of these; clap, wash your hands, shake your body, jump, brush your teeth, touch your nose, play basketball, play soccer. I could go on forever, and you can to with your great ideas and creativity. Then, I love to keep up the energy with a fun warm-up song like Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, or the new Colors Action Song:

Give some simple warm-ups a try in your English classes for young learners. These ideas are great from ages zero on up!