New Video: Open Shut Them Song

Open Shut Them has become a favorite warm-up song for my children’s English classes (ESL, EFL). It is fun, simple, and has plenty of actions. More below the video!

How to Teach

I start out teaching this song by doing the actions of opening and shutting my hands as you can watch in the video. Then I teach clap and the body parts in the song: head, knees, and nose.

Next, I slowly go through the actions and lyrics of the song with my students. At first, go slow and you do not have to force your students to sing along. They will sing when ready. From the beginning, encourage your students to do the actions. Full lyrics below!

Open Shut Them Lyrics

Here we go!
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them on your head
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them on your knees
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them on your nose

One more time, faster!
Oh boy! Here we go!

Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them on your head
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them on your knees
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them on your nose
Great Job!

Listen to Open Shut Them

You can use the above YouTube video in your classes, or stream Open Shut them on the following services:

Stream Open Shut Them:
Spotify
Apple Music
Amazon Music

Search Dream English Kids on any of these streaming services to find the song!

I hope this is helpful. Give it a try in your classes. Happy Singing!

Animals Picture Dictionary with Audio

Click on the player below the picture to hear Matt say the word! American accent pronunciation. Word below the Picture Dictionary Animals songs video!

Dog
Cat
Bird
Fish
Horse
Cow
Goat
Chicken
Sheep
Frog

Great work! Now watch and sing the Picture Dictionary Animals Song with Matt and Bell!

I hope you enjoyed this audio lesson with Matt from Dream English! Download and listen to free animals songs. Click here!

Listen to Dream English Kids Songs on Spotify!

Vocabulary Practice Videos: Numbers 1-10

Songs are great for learning English. It is also important for young learners (ESL, EFL) to practice English vocabulary with good pronunciation. For that reason I started a new video series! More below the video!

Vocabulary Practice Videos for Children’s English Class

It is important to take some time in your English class for young learners to teach the basics of the English language. It is ok to drill and practice vocabulary in your classes. This should not take up all of your classes, but a few minutes each class is important.

I always practice numbers, ABCs, weather, and colors in each English class. I often add more vocabulary. By taking the time to ask the students to repeat after us they learn proper pronunciation. Pronunciation is very important for English conversation. If a student know vocabulary, but can not pronounce it correctly it could cause difficulty in conversation. For this reason, we need to practice single words with students through vocabulary practice.

I hope these videos will be helpful for your classes. Check out the vocabulary practice video on Fruit on the Dream English Kids YouTube channel!

 

Yes No Game Video

Learning how to answer a question with “yes” or “no” is an important skill for young English learners (ESL, EFL).  Children also love to answer questions and show their knowledge. (More below the video).

Target vocabulary: dog, cat, bird, fish

In this fun video I ask, “Is this a dog?” and students have to answer either “yes” or “no”. I go through all four animals. This helps build children’s answering skills and confidence!

Teaching idea:

After watching the video, use flashcards to ask the students, “Is this a dog?”  holding up different flashcards. Next, have the students get into pairs and ask each other questions. You can use animal flashcards, or any objects.

I hope this is helpful. Happy Teaching! – Matt

Old MacDonald Had A Farm

I made this new version of Old MacDonald to help teach the vocabulary words with repetition. Repetition is very important for young learners of English (ESL, EFL). More below the video!

Repetition for Learning

In the original version of this song the key words like “farm” and the animal names are only sang once. In my version, I repeat these words three times! It is a simple and effective way to learn the animal names. Sing along and have fun! E-I-E-I-O!

New Jingle Bells Video! Sing and Chant Version

Check out the Dream English version of Jingle Bells! Lyrics below:

Merry Christmas!
Let’s Practice
Santa Claus, a Christmas tree, toys a stocking, presents, a candy cane,
here we go
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh, hey!
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh, hey!

1,2,3,4!
I can jump, I can dance, I can sing, I can laugh
I can jump, I can dance, I can sing, I can laugh

Let’s practice;
a reindeer, a sleigh, a snowman, an angel, an elf, mistletoe,
here we go
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh, hey!
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh, hey!
1,2,3,4! I can jump, I can dance, I can sing, I can laugh
I can jump, I can dance, I can sing, I can laugh
Merry Christmas!

Free Download Christmas resources for your classes: www.dreamenglish.com/christmas

Hello Action Song Free Download

The Hello Action Song is a fun song to start your young learners English class!  Lyrics and how to teach below!

Click here to download Free MP3 – Hello Action Song
How to download: Right-click on the link. (Mac users Control-click)

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Hello Action Song

The Hello Action Song is the first song on the new “Action English” album available now on Spotify and Apple Music. Search “Dream English Kids” or “Action English” to find the album or follow the links.

Lyrics:

Hello! Here we go!

Walk, walk, walk, and say hello
Hello, hello

Run, run, run, and say hello
Hello, hello

Jump, jump, jump, and say hello
Hello, hello

Spin, spin, spin, and say hello
Hello, hello

Stomp, stomp, stomp, and say hello
Hello, hello

Dance, dance, dance, and say hello
Hello, hello

Hello, hello, hello, hello
Hello!

How To Teach

Start out your class by greeting and saying “Hello” to your students and waving your hands. Next, teach the actions by saying them in English and doing the action at the same time. Actions: walk, run, jump, spin, stomp (your feet), and dance.

After you have taught the actions you can sing the song once without the backing track and then try it with the music! Remember to smile and have fun!
Action English Album

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Available now on Spotify and Apple Music.
Search “Dream English Kids” or follow the links below:

Download printable lyrics to the Action English Songs:

Listen to samples of the album here:

Happy Singing!
Matt 😀

 

New Album! Action English Available Now on Spotify and Apple Music

We all know how important it is for young English learners (ESL, EFL) to move their bodies while learning English. With this in mind I created Action English! 10 Fun New songs to get your students moving and singing in English! Available now on Spotify and Apple Music (Links below player)

Action English Album

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Available now on Spotify and Apple Music.
Search “Dream English Kids” or follow the links below:

Download printable lyrics to the Action English Songs:

Happy Singing!
Matt 😀

 

New Video: Five Little Monkeys – Repeat After Matt!

I’m super excited to share my new song and video “Five Little Monkeys” repeat after me version. More below the video!

I created this song specifically for young English learners.
Have your students repeat after me and do the actions.
They’ll be singing in English right away!

Action English Album

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The song is from my new album “Action English”
10 new songs to get your students moving and singing in English!

Available now on Spotify and Apple Music.
Search “Dream English Kids” or follow the links below:

Download printable lyrics to the Action English Songs:

Happy Singing!
Matt 😀