Learning from others is a continuous journey as a teacher, I think. That is why I was thrilled to get the chance to make some videos with The Learning Station! The Learning Station are award winning leaders in the children’s education music industry.
Shake It Out is a song I wrote to get students up and moving. And teachers, too! It teaches body parts and actions. Be sure to sing and dance along. Don joins me in the dance, and I think we can all agree that he can shake it with the best of them!
Singing In The Rain is a fun and silly song, perfect for a rainy day! Don taught me this song, and it was so much fun to sing and dance to. Have a look at the video, and give it a try in your classes.
A big thank you to Don and Laurie for hosting Dream English and inviting us to make some videos together. And most importantly learn from some great people who are making amazing children’s educational content. Check out The Learning Station here!
When I started Dream English there were not many songs available that were great for teaching young learners English (ESL, EFL). Now there are hundreds! I thought it would be helpful to talk about the songs I use most teaching children ages 3-8 English.
Top 10 Dream English Songs for Teaching Children English
Hello Song – A great song to start the class. Say hello, make a circle, and walk this way! Watch video here!
What’s Your Name? – Asking students, “What’s your name?” is something that I do in every class! It’s simple interaction, and kids always enjoy saying their names. Watch video here!
Let’s Count 1 to 10 – A favorite numbers and actions song. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, jump! Watch video here!
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – This traditional song is perfect for teaching body parts. The speed up part makes it super fun for students! Watch video here!
ABC Rock Song – A bit of a twist on the ABC song with a fun A to Z chant in the middle. Watch video here!
Colors Action Song – Let’s sing colors, and do actions with each color. A great movement and color song! Watch video here!
Weather Song – The sun comes up, up, up! Another fun action song, teaches weather and some prepositions. Watch video here!
Days of the Week Song – Monday, Tuesday, la, la, la! Be sure to do all of the actions in this pop song about the Days of the Week! Watch video here!
What Can you do? Action Song – Jump, I can jump! Let’s do some fun actions while we sing along to this simple song! Watch video here!
Shapes Song – A circle, a triangle, a square, a heart. I’ve always liked the simplicity of this song, and the actions that go along make it a great motor skills song. Watch video here!
Wake Up Song / Daily Routines – One of the first, and still most popular Dream English songs. Let’s wake up, brush our teeth, and more in this fun daily routines song. Watch video here!
Goodbye Song – Another early Dream English song, that is still a favorite. Let’s clap our hands, spin around, do more actions and say Goodbye to the class! Watch video here!
So that is the list of the songs I use most to teach English. Some of these I wrote years ago, and some more recent. Check out the videos for all of the songs , and you can find most of these songs on our Free Download Page, or on Spotify and iTunes. Happy Singing!
I think it is important to introduce fun and memorable ideas when teaching young learners of English (ESL, EFL). I created a new song to teach places (library, playground, restaurant, and supermarket) with a fun twist of getting splashed by vehicles. Check out the video here, more teaching tips below:
Before playing the video for your students, use flash cards, or pictures to introduce the vocabulary in the video. Here are all the vocabulary words needed to teach:
Places: Library, Playground, Restaurant, Supermarket
Vehicles: Fire Truck, Bus, Banana Car, Bulldozer
You can use flashcards you already have, or look around the web to source your cards, I recommend MES English for great flashcards for teaching kids English.
Introduce the vocabulary on the flashcards, and the action of walking. Here are the full lyrics of the song if you want to pre-teach all the lyrics:
It’s a beautiful day
I’m on my way
I’m walking to the playground
Look, it’s the library
I got splashed by a fire truck
(repeat with other vocabulary above)
Now you are ready to play the video, and sing-along with your students. I would make the students stand up, if possible, and do the actions. They can really get into it and act like they are getting splashed, too!
The idea of these types of songs are that they are a fun natural way to learn English. Give it a try, and happy singing!