Flashcards

Flashcards are an essential instrument for me when  I teach English as a foreing language to children.

Since I started, preparing my own materials takes a lot of time and effort, not to mention the money printing and laminating them (although I bought a fantastic machine to do it which has made my life easier since I have it).

Normally, my favourite websites where I get the flashcards I use are from supersimplelearning.com (very nice), learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org (highly recommendable) and anglomacy ( choose a topic and you will find the flashcards of each topic).

 

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Grammar & kids

At some point our students have to start studying gramar in a more conscious and direct way.

In my view, two really good websites from were you can get the grammar explanation and exercises are the following links:

In the first place, the website done by the British Council (which I love, by the way): http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-tests/articles

Here you can find grammar videos, tests, games and quizzes.

The other website were you can download grammar explanations, activities and tests is http://www.anglomaniacy.pl/grammar.htm

 

 

Spring is…. just around the corner.

Sun is already shining more and more, the sky is clear blue and a smile is drawn in our faces… 🙂

Today I went for a long walk with a friend and I realised I have to start looking for some spring ideas to work with in my classes.

I am very lucky because I can combine art and science in my classes as long as I do it in English. Personally, for me this is a pleasure because it’s a nice way to practice and learn English. 

Given said that, today I’m going to recommend a link where you can find some nice and helpful ideas to put into practice in your classes. Some of them are also used to celebrate the Mother’s Day (which in England is celebrated today whereas in Spain is celebrated in May). 

With the smallest I think I will do a mosaic rainbow inspired by the one I found in this link (http://www.localfunforkids.com/crafts/2011/3/16/mosaic-rainbows-easy-preschool-craft.html).

And to celebrate The Mother’s Day, I think I already know what I’m going to do (http://krokotak.com/2013/02/bouquet-for-mom/)

To finish, the last link I’d like to share is one from my favourite English language resources webiste:  http://www.mrprintables.com/spring-crafts-for-kids-daffodils.html

Source of materials… and inspiration.

Today I am going to recommend a discovery I did recently in the webiste http://www.teacherspayteachers.com

Here you can find lots of different materials (and not only for EFL). It’s very easy to buy, to download the worksheets and prices are in general reasonable.

Since I was looking for material to use in my English class from a CLIL perspective, I found interesting worksheets made by Lita Lita such as “3D shapes fold and learn“, “What do plants need”, “Parts of a plant”, etc.

I strongly recommend to visit this link and check the worksheets done by this user as well as her website (http://www.learninginspain.blogspot.com.es/).

Tomorrow I will use for the first time the in my class 🙂

English & CLIL

Today I found a very useful and helpful website where we can buy, for reasonable prices, material and lesson plans for our  English lessons.

In concrete, I was looking for staff to put into practice the CLIL theory. Since we have studied the animals recently, I thought it would be perfect to continue studying animals facts through English.

The materials I bought are the following ones:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/5-senses-fold-and-learn

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/seasons-fold-and-learn-label

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chick-life-cycle-facts

I am anxious to put these materials into practice 🙂