Here's a simple homemade game just in time for Easter, which means it involves chocolate ... All you need is a large piece of cardboard, vocabulary cards with pictures or a series of objects, and small squares of packing cardboard to make the bunnies, as well as dice and carrots for the bunnies (or chocolate). Draw the game board as shown in the first picture below, and place the cards on the squares, as in the second picture below. Before you start rolling the dice, however, do the following:
1. make sure to have each child color code their bunny before you start.
2. elicit the vocabulary, for example by asking: What do you see? (I see ...)
In order to move to the next square, each child will have to say a full sentence involving the word depicted on the square on which they land.
Note: Placing cards on the squares rather than drawing pictures directly on the board allows you to exchange them as you go.
Meet Marina, her cat Leo, and Tito the lizard, and tell their first adventure in your own words.
Cuenta tú misma la primera aventura de Marina, su gato Leo, y el lagarto Tito.
I'd like to invite you to follow the entirely handcrafted adventures of Leo and Marina at www.everydaybilingual.com.
Here's a wonderful song with corresponding movements. It features the numbers 1-5, a tree, five monkeys and an alligator ... and plenty of suspense. Not a great ending for the monkeys, unfortunately.
Two quick ideas on teaching new vocabulary.
Topic: Animal habitat; places we live. Children's book referenced: Mary Ann Hobermann's A House is a House for Me (1978).
Check out this videoclip for three activities having to do with clocks and time: two classics--Hickory Hickory Dock and What Time is It, Mr. Wolf?-- and a simple art activity.
Here's a great song to transition between activities, for example from an activity that has kids up on their feet to one that requires them to be seated. It also works well when you want to shake things up a bit and have kids get up and find a new place to sit.
Here's a great song to start your preschoolers on their English adventure. I adapted it from a Spanish version I learned years ago. (Original author unknown)
I'm a teacher, writer and artist currently living in Northern Germany. I hold a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Washington, in Seattle. I have thirty years of experience teaching Spanish, English and German. Elsewhere on this website you will find a list of my children's books, as well as samples of my artwork.