Monday, January 26, 2015

Greetings and Introductions


   Make some people puppets, it can be the paper bag puppet or the finger puppet.
Hold them up and have them greet each other.
Boy Puppet: Hello !

Girl Puppet: Hi!


 Make a Hello  puppet  using the red one for Hello and the green one for goodbye. Students can also make their own hand puppet. Use the black and white template and color one side red and  the other green. Have them use the puppet to say hello and goodbye.

Say the word Hello or Goodbye in any order.
Teacher: hello, hello, goodbye, goodbye, hello, goodbye
Students must show their hand puppet in the correct color as they hear the word.

 Link:  It will be free for a short period of time.

Greeting Chain: say Hello to a student. Then have that student say hello to the student sitting behind. Continue, in a chain, until all the students have greeted  and have been greeted.

 What´s your name ?

Make a name badge for you and for your students. Point to your name badge and say your name. Point to a student and have him/her stand up and say My name´s ______
pointing to his/her name badge.

 Game 1: get a soft ball and introduce yourself. Throw the ball to a student in class and ask his/her name. Then, his student must continue the chain.
Teacher: My name´s Rosa Amelia. What´s your name ?
Student: My name´s Charlie.(Throwing the ball to another student) What´s your name?

Link:       A cute Video to check by Maple Leaf

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Favorite Blogs for Preschool and Kindergarten English language Teachers

I like to read Blogs to see new resources from teachers around the world, but I want to share some of my good blog findings.I consider that content, design and style make them stand out in no particular order .These teachers share part of themselves. I usually post their blog entries in my Facebook Group: ESL/EFL Preschool Teachers.

11.    Teaching English to the Little Ones”– Innovative Holidays, crafts and many songs/videos. Printables are available as well. She focuses her lessons for the 3 to 5 year old children. She has also been my guest blogger.

    Country: She is from Lithuania but living in Spain         Publisher: Sara


2.    Cockroaches and Ladybugs This is blog is not to be missed. I appreciate all the high quality articles presented in all his posts. Everything is so interesting to read and very well written. He was kind enough to include my blog in a post  named Resources for Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Preschool. I am honored.

Name: Cockroaches and Ladybugs
Age: Preschool and Elementary
Country: Spain                               Publisher: Enric Calvet

3.    "English for Children Today- Daniela´s Class"- Daniela invites us to share her activities, videos, songs ,interactive games, ideas and projects. Follow her on Pinterest as she adds many pins related to teaching. Find her on Facebook.

Age: Preschool and Elementary
Country: Spain              Publisher: Daniela Ayala
4.  "Miss Lucy´s Teaching Fun"   
     She posts innovative  games and  fun activities .She designs her own resources and can be purchased at her online store. Her book for parents is available on  Amazon. 
     An interesting Facebook page wraps up all her creativity.
Age: Preschool and Elementary
Country: Spain                        Publisher: Lucy Moretti

5 . "El Blog de Espe" ---------------

Age: Preschool and Elementary
On her site, you will find resources, useful links for your students and  fun ways to teach.  Many readers will find this blog very inspiring.
Country: Spain
Publisher: Esperanza Moreno

6. " British Early Years Centre"-----
The best pictures on a blog with unique ideas for toddlers and kingergarten students.
Age:  Pre School and Nursery 
Country: Bangkok

7. "Helen Doron English"--------

This blog belongs to the franchise Helen Doron English  web site which covers topics related to teaching and the franchise as well. There´s a wide variety of topics relevant to teachers today.
Country: Europe- Austria
Age: babies to teens
Publishers: Helen Doron English

8 ".Learn English with Ken and Karen" -----------
Head to this blog to follow her story based activities. You’ll enjoy her lesson planning  and more Get ideas and plenty of motivation.
Country: Spain
Age: Preschool and Kindergarten

9. "UPUERÊ "---------------------

 Find useful information along with beautiful imagery keeping us engaged in reading. This awesome blog comes to inspire teachers.
Publisher: Claire Venable
Country: Brazil

10. "Children Learning English Affectively "
Dig into the  posts  to  find a treasure of pure content.   This is a first class blog that many will be delighted to follow.
Publisher: Juan Alberto Lopez Uribe 
Country: Brazil
Age: Kindergarten and Elementary

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas !!

I think this is my first Christmas Blog Entry. I am always so busy that I never post anything, even though I prepare to do it.

Christmas Flashcards for FREE!! , but not for long.Go to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

Christmas Alphabet Puppets:  This is from , one of the best web sites for ELLs.

You can use the alphabet cards and the flashcards to play a matching game.

Teacher: S as in Santa ( Holding up the alphabet puppet and the flashcard)
Alphabet Flip Book: gives children the opportunity to sort the letters of the alphabet. Get it at
 Christmas Book: a nice book about Santa´s clothes.
Give your children a meaningful experience with print by being read to. 
1 Christmas Crafts

Christmas Nativity: easy to recreate the Nativity scene by using the worksheet. I placed them onto a pizza box bottom. If you want the file, please write to by using the worksheet. 
Christmas paper bag Puppets: you can use them to complement any story that you are reading in class. You can add more pieces to each puppet, such as pompoms, wiggly eyes, candies, cotton and more. The puppets can converse in their own words. If you want the file, write to

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sea Animals- Ocean Theme


Puppets: Make your own puppets and display them on the chalk ledge and let the children greet them by saying: Hello, Hi, How are you ?
Distribute the template and materials to the students so they can make their own sea animals puppets. Name the puppets and have the students hold up the correct one.
Teacher: Fish! Students: fish!
Then, hold up the seal Puppet and have it speak to the group.
I´m a seal.
Have the class hold up their puppet and do the same. Continue with all the other puppets.
Attach all the sea animals cutouts on the board and identify them using your pointer.

 I included words to extend the prewriting and pre reading skills.
Teacher: It´s a shell. (write the word shell underneath the cutout)
Point to the cutouts and the words for students to identify.
Teacher: Point to the shell. It´s a shell.   Point to the word shell. 

Patterns: Using the cutouts to make a pattern: seal-turtle-seal-turtle. 
Introduce the concept of pattern. Start the pattern with puppets and ask them what will come next.Have them independently create a pattern with their puppets.
Counting: use the cutouts to count. Write the numbers 1 to 5 on the board with colored chalk or markers. Point to each number and name them for the children to repeat each one.
Invite a student with a crab puppet to the front and count one crab.
Teacher: one crab.
Invite another student with a frog puppet to the front and count.
Teacher: one crab, two crabs, three crabs, four crabs, five crabs.
Continue until five or more and use any sea animal.
  Plurals: Make extra copies of the cutouts. Put them up on the board. Point to a set of same sea animals and help the class name them.

Teacher: Sharks. They are sharks.
Fish. It´s a fish.
You can also use the counting cards.

Run to the board Game:  Place all the cutouts on the board. Name two students and a sea animal. Have them quickly stand up , run to the board and remove the cutout naming the sea animal. Continue with more sea animal words.

Or play the same game  as I spy. Say I spy a whale

Review colors using the cutouts. Have the students identify the color of the jellyfish.
Teacher: What color is the jellyfish?
Students: It´s pink.

Make sea headbands.Have the students color and cutout the sea animals. Use stickers to complete the headband.Fit the construction paper strips around the child´s head. Staple the ends.

Tracing cards:                 Free LInk!!!!!!

  Hand out the tracing cards.  Name the sea animal for the students to color if you are using the black and white version. Ask children to trace each word.
Teacher: Point to the fish. Color the fish red. Trace the word fish.

You can laminate the cards or cover with contact paper. The sheet pockets are good as well. Have some white board markers ready and a book ring to put them all can be easily erased with a napkin or paper towel.
These cards can be used as coloring pages. Coloring pages give children time to calm down and focus. It can also be used as a backup activity for those minutes until the session is over.

 Math : It´s important to include a focused math activity in which math is the major goal, giving the children the chance to practice math in an engaging context.
Write the numbers 1 to 12 in order on the board. Point to each number and have students repeat each one. Then point to a number in a random order and have students clap that number of times.

You can make a math book stapling together all the pages. Let the students take the book home to practice.
 Have the children count the sea animals on each card.
Teacher: let´s count the dolphins. One, two, three. Three dolphins.
Students: three dolphins!
Use the numeral cards for this activity. Have them match the numeral cards with the numeral word.

Paper bag puppets: these are easy to make and fun to  make. Write to me if you need the templates. It would be nice to have any sea animal puppet as a class mascot for the unit. You could give it a special place to live in, maybe a nice decorated box as an ocean.
Coloring page: This can be used as a closing activity to reinforce the theme. 
It would be nice to play some ocean sound music.

Point to the different sea animals on the page for the students to identify.  You could make a larger copy to put up on the board. Have students color as they wish and have them come up to the front and show it to the class describing the sea scene.
Student: This is the fish. It is red.

Another option is to prepare a color key, or dictate the color that each sea animals should be colored.

Sea Animals Graphing: children will enjoy taking part in the graph by actively participating, they can color in the picture and glue it in place. I made the black and white version
1   Flashcards: children can learn to read words on individual flashcards faster .They can match the sea animal words to the flashcards.
Show the children the colored flashcard and have them show you their puppet discussing the animal´s characteristic.

Games: play BINGO!! I provided the blank template to make copies for each child to draw their  4 favorite sea animals. The cards are for you to name the sea animals.

Pockets Charts: they are not used enough in the EFL class.It will help to develop word recognition skill using predictable texts.  The color words are in black and white and colored version.  This pocket chart can be used for fingerpoint reading, using a small pointer, which is easier to control and isolate the words.If you don´t have the pocket chart use your blackboard or table.

 Sea Book: using the cutouts I created this graduated book. I got an excellent explanation at on how to assemble it
       The link is
I created this other book, it can be used as tracers.

   Snorkelings: Go to :  and get the clip art. I made my set out of fun foam.
You can also use them to read books.

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