Category Archives: Strategies

This section is full of tips and ideas to help your child at home. If you are a teacher, please try these techniques in your classroom or in your own language program. Let us know how they work out for you!

What is a Nuclear Reactor for kids?:Lesson Plan for teaching about Nuclear Reactor’s

How will you explain this natural disaster turned tragedy to your child? One thing that children love to talk about is pooping and farting. There are tons of books that are dedicated to bodily functions. The next time your child is with his/her friends listen in on what they are talking about. You will definitely hear a fascination with defecation that frankly we never get over. I mean, think about the tons of Hollywood films that use defecation as the punchline of their movie. Continue reading

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What’s your 弁?

Personally, I think one of the most abused accents is the Jamaican accent. Many people listen to a couple of Bob Marley and/or Peter Tosh records and think if they throw in a a “Hey, mon!” or “Irie, irie!” then they sound Jamaican. Sorry folks, but it’s just not that easy! Continue reading

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How to Make Alphabet Magnets

Materials: Cardboard Gluestick Construction paper colored pencils (optional) sequins (sequins) Directions: 1) Trace any letter onto the construction paper. 2) Cut out the letter. 3) Trace construction paper and glue it to the cardboard. 4) Decorate the letter with glitter … Continue reading

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Burn the Dictionary or Keep It! You decide!

Today I was so happy to be at work! I know, you don’t hear that everyday, but it’s true.  At the beginning of the year my students were like church mice, huddling in the corner, hiding in their uniforms and … Continue reading

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Special Language Dictionary- Teaching Vocabulary to ELLs

My first year at the school left me frustrated when we cooked and we used recipes and one child would say over and over again, “What is a recipe?” For some reason that word didn’t stick. We used it quite often and I couldn’t understand why this child had a hard time grasping that word. Continue reading

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5 Easy Ways to Help Boys Learn English

1. Don’t force them to join the group! 2. Keep your voice bright and upbeat! 3. Include them with thumbs up and high-fives! 4. As soon as one catches your eye, draw him into the group. 5. Move quickly from … Continue reading

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Songs to teach Hello!

The other day one of my Korean students and I greeted one another. I said, “Hello, how are you?” Her reply, “I’m happy.” A response like this always unnerves me. A more natural response could be, “I’m okay.”, “I’m great!”, … Continue reading

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ABC and 123! Having fun with Genki Kids in Toyosu!

Over the holiday, Camp Roadless was fortunate enough to present at a local school in Toyosu. We taught two classes for kids using some classic songs from the past. It’s very easy to add a dance twist to an old … Continue reading

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Poets Unite: Great offer from the British Council!

Through poems, rhymes and little ditties children can add a bit of zing to their language. Continue reading

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Great songs for learning the A-B-Cs!

I love catchy songs that can keep my toes tapping and my face smiling! I found this great song that uses a boogie beat to keep kids excited. Continue reading

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