The Ready-Set-GO! English Picture Book Reading Club website is for teachers and parents. I have used these materials and this format in Japanese kindergartens to help parents read English picture books to their children. Doing this as a club means that every family needs to buy only one book, but is able to share the books that the other club members buy, too. And everyone gets to share in the fun of reading picture books with their friends.
I hope you'll give it a try!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Music with Movement

Having a list of songs with me in kids' classes is a big help when I see the kids need to stand up and get the ants out of their pants. Sing and move with one of these (or your own) songs, and the kids will be ready to sit down and focus for a while longer....
  • Eensy Weensy Spider
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Pairs sit facing each other, legs open and feet touching, and holding hands. The kids rock fore and back like they're rowing).
  • 10 Little Indians (or Animals, or whatever)
  • The Grand Old Duke of York
  • The Hokey Pokey
  • This Old Man
Any song can be used to change the tempo of your class--just sing it normally, then LOUD, quiet, FAST and finally, sloooooow.