I volunteered to teach children 3-5 years old and the first day I bombed so bad, I'm afraid some of the parents may not come back.
I HAVE SPENT HOURS, DAYS, MONTHS AND MONEY I don't have, and I still found myself in a panic repeating Head Shoulders knees and toes, parents in tow of course.
I just cannot even put into words what your website has meant to me! YOU AND THIS INCREDIBLE GIFT of pure knowledge and ideas, HAVE SAVED ME!
Thankyou, so very tremendously, for your stories, activities and ideas for keeping this very active age of 2-5 year olds engaged. I see the looks on the parents faces and the children are opening up more and more each class.
You make me look Soo good!
How wonderful to have short activities ready prepared, to throw in at a moments notice, when the children's attention span starts to dwindle.
I have so much more confidence in my teaching abilities now, especially when I see the children learning and enthusiastic!
Im looking forward to the next class I teach now!
I wanted to let you know how much the children and I like your stories and all the characters you made. I'm ever so thankful for that.
Made my life easier and brought life in my classes. I use them in almost every day.
May I say a big, big thank you to you for what is a truly fantastic course.
I have been teaching this course since September and have had huge positive feedback about it. I started with two groups of 5 year olds at my daughter's kindergarten and since then have had contact from another kindergarten wishing me to teach the children there.
The material in the course is second to none, the games are absolutely fantastic as well as the wonderful stories in each unit.
Thanks Shelley. I recommend this material to anyone.
THANKS A LOT !!!!!! You can't imagine how wonderful are your resources.I cannot stop having new pupils in my class. For the first time in my life I have a waiting list to come to my class. IT REALLY WORKS!!!!
Your materials give me the energy and enthusiasm required to make lessons fun and successful.
I just want to write and tell you how much I have benefitted from your games and stories for 3-5 year olds. I teach English to children in a "Kindergarten" here in Germany and I have already used several of your games and stories. The kids are crazy about them.
Thankyou so much for all of your great ideas, like the pre- and post-story activities!
I have to tell you that your books and material are the BEST I have ever seen for preschool children. I am thoroughly enjoying them and teaching small children with them!!
Hi Shelley, I have had your materials for a couple of weeks now (3-5 stories and 4-12 games) and I feel like a kid with a new toy...! Not only are the kids in my classes enjoying them but so am I. I even bought a laminator! My own children find it highly amusing....
I have to confess my classes are the best since I have your great ideas. Children do not behave badly and shout as they used to. They speak English with a happy face and also shy children try to do so. I am veeery happy.
Just wanted to let you know that I started using your course last Monday - what a difference it has made to my preparation!
Instead of absolutely dreading the preparation, I actually enjoy it now!!! I've just prepared the second lesson for tomorrow morning and am actually looking forward to going there. I feel much more confident now.
Last summer I bought all of your resources...and I can only say that I have been amazed and delighted by the results. The children absolutely love the games, the songs and the stories.
I have had a lot of fun with them this year and great satisfaction... I can't recommend your work enough or compliment you sufficiently for your materials.
In fact, I have got so much confidence and pleasure from my year teaching young children that in September I am opening my own school here and will also offer lessons from the age of 2 years old.
I'd just like to say a big thank you. I have read through the materials and think they're fantastic. I am thrilled with the book of games, (3-5) there are soooooo many......I'll never be short of fun things to do in class! Thanks again.
The children are sooo enthusiastic!
Thanks Shelley. Your resources are already saving me heaps of time and lessening the anxiety from having such a hectic and mixed teaching schedule. I'm teaching kindy (4 students) , elementary (15 students) and middle school (50 students).
I really like the way you have set up the 3-5 resources... and the way the books review, recycle and develop vocabulary and grammar. These resources stand alone and can be used without supplementary materials or books.
Your games are such great fun and adaptable for all ages. The kids enjoy them immensely. They are the perfect fit for my students and my style of teaching.
I have taught the first three storied already and the children loved it. They loved it so much that they memorised all the lines. I did not ask them to memorise the lines, it was their idea and you know how hard it is to make a little kid memorise the lines you want him to.
I really like the way you make the sentences for the stories, in form of patterns. It is the best way for the international students to learn English.
And, I forgot to tell you, the students not only memorised the patterns but they remember it well even after a few weeks.
I love the short repetitive stories, the illustrations are great and I had absolutely no problems down loading the material. My classes are on Friday afternoons and in the beginning it was hard work to keep the children's attention!! Your game suggestions have been extremely valuable and have really helped me to keep my children interested, entertained and eager for the next lesson.
My children have no exposure to english at home and are absolute beginners but are learning very quickly and having a lot of fun - so am I!!!
I have received a lot of positive feed back from the parents and would like to thank you for putting together such a great resource.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR IDEAS!!!!! They are wonderful and extremely useful. I use them in all my classes, and they are many I am afraid. I tell my students: "today we are going to play one of Shelley's games or stories" and they already know that we are going to have fun. It's amazing how effective they are. I - and certainly my students - love them. Thanks again from Argentina!
First, let me thank you for the wonderful stories and activities for the little ones! I have very little experience teaching 3-4 year olds, and your stories have made a big difference in my classroom. Thank-you so much!
I have been working with your materials for Pre-School children since last February and it has been a breeze! I am working on a new project here in Austria called "Englisch im Kindergarten".
The kindergarten teachers love your materials and particularly like the way in which each story/theme links to the next.
When the 6 year olds moved up to Primary School last September, the teachers were amazed at how much English the children already knew - so it must be working!
Whenever you have any more ideas be sure to let me know. The stories are fantastic, the games are great and the plays are wonderful !!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for making my classes work so well.
Thank you for all your help. By using the techniques you have kindly mentioned in your web site, I feel LOVE, HONOR and PLEASURE about being a teacher. My students are more active now and we all enjoy learning. Words cannot connvey the depth of my appreciation.
Thumbs up to you for providing an for those of us teaching preschoolers as easy to access and workable programit takes a lot of stress off us to have this material available.
Funny thing is I really didn't want to do this original playgroup at all, but the mother's kept at me until I finally relented, and now I enjoy it a lot.
It is very rewarding for me to have the children greet me enthusiastically when I come, cuddle and hug me, sit on my lap and enjoy themselves so much during this 1.5 hour lesson.
I'm just writing to you just to thank you for your great ideas when developing these great games! They are really amusing and interesting. My students get very enthusiastic when playing them and I do as well !!!
I really love all your games, plays and tips for teaching English - it really has cut my prep time in half as well as adding a lot of fun and motivation. Thanks.
I work with children with Speech and Languagedelays and your books just hit the mark, short sentences, lots of repetition & good clear language targets. And the illustrations are engaging and clear but not too busy. I must say they are great!
I would like to say thank you very very much for all the superb materials you sent me!!!!! I put them into practice and what I can say is that they really really work!!!!!!!!!! I could see how these games move everbody. The smart children are very fond of them. But in the same time the slower students and even those with learning difficulties are so enthusiastic. Each time I enter the class they ask" Are we going to play that game..? "
Before, I noticed some of my students were really affraid to speak. Now they speak freely and this is an excellent result!!!!!!!!!.
There was a time when I was upset because some of my students were quiet but not really paying attention.Their thoughts were somewhere else. But now they just learn everything and don't struggle to learn everything. Thank you very much for your time and effort to compose all these wonderful games and stories and all the resources
Hi - having been out of teaching for 5 years and having never taught pre-school before I had just agreed to 12 hours of classes aged 1.5 to 6 per week in a private nursery school in Hanoi.
Last night I was desperate and convinced I could not prepare anything satisfactory for these classes every week - I was ready to quit after only 2 days.
I set the alarm for 3.30 am this morning as a last attempt to come up with something for classes today, searching the internet in vain until I came up with your site. I used the intro lesson plan you emailed me this a.m. and it was not only a revelation to me but also to the VN teaching assistants who said how much they and the children had enjoyed the lesson.
Needless to say I am now excited about my teaching future and looking fwd to receiving and using more of your excellent materials.
I have been enjoying the Fun Games and Stories I bought in August. My students love the stories with dialogue, especially story number 1.
They now tell me everyday that they are"Fine, thanks, but I'm hungry and I'm going to eat you!!" I was suprised at this long sentence coming out of the mouths of very limited speakers! And they thought of it themselves during our circle time!
You materials are great. After I bought your "Book of stories 1 to 20 with text and lesson plans for each story" more and more kids want to attend my lessons.
With the help of your materials I make my small kids speak English as if it's their native language. Thanks a lot for what you are doing and for your excellent service!
First, I want to thank you for your wonderful program. I have been using the preschool 3-5 program adapted for a single student and we both love it. I feel safe and confident teaching in an area new to me (beginner EFL for preschoolers).
He really gets a kick out of the songs and games. He asks for "Funky Monkey" every week, and during "Let me sing you a story," he sits with his eyes closed and his hands and legs in yoga pose. It is very cute! I actually just recommended your site to the other EFL teachers in a course I am taking.
I've been kept awake til 2 am night after night since I got the materials. Never ever have I met (term used loosely) anyone that creative.
I am so grateful that I've come across your site. It's another dimension altogether. Thank you.
Please know that all your excellent resources are very much appreciated - by us, the teachers and the pupils.
We love that the flashcards are not all the same, but different types for the different stories. The children are in eager expectation of what the next card will be!
And the instructions and lesson plans just make our lives as busy teachers so much easier, while still keeping the lessons interesting and, above all, FUN for the pupils. Thanks so much and keep up the good work.
Your back up service with tips and add-on's is superb. My partner (Spanish), is a teacher of English here is Spain and we were so taken with your methods and the free story that we ordered the rest as soon as we were able.
She has never taught 5 year olds before and was somewhat dubious as to how to start. Her students, (including a group of 8 year olds), are loving it all, and so is she!
So as her assistant, now making masks for them to wear whilst the stories are being told and the like, we would like to say thank you so much for your excellent systems of teaching and of course the stories that accompany them. With out sincere thanks, Techu.
I wanted to tell you how much the kids love this curriculum. The teachers find is very well organized and easy to use.
It has been such a blessing to our bi-lingual English/Khmer school. Thank you for all your work.
The kids love the stories, and I love it when I see how proud they feel when they recognize the words in the stories. It makes teaching a lot of fun.
Just wanted to say that since I started using your material and ideas 3 or 4 years ago, the kids who started with me with stories 1-10 are now really enjoying stories 21-30, especially (and I have to admit, to my surprise!) the songs.
I teach stories 21-30 in a slightly different order due to the seasonal content, but although it is still very much summer here, the kids loved the groundhog story, and ADORE the song!
This morning even the 7-8 year olds were hopping round like bunnies to the easter bunny song. A week or so ago I thought it was going to be impossible to teach them ALL the prepositions from the Easter story, but they really know most of them already.
You truly are amazing! What can I say, the children just LOVE "Hetty and the Lion". I thought they would be too young for it, but they really enjoyed it. I made a few adjustments to some of the games and they can't get enough of them.
Even the shyest of the children are shouting out "apple" or "orange" when it's their turn.
The pictures are beautiful and it was just too cute for words watching their little faces absolutely horrified at the lion gobbling everything up!