Teaching ESL Preschool
from Rosina Reyes, Spain
Before I had the resource it was a LOT more difficult
than I had planned...
As a mother
of three I know the importance of story-telling from a very young age.
Children are eager to listen and to participate in the stories, they
have such imagination! It's no surprise that I would use stories in my
preschool classes, but teaching English as a Second Language is not
easy when you have twenty minutes to teach 25 three-year-olds or thirty
five-year-olds...how to keep their attention and make
classes fun became a lot more difficult than I had originally imagined.
came across this wonderful resource...
through the internet for ideas I came across this wonderful resource
for teaching ESL to young children while making it fun. It's called ESL
Preschool Games and Stores for Ages 3 to 5
by Shelley Vernon. It was as
if someone had read my mind! Not only are there easy, creative stories
for the children to enjoy, there are flashcards, games and ideas to
pre-teach the vocabulary, a guide on how to actually present the
stories and post-story ideas to reinforce what they have already
They are looking
forward to my classes...
I can't believe how
easy preparing has become!
I can't believe how easy preparing for my classes has become! After
printing and laminating the flashcards and bingo boards once, I have a
full set of ESL resources at my fingertips for a lifetime. Shelley
gives ideas on how to vary the games depending on the size of the
class, available space and even the mood the children are in! This is
so important for me, I teach 5 three-year-old classes of around 25
students each (twenty minutes), and 5 five-year-old classes of 30
students each (twenty-five minutes). Some days just getting them to
settle down and pay attention takes up most of the class time!
all children love stories, the trick is to get them interested in what
you do with the stories and letting them participate. Here's where
Shelley's stories saved me time and effort.
are presented in an order which allow for revision of what
has already been taught without becoming tedious. My children love
them! When I walk into a class the first thing they ask is if there
will be a story that day. The fact that they are looking forward to my
classes because they enjoy them so much is proof of what a wonderful
resource this is. Before, I would take different stories to read to
them, but after the third or fourth time they would say "You already
read that" or "Again?" With these stories I can bring the same story
back to the class, but the children don't know how we're going to work
the story or which game we're going to play.
As a teacher I like to
have little surprises up my sleeve...
And the games are great, Shelley's ideas take most classroom scenarios
into consideration, even how to ensure the classes don't get out of
control with the forfeits. I don't have anyone to help me in my classes
(as large as they are), but with these ideas I can play games with the
children and keep the classes controlled while teaching them basic
concepts like waiting their turn or following rules. How cool is that?
As a teacher
I like to have little surprises up my sleeve to keep the
children guessing, that way they're never bored or tired of the same
type of class. With this resource I have found that I can think ahead
several classes using the same story but focussing on different
concepts and ways to make it fun for the children. Plus, I always have
several ideas ready in case the one I was planning to use that day
didn't fit the "mood" of the class. This way I am more confident that I
am prepared for whatever I am going to find in the class when I walk
in, whether they're in a run-around kind of mood or more calm and
I would definitely
recommend this resource to anyone...
definitely recommend this resource to anyone who works with
children. In fact, I use them with my own children (who are bilingual
Spanish/English) using more complex language and structures. Children
have so much imagination as it is, so we teachers can use that to our
advantage to make our job easier. These stories and games show you how
to do just that, making teaching easier for us and more enjoyable for
Rosina Reyes teaches in Spain. She very kindly provided
with this book review.
a free story & song here ! Preschool
and Stories for Children