ESL Preschool Activities FAQ

Question: 
What is the ideal group size for these ESL preschool activities and stories?
Response: 

These games are best suited for a ratio of one teacher to ten pupils however that is in an ideal world!

Many games have variants for larger groups, though the best games book for classes of 25 children or more is 176 English Language Games for Children, which caters for all group and class sizes.

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Question: 
What age groups can benefit from these preschool activities and stories?
Response: 

The games are perfect for three to six year olds.  Older children enjoy many of them but the sweet spot is 3 to 6.  There are no reading or writing games in the preschool games book.  For older children, 176 English Language Games for Children includes reading and writing games, plus games for large classes.

Stories 1 to 10 and 11 to 20 are perfect for ages 3 to 6 and also appeal to 7 year olds though you go through them much faster the older the children.

Regarding STORIES, if you are teaching 7-10 year olds then you would be better off with story sets such as these such as these.

Question: 
What materials do I need?
Response: 

With preschool children it is best to use real objects as often as possible however if this is not practical in your situation then using picture flashcards will suffice. Printable picture flashcards are included so that you may teach all the vocabulary in the stories, and the stories come with colour illustrations. Therefore you have everything you need to play all the games and teach all ten stories.

Aside from pictures provided props are useful for some of the games.  The suggested props are always simple things that are easy to find, such as a ball, a few bean bags, a sheet or a blanket.

Question: 
How much space do I need for these activities?
Response: 

To get the best use out of the preschool games book an open space that allows the children to sit in a circle is most useful.

If you have a classroom set up with benches bolted to the floor and no room to move around then many of these games will not be useful to you. If you are able to push your desks and chairs to one side of the classroom and create a space then that would be fine.

Question: 
Is there a curriculum I can follow?
Response: 

The stories can be used as a curriculum.

The games can be used to teach anything you like, where ever you are in your own personal curriculum.

If you are starting from scratch you can follow the vocabulary presented in the stories and make that your curriculum. If you are already using another curriculum you can use the games and stories to revise what you have covered as well as introducing new language. Stories 1 to 10 cover numbers, colours, zoo and other animals, nouns from nature, action verbs, fruits, the days of the week (optional), greetings and a few other miscellaneous nouns and verbs.

Stories 11 to 20, which are available separately, cover family members, rooms of the house, farm animals, more words from nature, body parts, clothing and some other miscellaneous language.

And there are more stories to follow those...here.

Question: 
Will the children learn English if they are playing?
Response: 

Preschool children learn best through play, through TPR (total physical response) and through frequent repetition. At this age children love fantasy, games and stories and this method of teaching is best for them. The movement allows the children to be involved on many levels for more effective learning.

The abundance and variety of ideas keeps the childen interested despite their short attention span. The stories allow children to absorb language subconsciously while simutaneously reviewing vocabulary and phrases, and putting language into a meaningful context. Through these games and stories the children will also learn through intrinsic motivation. You will find more information on how children learn, including TPR and instrinsic motivation on the articles and tips pages. 

Question: 
I have some older classes and was considering buying the other e-book for 6-12 year olds. Are the games in the "older" book the same as the 3-5 year olds e-book?
Response: 

The games in the ebook for children aged 6 to 12 are mostly very different from the games in the 3 to 5 ebook. Firstly the 6 to 12 resource includes reading, spelling and writing games while the 3 to 5 has only listening and speaking activities, aside from a few ideas for the alphabet. Secondly the 6 to 12 takes into account the fact that the teacher is likely to have a large class while 3 to 5 year old children are generally taught in smaller gorups. Thirdly the 6 to 12 includes lesson plans, activity sheets around 150 flashcards in themes and these are all different to the 3 to 5 flashcards. Many teacheres do have both resources.

Question: 
What format are the resources?
Response: 

All resources are in PDF format. This means that you download them onto your computer and you can read them there or print them off.

The flashcards are in PDF format so you can save them to disk and print them from any computer. The cost of printing has been taken into account with the price of this product. With hundreds of colour illustrations as a hard copy this teaching resource would be extremely expensive. Instead it is available to you at a very reasonable price by European standards. My european customers frequently tell me it is too cheap! But there are people worldwide who benefit from these materials because I keep the price down for everyone.

If you are a big fan of paperbacks all books are available on Amazon and other online book shops.  Flashcards, lesson plans and extras still come as PDFs.

Question: 
What happens if I lose my resources?
Response: 

If your computer crashes, you have a virus or you lose your downloads, and even your back up you may receive a new set of access codes for a nominal admin fee.