A clear understanding of how to teach pre-school kids
I totally recommend this book and I have been so happy and stress-free since I bought it. It gave me a clear understanding of how to teach pre-school kids. I am a new ESL teacher who was "freaking out" before reading it. Now I am a happy teacher looking forward to my lessons with my pupils. I will keep this book forever with me and it is my number 1 resource. I am just a little bit sad that I didn’t discover it earlier, it would have made my first months so more enjoyable and relaxed. I like the structure and the extra advice inside, contrary to other books, you don’t spend a lot of time thinking over the activities as it presents them so clearly. It improved my planning time and the quality of my lessons. I am now a happy customer, I also bought other resources from the author and they are really great. I love the stories and the fact that they come with clear lesson plans and resources already made, just have to press print. I prefer to laminate mine. Thank you so much for creating such fantastic resources.
Jessica Duguet Souber-Broglio, France, Oct 2017. Visit Jessica's travel Asia blog
My little students love your stories. I love the fact that I can teach the language always doing what they like best - playing and listening to stories.
Great work, Love from Portugal, Luzia Fernandes, May 2016
Your course is fantastic
I am still enjoying my teaching English, after the 20 stories I am finding the children are able to respond and answer questions, your course is fantastic. I have referred many folk to your books, hope you have benefited from their interest. Last week I used the teddy story for a Mothers day play, it went so well. Thank you for making ESL such simple fun
Jenni Clark, New Zealand, May 2016
You make the best teaching materials on the planet.
Natalia Kolasinska, Poland, May 2016
You speak my pupils' language! F-U-N !!!
First of all... I love you!!!!! I teach English to 3-7 year olds in China. You speak my children's language! F-U-N !!!
Mei McIntosh, Chengdu, China (Wuhou District), Nov 2015
This teacher was mesmerised by the effectiveness of the stories
Wow!!! the story telling tips are so nice and I am mesmerized to see its effectiveness. It was wonderful experience. Thanks for your kind cooperation through email.
Your die-hard fan, Shubhramay Acharjee. Zenith Education Hub, http://zenithpoint.in/ Dinhata, West Bengal, India
The stories and songs are brilliant, my 4 1/2 year old student loves them and his mother is rapt with his improvement.
Keleigh Robinson, Kiev, Ukraine, November 2015
This takes the hard work out of preparing lessons...
It's great to have this material for little ones as although I've done a lot of research on the web, I couldn't find anything so well set out as your lessons. I am teaching children from 3 to 10 yrs old near Treviso, Italy and I must say that this material is taking a lot of the hard work out of preparing lessons!
Anne Chambers, Treviso, Italy, May 2015
Your resources have changed my working life and personal life!
You have no idea how much your resources have changed my working/professional/business AND personal life! My job is a source of pleasure and I look forward to it every day. Once again, thank you for all your help and inspiration! You are a great contributor to our world!
Eurydice (Evie) Prentoulis Teacher at the International School of Prague, May 2015
The children just loved it!
Today was my first class using the material from you website... it was only an opening class for new students and "oh my goodness" the children just loved it!!... they enjoyed the class as i never thought they would ... I am really thankful for all the help.
Rosa Casado, Spain, June 2015
Varied and convenient
Thanks a lot for your work. The thing I like best about your stories/games is that there's a variety of activities - I can choose them according to the size of the class, the students' level and time available. It's very convenient.
Tatyana Potapova, Russia, March 2015
Now I have more free time and of course I'm satisfied with my lessons
Thank you very much for all your wonderful stories and games! I am only at the beginning of using your materials but I've already had some advantages - I spend more time now with my family and my son (earlier I had to spend lots of time preparing for the lessons), I have more free time for visiting sports center and of course I am satisfied with my lessons!
Lioubov Vereshchagina, Saint Petersbourg, Russia, December 2014
I can see children look forward to the next lesson
I would like to congratulate you for the wonderful materials that you have created which I am enjoying very much. I volunteered to give conversation in English to 5 years old. I might have been an English translator for 30 years but trying to capture the attention of 12 children is a different matter. Needless to say how helpful your games book has been, our classes are now very animated and I can see how the children look forward to the next lesson.
Olga Díaz, Spain, March 2015
I already fell in love with my kids and they adore me; but this has taken my classes to another level.
Thank you. Now, GIRL!!!!!! I can't begin to tell you how much I LOVE the games!!!! Wooooo....weeeee!!!!! I am having a ball teaching these children. Thank you for putting this resource together. I already fell in love with my kids and they adore me; but this has taken my classes to another level. Last week, one of my babies (age 5) hugged by legs and screamed "Iya, I love you! I am so happy!" (yes, he said it in ENGLISH) hahahaha.....
Iya Affo, Yantai, China, August 2014
The material allows me to feel confident going into my lessons - I know that it works!
Thank you so much for posting the CD – the children’s favourites are “Here comes an ant” and “Apples, bananas, oranges. My classes made the masks and coloured them in. We (the children) now tell the story as a simple play and we use the pepper trick to sneeze the animals out in reverse order. I did this last October with them and they still ask me if they can do the mask story every month (I usually say yes if they are well behaved!)
Thank you for getting me started on this path almost 3 years ago – I love teaching the younger age groups and your material allows me to feel confident going into my lessons - I know that it works!
Fiona McDougall, Gers, France, May 2014
I am teaching them for 2 full hours of English per day and they are happy.
I want to give you more feedback on your stories and games for 3 to 5 year olds. I have been working with the same kids for about 9 months and they are bored with their book with CD's that were in play when I started, They have been learning English for a year and you can imagine how difficult it is to come up with things to keep them interested. The information of course also has to be age appropriate. It has been challenging lately.
I think your games and stories are wonderful because, even though the kids know some of the vocabulary already, your resource allows me to constantly reinforce and review in a way that is entertaining The initial expectation was that I would do 2, 30 minute lessons a day. But, I really love them. They brighten my life, so I want to give them everything. Since purchasing your materials, I can keep them happily focused for 1 hour at a time! Can you believe that? Children this little! I am literally now teaching them for 2 full hours a day of actual English class and they are happy.
Iya Affo, American teaching in Yantai, China, August 2014
Now the students always want more
I am writing to express my gratitude for your remarkable resources. They have become part and parcel of my work because my students always want more and more fun with your PowerPoint and videos at the lessons. I appreciate your creativity very much.
Tatyana Potapova, Moscow, Izmaylovskaya gymnasium Language School, May 2014
Children love the stories and songs in Serbia
I use your stories and songs all the time and that children`s reactions are marvelous. Thank you very much for all your materials and creativity.
Verica Sekulic, Sunshine School, Belgrade, Serbia, May 2014
What took me days now takes me an hour...and you can quote me on that !
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! I am looking forward to the next class I teach now!
Kathryn Williams, USA
Fun and successful lessons
Your materials give me the energy and enthusiasm required to make lessons fun and successful.
Allison Stephens, Italy
This teacher now has a waiting list!
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!!!
faithfully, Yohana Perez, Spain
Huge positive feedback from the course
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.
Paul Clark, Germany
Made my life easier and brought life to my classes.
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.
Tunde Somorjai From Budapest in November 2013
The kindergarten kids are crazy about the games and stories!
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. Thank you so much for all of your great ideas, like the pre- and post-story activities!
Beatrice Metz, Germany
The best preschool material she has ever see
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!!
Kristi Stuerzer, teaching in Austria
The kids are enjoying the classes and so is she!
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....
Sallyann Barbero, France
The children behave better in class!
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.
Yohana Perez Garcia, Spain (preschool and primary resources)
What a difference to the prep time!
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.
Ruth Gerull, Braunschweig, Germany
Confidence and pleasure from teaching young children
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.
Alison Salmon, Tuscany, Italy
Never be short of fun things to do in class!
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.
Catriona Mullan, Rome, Italy
He is saving heaps of time and feeling less stressed!
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).
Anthony Bennett, S. Korea (3 to 5 and 4 to 12 teaching resources)
Reviewing combined with vocabulary and grammar development
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.
Shelley Prestney, USA
The games are adaptable for all ages
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.
Dominique Guihenneuc Italy, 2007 (3-5 and 4-12 resources)
She couldn't stop the children from memorising all the lines! ...And they still remembered it weeks later!
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.
Mihaela Coclea Yantai, China
The children are learning very quickly, having a lot of fun, and so is she! + Positive feedback from parents!
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.
Shaleen Frauendorf, Germany
The children already know they are going to have fun!
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!
Patricia Calvinho, Argentina (3-5 and 4-12 resources)
Making a difference
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!
Geri Snow, Canada
It has been a breeze
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!
My classes work so well
The stories are fantastic, the games are great and the plays are wonderful !!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for making my classes work so well.
Lisa Brownwell in Spain - the second person ever to buy my first book - thank you Lisa!
Words cannot convey the depth of my appreciation
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 convey the depth of my appreciation.
Yours sincerely Ildikó Gaspar, Hungary
It takes a lot of stress off us to have this easy, workable material available
Thumbs up to you for providing an for those of us teaching preschoolers as easy to access and workable program. It takes a lot of stress off us to have this material available.
The 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.
Mary Catherine Aschauer-Daer, Cambridge University Examiner
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 !!!
Marcela Elias, Neuquen, Argentina
Cut your prep time, have fun and motivate!
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.
Jacqui Bassett, France
Helpful for a Speech Language Therapist
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!
Jaki Sexton, Speech Language Therapist, New Zealand
Superb Materials that really work
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.
Ileana Bors, teaching ages 3 and upwards in Romania
Chris's Story: From desperation at 3 a.m. to being excited about his teaching future!
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.
Chris Kibble, Hanoi, Vietnam
Enjoyment and results!
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!
Anne Barnard, teaching and researching in the US.
Her classes are becoming more and more popular
Your materials are great. After I bought 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!
Katei Ekaterina Denisova, Russia.
Students love the games and the teacher is now "cool"!
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.
Eleanore Gann, teaching in Israel
The teachers' busy lives are made easier
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.
Val Miller, Spain
This English teacher finds the resources creative
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.
She had never taught 5 year olds before and now they are all loving it
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.
Graham George and Techu, Spain
The teachers find the curriculum very well organized and easy to use
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.
Tabi Gates, Cambodia
Children feel proud
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.
I thought it was going to be impossible to teach ALL the prepositions from the Easter story
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.
Inge Willems, Ingles Brincando, Brazil
They can't get enough. Even the shyest children are shouting out when it's there turn
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!
Nicole de Broglio, France