Friday, March 24, 2017

Easter Ideas for Preschool ELL

Cleaning up some books, I found this cute Easter book, it´s easy and fun for children. 
I will it in a digital format by writing an email:

Here are some things that I had in my files that I hadn´t posted before. I will share the templates if asked.(
Bunny Mask. I made mine using fun foam, I love creating things with this material. I added a wood stick to use as photo prop.

Bunny windsock. I thought I didn´t have a picture for this. I made it out of cardboard and crepe paper for the tails. And the wind did its job.

Another fun foam craft.

Easter Peeps crown. Children can color the peeps in several colors and make patterns before gluing them onto the crown. I used corrugated cardboard for the crown.

Easter eggs sight words. When my twins were in lower elementary I would make all kinds of games to make them review grammar points. Here is one that we did on Easter vacation, I carried all my eggs to the hotel room. This resource is from I have the file, write if you want it.

Paper bag puppets. I am making a collection of paper bag puppets. Check on the labels section on the right and you´ll see how many I have made.

 Another craft for giving treats to the students.

I thought it was an adorable craft to make.

And my favorite bunny twin. A mom friend painted her face and she looked so cute.

To end this blog post,  I am selling the actual used book for Easter. It´s a $1 + shipping.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Face Teaching Materials for the Preschool ELL

Here are some ideas and worksheets for the theme.

Sparklebox. I used resources from this page years ago. They still have the file available.
This is a sorting by hair and eye color.

Balloon Face. This was done by a great teacher in La Paz-Bolivia,Ms. Claudia Acosta. She had this idea to make faces on the balloons.
Shape Face. Give them the shape in colored construction paper or studier paper. Have them draw the facial features. Then punch holes on the borders and give them a thread to lace the shape.

I made this board game using a file folder.

I hace this face collection of clip art. I made a puzzle. Cut the face and glue it onto crafts sticks, make sure that they don´t move. I put glue all over the clip art like decoupage, let it dry. Then, cut each craft stick apart and it will be ready to play.

Family. Here´s mommy, daddy, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa and baby boy and girl.

Birthday Boy and girl.
Draw the face on the Community Helpers.

Do the Letter art and craft with the worksheets.

And the pets have a face.

I glued some yarn for the hair and added moving eyes to make a puppet.

Draw the missing facial features.
Add the parts of the face,

and more draw the face.
I saw this idea on Pinterest and gave it a try. I found an old Godiva chocalate box. I also found an old piece of magnetic from those memo pads for the refrigerator, cut in two and glued with silicon onto the box. I recycled everything here. Use the worksheets as cards with the magnetic letters.

And a puzzle to review numbers

I am selling these aprons. I used it to hold my puppets and class stuff. Just send a message if you want it. Use the social media or

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Numbers teaching resources for the Preschool ELL

Very young learners need to understand math vocabulary and have the opportunity to use it with every theme. Math is linked to language. I make resources keeping in mind to bring math to the theme or unit.

Number Flashcards:  Here are the numbers 1 to 10 in a different color each. Have the children identify the number and the color.

Teacher: What number is this?
Students: Two!
Teacher: What color is number two?
Students: Orange!
Then say a color and students say the number.
Teacher: purple!
Students: five!
Do it all the way around.
Teacher: nine!

Students: Black!

I included black and white flashcards just in case you want to use only black ink or you can color each number in 10 different colors and have a wider variety to play Bingo ! .  And I included a number only flashcard for more activities, such as writing the number or drawing objects.
Many manipulatives can be used to review counting. I used pompoms, mini erasers, yogurt bottle caps, clothespins, magnetic numbers and fun foam pieces. If you use anything else please leave a comment for other teachers.

This is a body and number game that I found in an old book and that changed a little bit and added more features. My children said it looked like Twister, it might be. Place all the numbers in order or random order on the floor.

Teacher: Hand on number 4!  (You can use right hand or left hand) Show the hand flashcard.
Teacher: Arm on number one!

For many teachers a worksheet doesn´t mean hands on learning can occur, but if you use a different strategy, a worksheet can be a way of a student taking control over learning. 
Model and show how the worksheet has to be done. It will make students motivated to do it. I always make mine beforehand, just to make sure that the worksheet is right and many ideas can come up on how to use it effectively.
For many teachers a worksheet doesn´t mean hands on learning can occur, but if you use a different strategy, a worksheet can be a way of a student taking control over learning. 

Worksheet 1.  Assign a color to each number for the children to color.

Teacher: Number 1 is red.

After cut them out and use as flashcards. Play Show me!
Teacher: Show me number 3.
Students: Three.
Teacher: What color is number 3?
Students: Blue.

Use the worksheet to make 10 flashcards. Just cut them. Have the children make a number line on the floor.
And also make a book. I made mine using fun foam pieces. But it´s your call, use anything you want.
WS 2. Color by number. But after the worksheet is done, draw some lines and cut it. Children will have to put it back together and can even glue it on a piece of paper.

Ws 3. Domino means numbers…There are two ways of doing it. One is that children fill in the dots and make up the number. The other is that children cut the dominos pieces and glue them where it corresponds.

Ws 4. Puzzle. I found the puzzle pieces clip art and created this worksheet.

Teacher: Glue Number 3, Number 8 and Number 4.
Invent more!

A very old blog entry about numbers with some ideas.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Insects Worksheets and more for Preschool ELA

Link to the resources:  

Worksheets. Engage students in different tasks with these worksheets with an art based view. Children always get excited when they see the scissors, glue and markers. They will create a product from the worksheets. It is not the worksheet by itself.
The worksheets can encourage student to communicate in English, as they listen and color, as they repeat directions to other students, as they give the directions for completing the worksheets. Share more ideas here to improve the use of them.
Use your valuable class time wisely when having the students create their worksheets.

All the worksheets have the words to trace, but you can make them write the words instead of tracing and gluing as in my examples. It depends on the group that you are teaching.

Insect Garden Scene. Children can use the garden template and draw all the insects. They can use all the templates and write the words. Vary the scene as much as you like.
 I´d love to see what you come up with. You can also go outside and have them draw the insects they can see.

Display the scene on the board. Hand out the insects cutouts to several students.  Name a cutout and have the students come to the scene and place them.
Teacher: Butterflies!
Students place the butterflies.
Teacher: How many butterflies are there?
Students: One ,two, three, four butterflies.

Insects eat ! Here is a short list.
Snails: plants, fruits, vegetables,leaves
Spiders: insects,flies,mosquitoes,cockroaches
Bees: pollen, honey ,nectar.
Butterflies: nectar.
Ladybugs:  other insects, mushrooms,leaves ,some plants.
Ants: fruit, meat vegetables ,fruits, spiders,insects.carrots, apples ,lettuce.

 I glued the spider onto a box flap and cut a slit on the mouth so I could fee the spider. Use it as a speaking opportunity.

Teacher: What is this ?
Students: It´s a spider.
Teacher: What color is the spider ?
Students: It´s green.
Teacher: What is this ?
Students: It´s a butterfly.
Teacher: The spider is hungry. The spider is eating the pink butterfly.
Students: The spider is hungry. The spider is eating the pink butterfly.

Insect book. There are many variations to the book. You can print your own book. I can make a larger version if you need one. ( email:
Children can cut and paste as I did, they can read and draw the corresponding bee.
Art helps children to develop mentally and emotionally.  Children will have to analyze on how to put together the letter. Give them different materials to add on each letter, such as glitter, buttons, yarn. Let them experiment into making their own letter. There is no right or wrong. I made an example and so should you, but it´s their choice on how to turn a B into a bee.
Dice. I made two of them, one with numbers and another with the insects. Just as in the farm theme. Throw the dice and have the students either draw the insects or place them on a paper plate or on the board. You can use the worksheets and have each table place the corresponding amount of insects on a plate or the garden scene.

Check out my other post related to insects.

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