Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween by

Once again I was contacted by the web site They wanted me to share some of their great worksheets and the endless possibilities for the ESL class.

I chose the Halloween theme, that time of the year that ESL teachers are looking for suitable resources for their class.
 I liked these  resources and I gave them a twist to get the max out of them, not simply filling out a worksheet.

Worksheet 1.  This worksheet is great for reviewing the emotions or feelings vocabulary. Have the students color each pumpkin orange and have them notice that there is a bat, some stars and the moon and mention how to color them accordingly. Even adjectives such as fat, tall, big, snmall can be reviewed.
Teacher: Point to Pumpkin sad.  Is she fat or thin ?
Students: She is fat.
Teacher:  Is she big or small ?
Students: She is small.

Then , I made some labels for the pumpkins. If you want them, please write a request and I´ll send them for free.

Worksheet 2. I chose this one thinking about reviewing colors.

But once the worksheet is done, students can cut them in pieces to make a puzzle for a friend. They can paste it onto a poster board.

Worksheet 3.  This a haunted house and shapes review. I like that you can review the parts of the house and color the shapes found in the house. They can even add more shapes.
Board game. The site has this board game with all the pieces. I glued it onto a file folder.
I love mandalas so much, I thought it would be nice to put into an oval plastic plate and use as decoration. Practice Halloween words when you color with your class.
Teacher: Find the bats. Color them gray !
Continue with the others.
And this cute 3D, I couldn´t miss it. I had never done anything like it and it turn out cute!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Letters arts and crafts Collection

Years ago I created a product with 26 letters for my students along with the workbook I designed. It has been successful and I thought of making all the letters for all the preschool themes. 

As you move along the Preschool Book series that you are working with, help the students learn the letters. The students can make the craft letters or you can make them for the class and use it as flash letters or to play games, They work as decoration, too. Review vocabulary and pronunciation with the letters as they name all the words.

In most ESL books the alphabet is missing ! It is up to us ESL/EFL teachers to teach the letters of the alphabet in Preschool or Kindergarten. Make sure that the students can name most of letters, it doesn't matter the order. By teaching them the letters it will predict that your students will be able to read in English in the future. Your students will learn the alphabet by doing lots of practice in many different ways.
 I will be adding pictures of the letters on my other social media, so you get a chance to see all 224 letters.

Here´s the link to 224 letters:

I created a Board named: Letter Arts and crafts.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

More School Theme Activities for the ELL

Many books from the big Publishers come with cut-outs. I love them. But over the years I have collected quite a few and I will give some ideas on how to use them further and how to use them with students who are starting to read and write in English.

The cut-outs can be used as classroom d├ęcor. The bulletin board can be greatly enhanced by them. Walls and  windows can´t be missed. And I also make cut-outs out of old text books. Many teachers have access to cut-outs in the dollar stores, Target and more. And others have access to Teacher´s Magazines such as Maestra Jardinera.

The same  cut-outs can be turned into puppets.

Children need variety in their learning, they need different experiences within the same concept, such as with the identification of the school objects. I made these labels that I printed onto colored paper.

Help children make connection between the vocabulary and the written words. I found these scrabble game tiles that are fun to help children write the word and then add up the numbers if you want to use this with older students.

Children need practice to learn to read and write. Reinforce and repeat !

Classifying as big or small.

If you have several cut-outs, create puzzles. Use a markers to draw  the lines to cut.

I have seen on Pinterest a crown with a pocket. I made mine out of fun foam, a glitter one. I managed to place a small pocket to insert a cutout. As student´s head vary, I thought I place a binder clip and it worked well.

I have got more cut-outs and I want to give them away for free. The first teacher to write a request with an address will get them. (

My product, Alphabet Letters Art and Craft is always selling well. I thought I should make more letters and made 21 more within this unit. Encourage children to answer your questions.

Teacher: What letter is this?
Students: S
Teacher: What is this ?
Students: Sharpener.
Teacher: S is for Sharpener.
Students: S is for Sharpener.

You can also use the word labels and the scrabble letters with each letter art.

And to end this blog post I revised my School Flashcards and added a lot more. There 175 flashcards now. 

Here´s the link:

I  have it at my other store:

I have more School Theme blog post that you might want to visit.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Adding color activities for the Preschool/ Kindergarten ELL

I found some things hanging around my studio. I had the writing pad, that my kids no longer use. I am selling them for $2 + shipping.  I created several activities but chose the color theme.

There´s a connection between writing and emotions. Children learn to write the words by imitation and copying. The size of the letters that form a color word can be managed by the correct paper.

The templates that I used are in the product associated with my blog post.

I used a cover sheet and a purple marker for the copying. It can be easily erased with baby wipes.

“Through repetition and practice of specific movements, the brain and muscles learn to work together as a team,” (Conroy, 2004).
I would add that through fun repetition. I used finger paints and a Q-tip for this one.

Make handwriting pleasant without unnecessary stress. (Olsen, 1998).

I also found this blackboard clip board.  Children can copy the word  with chalk and then erase with a Q-tip dipped in water.

Writing stimulates attention.

Neuman & Roskos (1992) also reported that interest in writing could be facilitated by providing children as young as 3-years-old with the necessary tools (pencils, crayons) and the opportunity to engage in writing.
And for engaging tools I found my magnetic letters.

Engage the little ones in a meaningful activity for reading.  I found these French fries boxes from Mc Donald´s. I have had them for some years, I saved them for so many activities on Pinterest that I wanted to do. I had to save them because there is no Mc Donald´s in town, Yes, not even one, but there is Burger King ,though. I had chalkboard duct tape, that can be cut as stickers, but I used my border making scissors and made the labels so I can use them in further activities.

One of the hallmarks of skilled reading is fluent, accurate word identification (Juel, Griffith, & Gough 1986).
For this activity I used craft sticks, wood sticks, tongue depressor craft sticks. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

School Theme for Preschool ELL

    Trace words:   Tracing increases memory and retention. Have children experiment with writing words in English. Have children trace each word and read it. You can also create a word wall with them and play some games, such as identifying the words. But just limit it only to the words you are teaching on this specific theme.
Use the trace the word cards for the Guess Game. Attach a picture to a student´s back (player) . Don´t show it to that player. Display all the playing vocabulary flashcards on the board as clues, keep them no more than 6. The player has to find out which picture is on his/her back. The player has to ask questions:  Is it a book? Is it blue?. The class will shout YES or No. 
Make Take-home books  with the tracing cards. Children can assemble an accordion book. Make a large strip of cardboard .. .   
Fold the strip into equal sections.  Decide how many words the book will have. Glue the title of the book on the front.
Make enough copies for each child to take home a book. Have them write their names on the cover. Send a note home to the parents about the book. Do group reading in class. Use your teacher´s version. Have the class name each picture and read each word with them.  By sending the book home you are supporting parent-child reading time. Reading will enhance oral language development.
Posters: most books come with huge posters that we hardly use.  Here´s an idea with the small flashcards or word tracers.
Hand a small flashcard to a student  asking:
Teacher:  What´s this ? ( a book)
Student:  a book.
Teacher:: Go to the poster and find another book. Show me a book.
Class: a book.
Repeat with other vocabulary words.
Another idea:
Have a student pick up a small flashcard and ask the class.
Student: What´s this ?
Class:  a pencil
Another student walks to the poster and finds the picture.          You can also label all the pictures in the poster.

Have the children draw as a way to stand for writing. The drawing will have a communication purpose. Give each student the classroom  frame.
Ask them to draw their classroom with furniture, classmates and school objects, anything they want.

Have a student come to the front of the class and point to objects in the picture.
Teacher: Point to the door.  Continue with all the other school objects in the picture.

Games with cutouts. Remember to laminate them with contact paper.
Even though times have changed this game never gets old. They have fun while they play and want to play more.

 - Show me game. For this game try to print a set of card for each child . Name a card and the students show the card to you.
-   Place the school objects cutouts on the board. Have students name the different objects. This is a crayon.
 - Place the cutouts in different locations around the classroom. Give students commands for pointing to different cutouts.

Bingo.  This activity helps children identify school vocabulary words.
There are 20 cards, in a colored and a black and white version. I usually print 2 sets , each one in a different colored paper. I glue one set onto a file folder and place an envelope outside the folder for the other set which are the cards used to call out the school words. Provide  the children the grid where they can draw 4 vocabulary words. Call out the school word and have the children mark off their drawing if they have the word. Have them cross out all the grid to call out BINGO!

School theme book. Read aloud to the whole group. Reread using charts or enlarge the book pages and make a big book.

Worksheets that be transformed into more activities.
Worksheet 1. Use the school cards as puppets. I glued them onto empty toilet paper tubes. They can be prompts to answer simple questions or to start a small conversation in class.
Worksheet 2. The worksheets can be approached creatively and from different perspectives. I just propose an idea but you do a completely different thing and I´d like to see that.
Worksheet 3. Think of more creative ways to use the worksheets. I turned these school items into craft stick puppets and then had the children sort them into the toilet paper tubes puppets from the first worksheet.
 Worksheet 4.  This is a tried and tested worksheet.
More Worksheets but related to the School Furniture.

As always my first worksheet is to be used as flashcards. I added the letters. I printed them out in colored paper and glued them onto wood clothespin. It might have been nicer to paint them in a bright color. The goal is that children rewrite the words using the clothespin letters.

This other worksheet is a color by number. It is fun way to review colors and color words. It does benefit children as they have to read or listen to the instructions in order to color, I make them underline the phrase in the corresponding color.  The number will represent color not just quantity. The children will have to go through the 6 numbers to see the finished drawing.  After finishing the worksheet I was wondering what else to do, so I thought that cutting each instruction phrase and gluing it on each number would be a good idea.

Before working on this worksheet, mime the prepositions. It can be in, on, under. Use your actual board, chair, and table. Make larger copies of the glue, pencil, crayon and demonstrate placing the glue on the chair.

Give the children their worksheet. Assign the color if you wish.  Then have them cut the  glue, pencil, crayon.  Have the students practice some actions, without using glue.
Teacher: The glue is on the chair.
Give more examples to do.
Finally, children glue their objects on the school furniture either as you assign them:
Teacher: The crayon is on the board.
 or color as they want and then present to the class.
Student: The pencil is under the table.

A creative worksheet, where students have to draw the school´s front door and themselves going to school.

As I have seen some of these puzzles, I gave it a try and created this one. I added the words so children could paste them on the puzzle. It would be a good idea to paste the sheet onto cardboard or fun foam before cutting it. The puzzle is a manipulative to work with as they will arrange it as they want before putting it correctly using the number order. As we work with the vision of the whole child it develops hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, it gives the opportunity of problem solving as they put all the numbers in order. Memory is also involved as they will remember how the actual drawing was before cutting it.

I have more school theme posts with activities, ideas, resources.