Our advanced learners (aged around 9 to 12) have been studying myths lately. It was easy to find materials for the Greeks and the Romans – plenty of resources around Zeus and Jupiter – but very little on other mythologies. This is a story I’ve adapted from several sources about the Finnish hero Lemminkäinen, his quest […]
Pig the Pug is such a delightfully spiteful little book that it’s hard not to be amused. Pig is a fat pug with a lot of toys – and don’t expect him to share those toys, because when Trevor the sausage dog suggests it, Pig replies vehemently “No, they are mine! Are you deaf? Only […]
Reading My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes is fun, but making cats in boxes is even more so.
Last week on May 5th, we had a public holiday in Korea for Children’s Day. You have to love a country which makes a holiday of Children’s Day, don’t you? All schools, most businesses, and plenty of shops were closed. Older children were bought new clothes and taken out with their friends, while younger children […]
I’ve never come across Snatchabook before, which is a tale about a wee kleptomaniac creature who just wants somebody to read to him. What an advertisement for bedtime reading eh! This week I read the second offering from the authors of Snatchabook which has made me go on a hunt for that earlier book in my local bookstore. Abracazebra […]
A new book by Thomas Flintham just arrived in my postbox. The first thing to strike a reader is the bright colours and simple, funny illustrations. Inside, each double-page spread shows a group of farm and wild animals, speaking in their language. There’s a two line rhyme, which is well-supported by the visuals – great […]
I stumbled on this very sweet short film this week. I’m planning to use it in a short (40-minute) lesson for advanced 6 and 7-year-old learners, but the video is wordless so it could be adapted to beginner learners too. I started by exploring crop circles and their meanings, then watched the video and asked […]