Circle Time

Skip / modify any of the followings once your class can achieve any of these points. Do those point occasionally as revision and if new kids are joining

The following can be done in any order you feel best for your class

  • Hello song + any other opening songs
  • Vocabulary Chant: Talking Time 1 (use the A3 poster)
  • Where’s the mat? There it is! / Who can help me? I can help!
  • I take off my shoes > for smaller kids check if they have lined up the shoes nicely and praise them
  • sitting nicely > May I have a coin please?
  • weather / temperature
  • month / days of the week (use all days don’t just as what day is today, class is always on the same day) / season / today is.. yesterday was… tomorrow will be… / season
  • greeting questions: What’s your name? I am … (first introduce I am … when they are familiar use My name is… ) , age, what are you wearing, how are you (not just fine..) why, what did you do last week, when is your birthday, nice to meet you, etc.
  • Doman flashcards: look up, look down, look at the (to teach things in the room) .. look here. 1st time slowly with clear pronunciation, 2nd time super fast to initiate right-brain activity
  • Pre-teach flashcards: run through flashcards of the topic you are going to teach next (not in this unit) so students get familiarized with the words easily
  • (kinder class) PD
    • week 1: presentation
      • talk about the picture, say the words/expressions, sing the song and point
    • week 2: recognition “which”
      • sing the song
      • say a word and ask kids to point
      • correct > stamp
    • week 3: recall “what”
      • revision
      • point to a word and ask kids what is it
      • correct > give a sticker
      • all correct > give a big sticker, big praise
    • week 4: reinforcement
      • continue the check, aim at all clear
      • * for lower ability classes, can do reinforcement in week 2, and start checking on week 3
  • Whenever we talk about plural forms, have kids move their hands like a snake when saying “s”
  • I put on my shoes > get the bigger kids to help folding the mat and start sitting the smaller kids
  • “May I have a chair please?” > arrange seats strategically! Only allow kids to choose their seats as a prize
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