A Fun Way to Introduce /ch/ and /sh/ to Kids

In the Spotlight this week, we are featuring the voiceless sound /ch/, which is difficult for many language learners who do not have /ch/ and /sh/ in their native language (e.g., Spanish or Thai). Fortunately, /ch/ and /sh/ are fun sounds for young kids to make, even though they may be difficult. (more…)

12 Web Tools & Apps for Creating Digital Avatars

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”
—Lady Bird Johnson

If you are planning to get your young learners to use web tools and navigate the web this year, then plan on teaching about digital footprints and citizenship. One way to get your young learners to be aware of their digital footprints is to have them create digital avatars. An avatar is a graphic or digital representation of a person often used in video games or virtual worlds. Avatars can also be used as profile pictures on various social networks or for digital projects to protect students’ identities. (more…)

10 Ways to Use Your Sprout English Kid Accounts This Summer

Did You Know?

When teachers sign up for Sprout English, they automatically receive 30 free kid accounts! Kid accounts give students access to all of the great resources that teachers use in the classroom. This includes reading materials, games, puzzles, and more! If your child doesn’t have a free account, you can sign up for free and get 20 sample lessons.

If you’re a teacher who already uses Sprout English, download and print this Summer Letter to Parents to send home with your students this summer. Add your students’ names, passwords, and User IDs. (more…)

Children Celebrating Their Parents: Activities & Tons of Resources

“A father’s goodness is higher than the mountain, a mother’s goodness deeper than the sea.”
—Japanese proverb

All over the world, children celebrate their parents on special days. On May 8, many children  will gather to appreciate their mothers with greetings or flowers. On June 19, many children will give gifts of appreciation, like cards and ties, to their fathers. Some countries celebrate both parents in May or in June. Children get excited about creating imaginative gifts and are motivated to express their love in different languages. Free digital tools and apps help children design beautiful books, projects, greetings, and crafts and also enhance their English skills. Make English learning meaningful this month for your young learners by getting them to appreciate their parents in English with the following gift ideas listed below. (more…)

It’s Baseball Season – Simple Present Tense Listening Activity

Are your students as excited about spring training as I am? The Blue Jays had a fantastic season last year, and like many Canadians, I jumped on the baseball bandwagon.

Baseball is a great theme for English class, because many kids are familiar with this sport. At this time of year, kids love to play baseball and follow professional baseball. Why not teach them some related vocabulary while introducing or reviewing the Simple Present Tense?

Sprout English’s featured Baseball lesson is perfect for baseball season. After you use this ready-made lesson, try this follow-up listening activity recorded by a nine-year-old Canadian baseball player. Then challenge your students to write and record their own story about their own team or hobby. (more…)

Play and Learn! Game-Based Language Learning for Kids

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” —Fred Rogers

Spring and summer breaks are right around the corner. Motivate your young learners to continue practicing their English skills beyond the classroom with free online games. Many websites and apps have free games to help children enhance their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Children will play these games for hours till they achieve a certain score or pass to the next level. Children will also learn vocabulary within a multimedia-rich context. Many games include an interesting background story, which comes alive through colorful worlds and animated characters. Below are tips and resources to get you started on your journey integrating games in the classroom. (more…)