Author Archives: Tara Benwell
“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
—Fred Rogers’s Mama
Have you tried Sprout English’s NEW Community Helpers Word Bank lesson? Young kids love pretending to be firefighters, police officers, and doctors. If you ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, they usually say one of the helpers! (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Sprout English is all about having fun in the ESL classroom. In the Spotlight this month, we have a new Word Bank lesson about Sea Life and a fun Discovery Center lesson about Acrobatics. We also have a new Adverbs of Manner lesson in our Fun Grammar Lessons section that gives kids a chance to act out what they’ve learned.
These action-packed lessons inspired us to come up with even more ideas to get your students laughing and moving while they practice English. Here are 3 silly games to play along with this month’s featured Sprout English lessons. (more…)
If you’re a teacher or parent, Pinterest is probably your favorite site at this time of year. This year, I’ve used Pinterest to find inspiration for gifts, cards, parties, and treats. Pinterest is also great for crafts!
Are you looking for holiday crafts to use with your English learners? Here are three very simple Christmas tree crafts to try. Use one or all of these crafts to review English colors, shapes, sizes, and prepositions of place. Your students will also practice following instructions. Ask your students to describe their finished trees to you or their group members. (more…)