Christmas Word Puzzles: Pronunciation, Spelling & Vocabulary

It’s a fun, festive time of year when spirits are high in and out of class! Teachers can maximize on students’ enthusiasm by doing Christmas activities that are both fun and educational. We’ve created three Christmas puzzles for you to try in class this season: Christmas Code, Pronunciation Path, and The Snowman’s Nose. And don’t forget about last year’s vocabulary/coloring worksheet: Christmas – Find the Objects! (more…)

Film It! Tips for Getting Children to Be Directors

“I believe my camera should always be in one hand and a good script in the other. That makes it possible for storytelling to come to life.” —Leticia Alaniz

“Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director.” —James Cameron

‘Tis the season to celebrate with your students! Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays around the world take place in fall and winter. One of the best ways for students to learn and teach others about the way they celebrate is by producing a movie. (more…)

Independence Day & Canada Day Vocabulary Lessons

Have you seen the Canada Day and Independence Day vocabulary lessons in our Word Bank section? Canada Day is a federal holiday celebrated on July 1 that commemorates the signing of the Constitution Act on July 1, 1867. Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday that commemorates the July 4, 1776, adoption of the Declaration of Independence. If you live in, teach in, or hail from Canada or the US, your students will be interested in these festive lessons! (more…)

Veterans Day or Veterans’ Day?

Lest We Forget

On November 11, many countries have special ceremonies that honor the men and women who served during wartime. As teachers, it is important to help young learners understand this historic day. The famous saying “Lest we forget” means not only do we need to remember in order to honor the sacrifices of many people during past wars, but also to remember what happened so that history doesn’t repeat itself.

November 11 is called Veterans Day in the US, Remembrance Day in Canada, and Armistice Day in parts of Europe. At Sprout English, we’ve created two vocabulary lessons for you to use this year, Veterans Day and Remembrance Day. This led me to think about mistakes people often make with the titles of this holiday. Why is it Veterans Day and not Veterans’ Day or Veteran’s Day? Why is it Remembrance Day and not Rememberance Day? These punctuation, spelling, and capitalization rules can be tricky for native speakers as well as English language learners. I hope the explanations below will help your students keep these rules straight. (more…)

50+ Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation Resources for Teaching Young ELLs

Time flies when you’re having fun! When you enjoy blogging about grammar, teaching, and the English language as much as I do, a year of weekly blog posts goes by just like that! Our goal at Sprout English has always been to provide quality educational materials to English teachers and students, and my personal wish is that teachers and students will continue to learn from and use our free blog materials. We love helping young learners grow their English skills!

I thought it would be helpful to organize all the articles I’ve written so far into a list that’s easily accessible. (Some articles are included twice if they belong to more than one category.) I hope you find this resource list useful! (more…)

Mother’s Day Fun Facts

Mother’s Day will be celebrated in many countries this Sunday. Are you doing any Mother’s Day lessons or activities in class? Most teachers will want to discuss this holiday with their students, so I thought I would blog about some fun, interesting Mother’s Day facts that you can share with your class this week!

What are some interesting Mother’s Day customs around the world?

  • Children in many countries give their mothers flowers (especially roses and carnations) on Mother’s Day. Some children buy gifts for their moms such as chocolates or jewelry.
  • Children in the US and Canada often give their mothers breakfast in bed. (more…)

Christmas Word Fun – Capitalization Rules & Prezzies Vs. Pressies

No matter what country they live in, students are usually exposed to Christmas in one way or another, whether it’s through their own family traditions, a homestay family’s traditions, from watching movies, etc. They can all benefit from knowing the best way to spell and capitalize holiday terms. Help your students learn common holiday phrases, capitalization rules, and word choices about Christmas and the holidays with the following tips! (more…)

6 Digital Ways for Children to Celebrate December Holidays

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

The holiday season is here, and for many children, this is their favorite time of year. Their families gather together to celebrate (Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa) with special foods, symbolic decorations, music, and the practice of various customs. This is the time when children can share their traditions and discover how others celebrate worldwide. Below are a few suggestions on how you can integrate free web tools and apps to make this holiday season magical for children. (more…)