Friday, May 11, 2018

Printable Sight Words Flashcards

Reading is a cornerstone skill for learning languages. However, teaching to read in a foreign language is a very complicated task for educators, and especially for those who work with little kids. It may seem like children struggle with reading even in their native language, let alone in English which they study as their second language. But, fortunately, most kids absorb languages very quickly as they frequently do at their age. It is the way their brains function as they start to discover the world around them. So many ESL teachers apply tried and true methods of teaching kids to read used by native language speakers. One of such methods is whole word method based on so-called sight words.

The kit has more than 550 Dolch sight word cards (including 95 image cards for nouns as well as cards featuring verbs in different forms)

The method implies memorizing high frequency words (sight words) as a whole by sight. Kids memorize how words look and thus learn to automatically recognize them in texts. It is especially useful for words with non-standard spelling patterns such as “was” or “come”.

First grade sight words
List of sight words (Dolch words) introduced in the first grade

One of the most popular lists of sight words was created by Edward William Dolch in 1938. He picked out 220 high frequency words from children’s books of his era. Those words should be easily recognized by kids for a better start to learning to read. They say that Dolch sight words cover from 50% to 75% of all words used in library books, school books and newspapers. It looks like a solid base for kids who learn to read in English as foreign language.

Color Coded Sight Words Flashcards

I tried to use sight words flashcards that I could find and download online. But the problem is that they all looked too dry and plain. Working with them is far from being fun for kids. So I decided to create my own set of printable sight words flashcards with the following benefits:

  • Attracting attention due to an unusual shape of cards
  • Color coded flashcards to help kids learn word order in English sentences
  • Sight word nouns with corresponding image flashcards
  • Interactivity and gamification

Sight words flash cards
Sight words flashcards designed for kids of different age groups, ranging from kindergarten to middle school

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Matching Words to Numbers Flashcards

English numbers and counting are some of the earliest topics introduced to kids by ESL teachers.

I have created a set of printable flashcards for fellow English teachers to use when teaching numbers. These flashcards will help make English classes more fun for kids and gamify a little bit their learning experience. Cards like these create a challenge. And a challenge is a well-known catalyst for memorizing words.

printable English numbers flashcards

Each flashcard consists of two detachable parts. The upper part has a number in digits, and the lower part has the same number in words. Children are supposed to match the two parts and connect them into a single card.

There are flashcards with numbers 1 - 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Letter A Worksheets, Flash Cards, Coloring Pages

My blog is getting bigger as I add more worksheets, flash cards, coloring pages and other ESL materials. I'm sure my fellow English teachers have a hard time finding and discovering new stuff on this blog. So I decided to make it easier for them to discover useful things on my blog by creating separate posts dedicated to English letters. In this first post I'll start sharing my printable worksheets, flashcards and whatnot designed to introduce letter A to kids.

Find letter a worksheet
Find letter A

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Alphabet Coloring Pages (Letters U - Z)

Studying a foreign language often starts with the ABC. Introduction of the alphabet to kids opens the doors to the new language for them. So ESL teachers should make sure children have an enjoyable experience with English from their first steps when they start getting acquainted with letters. That is why fun activities are important for easing kids into the second language. Games, songs, colorful flashcards, coloring pages and interesting worksheets can help little students love learning languages, and thus prepare their brains for less entertaining stuff they'll face while studying English as they grow.

It is extremely important that children's first encounter with a new language happens without too much stress and involving their favorite activities. We all know that preschoolers and early school kids love drawing, singing and playing since the time they were toddlers. No wonder all new concepts were introduced to them through this sort of activities. Therefore, introducing the English alphabet to them through coloring sheets is a smart idea.

This is the third and the last blog post featuring my printable alphabet coloring pages. This one contains the last 6 letters of the English ABC - Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, Zz. I hope these coloring sheets will help English teachers make their lessons more enjoyable for little ones who are making their first steps in learning English language.

Alphabet coloring page, letter u coloring, u is for unicorn
U is for unicorn