Kindergarten Lesson 1 – You can get all the students to sit in a circle. Circle activities are great for young learners. It brings a warmness to the beginning of the class. You can get everyone to sit cross-legged on the floor with hands, palm up near the knees.
A simple warm-up is to go around and slap the hand of the person next to you. When you slap the hand, that student has to say something (whatever has been introduced). For a very young class, simply saying ‘Hello’ when you slap the hand is good. You can add many varieties to this. Students can say, ‘My name is…’, ‘I am happy/sad/etc.’, ‘I am ___ years old.’, ‘I like…’, and any others you can think of. You can also check out our ‘ESL Classroom Games’ article for 130 different games and activities. Click here.
Here is another good warm up or back to school activity. It’s an all about me worksheet where the students have to draw themselves, how old they are, the color they like and the animal they like.
Phonics | Kindergarten Lesson 1
We follow the SATPIN style of teaching phonics. This means that we don’t go in order, as in A, B, C, etc. Instead we start with S, A, T, P, I, N. We like this approach for it’s simplicity and how it introduces easy words early. You can use a little chart like the one below or make your own for the classroom. When they know the sounds of the letters, it’s nice to put stickers next to the names.
This letter Ss video is a great introduction for early ESL students to learn the sound of letter S. There are some examples as well. You will learn the difference between the letter S and the sound of letter S.
Here’s a Letter S worksheet that goes with the video.
Content | Kindergarten Lesson 1
Let’s start off by teaching the 3 primary colors: red, yellow and blue. Here’s a Presentation to introduce the colors.Colors by Sanook English
Here’s a book of Red for the students to write and color.
Helpful Links | Kindergarten Lesson 1
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