Pronouncing 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. ( the “ordinal” numbers) can sometimes be a bit tricky,  especially if the local language doesn’t have all those “th” and “s” sounds.

So…. just like with the other Seasonal lessons,  let’s use some Christmas spirit to make it Genki!

And what better way to do it than using an Advent Calendar and making it into a game!

adventgame

1. Either draw a big advent calendar on the board, or make one out of ordinal number flashcards (and put points on the back of each card), or if you want to go all the way make a stack of shoe boxes, one for each date with a door opening at the front and a secret present inside!

2. Ask the kids a review question (any of the Christmas questions will do) and the fastest one to answer gets to throw a sticky ball at one of the dates on the board.  If they can say that date in English e.g. “December 21st” then they can either rub off that date and get a point (if you just drew it on the board),  take off the flashcard and see how many points are on the reverse (if you used flashcards) or open the door to get the secret present if you went all the way made the shoe boxes!

Ninja Tip: Or if you want even more ordinal practice try some silly maths by saying “What is the 4th add the 9th?” and the kids have to shout out the answer i.e. December 13th!  Yeah, it’s not correct English nor maths, but it’s good  extra “th” practice if you need it! :)

3.   Keep going until all the dates have gone.

The team with the most points or presents is the winner.

Ninja Tip:  If you’re using flashcards, also put a “Whiteout!” card behind a few of the numbers.  If any team picked that card they lose all their points!

The shoebox one also works really great for Christmas parties,  make it so each person gets a go and hence a present!

Let’s Genki it up even more with the songs…

If you want to make it even more Genki, do the Ordinal Numbers Song in the When is your birthday? software first,  the kids love it!

And of course it’s also really great to link up with the How many days till Chritmas? song and lesson.

Do let us know what you think in the comments!

Enjoy!

Be genki,

Richard

P.S.  Don’t forget the Software Homework Programme is only open until Nov  27th,  get in now if you’d like to join us.

P.P.S.   It’s Thanksgiving on Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving! – and then it’s Black Friday the next day.   Now I don’t have a Genki English offer on this year ( the Teacher’s Set is already too heavily discounted) but if you want to have a try learning a language the Genki way yourself, I do have a special offer on my Japanese Learning Kit.   Until Saturday you’ll be able to buy the super video version for the same price as the regular mp3 audio only version.  Full details are here and there are also a ton of great workbooks and posters in with the pack too – I think you’ll like it! :)

See how I got fluent in Japanese!


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Just a quick heads up that I’ll be opening applications for you to join the homework programme this week.

But you can only apply on  25th, 26th & 27th of November.

I probably won’t be opening things up again until April next year, so now’s the time to get in if you want to join us.

  1. Read through the guidelines I wrote up last time.
  2. Send me an email with your name, school name, school logo and what country you are in.

What if you’re not sure?

By now I’ve seen quite a few schools go through the homework programme.

And the biggest thing I’ve seen is that the most successful schools always:

a) Have a really clear idea of exactly why they are so different from every other school out there.

b) They can explain it really simply and clearly to the parents.

But ….. for those of you who maybe aren’t too confident of the value you are providing yet,  or can’t *clearly* articulate what makes you different from the class down the street (and hence why your lessons are worth so much more!)  then I’d definitely recommend getting those ideas sorted in your head first before joining us in the homework programme.

Grab a big coffee, a spare 50 minutes  and really think:

1) What value can *I* provide that no-one else can?   What is my unique take on teaching English?

2) In how few words can I explain this to the parents?

Even if you don’t decide to join us this time, I can guarantee that those 50 minutes will have a huge impact on your life, your school, your income and most importantly your stress levels.

We all have a unique background when it comes to teaching English,  we could be native speakers, or non-native speakers who have learnt the language, someone who wants to change how English is taught or someone who wants to provide loving environment for children to learn.  Whatever it is,  write it down.  Then make it simpler. :)

And above all, remember the last slide from the business sections of my workshop:

believe

:)

Be genki,

Richard

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singeraA few weeks ago we had a great video from Col showing how he tests his kids.

I wrote back to say how cool it was to see such confident kids, and this was his reply, I think you might find it useful!

Thanks,

I’m very proud of my kids. My main aim has been to get them to be confident.

This is one of the reasons I give my kids English names – at day school you may be shy little “Gaeo”, but here you’re Ella, one of the greatest singers and performers in the world!

I also use something I stole from one of your videos, which really works a treat.

Each student stands up in front of the class and introduces himself, when he says his name, all the other students say “Hello, …. How are you?”, and cheer.

It makes all the difference, from a head down mumble to Shakespearean actor in a few seconds!

Thanks for everything,

Col

How can you implement these ideas in your class?

 


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I’m not sure if Hugo is psychic or just reads your comments  but in any case he’s got perfect timing with the new cover for the Christmas Workbook sheets!

Ninja Tip:  Remember these are the review sheets you give the kids to take home and show their parents.  You can find all the other workbooks on this page.

And Margit also wrote in to ask for a Homework Calendar for next year.

We also added in another circle for “Phonics” so your kids can get homework points for reading homework too if you are that far along the curriculum.

I’ll also, fingers crossed, be opening up the Software Homework Programme to new participants, for a few days, sometime later on this month.  (Provided I get through all my other work!)  So keep an eye on the blog.

Enjoy and do let us know what you need next!

Be genki,

Richard

 


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After the success of the Gingerbread Man and the Bremen Musicians as lessons and plays we just had to genkify, and ultra simplify, another famous English story too.

And we chose …. Goldilocks and the 3 Bears!  I think you are going to love it!

3bears

As with all new Genki English themes we’ve tested it like crazy here, and now it’s time to throw it out to you VIP members to get your feedback from the teaching side of things to see what we need to make it the perfect Genki English lesson for your classes.

So I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments!

Whilst we are still testing you can download the Beta Test software for free:

3 Bears Software – Beta Test Version

(Right click and save to your desktop)

Ninja Tip:  If you did Happy Halloween  it really helps with the “I’m scared!” 

I also have some printables for you:

And mini cards:

Plus if you’re wanting some gesture ideas, check out the teachers in Slovakia!

As always your feedback in the comments is really important,  I’d love to know what we’ve got “too hot”,  ”too cold” or “just right” (so we don’t go changing it!) and what to do next plus if you have any ideas on ways to play, gesture, present it in class.

Once we get everything sorted I can finish it off and get to work on the next one – we’ve got some really cool ideas for you! :)

Thanks as always!

Be genki,

Richard

P.S.  Once the song is finished it will become part of the paid for next volume,  so be sure to join us as a VIP by buying the Teacher’s Set before that happens.  You’ll then be able to help us make the lesson “just right” for your kids too!


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handsupIn a further bid to get parents, head teachers, boards of education on your side, last week we had the Edinburgh University research on Singing Significantly Improves Language Learning and Craig has just sent in this research by Dr Gurd in Ontario:

Just 4 minutes of fun exercise improves learning and behaviour in the classroom

( Looks like a mini burst of Insanity in the lessons!  )

Thanks Craig, and if any of you have any more of these types of article then do send them in, they all help in battling the chalk & talk ways of teaching! :)

Be genki

Richard


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