Thanks to Martin for the prompting Margit and I have been working on some more Phonics Stories for you.

This next one is for use after the current phonics stories and the “igh” lesson and it is still in beta test form i.e.  it should be OK but there might be some mistakes still so please let us know if you find any!

For example when writing a phonics story it has to:

  1. Use only the phonemes/graphemes used so far.
  2. Kids understand all the words (i.e. they are covered in the curriculum) unless…
  3. All the words not in the curriculum we have to introduce with illustrations here.  (There are quite a few this time!)
  4. Any “funky words” i.e. words you can’t read with phonics either have to be introduced here or have been used in previous stories.
  5. It’s got to have something fun in the story. :)

As you can see it’s quite a bit of work.

So if you’re up to “igh” in your Genki Phonics and want to try it and help us check how it works then here you go!

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Ninja Tip:  When showing parents the power of the phonics programme, the “igh” page is always the one that impresses the most!

Would you like us to continue with the rest of the stories?  Do let us know in the comments!

P.S.  Obviously your kids have to be at least this far in the Genki Phonics curriculum in order to do this page! :)


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Halloween games aren’t the usual thing I think about when it’s sunny outside….

So after a few days rest – I seriously was exhausted by all that travel! – I just arrived in Spain for this week’s workshop and it is beautiful.

But of course I’m still thinking of you guys and all your requests,  so here are a few more of my top Halloween Games for you.


Spider’s Web 
 - no English but  a fantastic, huge, wall decoration – thanks Miki!


Pop the Pumpkin Pics
 - this seems to be the most popular Halloween vocab review game for some reason!

And just one more …..

 


How much? Candies Game
 - a bit of maths & English!

And if you’re doing a Halloween Party….

Ninja Tip:   When handing out invitations to your Halloween party,  give each student one extra, just one, “invite a friend + parent/guardian” invitation.   This gets your amazing school exposed to a whole new class of potential students – who might otherwise have gone to the horrible school down the street! – but keeping the invitation numbers limited makes them valuable *and* gets a good balance between old and new students so their parents can see how amazing your kids are!

Hope that gets you Halloweened up,   or for those of us in none Halloween countries, this is what my view looked like this morning.

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See you all here next week for an awesome workshop – there are cheap flights here but I think we’re fully booked!! :(

Be genki,

Richard

 


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I am absolutely shattered!

In the last 18 months I’ve been to Shanghai, Amsterdam, Auckland, Bratislava, Singapore, Vienna, Perth, Milan, Tokyo, Bangkok, Kiev, Moscow & London….

Phew.

changingworld

So we’re just two weeks away from the very last European workshop of the year coming up in Spain on October 25th/26th. 

We might be able to squeeze in a quick Christmas gig in Tokyo,  but this is the last main workshop of the year,  so if you’re wanting some amazing Genki English ideas plus all my remaining energy then do pop along and join us for what will be an amazing two days together.

Pre-registration finishes soon,  so if you are teaching in Europe & want the discounts then get in touch ASAP!

Then I’ve only got 4 more Time Zone changes before the end of the year! :)

See you all soon!

Be genki,

Richard


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It’s always amazing to see which games and ideas becomes hits and the ones that don’t.  I’d have never picked these as such winners, but Hugo’s Origami Games have become one of the biggest hits of the year!

So he’s just made up some more for the Happy Halloween lesson,   What do you want to be for Halloween?  and Let’s Make a Monster!

As with all the other Halloween worksheets, games etc.  they are on the right side of each lesson’s page.

You can find out how to play the games in Hugo’s Video here and you can find all the other Halloween Lessons on this page.

Enjoy!

P.S.  Also check out the Do not open!  game if you want lots of laughs in your class! :)

donotopen

 

 

 


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magicwandWhilst we can all guess what parents want from our lessons,  what we *think* they want (or what they *say* they want) is often very different from what they actually really feel they want from you.

Hence all the stress and conflicts.

So if you can find a way to find out what parents (or adult students) *really* want you’ll always have more students than you can handle.

That’s how all those schools with big waiting lists do it.

As anything, expert marketers use psychology to find this out from customers.

So instead of a vague “What would you like for your children?”  or “What sort of English course are you looking for?”   (or even worse, asking them in English rather than their native language!)

All you need to ask, in their language of course, is :

If I could wave a magic wand and make anything happen for you,  what you most want, right now, out of an educational programme for your children?

Sounds simple, eh?

But translate it exactly as it is written and it will give you gems.

( And if you notice this is the first question I asked you in the free email course :) )

If you want more students than you can handle,  sit down with the parents, give them a coffee and in their language ask them this question.

Then *listen.*

It will shock you.

It will change *everything* you do.

And it will make you the Grand Master Black Belt of Education in your town.

Be genki,

Richard


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This is a memory game that is really useful when you want kids to remember all, not just some, of the vocab from today’s lesson!

1.  Do today’s lesson as usual with the song.

2.  Now hold up the pack of  today’s flashcards.

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3. Show each card in turn and the kids have to say the phrase from the card e.g. May I borrow your scissors? 

4.  Slowly keep going round the cards,  but gradually getting faster and faster with the kids saying the phrases each time.

5.  Then ……… stop.

6.  You then say “Next is?”  and the kids have to remember and then shout out what the next card is!

7.  Keep going round and round getting faster and faster.

8.  Next time you stop you either say “Next is?” or “Last one was?”   and the kids have to say the right card!

It takes a lot of self discipline from the kids and is lots of fun when you mix up the “next” and “last” parts! :)

Do let us know what you think in the comments!

 

Plus do check out more of Mido Farid’s games in his VIP fantastic eBooks.

 

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And if you’re not a VIP member yet,  get your Teacher’s Set order in now and welcome on board! :)


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