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Language Through Play

Tools for Teachers and Activities for Preschoolers

Bianca Biro

on 13 April 2013

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Why should educators use flashcards? Flashcards are a support for language expansion.
Children learn in different ways, and it is important to make use of visual teaching methods since studies show that the majority of children learn through visual means.
Flashcards are clear and colorful, and they can have a positive effect on their visual learning process. How can flashcards be used? Can be printed with different backgrounds and frames, in different sizes and fonts. Laminate the cards to make them more durable.
Can be kept in a "Mistery Box" or "Guess Jar".
Can be displayed on walls as a constant point of reference.
Can be placed on a thematic board, visible to parents. What do you need to make your own flashcards? Internet access, and go to http://eng.teachers.thelanguagemenu.com
A4 paper in different colours
laminating machine
laminating pockets
scissors or cutting paper machine
rubber bands
magnetic paper or tape Language through Play
Tools for Teachers and Activities for Preschoolers Flashcard Activities for Preschoolers SHOW & TELL Give each child a set of flashcards and ask them to show you the correct card when they hear the item spoken.
For example,“Show me a cat!” “Hands up if you’ve got a dog!” “Stand up if you have the horse!”
This activity also works very well in teams with each team given an equal number of flashcards - the first team to show you the correct item scores one point. Flashcards with pictures DAILY ACTIVITIES
& QUESTIONS Use one pack of vocabulary cards or mix several different ones together and make up questions involving one or more of the pictures.

Example: a glass, a book, a dog, a piece of cheese and a washing machine.

Example questions: "Where in the house is your washing machine?", "Do you wash your dog in the washing machine?" "Do you read a book while you play with your dog? Does your dog eat cheese? Where do you keep your glasses? Do you have cheese in the washing machine? Does your dog drink from the glass? Can your dog read a book? Give each group a set of flashcards and ask them to sort the cards into categories. For young children, a mix of different flashcards can be categorized into colours.
For older children, use more difficult categories.
For example: Animal flashcards – sorted into four legs, two legs; those that can fly, those that can’t. Food cards can be sorted into fruits, vegetables, sweet and sour, to be eaten cooked or raw. Household items can be sorted into wood, plastic, solvents and fabrics. CATEGORISE! GUESS WHAT THIS IS! Place a number of flashcards on the board.
Describe one of the animals on the cards without saying its name, for example,
“It’s big…. It’s got wings… It can’t fly but it can run…”
The team that guesses the correct animal wins a point. Language acquisition in preschoolers Language sensitivity: children have absorbent minds, they pass through sensitive language periods.
Experience: they learn through experience using different senses: touch, visual, listening.
Cooperation: children are eager to learn – they love sound patterns, jokes, songs and funny stories.
Repetition: children need to hear a word dozens of times before they learn it.
Learning through play: planning your teaching around the child, custom-making material and activities. WISH language learning from an early age
individualised teaching, based on individual needs
invitation to reflect on your role in children's language acquisition and expansion DON'T WISH GIVE label objects with flashcards, but offer a support for children to be able to comment, question, inform and engage in conversation
taught language vs. experienced language
no solutions, but ideas Learning for Integration ry (LFI) is a non-profit organisation established in Finland in the spring of 2012. Our mission is to:
Promote the learning of languages from an early age
Encourage the cultural sensitivity of migrant, immigrant and refugee children and youth in Finland
Advance the development of a multicultural society

You can find out more about us at: www.lfi.fi We have a solid background in language teaching and material creation. We use this experience to create language and culture awareness through different activities:
Language groups and events (exchange groups, reading circles, playgroups)
Drama and crafts courses for children and teens
Workshops for teachers
Services for other NGOs, such as translations and editing
Free language learning material and e-learning
EU projects Today's workshop - our aim: tools, resources and ideas for FUN and HAPPY language activities ? Create new sets of cards for each new topic you introduce. RHYME PLEASE Make a set of cards with pairs of words or pictures that rhyme and deal them out to the students. Let the students ask each other in polite ways for the cards that rhyme with theirs. “May I have a word rhyming with “house”?”
The student with the “mouse” word/picture card gives the card to them. “Here you go.” “Thank you.” “You’re welcome.” Flashcards with pictures and text,
or text only LETTERS Make a set of flashcards of the alphabet. Choose a topic or category. Show the letters one by one to the children. Ask them to think about words starting with the letter in question, related to the topic/category.
The child who comes up with the correct word first gets the flashcard.
For a greater challenge, ask them to think about words starting with the letter in question, related to the topic/category Engage children in oral storytelling activities to develop their language and creative-thinking skills.
Create flashcards with story starters. Explain that you will start a story and they will each have a turn to contribute to it. Read the story starter to the children, and then assist the group in developing and creating an ending for each story.
Once children become familiar with the concept of developing oral stories, you can invite them to think of their own story starters. ONCE UPON A TIME.... TELL ME ABOUT…. Make sets of question cards to get children to talk about themselves, their family, hobbies etc. Vary the sets according to the children's level and age. For grammar lessons, use questions worded in a particular way and ask the students to use the same form when answering the questions. Material example: worksheet generators BINGO BOARD This game is played like bingo, but pictures are used instead of numbers.
You can create bingo sheets with different themes, and it is easy to shuffle the pictures and print the sheets. Print out a page for each of your students. LABEL THE
PICTURES You can create worksheets with pictures that need to be labelled, with or without the words. You can use this worksheet for vocabulary practice, or to introduce a grammar activity (give the plural of the words, etc.) You can create worksheets for matching pictures and words.
You can use this worksheet for vocabulary practice, or to introduce a grammar activity. MATCHING CROSSWORD Students love crosswords and you can use this worksheet for lesson-enhancing activities. You can also print out an automatic answer sheet (that the teacher can use). Questions,
debate time. Other online generators Tagxedo
Tagxedo is an online word cloud generator, that allows teachers to constrain letters, word lists or texts into selected shapes (heart, star, animals, etc).

Teach ABC or Find-the-Words Games Handwriting
Practice Sheets
A resource for generating handwriting worksheets. It allows teachers to create worksheets using a wide variety of printing and cursive fonts. You can print the worksheet from your screen or download it to save for future use. 
Thank You
Happy Teaching!
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