Free Printable of the Week: ABC Paper Bag Puppets 

Filed under: Printable of the Week on Sunday, August 11th, 2013 by | No Comments

Hello Again!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day.   Here it is rainy, but the temperature is quite nice.   As I was looking for paper bag puppet patterns, I found out this cute set of puppet patterns.   I am sure you are going to love it.   I am teaching my “on the Farm” theme, and I found some that would be perfect for that unit.


Hope you like them as much as I do.


Have a great week!



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Teaching Materials of the Week: Farm Animals 

Filed under: Teaching ideas, Teaching Materials on Sunday, August 4th, 2013 by | No Comments

Hello There!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!   I will be teaching Farm Animals to my Kindergarten group this coming week, and I just found great printables, crafts, and lots of ideas.

1. Farm Printable Pack (2o pages) created by Beth from 123homeschool4me.


a.  Peak-a-boo Barn Craft

3. Farm Unit resources and ideas

4. Down on the Farm Complete Unit for Language Learners

5. Another Farm Unit for more ideas.

6. Favorite Animal Graph.

7. Meet the Farm Animals Unit for more advanced ESL learners.

8.  Ideas, ideas, and more ideas for teaching a Farm Theme.


I hope you find the resources helpful.  If you have any great resource that you have used when teaching the Farm Animals, please feel free to share it in the comment section below.


Have a great week!


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Blog of the Week: Sean Banville’s Blog 

Filed under: Blog on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by | No Comments

Hello There!

I hope you are having a great week so far and an AWESOME weekend.    For those of you that like to use movies and news in their ESL/EFL classes, I am sure you are going to find Sean Banville’s blog a real treasure.

You won’t regret it, if you click the link and take a quick look.


Enjoy it!



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Teaching Idea of the Week: Weather Lesson 

Filed under: Teaching ideas, Teaching Materials on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by | No Comments

Hello Dear Teachers,

This week I have to teach the weather to my Kindergarten students.     I have taught that lesson several times, but I always try to look for new ideas.   Here are some useful links and ideas for you.

Flip book

Lesson ideas and materials


What’s the weather explanation and song by Dr. Joan Kang Shin

Weather Wheel Craft

What I also did was to make a cardboard TV, weather cut outs with foam and a foam microphone.   I pretended to be a weather reporter and interviewed the kids about the weather in different parts of the country.

With my older students, I give them a calendar at the beginning of each month, and as a classroom routine they have to draw the weather and answer the question: How is the weather today?  It is a good way to practice the weather, the days of the week, and the months of the year throughout the year.

Here is a wonderful website that provides some free cute calendars.


Hope you find the links and materials useful.


Enjoy the week!



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Teaching Materials of the Week: The Food Pyramid. 

Filed under: Teaching Materials on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by | No Comments

Hello Everyone!

I just stop by to quickly share the resources that I am using with my sixth grade students for “My Food Pyramid” lesson.

My plate materials

Teacher’s guides and printables.



I hope you find them useful.


Enjoy the rest of the week!



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Blog of the Week: A, Bee, C, Preschool 

Filed under: Blog on Sunday, June 30th, 2013 by | No Comments

Hello There!

Getting ready for the next week of classes?   I know that in many countries you are on Summer vacations already.  Enjoy them!   However, here in Panama, the school year is only half way.   As I was looking for materials to teach numbers to my Kindergarten students, I found A, Bee, C, Preschool.    A blog with lots of ideas and materials for making preschool/Kindergarten classes lively and engaging.


If you teach preschool or Kindergarten, please feel free to share the blogs you use in the comment section below.

Have a great week!


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Teaching Ideas/Materials of the week: Brown Bear, Brown Bear… 

Filed under: Teaching ideas, Teaching Materials on Saturday, June 29th, 2013 by | No Comments

Hello There,

I have just started working again, and as a part of my Color theme, I am using Brown Bear, Brown bear by Eric Carle.  My students are just loving it, and they already can say it aloud.   Here are some useful links:

A Brown Bear Book Box

Materials in PDF


Hope your students love the story as much as mine.

Take care!



Blog of the Week: Learning Adventures with Mrs. Gerlach 

Filed under: Blog, Classroom Management on Friday, May 31st, 2013 by | No Comments

Hi There!

May is gone already!   Time really flies, doesn’t it?    Before the month ends, I would like to share with you a great blog and this particular link has very creative classroom management ideas for young learners.  I am definitely going to use a couple of them with my Kindergarten groups.   It is time to use some magic!!!

What classroom management strategies have worked for you?


Have a superb weekend!

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Website of the Week: 

Filed under: Articles, Website on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by | No Comments


As an EFL non-native teacher I always thought that my pronunciation was quite good.   Unfortunately, when I came to Boston I realized that there were some words that even though I pronounce the sounds correctly, the stress/intonation is kind of off.   Now, I feel the need to make sure I pronounce words better, and I am always looking for web tools to help me with that.   By chance, I found an article called:

12 words you might be mispronouncing

And thanks to this article I found    What I like about Howjsay is that besides regular words you may find in a dictionary, you will also find proper names of places, that normally are not found in other online dictionaries.

I hope this website is as useful for you, if you are a non-native teacher of English, as well as for your ESL/EFL students.

That’s all for now!


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Tools of the Week: 50 Fab Apps for Teachers 

Filed under: Technology on Saturday, March 30th, 2013 by | No Comments


Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!    This week Scholastic shared a pdf with 50 Fab Apps for Teachers.   There you will find free and non-free apps that can be used by teachers, some of them are not particularly for Language teachers, but you can probably adapt them for particular purposes.   Thanks to a CALL course that I am taking, I am now fascinated by the idea of how to incorporate mobile applications in my adult classes.   In the past, I have been asking my students not to use their cellphones in classes.  However, my students are so addicted to their mobile devices, that I need to find ways to incorporate their use for educational purposes into my classes.   I can’t wait to do that as soon as I am back to my classrooms.

What apps are you using in your classes?  Please feel free to share.

Have a great weekend!