English as a Foreign Language
Elmer’s Photo Patchwork App is linked to one of our favourite book characters. It’s an easy to use, fun app which encourages the user to observe and take pictures of their surroundings and stimulates discussions about colours, patterns and textures in the world around them. We have three Elmer Photo Patchwork App codes to give away in…
September 26th is European Day of Languages. The European Day of Languages is jointly organised by The Council of Europe and the European Union and celebrates linguistic diversity in Europe. I have compiled a list of some of the picture books that I have used to introduce English vocabulary to non native English speaking children.
Elmer is celebrating his 25th birthday this year! We have read many of the Elmer stories which have been translated into over 40 languages as well as being made into television series. The first story is still my favourite and I have used it countless times to promote learning within a variety of topics. It is particularly…
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? is a colourful first book for babies, a great book for a beginner reader and I have also read the English version many times to non native English speaking children.
The World Cup is over but conversations about the different countries that took part have given us lots of opportunities for learning geography. We’ve been poring over the pages in Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, it’s a great book for introducing not only countries but also their flags, languages and landmarks.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50 years old! It’s such a great book to use to promote learning in the Early Year’s classroom. Eric Carle’s timeless story has been enjoyed by several generations of children and adults. As well as books, CDs and DVDs it has inspired a range of merchandise and been translated into many…
Press Here is very original, very unique and like no other book that we have on our bookshelf. It’s not a storybook, more an interactive game book which is best read aloud especially when you read it to a group of children. It isn’t the easiest book to describe but here goes….!
We have so many spiders around and so many spiders’ webs to look at that my daughter decided that The Very Busy Spider was a good book to read so she could see how spiders make their webs. I love the simplicity and the repetition in this story and it has stimulated some interesting discussions.
My daughter loves Say Goodnight to the Sleepy Animals! with its touch and feel animals and its simple, repetitive, rhyming text. It’s a perfect bedtime read for the littlest of people.
Tom & Millie’s Great Big Treasure Hunt is a first adventure story which introduces counting, colours and shapes through Guy Parker-Rees’ fantastically detailed illustrations. We spend lots of time poring over each page to see what all the animals are doing while we are helping Tom and Millie to hunt for clues.