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"Christmas Eve"

Target Language: Christmas, Family Members

This theme is from the Genki English "Kids English" series which has a video, hard cover picture book and CD for this theme and 11 others


"Merry Christmas"
by Richard Graham


Mum Bear is making a cake. Mum Bear is making a cake.
Grandma Bear is wrapping the presents.
Grandma Bear is wrapping the presents.

Itfs a very, very merry Christmas Time,
A very, very happy Christmas Time!

Sister Bear is writing a letter.
Sister Bear is writing a letter.
Brother Bear is making a snowman.
Brother Bear is making a snowman.

Itfs a very, very merry Christmas Time,
A very, very happy
Christmas Time!

Put the star on the tree.
Put the star on the tree.
Now itfs time for bed.
Now itfs time for bed!

Itfs a very, very merry
Christmas Time,
A very, very happy
Christmas Time!




Instead of the razzmatazz of Christmas Day, I wanted to capture the Christmas Eve, snuggled up at home waiting for Santa, atmosphere. The song is soft and gentle, and when we filmed the video clip for it I was watching in another room with the parents of the child actors and when the song finished they all started to cry!

The song looks like it has a lot of language in it, but because it is slow, and because everything is explained in the video, kids can usually get it on the second or third run through. It's also very easy to put mimes and gestures to, which is highly recommended.


Game

With the picture book you have the board with the family members drawn on, and a separate sheet of stickers. As you listen to the CD you put the correct present onto the correct person.

This is a little tricky to do if you have a large group of kids, so what I recommend is to make large versions of the family members and the presents and use magnets to fasten them to the classroom chalkboard. Then everyone listens together as a class and puts the correct presents on the family members.

On the CD we also explain the game rules in Japanese ( just in case!), and run through several variations of the game.


Picture Book: "Christmas Time"

Eventhough this is my own book, I played the narration CD this Christmas Eve. Put on the the "parentese" soft version, and with the music you just melt. So maybe the genki version is better for classroom use!

As with the other Kids English theme, once the kids have learnt the song they can easily understand the picture book, even in one 45 minute lesson.

On the CD there are three recordings of the narration, chose the one according to the kids mood from "Parentese" ( really slow and clear), "Normal" or "Genki".


This theme is available in the Genki English "Kids English" set!






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