It’s all been a bit serious last week,  so let’s start off the new term with something quick & silly to review some verbs & animals!

1. Pre-teach some silly action words in the warm up e.g.  hop, skip, jump, bow, wiggle, stretch  or even cartwheel if you are feeling adventurous!

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2. Put today’s animal flashcards on the board either these, these or these. (or even Halloween monsters!)

3. Put the kids in two lines.  (Or more if you have bigger classes.)

4.  The kids shout out a question such as “What are we doing today?”

5.  You (or the previous winner) then shout out one of the silly action words plus one of the animal cards e.g. “Hop to the dog”, “Wiggle to the snail”, “Stretch to the hippo” etc.

6.  The kids then have to do this action whilst going to touch this animal on the board!

Ninja Tip:  Now you’re reading this thinking “that’s kinda boring”  but just watch what the kids come up with! :)  

7.  Give points for style and amusement rather than being the fastest!

(Plus if you’ve done “What are you doing?” give bonus marks if they can say “I’m wiggling to the snail” etc.!)

Enjoy!


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Thanks to all of you purchasing the Teacher’s Set (and all of you who told your friends to purchase it!) over the last two weeks we’ve just had another record breaking September.

That means there’s more time, and more resources, I can spend on making even more cool new stuff for you.

Thank you so much and it is so great to have you all on board!

Ninja Tip:  Here’s an “Easy as 1 2 3″ guide if you need it to get you started.

In Europe or Russia?

For those of you in Europe who have a VAT number we also have an alternative payment system, just in case you’ve been having any problems with paypal.

And there is also the Installment Plan that I know will help some of you out especially at this time of the year.

The price of the Teacher’s Set goes up on September 30th,  so if you haven’t already,  join us and get your orders in before then!

(You can of course buy it after then,  but it will be more expensive.  The Yorkshireman in me tells you not to wait. :) )

 

Adding in vols. 11, 12 & 13

I’ve also had lots of long term fans asking about how to add volumes 11, 12 & 13 to their sets.

You can do that with your VIP discounts here.


  

Ninja Tip:   If you fill up your collection with all the volumes,  send me an email.  I’ll try and upgrade you to the full latest pack so that you have all the updates to all your old volumes too.     (This is particularly great if you originally bought them on CD!)    As you can imagine I’m having quite a few emails at this time of year, but I’ll try and help out where I can!

I’m sure you going to love all the funky new themes.

OK, it’s back to work making more cool things for you, and do keep an eye out on the blog for a very fun, silly game coming up next! :)

Be genki,

Richard


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Ahhh…. we just get back after the Summer holidays  (or Winter working in my case!) and what happens?

Yep, everyone starts asking me about Halloween ideas! :)

We now have a huge selection of full Halloween lessons,  Halloween games, songs, stickers, masks, posters, everything you need over on the Genki Halloween page.

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Haunted House song anyone?  (For rooms of the house and the “who” question)

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… funky stickers and badges ….

… or the creativity boosting imagination worksheets?

To get the best of both worlds,  all the fun stuff *and* making great progress with their English, my advice is always to use the Halloween cool factor to spice up the regular English you’d normally have at this time of year (  coloursbody partsprepositions (under, on, in etc.), “What do you want to be?“, rooms of the house etc.  ) rather than just basic Halloween vocab.

You’ll have lots of fun, the kids will love it and the parents will love seeing their kids get so excited whilst improving their English.

There’s no way you’d cover everything in one year,  so pick your favourites and enjoy! :)

Check all the ideas out here.

 


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Want the fastest (and probably easiest) way to teach reading?

That would be phonics,  and hopefully  Genki Phonics, of course.

I’ve just uploaded the first part of the Genki Phonics workshop from Slovakia so you can see how I do it.

You’ll find:

  • The reason I had to write Genki Phonics, and what’s wrong with the other programs.
  • Getting the discipline right so everyone does the gestures and gets the sounds right.
  • How to use the gestures  (and use them to distinguish between short and long sounds)
  • Why start with “s” and not “a”?
  • How to teach the blending

Plus I’m sure you’ll find a whole host of other tips and ideas from seeing me do it in video.

(Click here if you’re on email and can’t see the video.)

If you want more there are more videos on the main Genki Phonics page including the teachers in Tanzania showing you all of the Genki Phonics gestures.  (The 3rd video on the page.)

And I’ll also be, fingers crossed, going through Genki Phonics in this weekend’s Asia workshop in Kawasaki, and in next month’s Europe workshop in Spain.

Mini Phonics Readers

Lots of teachers have also been asking about extra reading practice.

I have been telling people to get a good “graded reader” course.

But actually the best bet is probably the Phonics Stories we put into the Genki Phonics Posters.

They only use the phonemes learnt so far, so effectively they are a really simple Graded Readers series themselves:

Ninja Tip:  I’m also thinking of splitting these out into their own separate download product as they are really too valuable to be included with the regular phonics package.   So if you haven’t got them yet, now would be a good time – they’re on the main Phonics Page as part of the Phonics Posters.

If we get enough requests we might also start work back on the other stories for the later phonemes,  do let us know if you’d be interested in the comments - I’ll see if we can persuade Margit to start work on them again! :)

There you go…

Hope you like the video and of course do ask away if you have any questions!

Happy teaching!

Be genki,

Richard

P.S.   Slovak, Czech and Polish teachers….  I’ve got a couple of special surprise presents for you in the VIP forum! :)   (We’re going for Ministry of Education accreditation in Slovakia, so I made them up for you – hope you find them useful! ) :)


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iWatch concept by: Esben Oxholm

With Apple launching the iWatch Apple Watch this week they did a crafty piece of PR saying

Switzerland (the traditional home of fine watches) is in trouble!

The response from the Swiss manufacturers?

We’re not in the watch business.  We’re in the “making people feel special” business.

With just one change of focus they removed the need to compete with Apple to make a “better watch.”

They elevated their life’s work from just “doing something” (telling the time) to the realm of gold & diamonds.

The magical realm of jewelry & self confidence.

And making people feel wonderful for choosing them.

You’re not a teacher…

And you know what, you’re not in the teaching business either.

We know that kids learn better from their peers,  from experience or even from apps.

That’s not what we’re here for.

No, your life’s work is far more important.

Because you’re in the empowerment business.

You take that shy little kid in the corner, the one who everyone else gave up on because they didn’t understand what shy meant.

And you empower them to be expert communicators.

To stand up and say “Yeah!”

To take risks and not be afraid to lose.

To have great body language.

To always make eye contact.

To be confident speakers.

To listen, to empathise, to understand in English and in their own language.

To have the confidence to say “No”  when they need to.

And to say “Yes, I can!” when they feel a challenge or excited.

 

The why …

Teaching is the nuts and bolts, the mechanics of the lesson plan.

What you bring is the empowerment.

The heart.

The soul.

The passion.

And *that* is why you do what you do.

 


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One to file away in the “Why didn’t I think of that!” genius ideas, here’s Margit’s kids doing the North & South song.

Blindfolded.  With a map.   Check out all the laughter.  And Margit has even included a very cool game for you to try too.

What do you think?  Do let us know in the comments!

Ninja Tip:  This lesson is fantastic for countries where students need pronunciation help with  ”th” and/or “s”    Just look at all those “th”s and “s”s in the lyrics – especially “South!”

 

P.S.  The winner of last month’s comment competition was …..   Emmanuelle!     This month’s competition is now on, so if you’d like the chance to win a Genki English volume download of your choice (or Genki Japanese or Genki German or Genki Relax) then get commenting on the blog,  each month one comment is picked at random to be the winner.

Update:  Emmanuelle’s email seemed familiar, and this is actually the second time to win this year – the more posts you comment on the more chance you have of winning! :)   (Plus we really like it when you comment on our games, activities etc.   :) )


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