The magic bag
This is a real attention getter for very young learners (I do it with 3 yr olds). I use a satin, shiny bag onto which I've sewn ribbons, stars, moons etc ., like what a magician would use. In it I prepare small objects (cat, dog, fish, car, bird...) that I found at the bottom of my kids toy chest. At the beginning of each class, each kid picks an object from the magic bag (they almost fight over it! ) . All the kids are fascinated by what the others pull and how to say it in English. We finish by saying "Good-bye fish/cat/etc." From there we build around that vocab, and later I introduce new concepts this way. It starts the class off with a high attention level !
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