Focus on CHILDREN - SIMPLE GAMES & RHYMES revisited – playing age-old simple children's games TO REVISE VOCABULARY and singing Nursery rhymes TO PRACTISE VERB TENSES IN CONTEXT
"I spy with my little eye something beginning with B." said the little boy to his sister while I was sunbathing on holiday by the pool, "It's blue and it's behind the sun-lounger... no... next to mum's sunglasses... no... between her hat and the suntan lotion... yes, it's her Book!! Good girl! Now it's your turn...". My eyes shot open! WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO REVISE VOCABULARY AND PREPOSITIONS!! I suddenly realised how SIMPLE CHILDREN'S GAMES can be used in the classroom FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING. I racked my brain for other long-forgotten childhood games but momentarily could come up with nothing useful except NURSERY RHYMES which I never use enough: irregular verbs in the past & present perfect, the future, vocabulary, phrasal verbs... children love acting them out and they are so easy to remember and repeat with their rhyming words - the definitely PROMOTE FLUENCY!
I would welcome any other simple games you would like to suggest to me!
Looking forward to hearing any of your ideas!
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My name is Susan Brodar, born in London into a multilingual family and brought up bilingual English / Italian.