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No Dice!

No Dice: U.S. informal: something that people say when you may not or cannot do something: I asked if we could go to the party, but Mom said no dice.   Have you ever set up a board game only to find that you don’t have any dice or counters? The counters are usually not […]

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‘Go Fish!’ style games have been popular with children and adults for hundreds of years and they have been seen as ideal for keeping children quiet on rainy days. As a child I spent many a rainy day playing ‘Happy Families’, an earlier version of Go Fish!, these games would often take an hour or […]

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For a long time I have been thinking to write a blog post about Read! Spell! Do! (RSD) but, although simple to a fault, RSD is so versatile that almost every time I use the game in the classroom I discover another slant to it. In today’s blog I wish to introduce the game and […]

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“Swotting Words” is a good title for this activity, though some of you won’t understand the word “swot”, which is British English for “to study assiduously”; assiduous is hardly the easiest of words in itself. Anyway, you need some flash cards with pictures on one side and words on the other. I have chosen to […]

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Get a Country is not a game I use so often, but every time I get to teach countries with my young students I get this game out as it is less complex than most other country card games and available in Japan. I just wish I could use it with my university students, for […]

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In NFO 3 Teacher’s Book page 30/31, David Paul describes a spelling game which he calls “Hitting Words”. Basically, the teacher attaches several picture cards to the board, a child throws a ball, hits one of the pictures and writes the word in his notebook or on the board. It’s a very simple, yet interesting […]

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How are you? Today I want to talk to you about the card game Mood Swings, which was published in 2013. The reason I created the game was because one teacher complained that some of her young students could not answer the question “How are you?” They probably could but some students just hate to be […]

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To recap on this activity. Lay the cards as in the picture making sure that you have some zero article and adjective cards in there, give one child the swatter and call out the first card “A pig.” He slams the article and pig whilst saying “A pig.” He then passes the swatter to the […]

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When do you actively begin teaching articles to children and how do you do so?   This short small group activity is for use with initial short vowel sounds vocabulary. In it I use the flash cards for Writing Worksheets, which are available for free download in the files section of the BAH Facebook group and the […]

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Mike Guest said “I’m interested to see/hear how you might adapt intros in your own classroom…” Ha! Ha! I had never really given it any serious thought till now. We could of course practise introducing friends, guests and speakers and this would allow for much more freedom of content than you would generally have when […]

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