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Love, Kindergarten Style

This year, my kindergarten class liked each other a lot, in song and craft.

We began with a simple song:  One, two, I like You. This is my favorite song from Carolyn Graham’s Holiday Jazz Chants because even my youngest students can handle the lyrics and gestures. Here’s a cute video of another class singing the same song.

One, two, I like you.

One, two,  I like you.

One, two, three, you like me and I like you. (I do!)

Then we made valentines.

Besides providing a chance to review colors and shapes, it was also a chance for students to show how much more skilled they’d become with tracing and cutting.

At the end of the day, students left with valentines for Mom and Dad, and maybe for a few of their friends.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Barbara,

    What a great post and wonderful video. What strikes me is that som many things we hold as “truths” in the field of EFL/ELT are sort of thrown to dust by your video.
    YL sitting in individual desks???? How many of us have fought and fought for tables for group work? I suspect that when they got on with the art/craft part they may have worked in a different workspace, but anyway, loads to reconsider in terms of managing YL.

    Another thing that struck me was the number of students in class!

    Wow, I suspect they may be very well behaved (which is quite different here in Brazil, but not that bad if you have good classroom management skills). We feel that 14 in a class is ideal and we’ll add a helper for very YL (as we know we need someone to take them to the toilet, wipe noses, etc – the basic classroom things that happen when dealing with YL).

    But I thought the idea of the task was great and really enjoyable.
    Thanks for sharing,

    Valéria

    1. Barbara says:

      Thanks, Valeria, for sharing how YL classes are organized in Brazil.

      This isn’t a video of my class–I think it is from a class in Taiwan. My students are in the craft pictures.

      However, the seating arrangement (and number of students) is fairly common in public schools here in Japan, too, and throughout Asia, for that matter.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the song and craft!

  2. This was incredibly cute! I loved the video. I missed having a Valentine’s lesson with my students because in Germany we celebrate Fasching so instead we usually do a lesson on costumes and similarities of Fasching, Carnival, and Halloween.

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