Articles about 'Learning'
September 9th, 2013
Play the Great Language Game by trying to identify some eighty languages by their sound alone. It’s very challenging. Check it out!
April 17th, 2013
Monique was here visiting from France for the past two weeks and we worked on creating Spanish and French versions of our books and apps. (They should be available soon.) Here’s a link to our current books and apps.
April 17th, 2013
French Pronunciation is a site that helps you improve your French pronunciation. You can listen to recordings of the sounds you find difficult to pronounce and then practice along with them.
January 8th, 2013
Here’s a video with a song explaining onomatopoeias… one of the coolest types of words out there!
September 11th, 2012
Here’s a 3 minute video for kids about the 8 secrets to success. Psst… here’s what they are… Passion (do it for love, not money) Hard Work Get Good at It Push (through self doubt, etc.) Serve Others Something of Value ...
September 1st, 2012
Here’s a short video about different sounds instruments make from around the world… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
June 19th, 2012
It can be difficult to roll your R’s when speaking in Spanish. This video gives some great tips to get those R’s a-rolling! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
May 7th, 2012
The French Song, Alphabet des Scouts (Scouts Alphabet) is perfect to help you learn how to pronounce the names of the letters in French. You can hear it at the link above and read along with the French lyrics. There are also English and Spanish translations of the song. Enjoy! Mama Lisa
April 4th, 2012
Most kids in the US have to learn where all the 50 states are at some point in elementary school. My daughter had to learn them for a test this week. We tried apps for the iPad and Android to help her learn them. None of the ones we found were very helpful. So we went...
March 15th, 2012
Here’s a song called "Brother Come and Dance with Me" from a Librivox rendition of Hansel and Gretel. You can replace "brother" with "children" (or a child’s name). This little song and dance can help children learn coordination and how to distinguish left from right. MP3 of Brother Come and Dance with Me ...
March 14th, 2012
Happy Pi Day! Pi is the mathematical constant π which represents the ratio of any circle to its diameter. This number is approximately 3.14. Today is 3/14 and that’s why it’s held today. You can celebrate pi day by eating some pie! Bon appetit! Mama Lisa
February 17th, 2012
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili,...
January 27th, 2012
A while ago, I talked about how my daughter’s class made drawings illustrating the literal meanings of idiomatic expressions. This is a great way to help children, and people learning English as a second language, to understand these sayings.. One drawing my daughter did was an illustration of the expression "follow your nose". "Follow your nose"...
November 23rd, 2011
To celebrate Thanksgiving this year in school, my daughter’s 5th grade class invited their families to an event called "Poetry and Pie". Instead of the traditional little Thanksgiving meal in class, the kids read poems and afterwards served seasonal pies to their families. Each kid chose their own poem to read. They practiced reciting their...
March 29th, 2011
A while back, Monique Palomares told me how she went to see a show held by a scribe museum in France about the old pens that used to be used in school. She remembers using them! Here’s what she wrote about it… The show reminded me of when I was a child and someone would bring...
March 2nd, 2011
Emanuela Marsura is a preschool teacher in Italy. She wrote to me about how her students cook in her school: "We do cooking every Friday. We have prepared: gnocchi with potatoes, taralli napoletani, cakes and many biscuits! The Children love Friday!" Cooking is a great opportunity for kids to learn… they measure the ingredients...
February 1st, 2011
The other day I posted the rhyme for helping remember the number of days in each month. Interestingly, one friend from France and another friend who was born in Hong Kong mentioned a knuckle trick for remembering. There are different versions of the knuckle trick, but evidently it’s used around the world. You can...
November 24th, 2010
You can now listen to and read My Very First Little German Book online or download them onto your computer. The book and recording are both in German and English. The book has nice little illustrations. View the 1st two pages of the book by clicking on the image above. The book includes a little...
November 12th, 2010
8 x 7 = ? Parents, teachers and students are always looking for new ways to help kids learn their Math Facts, especially the multiplication table. Here’s a recording Marisa did with some tricks she uses to help her with the trickier multiplication facts she has to know. They’re those numbers in the middle that don’t stick...
November 7th, 2010
In the US, we have a test called the SAT that you take as part of the process for getting into college. American parents out there might not realize that the test has changed. There are now three parts to the standard SAT: Reading, Math and Writing (with an Essay section). You can score up...