I’m back to teaching English, but only part-time. VERY part-time. As in 4.5 hrs/week. I teach 3 preschool classes 3 times a week. I did this same gig a couple months last year, and that’s when I discovered how much I LOVE teaching the little ones. Up until that point, I had declined any classes with young children with the philosophy that I have enough at home to deal with. 😉
One of the best parts of teaching English to preschoolers is being able to introduce them to new songs and games. One of their favorites is “Where is Thumbkin.” I love watching their amazement as we sing “Here I am.” My mom gave me a set of books with a sing-a-long CD by Dr. Jean that I decided would work awesomely in the classroom. So, I used “Five Little Monkeys.” These are not the jumping on the bed monkeys. They are the swinging from a tree kind.
Five little monkeys swinging from a tree, Teasing Mr. Alligator, Can’t catch me! Along came Mr. Alligator, quiet as can be and snatched a monkey right out of the tree!
The first two classes I used it in were the youngest & they just loved the whole snatched part where I clap my hands like an alligator’s mouth. But then, I got to the older class. Their Vietnamese teacher was in there that day & decided to help them understand better with a little translating. As we’re reading along, she translates that the alligator eats the monkeys. The kids’ eyes all grow with fear. Totally a priceless moment. These kids didn’t look like they wanted to continue. We turn the page…she asks how many monkeys are left…the kids answer…she tells them again that the alligator ate a monkey. And this just continues throughout the whole song. Oh, man…it was just hilarious. Once we finished reading, I started the CD & snapped my alligator mouth at a few of the students & that’s when they finally relaxed and started enjoying the song.