Hello and happy Saturday. I’m a millennial, and that means every bit of my life is affected by technology. I am one of those teacher who fully support the use of technology for instructional purposes, especially to create links between the classroom and the home. This is why I send weekly tasks to my Pre-k and Kindergarten parents, some of which include YouTube channels to check out at home. Today I’m going to share with you four of these channels and why I love them.
Now, Go Noodle is a page many people know and love, but it’s not as known in Colombia as it is in the U.S. I sent my parents and invitation to join Go Noodle and some did, but I also shared the YouTube channel with them because it requires no login or anything too challenging. Videos also appear to load faster in here, so it’s pretty great, the only downside is that there’s no way of earning points.
Whenever I have to cover for a teacher, I play videos to my students. I adore playing NickSplat videos to my students because they take me back to my own childhood. We love watching Rugrats, Hey Arnold, The Wild Thornberrys and Rocket Power. The videos are really short, but that keeps my students focused, wanting to see more. Often with longer videos they get bored, especially because they don’t understand most of it yet. I like to play these videos because they train my students’ ears and have them listen to different accents.
I love the fact that full episodes are uploaded into this channel. This show is great for young learners because it’s easy to understand, it revolves around stories that are known by the kids, and it develops many skills related to literacy. Do you have to cover for a preschool teacher and you have no idea what to do? Super Why to the rescue!
Reading aloud is a very important part of my classes, and I encourage parents to read to their kids, but that’s not always possible; some parents don’t know English well enough to read stories to their kids, some others don’t have the time to do this. In some houses there aren’t even books in English! Thankfully, with StorylineOnline you can have the best books read to you by great actors. This is also great if you don’t have many books in your classroom because the selection is amazing.
What are some YouTube channels that as a teacher you swear by? Tell me about them!
Love, Miss Camila
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