Download and print these Free Months of the Year Flashcards from The Teaching Aunt to use as classroom decor and/or instructional material.
We’re about to start second term here in Japan. and that means more vocabulary words are lined up to be introduced.
As an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, I found that introducing new words can be tricky especially if the learners are not used to the alphabet.
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Japan has its own characters for its writing system. And these characters are classified into three forms: hiragana, katakana and kanji.
If I’m not mistaken, there are hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of Japanese characters.
In fact, I asked a Japanese friend and she said there are a lot of kanji characters that she can’t recognize.
Imagine having to learn and master all those characters and then you have to add the alphabet, too! If that is not an accomplishment, I don’t know what is.
Knowing this Japanese reality, as an ESL teacher I have to make sure that
I come up with creative ways to introduce vocabulary words to my students.
Thus, I decided to dig up my background in preschool teaching and come up with cute materials.
For today’s post, I’ll be sharing with you the simple yet cute months of the year flashcards that I designed as staircase decor.
Yup! You read that right. Staircase decor.
I figured the best way to expose my Japanese students to English words is by displaying word flashcards on high traffic areas.
Hence, the staircase!
Now I’m sure that they see- and hopefully reading the words every time they go up the stairs.
To further catch their attention, I made sure to use colors and catchy design to make the words pop-up.
You may be curious how you’ll be able to use these free preschool flashcards in your classroom.
Use it as part of your circle time routine!
Years before, I had a big calendar in my preschool classroom to familiarise my students with the following:
- days of the week
- months of the year
From something so basic as a calendar, I was able to teach my students all the learning objectives above.
And I’m confident to say that by the end of the school year they have already mastered everything they needed to know about the calendar, including the months.
In fact, that was how my students learned how to read the months vocabulary words!
Since they got to see it everyday and we talked about it every single circle time, they got to master the sight words easily.
That is the power of exposure.
Now if you’re in the fence for a calendar that you can use in your classroom- or if you’re homeschooling your child, I highly recommend this magnetic classroom calendar.
This classroom calendar is perfect for your circle time area and/or nursery.
It teaches weather, seasons, dates emotions and even temperature!
Definitely the best bang for your buck!
And if you’re not sold yet, you may hang this magnetic calendar on your wall or stick it to your fridge or any metallic surface.
Possibilities are endless.
Let’s now proceed to your free printable.
These free months of the year flashcards print best on A4 sized paper.
Just click on the link below to download your free months vocabulary words flashcards.
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