You know the dreaded moment while teaching for VIPKID: You flip the slide and realize that you’re on the final slide with a full 5 minutes to go! What to do?! How will you fill that time? You want to pace the lessons well, about one minute per slide, but every now and then you have a “fast finisher.” I always want to fill the lesson with worthwhile content, and one way I fill extra time is reading a book in English to the kids. They love books and often have English books at home. I think they enjoy seeing some of my books! Here are some of my go-to choices, with some of my notes about each one. I’d recommend having a few on hand for that fast finisher on your schedule!
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
- Use the board book if possible! Easier to use!
- It has repetitive text. The story is so repetitive that the kids catch on, and by the end of the book, they are reading to YOU! So fun!
- It has great vocabulary for both animals and colors! Yellow duck, white dog, green frog. So many possibilities for actions and animal sounds! Lots of fun!
2. Chika Chika Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
- It has big, colorful letters in capital and lower case!
- I don’t read the whole book. I edit as necessary, based on the level of the student. But I read enough that they get the story of the letters climbing the tree and falling down.
- I always explain vocabulary “coconut tree” and point to the tree on the first page. If they don’t understand that phrase the book may be confusing.
- On the last page, it has a colorful alphabet! I have the kids sing ABCs and I point to the letters. If time, I’ll point out individual letters and ask the letter name or sound.
3. Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems
- This book has simple language, with many sight words that they kids know.
- He writes in word bubbles, which makes it easy for kids to understand who is speaking and follow the story.
- The content matches Level 2, especially the lesson about “playing” and “having fun.”
- This is good for older kids too, because there’s a joke in the book. The snake wants to play with them, but he has no arms. In the end, they “play with the snake” by throwing HIM (the snake) instead of the ball. Silly story!
Enjoy! What are your favorites?