Sunday, November 28, 2010

Yellow Pencil and Orange Pumkin

While looking for other fun English teaching websites I came across this great one, The Yellow Pencil.

I asked the Yellow Pencil to tell me a bit about their site;

"The yellow pencil is a non profit site to teach Spanish speaking children English.
All the activities are made up of very simple grammar and easy vocab to introduce the students to the English language in an enjoyable way.
The grammar is explained in Spanish and the exercises are mainly translation worksheets to print or to do on line.

There are short videos to help with pronunciation and a karaoke pages with nursery rhymes to sing along.

I made The yellow pencil to use with my students and now is visited by Spanish speaking children all over the world Thanks to the magic of the Internet

Many of our users are from Spanish Speaking areas so I wanted to let them see this great site and all the goodies that it has to offer.

Grammar Page

Thanks again to the Yellow Pencil.
Gracias al lápiz amarillo


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

1/2 a Million

Yes, 500,000 is half a million. We don't teach maths at but we can still do some. That is the amount of views our YouTube channel has had so far. That is a big number. As well as that we have about 450 subscribers to our channel. You too can subscribe here to free English teaching videos.

What makes our videos a little different from most other English teaching videos on YouTube is that our videos are all part of a course. Not just random videos to teach certain things but a collection of videos in lesson format (11 videos per lesson). Each lesson teaches specific vocab and grammar points. We have 10 full lessons up there already and we are half way through teaching lesson 11. Lots of people from all over the world enjoy our videos and find great teaching value from them. This makes us happy.

Tell your friends about us and have a look for yourself.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Music Videos

Music is and will always be a fantastic way to learn a language. For younger learners in particular. Kids love to sing a long to songs. It can achieve the ideal situation where children are learning with out realising that that they are 'studying'. It is true that music is an international language that all people can understand. That is the beauty of music.

We try as hard as we can to bring our education to kids through music. We have recorded more than 50 songs that teach different grammar, sentence patters and vocabulary. These songs are yet to be released on the world! However, plans are afoot to start making some new animated music videos for our tracks. Watch this space.

Here are a few of my favorites from our current 'album'.


Can you Fly?

First person Funk!

Third Person Groove

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween Survival

Halloween is a very dangerous time for Pumkins, however, we do celebrate it.

While most find it amusing or even creative to carve the living bodies out of our friends the pumPkins we find this time of the year is best spent indoors within the safety of our own homes.

Some of our unfortunate cousins!

Trick or treating for Pumkins is a little tough too. Our large bodies make it hard to disguises ourselves. Trick or treating on Halloween night is also dangerous for Pumkins for we may become the target for some small child's 'creativity'.

All in all though, Halloween was a fun time in Pumkin World. We have made some fun and ambitious plans for the future, Pumkin World needs to keep moving and evolving. Plans are in the pipeline for new activities and a new 'foundation' to bring our online education to those who can not afford it. We will be working with charities to bring Pumkin learning into the houses of children all over the world who would not normally have the opportunity to have access to online English teaching.

Another year and we have survived another Halloween.