I am listening to my Arabic on the MP3 player and gathering more language resources. I have found many free printables and am reviewing ESL sites for classroom tips and resources.
I am also thinking about book bags and flannel stories. These are two things that I struggled with previously only because we had SOOOO MANY requirements that these took up a lot of time.
I think these two items are VERY important if the kids dont understand because it brings a different element to the story being told/read. They can see what is happening with real items. They can also retell the story with the items at a later date/time (centers). It can be made interactive using items to review story, to bring out shy children or those who need redirecting.
It IS time consuming initially and possibly difficult if you have zero artistic abilities but there are pictures online to be printed and./or the items can be bought.
Now, I could start this now and not need the items or I could wait and then need them. Id definitely be better off with the latter. I have the index cards to create pieces for either a magnetic board or for flannel pieces.
Maybe Ill put that on my schedule for tomorrow