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TEFL review : Janod Panoramic Puzzle 4 seasons

This is not a classic review. I will not tell you how much my daughter liked this puzzle or how handy the hatbox is. No I will tell you why I like this puzzle as a teaching tool and how I used it. I will also post a video online in the near future where I use it. You can let your kids watch it and have them practice some English. This is not a sponsored ad like review. I just think it’s a good teaching tool example. As you can see these are also my personal pictures which aren’t very professional.

Janod Hat Boxed 36 Pcs Panoramic Puzzle

So it’s a puzzle you will say, they make the puzzle and you’re done. Well no this puzzle would be great as a one on one activity, but you could even use it as a group activity where the kids make the puzzle together. After that the fun starts.

Janod Hat Boxed 36 Pcs Panoramic Puzzle

First of all using it when homeschooling or giving a 1-1 lesson, in that case most of the talking will be done during the making of the puzzle. You could start by counting the pieces. After that you look at the picture of the puzzle as it progresses. There are several ways of doing this. You can point out that there are 4 seasons on the puzzle and ask if she or he knows the 4 seasons. After that you can ask to which season the part that they pick belong to and why depending on the level of English. Once the puzzle is finished you go over all the seasons and talk about those seasons. Ask about the child’s favorite season, why, etc Ask what they see in each season and practice counting count for example how many people they see or how many sunflowers there are. If you have child with limited language skills you can ask to point out the different season and to find several objects on the puzzle.

Autumn – winter

Using a puzzle in a group lesson is a bit tricky. If the group is not too big you can just do the puzzle as a group, but since there are only 36 pieces it’s a bit hard. You could provide several puzzles to groups of 4-6 students either several times the same puzzle or different puzzles. In both cases you let them first make the puzzle and then discuss among themselves a list of questions that you prepare for them. You go through the classroom and make sure they are using English and not their own language. In the case of all the groups using the same puzzle they can after that all answer to the questions in class. If they all have different puzzles they can all present their puzzle in class.

spring – summer – fall

I always try to use different skills. This encourages the use of different parts of the brain together which is really beneficial for young learners. I would probably do some arts and crafts about the 4 seasons after this activity. I hope I gave you some teaching ideas.

Disclaimer: The reviewed product wasn’t subject to any sponsorship. I purchased it myself. I do am open to sponsorship, but will always mention it when I received a product to review.

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Welcome to my new blog

Welcome to my new blog. This blog is all about testing materials to use in language lessons. I’m planning on using different toys and show how they are compatible with my lessons.

The lessons I’m teaching apply to young learners. I will do 3 types of video’s and blogposts:

  1. Lessons designed for young learners mainly in English but also Dutch and French lessons will be created.
  2. Testing of materials and show how to use them in language learning.
  3. Showing cool STEM experiments that can be used to teach English or other languages

Why this blog?

The original idea was to have video’s to inspire other teacher on how to use materials, but I’ve made a separate blog for that. This one will be filled with pictures and video’s for kids, ready materials etc… So this is more child oriented where as my teacher teach the teacher site gives more of an how to… approach. I won’t keep it English only cause while teaching my children Dutch, English and Turkish I’ve noticed a big lack of Dutch and Turkish materials. For English I know there is a lot out there, but mainly a lot of animated video’s where a lot is going on. While that will work with most children there also are children that easily get overstimulated and who really need plain video’s. Which is exactly what I want to make.

I hope you will enjoy this blog. I’m full of ideas and I can’t wait to share them.