I want to revive this old thread as I’m being asked to recommend books and write supplementary material for the coming semester of my pre-school/kindy classes. Here’s the low-down: Two classes, full English immersion, both about 16 in size, 22 hours of instruction a week, of which 4 or so in total will be Maths/Science/PE/Art. One class will be 4/5 year olds, the other 6/7 year olds.
I like Smart Kids because it looks (and is) current and colorful. It has flash cards/songs/phonics/workbooks and, a big plus, its both local with coverage of the local festival days, as well as international, with Easter, Christmas, Mothers Day, Father’s day etc. It also has a nice unit on the move from kindergarten to the big scary world of elementary school.
I note that others have their likes. Can anyone confirm or deny the following positive reports are still good.
[quote]OK, I researched all the kindergarten general textbooks I could find in Taiwan, and here’s my report:
I think the best are SuperTots and Hairy Harry.
The Hairy Harry series (2002) is produced by Ladder, the publishing company affiliated (or owned by, or owning or something) to the Sesame Street franchise in Taiwan. It is written in Taiwan. This series of books is very detailed and thus suitable for ‘whole English’ or ‘immersion’ classes with at least 10 English lessons a week. There is one level for each semester of kindergarten - K1 (xiao ban) through K3 (da ban). Each of the six levels has 2 student books, 2 workbooks, 2 cassettes, an English teacher’s manual, a Chinese teacher’s manual, flashcards, small cards, wall charts and other material. The teacher’s manuals have a lot of lesson plans.
The SuperTots series is published by Longman and written in the USA for the Asian market. There are only three levels with 8 units in each for three years, so it is suitable for a ‘bilingual’ class with 5 or less English lessons a week. Each level of kindergarten has student’s book, workbook, casettes, flashcards and English teacher’s manual.
If you ever have to recommend books for your kindergarten, I think these are the best choices. My company has just signed distribution contracts with both publishers, so if you want a discount, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (incidentally I’m not saying that these are the best becuase we’ve got distribution contracts with them, rather, we signed the contracts with them, because we think they’re the best).[/quote]
[quote]I’d recommend: SMILE series by Macmillan. It goes up to level 6
GOGO Loves English is Longman’s international best seller and a teachers’ favourite.
Ladybird books are excellent for phonics and activities.
Let’s Go series, by OUP is very popular in Japan.
English Time for primary school ages, and Magic Time for kindy.
Keypals out of Japan, is presently being adapted for the Taiwan market and should be available by next spring. It’s hip and fresh, personalised, and good for primary ages.[/quote]
Any thoughts and recommendations are welcome.