• Teaching Very Young Learners

  • Always remember how kids learn!

  • Children’s educational needs 

  • Young children’s characteristics.

  • Some problems teachers may face.

  • Adjustment – Adaptation Period.

  • Identifying and selecting aims.

  • Expectations - Objectives.

  • Designing the Annual Curriculum.

  • Long and Short Term Topic Planning.

  • Brainstorming a Topic-based Syllabus.

  • PLANNING: annual, monthly, weekly.

  • Lesson planning.


  • Supporting children’s understanding.

  • Using Mother Tongue -L1.

  • Organizing the classroom.

  • Managing children positively.

  • Establishing daily routines.


  • Getting their attention.

  • REFERENCE CHARTS: Weather Chart- Clothes Line- Calendar – Rules Char-t Helper Chart- Agenda

  • Making and using home-made resources.

  • INTERACTIVE BOARDS: Flannel Board – Magnet Boards – Chalk Board – Pocket Chart – Word Bank – Bulletin Boards.


  • ​Young Learners and the importance of “PLAY”.

  • Types of play: senso-motor, symbolic, construction play.

  • Easy Drama Activities.

  • Dramatic Play  in Learning Centers.

  • Role-plays and simulation activities.

  • Teaching Resources: using Total Physical Response.

  • The benefits of using Games to increase motivation by promoting meaningful situations to use the language.

  • Criteria to choose Games.

  • How do I set up a game.

  • Games at Circle Time.

  • Inside & Outside games.

  • Board, Card & file-Folder Games.

The aim of the course is to provide practical, realistic and easy-to-implement successful resourses, and real-life examples which will help you develop your Young Learners teaching and to enjoy it more!

and start it tomorrow...

and read it at your

own pace at home!


  • ​Guide to make your own VISUAL RESOURCES.

  • How to work with Posters.

  • Flashcards as an excellent learning tool when teaching kids.

  • Making your own Flashcards.

  • Working with REALIA to teach Vocabulary.

  • The benefits of working with PUPPETS.

  • All kind of puppets: stick, finger, glove & paper puppets.

  • Making puppets with your children.

  • How to perform a Puppet Show.

  • Simple Stages & Backgrounds.

  • Making and using Masks and Headbands to create characters.


  • How to use simple RHYMES & POEMS in class.

  • Repetition, repetition, repetition.

  • Techniques to foster a love for Rhymes and Poems.

  • Implementing Jazz Chants.

  • Using Visual Props: stick puppets, stand-up figures, poetry box, poetry cubes.

  • Poetry Posters with picture clues.

  • Using Music in your classroom: rhythm, rhyme & melody.

  • Make your own instruments.

  • How to teach SONGS to little kids.

  • Using Visual Props with songs.

  • The importance of Action Songs: movement & gestures to illustrate meaning.

  • School-home connection.


  • Working with LEARNING CENTERS: how to organize your groups.

  • Storing your material. Implementing Rules.

  • Literacy Center : Reading & Writing Center

  • Math Center

  • Dramatic Play Center

  • Science Center

  • Blocks Center

  • Arts & Grafts Center

  • Computer Center

  • Designing activities: skills & concepts, step-by-step directions and variations.


  • A Literacy Program

  • Some conditions to promote Language Acquisition.

  • Managing Literacy Stations    


  • Shared Reading

  • Teaching Reading Strategies

  • Guided Reading Procedure     

  • 10 Helpful questions in determining appropriate texts

  • Follow-Up Activities – Assessment

  • Reading Aloud

  • Independent Reading


  • Shared Writing

  • Interactive Writing

  • Independent Writing


  • GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS as an aid to understand information.

  • Why using graphic Organizers with little kids.

  • Story/Star Diagram, Chain of Events, Story Maps.

  • Anchor Chats in your class.

  • Character map,  KWL Charts, Five W’s Chart, I Can Charts & Family Trees.

  • Venn Diagrams, “T” and “Y” Charts. 

  • Technology & kids.

  • Using Videos: criteria to choose the content and teaching strategies.

  • Using Technology to empower Young Children: recycling contents with computers.


  • STORY TIME: Reasons to use Stories with little kids.

  • Story Telling & Story Reading.

  • How do I choose the right kind of story?

  • Listening to stories.

  • Procedure to read a story to little kids.

  • What can we do Before, During and After reading a Story.

  • Ways to complement your Story Time.

  • Story Time Area & Attention Grabbers.

  • Retelling with Puppets, Masks & Headbands.

  • Self- created stories.

  • How to use Felt and Magnet Boards in your Story Time.

  • Shared Reading & BIG BOOKS.

  • Using Story Aprons and Retelling Vests.

  • Story Tins and Retelling Cubes.

  • Organize your Story Time.

  • Show your work: organize a Book Day

UNIT 10:

  • More STORY TIME.

  • Book Sharing Schedule: day-by-day planning.

  • Using Non- fiction texts.

  • Hand-made Books.

  • Reading One-page story.

  • Making alternative, self created books to target specific reading needs.

  • Emergent Readers.

  • Books created for children.

  • Pop- up, Flip-flop, Zig-zag books.

  • Story Boxes & Story Baskets.

UNIT 11:

  • Social issues in the class.

  • Resolving conflicts in a constructive and positive approach.

  • What conflicts can kids have in class?

  • Building a Community: me, my family, my friends.

  • Getting to know each other: celebrating differences.

  • “Rules for living in agreement”. I-care Rules for little kids. 

  • Understanding and resolving problems. The Peace Table.

  • Dealing with emotions: managing anger effectively: options for “calming down”.

  • Steps to Effective Listening: we are good listeners.

  • Dealing with discipline.

UNIT 12:

  • Assessing your students’ progress.

  • Evaluation.

  • Correction and giving rewards.

  • School- home connection.

  • Communicating with parents.

  • Parents Meetings and Newsletters.

  • It’s time to show your work: Project Work, Book Fairs, Green Week.

  • How to organize your Open Class. 

  • End-of-the-year shows and much more


  • Each Unit will be electronically delivered (via email) once a week for you to read it at your own pace.

  • Themes in Units are thoroughly described together with pictures, graphs, charts,
    teaching resources, etc...

  • Visual Aids, Interactive Boards, Alternative Easy-to-make Books, Class Created Big Books, Learning Centers, etc. and all Home-made Teaching Resources will be in a picture/photo format in your Handbook.

  • Enter Grace Bertolini's Web Site to have a picture of most of them: www.gracebertolini.com.ar - Free Resources


  • WEEKLY ON-GOING TUTORING ASSESSMENT will be available twice a week to answer (via email) all your questions and doubts about every unit/topic and guide you throughout the Course.

  • For each unit you will do a Task to reinforce, recycle and self-evaluate concepts.

  • At the end of the TEK Course, you will be doing your last Evaluation Task (Multiple Choice Format) and a practical activity in groups.


will be issued to those who complete the 12 Units of TEK Course, after last Evaluation Task.



TEK Course was designed by Grace Bertolini for Creative Teching, and was not created to be an official teaching qualification. The aim of our Course is your Teaching Professional Development and its certification is a proof of accomplishment available for public viewing. TEK Course provides practical, realistic and easy to implement successful resources and tools, and real-life examples which will help you to develop your Young Learners Teaching and to enjoy it more!


  1. You may print/use resources from TEK Course for personal or classroom use only.

  2. You are not allowed to:
    -Resell any item from TEK Course in any format.
    -Make them available on any website.
    -Add them to a CD for resale purposes.

    -Share it with any group, email listings, Facebook, Twitter, etc...



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