Greenman and the Magic Forest
Natural learning for Pre-Primary
Greenman & The Magic Forest is an enchanting pre-Primary course based on the adventures of two children, Nico and Sam and their encounter with the magical protector of the forest – Greenman.
The course follows a whole-child approach and teaches English as part of children's overall education, helping them learn naturally. It follows a methodology based on stories and songs and a flexible approach with a wide variety of activities for all learner styles which offers great flexibility and tackles mixed-ability. Fun and engaging characters and an attractive and contemporary design present the concept, which revolves around 'nature' and the need to respect the environment and optimise natural resources. It offers a wide variety of components that are straightforward and easy to teach and learn with.
Authors: Marilyn Miller, Karen Elliott, Sarah McConnell
Key FeaturesA whole-child holistic approach to learning.A strong routine-based course with the seasons and nature as a central part of the course.Stories to combine the magic forest with children in real-life situations – a combination of fantasy and the real world which the children can relate to.Catchy songs are used with TPR (Total Physical Response) activities.A solid integrated phonics syllabus.A variety of activities that are clearly matched to the abilities of pre-primary pupils.
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ContentExplore the Magic Forest with Greenman
Greenman & the Magic Forest lets children learn by being themselves - through songs and stories, by playing, discovering, sharing and having fun!
A routine-based course
A course with a very clear structure, well-staged lessons and based on routines, that helps children learn naturally by giving them confidence and security.
Teaching through stories
The stories explore the Magic Forest and the real world in which the children live, combining fantasy and real-life situations that the children can relate to.
This course provides digital options for teachers and families, with an interactive whiteboard software component for the classroom and a free app for iPads to use at home.
InsightsHelping children learn naturally
Research into pre-primary learners shows that courses at this age need to match the different needs and learning styles to make learning as natural as possible, feeding on the enthusiasm and joy of young learners.
Different needs and learning styles
The approach and activities in this course take into account the differing abilities of children at this age as shown by research. The use of an integrated curriculum means that pupils study English not only as a subject, but also as a means to learn more about the world around them.
Growing with the children
At this age, teaching has to follow and respect the children's natural development. As they grow, their abilities develop and this first experience of learning English takes place at the same time they are developing other areas of their education.
ResultsPreparing children for life-long learning
At this early stage, children need to adopt the habits and learn the skills that will allow them to continue learning at the next stages of their education.
Rewarding children's efforts
Children try and try again until they have achieved what they want to do. We need to set realistic targets to help them succeed, and then praise and reward their work. This trains them in the importance of making an effort and paves the way for a future of successful learning.
With positive reinforcement from home and school the pupil will develop self confidence in general and in particular in their skills in English language.
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