Pronouncing Digraph or Blended Sounds!

Posted on Apr 10, 2018
Pronouncing Digraph or Blended Sounds!

Consonant digraph sounds. That sounds a bit dull doesn’t it? That’s why we prefer to call them Happy Cheese Sounds. And we’ve got a happy, bouncy wedge of cheese to teach them to you in our Digraph Sounds videos. Digraphs are when two letters come together to form a new sound. As our Happy Cheese […]

How to Reach ESL/ELL Students with Learning Differences, Part 2

Posted on Mar 19, 2018
How to Reach ESL/ELL Students with Learning Differences, Part 2

The English language can be difficult for non-native English speakers to grasp. For example, there are many rules to pronouncing words, but also many exceptions to these rules. The ‘ugh’ in the word ‘though’ is silent, yet the ‘ugh’ is the word ‘enough’ sounds like the letter ‘f’! Now, imagine you’re a new English learner […]

How to Reach ESL/ELL Students with Learning Differences, Part 1 

Posted on Feb 21, 2018
How to Reach ESL/ELL Students with Learning Differences, Part 1 

It can be tough for non-English speakers to learn English! The language’s nuances, similar spellings with different pronunciations (think “snow” vs. “now’), inner contradictions within words (“pineapple” hasn’t any connection to pine trees or apples), and differences in word order combine to make English a difficult language to master. It can be uphill battle—even for people […]

The Value of Brain Breaks!

Posted on Jan 26, 2018
The Value of Brain Breaks!

There you are. Sitting at your desk. You try to make thoughts turn into words—but it’s like someone turned off that faucet in your brain. You want to crack that equation—but you just can’t see the relationship between the variables and the constants. And so on. One thing’s for sure. When you’re stuck on something […]

2017 – Year in Review!

Posted on Dec 21, 2017
2017 – Year in Review!

2017 is almost over and it has been a great year here at Scratch Garden. Highlights include: A brand new website that includes a new informative blog (that you are reading right now)! We released our first book! On our YouTube channel we released more videos and in turn received more views and subscribers than […]

Take a Hike Up Plot Mountain

Posted on Nov 24, 2017
Take a Hike Up Plot Mountain

Ever wondered how stories work? How the twists and turns, the characters and settings, the questions and the answers come together? Well, we know a way you can find out. It’ll require a bit of physical exertion, and we suggest packing a spare change of clothes. Get ready, because we are on our way up […]

Become a Color Genius with Advanced Colors Videos

Posted on Nov 9, 2017
Become a Color Genius with Advanced Colors Videos

Think you know everything there is to know about color? Well, my friend, think again. Sure, you know primary colours – red, blue and yellow. Yep, you got secondary colours – orange, purple and green. So, what’s next? In our advanced colors video, we get into the nitty gritty of the color wheel. In addition […]

“Spring” into Learning about the Seasons and Months of the Year

Posted on Oct 26, 2017
“Spring” into Learning about the Seasons and Months of the Year

“Weather” you like it or not, learning the seasons and months of the year is important! Kids are always curious about the world around them and our seasons video is a great resource to explain why it’s hot and sunny in summer but we need to bundle up in winter. Having trouble getting your ESL […]

Repeat after me: camp songs for kids

Posted on Oct 12, 2017
Repeat after me: camp songs for kids

Imagine it now. Lakeside, tent pitched, the sweet serenity of nature all around you. Light a fire, make some S’mores, and watch the world drift gently by. Absolute bliss. There’s just one thing missing – campfire songs! Here at Scratch Garden, we love a good camp song. Our original campfire songs for kids are incredibly […]

The Value of Value!

Posted on Sep 28, 2017
The Value of Value!

Think you know colors? Think again! Get ready to expand your mind, to reach new heights, to take your color knowledge to a whole other level with our value video for kids… but truthfully, there’s some pretty advanced stuff here, so adults should pay attention too! The mystery of black and white Are black and […]