english language

All About Sight Words!

Posted on Oct 17, 2018
All About Sight Words!

Learning to read is one of the most important things someone can can do! It opens up a whole new world. Through reading, people can travel to new places, understand new ideas, meet new characters and people, and dream about things. Of course, learning to read takes work and for some children, it is more […]

Remembering Schoolhouse Rock!

Posted on May 16, 2018
Remembering Schoolhouse Rock!

Bob Dorough, the creative genius behind ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ recently passed away at the age of 94. Schoolhouse Rock was a television segment that aired during the Saturday morning cartoons on the ABC network between 1973 and 1985. It was revived in the 90s, with both new and old episodes airing between 1993 and 1999. Schoolhouse […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spelling Numbers Videos for Kids… and a Salamander

Posted on Aug 31, 2017
Spelling Numbers Videos for Kids… and a Salamander

So, you can count to 10. You’re the master of numbers, right? Wrong! Before you can conquer counting, you need to learn to spell each number… using letters. You confused yet? Don’t worry. It’ll all become clear in our spelling numbers song – that is, until a salamander is thrown into the mix. Counting to […]

Learn about Prepositions with our Fun Videos!

Posted on Aug 10, 2017
Learn about Prepositions with our Fun Videos!

Wondering how to introduce prepositions? Looking for cute and quirky preposition songs for kids? You’re in the right place. Join the preposition-loving cheese as we explore the different types of prepositions, including ‘place’ prepositions and ‘motion’ prepositions. What is a preposition? Think back to your time at school. Do you recall what a preposition actually […]

Discover Long and Short Vowel Sounds

Posted on Aug 3, 2017
Discover Long and Short Vowel Sounds

Vowels are important letters. So important, in fact, that they appear in almost every word in the English language (“rhythm” we’re looking at you…) If you’re in the process of teaching the what’s what of vowels, this long and short vowel video for kids is a must-watch. Know your vowels Before we get into the […]

The Five W’s Video Teaches How to Tell a Story

Posted on Jul 27, 2017
The Five W’s Video Teaches How to Tell a Story

To help you explain storytelling structure to children or ESL students, Scratch Garden presents five adorable ladybugs bouncing on the keys of a piano. There, now that got your attention, didn’t it? My guess is, that’s exactly what you want to do – get your students’ attention so you can explain to them how they […]