from Teachers using the
Preschool Games and Stories
teacher has had huge positive feedback from the course
I say a big, big thank you to you for what is a truly fantastic
have been teaching this course since September and have had huge
positive feedback about it. I started with two groups of 5 year olds at
daughter's kindergarten and since then have had contact from another
kindergarten wishing me to teach the children there.
The material in the
course is second to none, the games are absolutely
fantastic as well as
the wonderful stories in each unit.
Thanks Shelley. I
recommend this material to anyone.
teacher now has a waiting list!
A LOT !!!!!! You can't imagine how wonderful are
your resources.I cannot stop having new pupils in my class. For the first time in my life I
have a waiting list to come to my class. IT REALLY
Yohana Perez, Spain
materials give me the energy and enthusiasm required to make lessons
fun and successful.
are crazy about the games and stories!
just want to write and tell you how much I have benefitted from your
games and stories for 3-5 year olds. I teach English to children in a
"Kindergarten" here in Germany and I
have already used several of your games and stories. The kids are crazy
Thankyou so much for all of your great ideas, like the pre- and
preschool material she has ever seen...
have to tell you that your
books and material are the BEST I have ever seen for preschool children.
I am thoroughly enjoying them and teaching small children with them!!
Stuerzer, teaching in Austria
are enjoying the classes and so is she!
Shelley, I have had your materials for a couple of weeks now (3-5
stories and 4-12 games) and I feel like a kid with a new toy...! Not
only are the kids in my classes enjoying them but so am I. I even
bought a laminator! My own children find it highly amusing....
children behave better in class!
have to confess my classes are the best since I have your great ideas.
Children do not behave badly and shout as they used to. They speak
English with a happy face and also shy children try to do so. I am
Perez Garcia, Spain. (3-5 and 4-12 resources)
difference to the prep time!
wanted to let you know that I started using your course last Monday -
what a difference it has made to my preparation!
dreading the preparation, I actually enjoy it now!!!
I've just prepared the second lesson for tomorrow morning and am
looking forward to going there. I feel much more
and pleasure from teaching young children...
summer I bought all of your resources...and I can only say that I have
been amazed and delighted by the results. The children absolutely love
the games, the songs and the stories.
have had a lot of fun with them this year and great satisfaction... I
can't recommend your work enough or compliment you sufficiently for
fact, I have got so much confidence and pleasure from my year
teaching young children that in September I am opening my own school
here and will also offer lessons from the age of 2 years old.
Salmon, Tuscany, Italy
never be short of fun things to do in class!
just like to say a big thank you. I have read through the materials and
think they're fantastic.
I am thrilled with the book of games, (3-5) there are soooooo
many......I'll never be short of fun things to do in class! Thanks
Mullan, Rome, Italy
children are sooo enthusiastic!
am enjoying all the stories and the children are soooo enthusiastic
especially with the follow-up activities. It has been a great help!
Sannino, teaching in Barcelona
saving heaps of time and feeling less stressed!
resources are already saving me
heaps of time and lessening
the anxiety from having such a hectic and
mixed teaching schedule. I'm teaching kindy (4 students) , elementary
students) and middle school (50 students).
Bennett, S. Korea
(3 to 5 and 4 to 12 teaching resources)
likes the reviewing combined with vocabulary and grammar development
really like the way you have set up the 3-5 resources... and the way
the books review, recycle and develop vocabulary and grammar. These
resources stand alone and can be used without
Shelley Prestney, USA
games are the perfect fit
games are such
great fun and adaptable for all ages. The kids enjoy them
immensely. They are the perfect fit for my students and my style of
Italy, 2007 (3-5 and 4-12 resources)
couldn't stop the children from memorising all the lines!
they still remembered it weeks later!
have taught the first three storied already and the children loved it.
They loved it so much that they memorised all the lines. I did not ask
them to memorise the lines, it was their idea and you know how hard it
is to make a little kid memorise the lines you want him to.
like the way you make the sentences for the stories, in form of
patterns. It is the best way for the international students to learn
And, I forgot to tell you, the students not only memorised the patterns
but they remember it well even after a few weeks.
children are learning very quickly, having a lot of fun, and so is she!
+ Positive feedback from parents!
I love the short repetitive stories, the illustrations are great and I
had absolutely no problems down loading the material.
My classes are on Friday afternoons and in the beginning it was hard
work to keep the children's attention!! Your game suggestions have been
extremely valuable and have really helped me to keep my children
interested, entertained and eager for the next lesson.
My children have no exposure to english at home and are absolute
beginners but are learning very quickly and having a lot of fun - so am
I have received a lot of positive feed back from the parents and would
like to thank you for putting together such a great resource.
children already know they are going to have fun!
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR IDEAS!!!!! They are wonderful and extremely
use them in all my classes, and they are many I am afraid. I tell my
students: "today we are going to play one of Shelley's games or
stories" and they already know that we are going to have fun. It's
amazing how effective they are. I - and certainly my students - love
them. Thanks again from Argentina!
Calvinho, Argentina (3-5 and 4-12 resources)
First, let me thank you for the wonderful stories and activities for
the little ones! I have very little experience teaching 3-4 year olds,
your stories have made a big difference in my classroom. Thank-you so
in Austrian Kindergarten Programme
I have been working with your materials for Pre-School children since
last February and it has
been a breeze! I am working on a new project here in
Austria called "Englisch im Kindergarten".
The kindergarten teachers love your materials and particularly like the
way in which each story/theme
links to the next.
When the 6 year olds moved up to Primary School last
September, the teachers were amazed at how much English the children
already knew - so it must be working!
Whenever you have any more ideas be sure to let me know. The stories
are fantastic, the games are great and the plays are wonderful
Thanks so much for making my classes work so well.
Brownwell in Spain - the second person ever to buy my first book -
thank you Lisa!
you for all your help. By using the techniques you have kindly
mentioned in your web site, I feel
LOVE, HONOR and PLEASURE about being a
teacher. My students are more active now and we all enjoy
cannot connvey the depth of my appreciation.
mean no flattery, only the
truth, that your material is far the best I
have found so far, and your guidelines about teaching
pre-schoolers are most
Ildikó Gaspar, Hungary
up to you for providing an for those of us teaching preschoolers as easy to
access and workable programit takes a lot of stress off us to have this
thing is I really didn't want to do this original playgroup at all, but
the mother's kept at me until I finally relented, and now I enjoy it a
It is very rewarding for me to have the children greet me
enthusiastically when I come, cuddle and hug me, sit on my lap and
enjoy themselves so much during this 1.5 hour lesson.
Catherine Aschauer-Daer, Cambridge University Examiner
just writing to you just to thank you for your great ideas when
developing these great games! They are really amusing and interesting.
My students get very enthusiastic when playing them and I do as well
Elias, Neuquen, Argentina
Cut your prep time, have
fun and motivate!
I really love all your games, plays and tips for teaching English - it
really has cut my prep time in half as well as adding a lot of fun and
Helpful for a Speech Language Therapist
I work with children with Speech and Languagedelays and your books just
hit the mark, short
sentences, lots of
repetition & good clear language targets. And the
engaging and clear but not too busy. I must say they are great!
Sexton, Speech Language Therapist, New Zealand
I would like to say thank you very very much for all the superb
materials you sent me!!!!! I put them into practice
and what I can say is that they really really
work!!!!!!!!!! I could
see how these games move everbody. The
smart children are very fond of them. But in the same time
the slower students and even
learning difficulties are so enthusiastic. Each time I enter
the class they ask" Are we going to play that game..? "
Before, I noticed some of my students were
really affraid to speak. Now they
speak freely and this is an
was a time when I was
upset because some of my students were quiet but not really
paying attention.Their thoughts were somewhere else. But now
they just learn everything and don't struggle to
learn everything. Thank you very much for your time and effort
to compose all these wonderful games and stories and all the resources
Bors, teaching ages 3 and upwards in Romania
Story: From desperation at 3 a.m. to being excited about his teaching
Hi - having been out of teaching for 5 years and
having never taught pre-school before I had just agreed to 12 hours of
classes aged 1.5 to 6 per week in a private nursery school in Hanoi.
Last night I was desperate and convinced I could not prepare anything
satisfactory for these classes every week - I was ready to quit after
only 2 days.
I set the alarm for 3.30 am this morning as a last attempt to come up
with something for classes today, searching the internet in vain until
I came up with your site. I used the intro lesson plan you emailed me
this a.m. and it was not only a revelation to me but also to the VN
teaching assistants who said how much they and the children had enjoyed
Needless to say I am now excited about my teaching future and looking
to receiving and using more of your excellent materials.
Kibble, Hanoi, Vietnam
Read this review from
Enjoyment and results!
I have been enjoying the Fun Games and Stories I
bought in August. My students love the stories with dialogue,
especially story number 1.
They now tell me everyday that they are"Fine, thanks, but I'm hungry
and I'm going to eat you!!" I was
suprised at this long sentence coming out of the mouths of very limited
speakers! And they thought of it themselves during our circle time!
Barnard, teaching and researching in the US.
Her classes are becoming
more and more popular.
You materials are great. After I bought your
"Book of stories 1 to 20 with text and lesson plans for
each story" more and more kids want to attend my lessons.
With the help of your materials I make my small kids speak English as
if it's their native language. Thanks a lot for what you are doing and
for your excellent service!
ekaterina Denisova, Russia.
Students love the games and
the teacher is now "cool"!
Really I can not tell you how I have just become a "cool" English
teacher at the school. The students love to play games and are learning
without being stressed or bored.
This preschool teacher now
feels safe and confident.
First, I want to thank you for your wonderful program. I have been
using the preschool 3-5 program adapted for a single student and we
both love it. I feel safe and confident teaching in an area new to me
(beginner EFL for preschoolers).
He really gets a kick out of the songs and games. He asks for "Funky
Monkey" every week, and during "Let me sing you a story," he sits with
his eyes closed and his hands and legs in yoga pose. It is very cute! I
actually just recommended your site to the other EFL teachers in a
course I am taking.
Gann, teaching in Israel.
This English teacher finds
the resources creative.
I've been kept awake til 2 am night after night since I got the
materials. Never ever have I met (term used loosely) anyone that
I am so grateful that I've come across your site. It's another
dimension altogether. Thank you.
The teachers' busy lives
are made easier.
Please know that all your excellent resources are very much appreciated
- by us, the teachers and the pupils.
We love that the flashcards are not all the same, but different types
for the different stories. The children are in eager expectation of
what the next card will be!
And the instructions and lesson plans just make our lives as busy
teachers so much easier, while still keeping the lessons interesting
and, above all, FUN for the pupils. Thanks so much and keep up the good
She had never taught 5 year
olds before and now they are loving it.
Your back up service with tips and add-on's is superb. My partner
(Spanish), is a teacher of English here is Spain and we were so taken
with your methods and the free story that we ordered the rest as soon
as we were able.
She has never taught 5 year olds before and was somewhat dubious as to
how to start. Her students, (including a group of 8 year olds), are
loving it all, and so is she!
So as her assistant, now making masks for them to wear whilst the
stories are being told and the like, we would like to say thank you so
much for your excellent systems of teaching and of course the stories
that accompany them. With out sincere thanks, Techu.
George and Techu, Spain
She had never taught 5 year
olds before and now they are loving it.
I wanted to tell you how much the kids love this curriculum. The
teachers find is very well organized and easy to use.
It has been such a blessing to our bi-lingual English/Khmer school.
Thank you for all your work.
Children feel proud
The kids love the stories, and I love it when I see how proud they feel
when they recognize the words in the stories. It makes teaching a lot
I thought it was going to
be impossible to teach ALL the prepositions from the Easter story but
they know most of them already
Just wanted to say that since I started using your material and
ideas 3 or 4 years ago, the kids who started with me with stories 1-10
are now really enjoying stories 21-30, especially (and I have to admit,
to my surprise!) the songs.
I teach stories 21-30 in a slightly
different order due to the seasonal content, but although it is still
very much summer here, the kids loved the groundhog story, and ADORE
This morning even the 7-8 year olds were hopping round
like bunnies to the easter bunny song. A week or so ago I thought it
was going to be impossible to teach them ALL the prepositions from the
Easter story, but they really know most of them already.
Willems, Ingles Brincando, Brazil
They can't get enough.
Even the shyest children are shouting out when it's there turn
You truly are amazing! What can I say, the children just LOVE "Hetty
and the Lion". I thought they would be too young for it, but they
really enjoyed it. I made a few adjustments to some of the games and
they can't get enough of them.
Even the shyest of the children are shouting out "apple" or "orange" when it's their turn.
pictures are beautiful and it was just too cute for words watching
their little faces absolutely horrified at the lion gobbling everything
de Broglio, France