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English pages for Kids and Children.

Babs Bell (Bishop) Hajdusiewicz and her books

Bestselling author Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

Bestselling author Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, Ms.Ed. is the author of more than 100 books and 350 poems for children, including: Don’t Go Out in Your Underwear!; Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; MORE Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; Rhythm & Rhyme Reader Series; Questions and Answers Series; Jacks and More Jacks, Words! Words! Words!; Words and More Words. She is also author of Steppingstone Stories Series; Peaceful Me and Sometimes I Feel Happy, Sometimes I Feel Sad; three Poetry Works! collections for early childhood through intermediate grades; middle-grades biography Mary Carter Smith: African-American Storyteller; and the Dainty Dinosaur Series.

Hajdusiewicz stars in the Wright Group staff-development video Developing Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness through Rhythm and Rhyme. She has written numerous children's stories, articles for teachers and parents, and has contributed to and edited many elementary textbooks.

An educator for 40 years, Hajdusiewicz taught early childhood, elementary, and special education at all levels, served school districts in Indiana and Michigan as director of special education, and taught graduate and undergraduate education courses at Eastern Michigan and Cleveland State Universities. She founded Booking the Future: Reader to Reader™, a community-involvement literacy program that placed books in the hands and homes of more than 16,000 four, five, and six year olds, and Pee Wee Poetry™, a language development program for children aged two through nine. Hajdusiewicz is a frequent conference keynoter for educators and parents and a popular visiting author in schools across the country and abroad.

Specialties: Poetry for kids; humor; parenting for literacy; school staff development; author of numerous classroom materials; emphasis on phonemic awareness before phonics instruction; building love of learning from infancy onward

(Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz живет и работает в Атланте, штат Джорджия. Она написала более 100 книг и 350 стишков для детей. Своими книгами она предоставляет советы, консультации и материал для воспитателей, чтобы они чувствовали себя уверенно в том, что они помогают детям в период их раннего развития и становления их устной речи. Учителя английского языка могут использовать стихи для изучения языка в целом. Родители могут читать эти нехитрые стихи своим детям и помогать им изучать английский язык.)


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Reading Comprehension for Kids

Reading Comprehension is suitable for Kindergarten students or beginning readers.
This product is helping children to sharpen reading and comprehension.


Gather around and listen well, for we have a fabled story to tell. Today is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day and a great opportunity to read to your kids. We are encouraged to explore myths, fantasy and fables, old, new or imagined by you on the spot. A fairy tale is a fictional story that may feature fairies, trolls, giants and talking animals. These stories often include enchantments and far-fetched events.




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English Conversation – Manners and Etiquette

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about manners and etiquette.  Etiquette is a code that rules how everyone is expected to behave, according to the social conventions and norms in society. Because they are a product of the society's culture and history, the rules of etiquette are very different from one place and social group to another. Many people believe that manners and etiquette have deteriorated over time and that people are not as polite as they used to be.


The following video is an interview with actor, Stephen Fry, who discusses some issues he has had with his level of politeness.

Stephen Fry: most polite man in Britain?
- Mark Lawson Talks - BBC

    Stephen Fry was told: "politeness will be your downfall". What do you think was meant by this?
    Do you think it is possible to be too polite?
    Have you ever been in a similar situation in which you have wanted to leave a restaurant because of someone's rudeness to a waiter?

Nouns Adjectives Verbs



















Phrasal Verbs

    Tuck in – Please tuck in your shirt before you enter the meeting room.
    Give up – It is polite to give up your seat for a pregnant, elderly or disabled person.
    Take off – You should take off your hat before entering a restaurant.
    Keep off – Keep your elbows off the table while you are eating.

Conversation Questions

    Do you think rules of etiquette are important? Why?
    What do you think are some of the best rules of etiquette?
    Are there any rules that you think are silly or unreasonable?
    What manners were you taught as a child?
    What’s the best way to teach manners to children?
    Do you have good manners and etiquette?
    Do you think etiquette has deteriorated in modern society? In what ways?
    What are some manners in your country that have disappeared over time?
    Do you think manners can affect your success in life? How?
    Do you think manners are affected by income and social status?
    What are some actions that are considered good manners in your country?
    What are some actions that are considered bad manners in your country?
    What customs does your country have that a foreigner might not know?
    Have you come across any rules of etiquette in other countries that are different to your own?
    Can you think of any countries or cultures that are known for being polite?
    What are some good manners for using a phone in public?
    What are some good table manners?
    What are some good manners when using public transport?
    Do you think it is rude to eavesdrop on other people’s conversations?
    Do you think it is rude to stare at someone with a disability?
    Why do you think some people stare?
    Have you ever seen someone with very bad manners? What happened?
    Can manners and etiquette ruin a person’s fun at a social event?

Rules of Etiquette

Which of the following are or are not considered rules of etiquette in your country?

    Say “Thank you” when you hand over money in a shop.
    Ask someone how much they earn.
    Arrive 30 minutes late.
    Yawn in public.
    Open the door for a woman.
    Begin speaking before another person has stopped. 
    Brush your hair in public.
    Whisper to someone in front of other people.
    Put your feet up on the table or a chair.
    Take your shoes off when you enter a house.
    Wipe your plate clean with bread.
    Eat chicken with your hands in a restaurant.
    Put your elbows on the table during a meal.
    Speak while you are eating.
    Burp at the table.
    Get on a train before others have got off.
    Stare at someone who looks different.
    Listen to someone else’s conversation.



Etiquette Dialogues

Excuse me, Miss.
Could I get some assistance?
Sales Clerk:  Oh, I'm sorry.  I didn't see you come in. How may I help you?
Customer:  I'd like to try on this dress, please.
Sales Clerk:  Of course.  You may use this dressing room.
Customer:  Thank you.
Sales Clerk:  You're welcome.

Excuse me, Sir. Are you our waiter?
Waiter:  Yes.  Have you been helped?
Customer:  No, we've been waiting for drinks for almost fifteen minutes.
Waiter:  I'm terribly sorry.  It's very busy tonight, but I will get your drinks immediately.
Customer:  We would appreciate that. 
Waiter:  Could I bring you some complimentary bread as well to make up for the delay?
Customer:  Yes, please, we'd like that. 
Thank you.
Waiter:  No problem.  Any time. We like to keep our customers happy.

Kid:  Mom!  I want some ice cream!
Mom:  Is that how you're supposed to ask for a snack?
Kid:  Sorry, Mom. 
May I please
have some ice cream?
Mom:  That's much better.  Yes, of course, you may have some ice cream.  Let me get it for you.
Kid:  Thanks,Mom.
Mom:  You're welcome.
*Kid eats ice cream and burps. 
Mom:  What do you say?
Kid:  Excuse me.


appetizer (n.) - a small dish of food you eat before the main meal
entree (n.) - the main course of a meal, especially in a restaurant
dessert (n.) - sweet food eaten after the main part of a meal
snack (n.) - a small amount of food eaten between meals
to dip (v.) - to put (something) into a liquid and pull it out again quickly
to double dip (v.) - to dip something, take a bite, and then dip it again.  This is considered very rude and
disgusting in the US because it spreads germs. 
ravenous (adj.) - extremely hungry, very eager or greedy for food or other things which meet your needs
or desires
By the time Thanksgiving dinner was ready, the children were ravenous. 
to gobble [up] (v.) - to swallow or eat greedily and quickly,  to take eagerly

Synonyms:  to scarf, to snarf
Cookie Monster gobbled up all the cookies in only one minute.
Students learn to scarf their lunches because they have a short lunch break.
You don't need to snarf your food like that, we have plenty of time. 
to grab a bite (v., idiom) – to get something to eat, especially something that can be eaten quickly
Are you busy on Friday night?  Why don't we grab a bite of dinner together?
I just had time to grab a bite to eat in between meetings.
[to be] stuffed (adj.) - to be completely or overly full
Synonym: [to be] [about] to bust
I'm stuffed and couldn't eat another bite. 
I'm about to bust from eating all of your delicious cooking. 

Restaurant Dialogues
Waiter: Hello, can I help you?
Kim: Yes, Sir, I'm ravenous and I'd like to have some lunch, but I'm waiting for my friend.
Waiter: Would you like an appetizer while you are waiting?
Kim: Yes, I'd like some cheese sticks and a Diet Coke, please.
Waiter:  One order of cheese sticks and a Diet Coke coming up.
Kim:  Oh, and I'd like some ranch dip to dip my cheese sticks in, please. 
Waiter:  Got it. 
[5 minutes later.]
Sarah:  Howdy, Kim.  I'm so sorry I'm late.  I got held up at work.  You know I've been trying to fix that
situation created by that temporary worker last week when I was on vacation.
Kim:  Oh, no problem.  I figured you had something going on and would be here soon. 
Waiter: Welcome to Diane's Diner.  May I get you a drink?
Sarah:  Just water for me, please.
Waiter: Are you ready to order?
Sarah:  Oh, I'll need a few minutes to look at the menu.
[5 minutes later.]
Waiter:  Have you decided?
Sarah:  I think I'll start with your garlic bread appetizer and have the spaghetti for my entree
Kim: I'd like a grilled cheese sandwich with sweet potato fries please. 
Waiter... After Kim and Sarah have their lunch.: May I bring you dessert or anything else?
Kim: No, thank you, I'm stuffed
Sarah:  I hate to eat and run, but I have to get back to work.  Could you just bring the bill, please?
Waiter: Certainly.
Kim:  Sarah, I know you are in a hurry and you picked up the tab last time, so I'm getting the tab today.
Sarah:  Okay, but let me get the tip.  Thanks so much.  I've got to run now.  It was great seeing you. 
Kim:  You too. 

Sales clerk: Welcome to Joe's Coffee.  How may I help you?
Customer: I just came in to grab a bite to eat since I skipped breakfast and need a snack.  I would like a cappuccino and ........ those desserts are making my mouth water.  What are they?
Sales clerk: One is tiramisu and the other is our chocolate cake. 
Customer: Customer:  I’d like a slice of the chocolate cake please.
Sales clerk: Okay. For here or to go?
Customer:  For here, please. You know, my eyes might be bigger than my stomach, but I think I'll have some tiramisu also.  And what are those white things over there?
Sales clerk: Those are peppermint candies. They are very sweet.
Customer:  As you can tell I have a sweet tooth.  I’ll take three, please.
Sales clerk: Alright, your total is $9.95.
Customer:  Here you are.
Sales clerk: Thank you. Here's your change. 

Mom:  Alright, Kids, it's lunch time.  Come eat your sandwiches and chips. 
Billy:  Bobby let's snarf these sandwiches right down so we can get back to our game. 
Bobby:  Yum!  Mom made my favorite – ham and cheese.  I can easily scarf up  three or four of them.
Mom:  Billy, remember to chew.  You don't have to gobble your food so quickly.  Bobby, you don't need to gobble 'til you wobble, one or two sandwiches is plenty. 
Bobby:  You're right, Mom.  I'm about to bust. I couldn't eat a third sandwich anyway. 
Billy:  Thanks for the lunch, Mom



The Peacock Clock, the work of the 18th-century London watchmaker James Cox.
On the gilt branches of an oak tree sit a peacock, a cockerel, an owl in a cage, & a squirrel.
When the clock strikes, a mechanism sets the animals in motion.
A small revolving dial on a toadstool shows the time.
The clock was purchased by Prince Potemkin from the English adventuress Duchess of Kingston, 1st housed in Potemkin's Tauride Palace, but after Catherine II's death it was transferred to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg



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All royals family tree - family tree showing everybody on the throne of England
from William the Conqueror to our present Queen Elizabeth II



Английская лексика: как спросить про туалет?

Согласитесь не в каждой ситуации уместно спросить – где находится туалет? И если на родном языке вы сообразите, как затронуть эту деликатную тему в той или иной ситуации, то в случае если вам придется говорить об этом по-английски, вам необходимо знать при каких обстоятельствах какое слово уместно употребить.

К слову сказать, слово «туалет» приобрело привычное для нас значение в русском языке в первой половине 20 века, а в английском и французском языках в конце 19-го. Родилось это слово во французском языке, как уменьшительное от «toile» (холст, полотно). Изначально словом «туалет» называлось укромное место, в котором можно привести себя в порядок. Как правило, это был уголок с туалетным столиком, покрытым тканью, на котором были разложены гребни, заколки и т.п.  Слова  «уборная» и «туалет» в то время не употреблялись  в значении «отхожее место», а когда приобрели этот оттенок, то употреблялся он только в отношении общественных туалетов – в театрах, ресторанах, музеях и т.п.

В английском языке, как и в любом другом, слово «туалет» («toilet») имеет несколько различных вариантов:

    bathroom — ванная комната;
    the ladies, lady’s room – комната для женщин, дамская комната;
    the gents, men’s room – мужская комната;
    restroom – уборная (американский английский);
    washroom – ванная комната (британский английский);
    water-closet (WC) – туалет, клозет (британский английский);
    facilities — удобства в городской квартире;
    loo – туалет, уборная (британский разговорный);
    john, can, head – туалет, нужник, сортир (американский разговорный);
    public toilet – общественный туалет;
    lavatory – туалет, ванная комната в номере гостиницы, в самолете.

Не секрет, что в американском и британском английском один и тот же предмет, явление и т.п. называются разными словами. Слова  bathroom, ladies room, men’s room и restroom употребляются во всех вариантах английского. Такое слово, как  «water-closet (WC)» поймут лишь британцы, американцы же решат, что вы спрашиваете их о каком-то чулане, а вот словом «the lavatory» называют туалет в самолетах на большинстве международных авиалиний.

В разных ситуациях по-разному можно справиться о том, где же все-таки туалет. Так, в официальной ситуации лучше спросить – «Excuse me, could you show me where the ladies room (men’s room ) is? – Извините, вы не покажете мне, где находится дамская (мужская) комнату?». Уместно будет использовать также слово «restroom» — «Excuse me, where can I find the restroom? — Извините, где я могу найти уборную?». Частенько женщины, чтобы не говорить, что им нужно в туалет, прибегают к маленькой женской уловке и говорят, что им необходимо отойти припудрить носик. По-английски это будет звучать так —  Sorry, I’ll move to powder nose.

А вот если вы у кого-то в гостях смело спрашивайте про «bathroom» — «Sorry, where’s the bathroom? — Извините, где у вас ванная комната?». В дружеской обстановке можно использовать менее формальные слова, такие как the john (нужник для мужчин), the can (сортир), the loo (для дам) и TP (toilet paper) -туалетная бумага.

Конечно, проще всего спросить напрямую  — «Где туалет?- Where’s the toilet?». Однако, если не хотите поймать на себе негодующие взгляды чопорных англичан, возьмите на заметку, что слов, обозначающих «туалет» много и употреблять их нужно в зависимости от ситуации.






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illustration by Daniel Mackie

The ancient Greek poet Archilochus stated “the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing”.
It is thought to mean that the fox, for all his cunning, is defeated by the hedgehog’s one prickly defence.



Watercolour paiting of a badger by Daniel Mackie



hound dog painting by Daniel Mackie.
Love the unique and whimsical quality of this image.



Michel Keck has taken the simple elementary school activity of collage-making and elevated it to new levels of artistry.
Using canines as her muses, she matches and glues scraps of paper to form realistic looking portraits of a variety of dogs.
Though viewers know the technical skill in making these artworks is considerably high, the materials Keck uses to fashion each piece is evocative of projects more commonly seen hung on refrigerators.
The sense of irony in these magnificent creations is simply off the charts.

Michel Keck collage. Very funny and so interesting!






Poems by Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz


My Bones

My skeleton tries its best to hide
   But I can feel my bones inside
           My arms
           My legs
  My shoulders
          My toes
          My ankles
          My fingers
          My knees
          My nose.

My skeleton tries its best to hide
   But I can feel my bones inside



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/Английские скороговорки/

I scream,
you scream,
we all scream
for icecream!


Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards


A big black bug bit a big black dog on his big black nose!