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a project with songs, games, dances, stories and online/offline coding activities for children.

SharED Melodies

Istanbul, Turkey
Shared Melodies began in public preschool in the suburbs of Istanbul, Turkey. By this work we noticed that children love singing and easily learn with songs. As teachers, we sense that 80% of a person's mental capacity occurs before the age of six. Thus we selected some kids songs in Turkish and English with the same melodies then started to sing with our pupils...

English for Kids

“If all we do is teach our children what we know, they might remember enough to follow in our footsteps; but if we teach them how to learn, they can go anywhere they want.”

A. Schleicher, OECD

English is a global language. With more than 350 million people around the world speaking English as a first language and more than 430 million speaking it as a second language, there are English speakers in most countries around the world. However this proficiency in Turkey is very poor. English Proficiency Index (EPI) shows that Turkey is among 60 countries as of 41st in the list. The average of TOEFL is 75 over 120. Communication in English is seen as a difficult issue by Turkish people. Most of them who attended courses and even sertificated as upperinter are still complaining about this unskilled situation.

In Turkey, students are introduced with English lessons when they are 8-9 years old in public schools nearly one and a half hour in a week. Total refers to nearly 60 hours throughout schoolyear and mostly based on grammar practices. Because of this situation we would like to practise a project in preschool to familiarize kids with the new languages specifically English. Then, Shared Melodies began in public preschool in the suburbs of Istanbul, Turkey. As teachers, we noticed that children love singing and easily learn with songs. We selected some songs in Turkish and English with the same melodies then started to sing these songs.. Because singing gets pupils to overcome their shyness, helps them in other areas not just music but science and maths and literacy skills also helps them improve their confidence, leadership and teamwork skills..

In order to spread the positive effects of this method last year we expanded framework of the project with games and cultural activities of the project then we enlarged its frame into the primary schools. We added new ideas according to selected songs like dances, games, stories and online/offline coding activities for children. Thanks to this small project we observed that the children can learn with fun, the teachers want to overcome the barriers about the use of foreign language, the project can be a motivation source for the teachers' language learning and the parent appreciation in their children cognitive and affective skills' improvement. 

Until this time we have sung kids songs together with the participation of 16 teachers from 10 different countries and more than 500 children. Since September 2018 we have been acting as an ambassador to spread the information about innovative ideas for English learning for kids via social media.  We believe that  spreading such ideas worth will open new doors for pupils' own rooms. Because we know that all activities mentioned above are the part of the universal language and we believe that children have right to learn to speak this language in order to learn they can go anywhere they want.


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Use following resources which require teacher guidance in native /selected language: - British Council Learning English For Kids Web Side - Khan Academy Kids' free, fun educational program downloadable to the smart phones & tablets for children ages two to six. - Super Simple Songs Videos & Free Resources - Think & Learn Code-a-pillar, free downloadable application. Book Collection from BookBot. Partners, mentors and volunteers are required to spread the method around.
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SharED MELODIES Hatay Çalıştay Sunumu
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EnglishforKids on Twitter
EnglishforKids on Twitter
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Rhythm & Lyrics Selection
Selected songs with the same melodies are listened and repeated in two different languages. (available in youtube) We selected in Turkish and English. Songs can be sung with games and FUN!
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Classroom Activities
In this step you can add specific classroom activities like playing, sounding, counting, coloring, drawing, dancing applicable in the preschool or primary classrooms with learners aged 4-7. Find resources by this level on Super Simple Learning & Khan Academy Kids Appl. in A-Z list.
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Classroom Enrichment
You can enrich the project with the activities such as dancing and coding within a harmony according to the selected song.. For our activities you can follow @sharedmelodies up!
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Collaboration With Parents
The role of a parent is so important to a child’s development. Parents can encourage their children’s cognitive development in the areas of memory, concentration, attention and perception by incorporating simple activities into their everyday routine.
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Join The eTwinning Community
eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.
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Co-Create and Help Spread the Message
If you like singing kids songs and if you are passionate about child development you can spread the message including with the voluntary mentoring in the schools.
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