Level One of Joy School is the perfect solution for beginning English learners, even for children as young as 3 or 4 years old. With relatable phrases, built-in reward systems, unique art, and fun stories, young children are captivated by the Joy School program.
Level One contains 24 rich and expansive units. Each unit includes 6 lessons, each made up of 5 activities. This course provides beginning students with more than enough material to keep them engaged and learning for a full school year.
Joy School supports teachers and parents with additional resources that enhance the classroom experience and provide data that gives insight into student progress. Teacher lesson plans, printable whole-group project materials, and reports are all included.
The following walk-through is from the first few lessons in Unit 4 of Joy School. The video on the left shows what the students see, and the description on the right explains what's going on behind the scenes instructionally.
The target phrase in Unit 4 is I have, and the target vocabulary words are apple, paper, crayons, and book.
Learn a New Phrase
Lesson 1 in each unit is all about introducing vocabulary. Joy School does this with videos of American kids in authentic speaking situations.
Notice how the target phrase (I have) as well as the target vocabulary (book, paper, crayons, apple) are integrated into the video.
Learn New Words (Photoplay)
After students have seen vocabulary used in an authentic context, this second activity goes through each word one by one, using images from the video they just watched. Students hear the word and are asked to say the word as well.
Identify New Words (Word Flurry)
The students have seen the vocabulary words in a video, learned them in an activity, and now they get a chance to practice them. Students hear the target word and have to tap on the correct icon held by friendly fireflies.
Sing (Tune Up)
Now that students are becoming familiar with the vocabulary words, they get a chance to use them in a song. Music is widely considered one of the best ways to remember new information. Notice how the unit's target vocabulary and target phrase (I have) are in the song.
Color and Say the Word
Students choose one of the four target vocabulary words and color a picture of it. After creating their masterpiece, students are asked to say the word aloud; they are recorded and evaluated.
Say the Word (Bright Spot)
After illuminating fireflies to reveal the target word, students are asked to say it on their own. Speech recognition then provides feedback.
Say the Phrase (Speak Up)
Students get practice saying the target phrase. Multiple child and adult models say the phrase and the student gets to record and hear his or her voice. Speech Recognition differentiates the feedback.
Identify the Word (Spider Glider)
After hearing the song again—and singing/recording it this time—as well as coloring another vocabulary word, the students get an additional vocabulary practice game: Spider Glider. As Webster the spider free-falls out of an airplane, students turn and tilt their tablet to make Webster move from side to side, colliding with the target vocabulary word.
Students listen to a story which contains the target phrase and vocabulary from the unit. Animations reinforce comprehension, and while students will see the book again with print, this first time contains no print so the students can focus on listening comprehension.