One World Kits are designed with teachers in mind.
No teaching skills required we will teach you how to teach, and the materials are so easy to use you don’t need a formal teaching background to start Spanish, French, German or Chinese classes at your school or in your homeschool group.
Easy to follow instructions for activities and curriculum planning make setting up your language program straightforward and simple. All curricula are aligned with the Standards of Foreign Language learning of the 21st century. Each week through our comic, storybook, puppet skits, felt board, spinner activities, games, and play writing, students work on interpretive, interpersonal and presentational communication goals. All kits are available in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.
We offer two unique curricula designed to engage children in either grades k-2 (Trailblazer) or students grades 3-5 (Explorer). Each kit is packed with age appropriate material to keep your class moving. Years of experience have helped us fine tune these kits to meet the specific needs of language learners at each grade level. Trailblazer kits pursue a purely oral communicative approach where are Explorers kits add a written language component.
Trailblazer Teaching Kits (Grades K-2)
Each of the 4 modules is built around specific subjects, grammar and vocabulary. While the content for each kit will be different, the materials you receive will be the same. They Include:
Teacher Tools (Storybook; Puppet Scripts; Vocabulary Games; Pattern Games) and Classroom Materials (Flashcards; Game Materials)
Storybook– This detailed full color storybook follows our puppet family through the module’s story line introducing vocabulary and grammar in full emersion environment. The illustrations intuitively point students to the meaning of new vocabulary as it is introduced in the target language. Our engaging storyline helps motivate new learners to master new vocabulary in order to understand what is happening to the family.
Puppet Scripts- To lower the barriers to language acquisition and production, new vocabulary and grammar is introduced by our puppet family who only speak in the target language. Interacting with the puppets helps reluctant students to respond in a low risk environment. The unique personalities of the puppet families promotes class participation in order to interact with the family.
Vocabulary Games- Introduce and reinforce new concepts in a fun and communicative environment. Familiar games such as duck duck goose help build excitement for language learning while new and unfamiliar games challenge students ability to respond. Vocabulary games work from introduction to comprehension as we build on TPR (Total Physical Response) towards individual dialog production
Pattern Games- Introduce language specific grammar patterns with reduced focus on vocabulary. In these games the focus is less on producing new language but on reinforcing key grammar patterns. Games use familiar vocabulary combined with new grammar to ease students into new ways of communicating old ideas.
Flashcards- These colorful and black and white flashcards with words in the target language provide the foundation for the games. In your kit you will find 222 color and 256 black and white laminated flashcards.
Game materials- The following materials are also provided for your convenience together with the flashcards, comic and felt-board materials these complete your language kit in a box: Roll of yarn, beach ball, fly swatters (2), twister game, hopping bags, Chinese jump ropes, clothes pins, wooden spoons (2), bean bags (8),dry erase marker, fishing game (magnetic fishing rod and rings), bingo tokens, blindfold, Koosh ball, bell, bag of small balls, squishy snake, play doh, battleship template, dice game (2 large foam dice with Velcro and interchangeable Velcro game cards), suitcase, felt-board, bag of coins, and colored keys.
Trailblazers Module Summary
With six individual modules each encompassing a year of language learning there is sure to be something for everyone
In Mexico with the Panadero Family, In France with the Boulanger family, In Germany with the Baecker family, In China with the Tang family
In this module we get to know the puppet family and all of their idiosyncrasies through the eyes of an exchange student from the U.S. Jack. Jack needs moms expertise after a little bike crash. Mom is naturally very kind and caring yet forgetful of most things, particularly of the
body parts. This can lead to some confusion, and an opportunity for your students to help absentminded Mama remember! Mama introduces children to vocabulary and phrases relating to body parts. Dad takes Jack shopping since he didn’t pack enough clothing for the approaching colder weather and flip flops, shorts and T-shirts just won’t do. Dad is a very creative soul who has found his calling in cooking. He is constantly experimenting with new recipes and trying to find unique ways to use chocolate, his favorite ingredient! Through dad’s creative processes, he often makes a big mess and will need help cleaning things up in the furniture unit. The sister is the middle child, who like dad has creative talents but in the realm of fine arts. Like many girls, she likes pink very much and embellishes her creations with as much pink as possible. This comes in handy since Jack is on laundry for his weekly chore when he by mistake leaves a pair of red socks in the white wash and everything is dyed pink. Jack and her also introduce the students to vocabulary and phrases relating to arts & crafts when they make pinatas for baby’s birthday party. During this unit we learn culturally appropriate birthday songs and traditions. The big brother is an avid sports fan. He has a lot to say about sports and playing them. His lessons to the children will involve the crucial vocabulary and phrases to enable them to play with their peers. Jack and him play lots of different sports in the local sports complex – as soon as they can find his tennis racket that is… Baby can be a bit of a rascal. He likes to play jokes and loves to play hide-and-seek. Jack indulges him in a game of hide and seek in one of the units.
Exploring Animals Around the World
In this module we virtually travel around the world with the puppet family exploring different continents and their animal inhabitants. In Antarctica we learn body parts as we hear about mom’s trip to help a sick seal. The big brother returns from South America with loads of photos of different frog species, which teach students colors and numbers. Baby’s adventure in Asia appeals to all our senses as we see, hear and even feel our way around the rainforest. Possessive adjectives are introduced in the European farm unit where sister helps to reunite babies with their moms. In the second semester we spiral back through body parts with some extensions added in as mom heals a zebra, giraffe, elephant and lion in Africa. Colors and numbers are reviewed and extended in a Great Barrier Reef unit where the big brother goes scuba diving with tropical fish. Baby’s Arctic adventure reviews the senses as we are introduced to new Arctic animals. And sister’s pet sitting business in North America reviews possessive adjectives and incorporates new pet related vocabulary.
In this module we explore the puppet families town. We learn to count by tens in the target language as well as interesting grocery items as we accompany dad shopping. We are introduced to café foods as well as culturally specific foods as we go on an afternoon outing with mom and sister. We learn about pets as well as baby’s mishap buying a fire spitting dragon at the pet store. We help the fire department with emergencies in and around the town learning different vehicles and reviewing the places around town from the intro unit. At the toy store we help big brother pick out toys for the children at the hospital for his community service project and review our numbers and shopping dialogue. We visit mom at the vet where she cares for all kinds of animals learning adjectives and reviewing pet names from the pet unit. Here the dragon dilemma finally gets resolved when the fire chief decides to offer the fire station dog in return for the dragon since the fire station is equipped to put out fires whenever they may occur and can keep a close eye on the dragon. Lastly we review toys, adjectives and introduce possessive adjectives as we help sister to distribute the toys at the hospital.
At the Fair
In this module the family makes an excursion to the fair. Since we can’t travel to the target language country where the fair is located, each family member will visit us and bring us stories, games, food, and fun to share in the fair experience. Each year the family helps uncle (dad’s brother) to run the fair. Uncle is a handyman/musician. He loves to sing and sometimes he sings instead of talking. He is a little quirky – (just like his brother, but in a different way). He can repair and LOVES to repair about everything (sometimes things that are not even broken). Often, he has a new song idea, gets distracted and sings away. He even converted many of dad’s recipes to lyrics and composed music to go with the lyrics. As you can see, Uncle needs help from the family since he is so busy, repairing, composing, singing, and taking care of the game booths and rides. And, what would a fair be without great food’ The fair is famous for its delicious foods. Dad runs the Pizza stand and helps out at the ice cream bar. Dad is a chef who loves to cook and to invent new recipes. His favorite ingredient is chocolate. He puts chocolate in and on about everything – on pizza too. He also loves to clean…. He always makes a huge mess when he is cooking new creations and an even bigger mess when he is cleaning. This year he is writing a cook book. Therefore he is trying to expand his culinary palette – he is trying new ingredients, and new recipes. More importantly, he wants to try to cook without chocolate. But, somehow he always ends up putting chocolate into his new creations. Somehow, he always comes across a piece of chocolate, chocolate syrup, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate pudding, chocolate frosting while he tastes his food and throws it in. He is kind of tricking himself – thinking he is really cooking without the chocolate. Of course the children will catch him.
Mom is in charge of the snack shack. She is a doctor and very funny. She is extremely forgetful. Mom needs to be reminded about almost everything. Visiting the Fair Snack Shack is a true mom experience, because you might not always get what you order. But don’t get me wrong. She is very smart – just a little forgetful! Uncle is really happy to have her at the Snack Shack. Mom also thinks fitness and exercise is important. Like most Doctors, she reminds her patients (customers) to run, dance and jump. Sometimes her customers have not even eaten yet…and sometimes she mixes everything up.
Sister has a very special job. She is running her own horse show! She is as creative as Papa and uncle. She loves arts and crafts and is a fabulous artist – but she has many more talents such as training animals. She considers herself a real animal lover. Her favorite animal is her horse. Uncle thinks she is doing a fantastic job training him. We will meet them both as they train for a horse show and later perform at the fair!
Baby is the youngest family member. He is getting bigger and more active. He is learning a lot of new things every day. Mom says he is a real handful and he still LOVES to hide. One minute he is there the next he is gone. He is also a “dare devil”. The family really has to watch him. They call him “our little Explorer”. He wants to do everything “ALONE”. Baby is helping Uncle to run the Ice Cream Bar. He is such a great helper and already knows most of the ice cream flavors. Baby loves the fair ground and we will soon find out that he likes most of the rides – but NOT all of them. Like most toddlers, he expresses how he is feeling.
We won’t meet brother this time. Although he would have loved to help at the Fair – he really wanted to attend a variety of sports camps. At first he is doing a soccer camp, then basketball camp, and finally participating in a hockey camp. He is a great athlete and mom and dad are both very proud of him.