A Quick Review of Maple Leaf Learning Library 

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Maple Leaf Learning has always been one of my goto YouTube channels for teaching young learners, as I have written about here, here, here, and here. To date, I’ve always just considered them a maker of cute videos. Recently though they’ve really stepped up their game with a colossal new site called Maple Leaf Learning Library, positively filled to the brim with worksheets, booklets, and songs ideal for teaching English to young learners. The site has a free and a paid section, and I’ve had a chance to play around with both.

In the free section you’ll get access to their extensive collection of flashcards, as well as various activities, crafts, and worksheets. There’s a fairly comprehensives list of topics to choose from like animals, colors, body parts, counting – comprehensive for young learners, that is. There are some really cute and colorful activities to choose from which would complement most lessons. All in all it’s definitely something you’ll want to have in your bookmarks.

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Now, if you’re willing to cough up their annual fee of 50 USD then you’ll also get to try out their complete collection of music albums, as well as whole textbooks, craft books, and piles of games. There are some pretty great phonics books in here that I plan to make use of as extra work for my young learners. But if you’re looking for a way to do away with course books from the big publishers altogether, then this could be your ticket. What’s really cool are the five music albums that you can now download as part of your subscription. There are a lot of musical gems in here that I’ve unfairly neglected in favor of Super Simple Songs or Genki English.

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All in all, the site is pretty new and obviously has lots of room to grow in the years to come, but you should definitely check it out sooner rather than later.

More Excellent Videos for Young ESL/EFL Learners from Maple Leaf Learning

Maple Leaf Learning produces some of my favorite YouTube videos for young learners. They may not have quite the production values of outfits like Pancake Manor or Storybots, but they are better suited for young children learning English. I’ve written before about some of their videos here, here, and here.

Among my favorites are their series of simple skits, an ideal accompaniment for the first level of any of the major coursebooks. I wish they’d make a lot more of them to tell you the truth.

Here are a few you should check out:

Catchy Animal Guessing Videos from Maple Leaf Hashima

Maple Leaf Learning has more than one hundred videos on their YouTube channel for young learners, including immensely useful series that teach the sounds of the alphabet and how to read CVC words. Their animal guessing series has also been a surprising hit in my classroom, which just goes to show that you can never predict what children will like.

There are four videos in the series: “Whose Tail is It?”; “Whose Mouth is It?”; “Whose Ears are These?”; and “Whose Feet are These?” The lyrics go something like, “Whose tail? Whose tail? Whose tail is it?” and then a cropped image of an animal’s tail is shown. The kids then go wild guessing whether it belongs to a lion, a pig, a monkey, or something else entirely. This is followed by the big reveal of what the animal is, which causes no shortage of ‘I told you so’s among the children.

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                                            Can you guess whose tail it is?

Between reviewing animals, body parts, and introducing the concept of possessives, there’s a lot of useful English being taught in a way that students can readily pick up. The lyrics are surprisingly catchy too, and you’ll soon find yourself, not to mention your students, absentmindedly singing the song while washing the dishes (and drawing strange looks from your spouse).

Give them a watch, you won’t regret it.