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The mixed-up chameleon - learning English words through game

Created 14. Nov 2017
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"The mixed-up chameleon" is a short, cute, colorful book and with visual effects with a lovely message: be happy with who you are. That is an important message to teach our children at a very young age.

Chameleons have the power to change colors, but this chameleon wants to be a little bit of everybody else. He wished to be handsome like a flamingo, smart like a fox, and funny like a seal… But with each transformation in size, shape, and color he becomes more mixed-up. At the end the chameleon learns that maybe being yourself is best of all!

📒 Setting of the story: Nature.

📘 Trigger of the story: The chameleon becomes inspired to change by seeing zoo animals, who are cooler than he is.

📕 Problem: The chameleon thinks his life is boring. He wants to be like everybody else. By trying to be like others he becomes so mixed up, he can't catch a fly.

📗 Solution: The chameleon wishes again to be himself and he learns being yourself is best of all.

🌈😜🍀 Message: Accept yourself, be yourself, be happy with your life!

👫 Age: This book aimed is for children 4 - 10.

🚀 Children are excited with the visual effects of this book.
🎯 Children are enraptured by the colors and fun illustrations. They shine on the turn of every page.
💥Child's short attention span may prolong with this book.

Although this is short book it is a very well thought out. Older child can explore every child's desire to fit in with a certain group rather than recognize how wonderful that person is in his/her own right. Young children can play with the fun and unusual pictures of changing chameleon.

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“The mixed-up chameleon” is a great read for any age.

We came up to this book because Oskar’s favorite animal is the chameleon. By reading to him the Wildlife Encyclopedia he somehow defined the chameleons are the coolest of all. So I started looking for a book about chameleon and came up to this marvelous masterpiece by Eric Carle. 

Oskar wished to present this book at school for his “reading badge assignment”. That’s why I translated the book in Slovenian and printed the text out for him. Oskar read it himself, illustrated the book and presented it in front of his classroom. Everyone loved it! The next day the two of us made a coloring sheet about chameleon for all his classmates and everyone was excited. By seeing how my son loved the book and how well children in his class reacted to it, I decided to analyze the book and see what English words and phrases kid’s can learn from this lovely book.

A great book for learning English words through game.

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Learning English: first thing children learn in this book are colors. Then they learn to name the animals from this book. But there is much more vocabulary to learn from this book! Check out the words and phrases you can teach your child by spending quality time together.

COLOURS
GREEN
RED
BROWN
YELLOW
GREY
WHITE
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PINK
ORANGE
BLUE
VIOLET

ANIMALS (NOUNS)
CHAMELEON
FLY
POLAR BEAR
FLAMINGO
FOX
FISH
DEER
GIRAFFE
TURTLE
ELEPHANT
SEAL
PEOPLE

OTHER NOUNS
LEAF
TREE
FLOWER
SAND
EYES
TONGUE
LIFE
WISH
SHELL (turtle)
MYSELF
SOMETHING

ADJECTIVES
SHINY
SPARKLING
COLD
HUNGRY
STILL
LONG (tongue)
STICKY (tongue)
EXCITING (It's life was not very exciting.)
SMALL
SLOWLY
WEAK
BEAUTIFUL
BIG
MIXED-UP (a little of this and a little of that)
HANDSOME (flamingo)
SMART (fox)
STRONG (elephant)
FUNNY (seal)
VERY
MANY (beautiful animals)

VERBS
TO BE (like)
TO REST
TO MOVE
TO SIT
TO SPOT
TO WAIT
TO SHOT (a tongue)
TO TURN
TO REST
TO THINK
TO WISH
TO SEE (far away - giraffe)
TO CATCH (a fly)
TO WISH
TO SWIM (fish)
TO RUN (deer)
TO HIDE (turtle)
TO FLY (fly)
TO COME TRUE

FEELINGS
WARM
COLD
DULL
HAPPY

ADVERB
HARDLY (see)

PREPOSITIONS
UP
DOWN
SIDEWAYS
ON (on a leaf)
ONTO (moved onto a brown tree)
ACROSS
OUT

Learning English for children is even more fun with MINI POLIGLOTINI books.

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Mojca is versatile: researcher of the world, ecologist, PhD, polyglot, business woman, cynologist, wife and mother... above all she loves kids, dogs and the world of fairytale heroes. Mojca, a Fulbright Scholar and Alpine Space awarded young scientist, has dyslexia, but still loves to read and write. Spelling is still a challenge for Mojca. Beware of missing letters in this blog!

Mojca writes the blog on things she lives for: raising children, learning foreign languages, dogs, start-up and good books... things Mojca is really passionate about.

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