WHAT IS A GUIDED LESSON?


Using books/stories to teach children language is a method used in the education systems of many developed countries, such as the US, the UK, Germany and Australia. This method brings various benefits to children during the process of learning languages:
- Knowledge and skills children need are systematically introduced and tailored for each child’s attention span and receptive ability.
- Children will acquire knowledge and apply what they have learned through reading stories.
- Thanks to the interactive picture stories, children become more engaged in their lessons.
- Lesson-based activities are more diverse and interesting than those used by conventional language teaching methods.

Strictly following the American Common Core State Standard (CCSS), Monkey Stories has built more than 100 guided lessons that aim to help children develop important skills suitable for each age group listed in the CCSS.
- Understand English grammar and know how to use it in writing and speaking
- Use vocabulary correctly in writing
- Analyze a sentence, paragraph or scenario to guess the meaning of a new word
- Recognize word forms and structures
- Use single words, compound words and sentences correctly.
- Develop reading comprehension skills, including understanding the story, the word forms and the sentence structures used in the story, and comparing what they learned in previous lessons with the new lesson.

Furthermore, Monkey Stories builds diverse lessons that are tailored for each child's age group. All activities are instructed in English and are designed to let children play to learn, which helps them engage, enjoy learning English and eventually use English naturally. Monkey Stories’ guided lesson are similar to those used in the classroom, guaranteeing that children will not only be more interested in learning English, but also develop essential skills for higher English levels.

STRUCTURE OF A GUIDED LESSON

1. Pre-reading

Children will learn:
- Key vocabulary and sentence structures used in a story.
- How to pronounce new words from native speakers.
- High frequency words used in the story.
- How to guess story content and characters from looking at the story cover.

2. While reading

There are two important skills that children will develop through reading stories:
- Associative learning skills: Lively illustration is one of the key elements in helping children understand the story, as well as stimulate associative learning ability while creating a fun and exciting learning experience.
- Inference skills: While reading stories, children learn to incorporate their real-life knowledge into specific situations in a story to infer and thus understand the story without assistance from their native language. Once they know how to infer and use logic when reading stories, children easily apply to real life what they have learned. Thanks to pre-reading activities, including introduction to vocabulary and structures, along with lively illustration, children will practice and develop these important skills..

3. Post-reading

Children will:
- Learn sentence structures used in a story.
- Practice reading comprehension skills: identifying main characters, setting, main content and lesson in a story; answering questions related to the story; making associations between what they already know and what they have read in the story. These activities help children gain in-depth understanding of the story, memorize the content and develop critical thinking ability..

The guided lessons in Monkey Stories are divided into 3 levels, including Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1. All activities in the lessons are tailored to age group and the language receptive ability of children, aligned with Common Core State Standard.

PRE-K

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Distinguish colors, shapes, numbers and letters.

- Trace shapes, numbers and letters.

- Understand the correlation between numbers and quantity.

- Distinguish lower case and upper case letters.

- Use letters to form a single word.

- Learn simple and familiar vocabulary.

- Learn pronunciation.

Lesson overview

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary
1 Colors Colors white, black, yellow, red
2 Shapes Shapes circle, square, rectangle, triangle
3 The number one Numbers squash, corn, carrot, potato
4 The number two Numbers duck, dog, pig, cow
5 The number three Numbers carrot, pumpkin, cucumber, onion
6 The number four Numbers bee, egg, bird, kid
7 The number five Numbers star, dog, cat, chick, toe
8 The number six Alphabets spoon, fork, cup, plate
9 The number seven Alphabets nut, flower, plant, mushroom
10 The number eight Alphabets reindeer, present, bell, candle
11 The number nine Alphabets ruler, pencil, eraser, crayon
12 Numbers Alphabets apple, pear, kiwi, mango
13 The letter a Alphabets ant, ax, arm, apple
14 The letter b Alphabets bed, boy, bat, bee
15 The letter c Alphabets cat, cup, car, cake
16 The letter d Alphabets dog, dad, desk, duck, deer
17 The letter e Alphabets egg, elf, elbow, envelope
18 The letter f Alphabets fan, fox, frog, fish
19 The letter g Alphabets goat, guitar, girl, glass, gate, gift
20 The letter h Alphabets hat, heart, horse, hand
21 The letter i Alphabets ink, igloo, iguana
22 The letter j Alphabets jet, jug, jar, jam
23 The letter k Alphabets kid, kiwi, kite, key
24 The letter l Alphabets leg, lip, log, lamp
25 The letter m Alphabets map, mask, milk, mouse
26 The letter n Alphabets nut, net, nose, nine
27 The letter o Alphabets ox, ostrich, orange, octopus
28 The letter p Alphabets pan, pig, pot, pie
29 The letter q Alphabets queen, quail, quill, penguin, peacock
30 The letter r Alphabets rat, rope, rug, ring
31 The letter s Alphabets sun, sand, star, snake
32 The letter t Alphabets taxi, tent, tank, tiger
33 The letter u Alphabets cup, mud, sun, duck
34 The letter v Alphabets van, vet, vase, volcano
35 The letter w Alphabets web, worm, watch, window
36 The letter x Alphabets box, fox, six
37 The letter y Alphabets yolk, yatch, yogurt
38 The letter z Alphabets zebra, zero, zigzag, zipper
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KINDERGARTEN

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Learn vocabulary in familiar topics.

- Learn pronunciation.

- Learn level-appropriate high frequency words.

- Learn simple sentence structures.

- Learn how to build a sentence by using topic-based vocabulary and high frequency words.

- Distinguish singular and plural nouns.

- Distinguish some adjectives that have opposite meanings.

- Distinguish some prepositions of place.

- Classify nouns into common groups.

- Read, comprehend and analyze a story.

- Learn how to connect knowledge from the story with that from real-life.

Lesson overview

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary High frequency words
1 Twinkle, twinkle traffic light Color traffic light, crossroad, stop, go, slow
2 I paint Color fence, door, house, grass, paint I, the
3 The city Transportation train, car, bike, taxi, bus the, go
4 Bogged down Transportation jeep, police car, ambulance, truck is, a, an
5 Belong to Transportation dumptruck, motorbike, bicycle, skateboard to, it, and
6 Insects Insects dragonfly, mantis, ladybug, fly, mosquito this, is, a
7 Fly or not Fly Insects bee, ant, butterfly, frog can, cannot
8 Telling a story Animals bunny, lion, deer, fox, horse
9 Go to the zoo Animals gorilla, peacock, penguin, tiger I, see , a
10 Go to sleep Animals elephant, bear, moose, bat, sleep of, all, the
11 Where do you sleep? Animals web, jungle, desert, cave, nest in, under, its
12 Taking a bath Animals hippopotamus, giraffe, rhinoceros, kangaroo take, a, an
13 Giving birth and laying egg Animals lay egg, give birth to, the
14 Baby animals Animals kitten, piglet, calf, foal I, the, love
15 What do you eat? Animals tiger, bear, panda, chick, monkey, rabbit what, does, the
16 Which animals live in the sea? Animals octopus, shark, sea turtle, lobster, whale this, has, they
17 The zoo Animals scary, fierce, dangerous , naughty there, the, in
18 Big and small Adjectives crab, goldfish, eagle, mouse , cow a, an, is
19 Opposites Adjectives slow, fast, big, small no, not, it
20 Differences Adjectives cold, hot, short, long, dirty, clean, big, small no, has, many
21 Oh, how dirty! Body parts ear, hand, nose, feet, dirty, clean your, it, now
22 I draw the zebra Body parts draw, zebra, tail, leg, ear I, the
23 My baby Body parts hand, tummy, cheek, knee, touch , put my, on, her
24 Our Five Senses Body parts and senses see, hear, smell, taste, feel can, what, you, help
25 Lunchtime Food eat, drink, rice, meat, milk
26 This and that Food candy, cupcake, lollipop, biscuit, pie this, that, is
27 Tom’s picnic Food doughnut, bread, nut, milk, candy, banana put, at, in
28 Fruits Food apple, kiwi, banana, strawberry, orange this, is, a
29 Count Fruits watermelon, lemon, grape, pear I, under, on, count
30 Tomato sauce Fruits cut, cook, mash this, the, yes
31 Baby things Numbers Plural stroller, diaper, bib, crib, rattle, milk bottle this, is, a
32 Clothes Clothes pant, skirt, tie, dress, blouse these, this, my
33 What does Pax wear? Clothes shorts, t-shirt, beanie, jacket, glasses he, go, put
34 A new age Clothes shirt, pants, socks, shoes, beanie does, fit, do
35 Go away, fly! Things around us fly, book, pillow, toy, shoe on, my, away
36 Making a hat Things around us paper, scissors, ruler, glue, hat here, help, her
37 What does Tootsie like? Things around us bed, house, cup, ball like ,her, is
38 My Pet Monkey Things around us flower, bread, clothes, book not, like, my
39 A little monkey Things around us ball, kite, puzzle, book many, a, have
40 How many legs do you count? Numbers rooster, spider, lobster, centipede, snake has, many, no
41 Shape Shapes star, heart, cube, pyramid, oval see, of, me
42 Healthy life Actions brush teeth, take a bath, eat vegetables, play sports to, at, and
43 Mom and I Actions read a book, cook a meal, watch television, clean house, go swimming, wash dishes and, go, do
44 At home Actions clean, vacuum, wash, water, clean the floor, vacuum the carpet, wash the dishes, water the plant I, the, at, of
45 Let’s go Camping! Actions drive, cook, sing, drive a car, go fishing, cook a meal, sing a song to, at, in
46 What is in space? Community moon, planet, satellite, astronaut in, the, are, is
47 The doctor Community doctor, stethoscope, syringe, patient has, a, many
48 What is it like to be a doctor? Community hospital, relieve, medicine want, help, make
49 Dream Community Moon, Earth, planet, satellite, astronaut, star can, see, what
50 The Clown Community stand, walk, ride, clown can, on, with, all
51 The magician Community split, float, appear make, can, he
52 Colorful balls Prepositions floor lamp, bookshelf, table, bed, window, purple, orange, blue, yellow, green, red I, see, have
53 Where were the glasses? Prepositions glasses, cupboard, pillow, armchair, drawer, search
54 How are you feeling? Feeling hungry, thirsty, bored, sick am, you, too, are
55 I feel Feeling happy ,sad, scared, angry, feel
56 Summer Seasons sandcastle, sunshine, soccer, summer in, go, play
57 Winter is here! Seasons coat, boots, mittens, scarf here, my, all
58 Here comes spring! Seasons spring, caterpillar, raindrop here, come, to
59 Bunny and tortoise Vocabulary in specific context run, go, stop, bunny, tortoise slow, fast, past
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GRADE 1

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Learn vocabulary in familiar topics.

- Learn pronunciation.

- Learn level-appropriate high frequency words .

- Learn more complex sentence structures.

- Learn how to form some common verbs in past simple tense.

- Classify nouns into advanced topics.

- Read, comprehend and analyze main points of a story.

- Learn how to put each scene of a story in the right order.

- Learn how to distinguish and summarize the story content.

- Learn how to connect knowledge from the story with that from real-life.

Lesson overview:

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary High frequency words
1 At my grandpa’s house Space at home living room, garden his, of, much
2 Can you find Kitty? Space at home storeroom, garage, bathroom, kitchen like, find, can
3 Time to clean up Actions repair, mow, water, clean, wash my, all, our
4 Guess the musical instrument Musical instruments guitar, trumpet, cymbals, vionlin can, yes, well
5 Musical instruments Musical instruments guitar, drum, saxophone, flute, harmonice to, it, and
6 Jane and a hen Vocabulary in specific context coop, roof, garden, fence where, say, get
7 The pet show Vocabulary in specific context pet show, prize, judge for, see, say
8 Linda's grandpa Vocabulary in specific context chess, bedtime stories, best friend
9 My daddy is a doctor Vocabulary in specific context examine, prescribe, inject into, for, his
10 Let's go! Vocabulary in specific context cargo ship, cruiser, ferry, gondola, airplane, helicopter here, come, want, go
11 Tree planting robot Vocabulary in specific context germinate, storm, flooding first, next, after
12 The big cake Vocabulary in specific context reach, try, climb, idea too, what, can, will
13 My dream shoes Vocabulary in specific context expensive, housework, forget, happen first, second, third
14 The gingerbread man Vocabulary in specific context bake, jump, carry, shout I, the, love
15 Ron and the bear Vocabulary in specific context ask for permission, nervous, play dead, abandon was, had, were, little
16 The Three Little Pigs Vocabulary in specific context straw, wood, brick, chase, huff and puff, blow down were, but, again, away
17 Jack and the beanstalk Vocabulary in specific context giant, castle, harp, house once, his, then
18 Mia makes a Pancake - Mia's first experiences series Vocabulary in specific context pancake, recipe book, stir, flip, pour, read, ceiling put, now, all, if, into
19 Mia’s first camping trip - Mia's first experiences series Vocabulary in specific context campfire, tent, firewood, castle, set up tents, hammer the pegs into ground, collect firewood, start the fire, grill the, meat, sleep outdoor no, not, it
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The guided lessons in Monkey Stories are divided into 3 levels, including Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1. All activities in the lessons are tailored to age group and the language receptive ability of children, aligned with Common Core State Standard.

PRE-K

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Distinguish colors, shapes, numbers and letters.

- Trace shapes, numbers and letters.

- Understand the correlation between numbers and quantity.

- Distinguish lower case and upper case letters.

- Use letters to form a single word.

- Learn simple and familiar vocabulary.

- Learn pronunciation.

Lesson overview

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary
1 Colors Colors white, black, yellow, red
2 Shapes Shapes circle, square, rectangle, triangle
3 The number one Numbers squash, corn, carrot, potato
4 The number two Numbers duck, dog, pig, cow
5 The number three Numbers carrot, pumpkin, cucumber, onion
6 The number four Numbers bee, egg, bird, kid
7 The number five Numbers star, dog, cat, chick, toe
8 The number six Alphabets spoon, fork, cup, plate
9 The number seven Alphabets nut, flower, plant, mushroom
10 The number eight Alphabets reindeer, present, bell, candle
11 The number nine Alphabets ruler, pencil, eraser, crayon
12 Numbers Alphabets apple, pear, kiwi, mango
13 The letter a Alphabets ant, ax, arm, apple
14 The letter b Alphabets bed, boy, bat, bee
15 The letter c Alphabets cat, cup, car, cake
16 The letter d Alphabets dog, dad, desk, duck, deer
17 The letter e Alphabets egg, elf, elbow, envelope
18 The letter f Alphabets fan, fox, frog, fish
19 The letter g Alphabets goat, guitar, girl, glass, gate, gift
20 The letter h Alphabets hat, heart, horse, hand
21 The letter i Alphabets ink, igloo, iguana
22 The letter j Alphabets jet, jug, jar, jam
23 The letter k Alphabets kid, kiwi, kite, key
24 The letter l Alphabets leg, lip, log, lamp
25 The letter m Alphabets map, mask, milk, mouse
26 The letter n Alphabets nut, net, nose, nine
27 The letter o Alphabets ox, ostrich, orange, octopus
28 The letter p Alphabets pan, pig, pot, pie
29 The letter q Alphabets queen, quail, quill, penguin, peacock
30 The letter r Alphabets rat, rope, rug, ring
31 The letter s Alphabets sun, sand, star, snake
32 The letter t Alphabets taxi, tent, tank, tiger
33 The letter u Alphabets cup, mud, sun, duck
34 The letter v Alphabets van, vet, vase, volcano
35 The letter w Alphabets web, worm, watch, window
36 The letter x Alphabets box, fox, six
37 The letter y Alphabets yolk, yatch, yogurt
38 The letter z Alphabets zebra, zero, zigzag, zipper
Read more

KINDERGARTEN

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Learn vocabulary in familiar topics.

- Learn pronunciation.

- Learn level-appropriate high frequency words.

- Learn simple sentence structures.

- Learn how to build a sentence by using topic-based vocabulary and high frequency words.

- Distinguish singular and plural nouns.

- Distinguish some adjectives that have opposite meanings.

- Distinguish some prepositions of place.

- Classify nouns into common groups.

- Read, comprehend and analyze a story.

- Learn how to connect knowledge from the story with that from real-life.

Lesson overview

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary High frequency words
1 Twinkle, twinkle traffic light Color traffic light, crossroad, stop, go, slow
2 I paint Color fence, door, house, grass, paint I, the
3 The city Transportation train, car, bike, taxi, bus the, go
4 Bogged down Transportation jeep, police car, ambulance, truck is, a, an
5 Belong to Transportation dumptruck, motorbike, bicycle, skateboard to, it, and
6 Insects Insects dragonfly, mantis, ladybug, fly, mosquito this, is, a
7 Fly or not Fly Insects bee, ant, butterfly, frog can, cannot
8 Telling a story Animals bunny, lion, deer, fox, horse
9 Go to the zoo Animals gorilla, peacock, penguin, tiger I, see , a
10 Go to sleep Animals elephant, bear, moose, bat, sleep of, all, the
11 Where do you sleep? Animals web, jungle, desert, cave, nest in, under, its
12 Taking a bath Animals hippopotamus, giraffe, rhinoceros, kangaroo take, a, an
13 Giving birth and laying egg Animals lay egg, give birth to, the
14 Baby animals Animals kitten, piglet, calf, foal I, the, love
15 What do you eat? Animals tiger, bear, panda, chick, monkey, rabbit what, does, the
16 Which animals live in the sea? Animals octopus, shark, sea turtle, lobster, whale this, has, they
17 The zoo Animals scary, fierce, dangerous , naughty there, the, in
18 Big and small Adjectives crab, goldfish, eagle, mouse , cow a, an, is
19 Opposites Adjectives slow, fast, big, small no, not, it
20 Differences Adjectives cold, hot, short, long, dirty, clean, big, small no, has, many
21 Oh, how dirty! Body parts ear, hand, nose, feet, dirty, clean your, it, now
22 I draw the zebra Body parts draw, zebra, tail, leg, ear I, the
23 My baby Body parts hand, tummy, cheek, knee, touch , put my, on, her
24 Our Five Senses Body parts and senses see, hear, smell, taste, feel can, what, you, help
25 Lunchtime Food eat, drink, rice, meat, milk
26 This and that Food candy, cupcake, lollipop, biscuit, pie this, that, is
27 Tom’s picnic Food doughnut, bread, nut, milk, candy, banana put, at, in
28 Fruits Food apple, kiwi, banana, strawberry, orange this, is, a
29 Count Fruits watermelon, lemon, grape, pear I, under, on, count
30 Tomato sauce Fruits cut, cook, mash this, the, yes
31 Baby things Numbers Plural stroller, diaper, bib, crib, rattle, milk bottle this, is, a
32 Clothes Clothes pant, skirt, tie, dress, blouse these, this, my
33 What does Pax wear? Clothes shorts, t-shirt, beanie, jacket, glasses he, go, put
34 A new age Clothes shirt, pants, socks, shoes, beanie does, fit, do
35 Go away, fly! Things around us fly, book, pillow, toy, shoe on, my, away
36 Making a hat Things around us paper, scissors, ruler, glue, hat here, help, her
37 What does Tootsie like? Things around us bed, house, cup, ball like ,her, is
38 My Pet Monkey Things around us flower, bread, clothes, book not, like, my
39 A little monkey Things around us ball, kite, puzzle, book many, a, have
40 How many legs do you count? Numbers rooster, spider, lobster, centipede, snake has, many, no
41 Shape Shapes star, heart, cube, pyramid, oval see, of, me
42 Healthy life Actions brush teeth, take a bath, eat vegetables, play sports to, at, and
43 Mom and I Actions read a book, cook a meal, watch television, clean house, go swimming, wash dishes and, go, do
44 At home Actions clean, vacuum, wash, water, clean the floor, vacuum the carpet, wash the dishes, water the plant I, the, at, of
45 Let’s go Camping! Actions drive, cook, sing, drive a car, go fishing, cook a meal, sing a song to, at, in
46 What is in space? Community moon, planet, satellite, astronaut in, the, are, is
47 The doctor Community doctor, stethoscope, syringe, patient has, a, many
48 What is it like to be a doctor? Community hospital, relieve, medicine want, help, make
49 Dream Community Moon, Earth, planet, satellite, astronaut, star can, see, what
50 The Clown Community stand, walk, ride, clown can, on, with, all
51 The magician Community split, float, appear make, can, he
52 Colorful balls Prepositions floor lamp, bookshelf, table, bed, window, purple, orange, blue, yellow, green, red I, see, have
53 Where were the glasses? Prepositions glasses, cupboard, pillow, armchair, drawer, search
54 How are you feeling? Feeling hungry, thirsty, bored, sick am, you, too, are
55 I feel Feeling happy ,sad, scared, angry, feel
56 Summer Seasons sandcastle, sunshine, soccer, summer in, go, play
57 Winter is here! Seasons coat, boots, mittens, scarf here, my, all
58 Here comes spring! Seasons spring, caterpillar, raindrop here, come, to
59 Bunny and tortoise Vocabulary in specific context run, go, stop, bunny, tortoise slow, fast, past
Read more

GRADE 1

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Learn vocabulary in familiar topics.

- Learn pronunciation.

- Learn level-appropriate high frequency words .

- Learn more complex sentence structures.

- Learn how to form some common verbs in past simple tense.

- Classify nouns into advanced topics.

- Read, comprehend and analyze main points of a story.

- Learn how to put each scene of a story in the right order.

- Learn how to distinguish and summarize the story content.

- Learn how to connect knowledge from the story with that from real-life.

Lesson overview:

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary High frequency words
1 At my grandpa’s house Space at home living room, garden his, of, much
2 Can you find Kitty? Space at home storeroom, garage, bathroom, kitchen like, find, can
3 Time to clean up Actions repair, mow, water, clean, wash my, all, our
4 Guess the musical instrument Musical instruments guitar, trumpet, cymbals, vionlin can, yes, well
5 Musical instruments Musical instruments guitar, drum, saxophone, flute, harmonice to, it, and
6 Jane and a hen Vocabulary in specific context coop, roof, garden, fence where, say, get
7 The pet show Vocabulary in specific context pet show, prize, judge for, see, say
8 Linda's grandpa Vocabulary in specific context chess, bedtime stories, best friend
9 My daddy is a doctor Vocabulary in specific context examine, prescribe, inject into, for, his
10 Let's go! Vocabulary in specific context cargo ship, cruiser, ferry, gondola, airplane, helicopter here, come, want, go
11 Tree planting robot Vocabulary in specific context germinate, storm, flooding first, next, after
12 The big cake Vocabulary in specific context reach, try, climb, idea too, what, can, will
13 My dream shoes Vocabulary in specific context expensive, housework, forget, happen first, second, third
14 The gingerbread man Vocabulary in specific context bake, jump, carry, shout I, the, love
15 Ron and the bear Vocabulary in specific context ask for permission, nervous, play dead, abandon was, had, were, little
16 The Three Little Pigs Vocabulary in specific context straw, wood, brick, chase, huff and puff, blow down were, but, again, away
17 Jack and the beanstalk Vocabulary in specific context giant, castle, harp, house once, his, then
18 Mia makes a Pancake - Mia's first experiences series Vocabulary in specific context pancake, recipe book, stir, flip, pour, read, ceiling put, now, all, if, into
19 Mia’s first camping trip - Mia's first experiences series Vocabulary in specific context campfire, tent, firewood, castle, set up tents, hammer the pegs into ground, collect firewood, start the fire, grill the, meat, sleep outdoor no, not, it
Read more

Guided Lessons


WHAT IS A GUIDED LESSON?


Using books/stories to teach children language is a method used in the education systems of many developed countries, such as the US, the UK, Germany and Australia. This method brings various benefits to children during the process of learning languages:
- Knowledge and skills children need are systematically introduced and tailored for each child’s attention span and receptive ability.
- Children will acquire knowledge and apply what they have learned through reading stories.
- Thanks to the interactive picture stories, children become more engaged in their lessons.
- Lesson-based activities are more diverse and interesting than those used by conventional language teaching methods.

Strictly following the American Common Core State Standard (CCSS), Monkey Stories has built more than 100 guided lessons that aim to help children develop important skills suitable for each age group listed in the CCSS.
- Understand English grammar and know how to use it in writing and speaking
- Use vocabulary correctly in writing
- Analyze a sentence, paragraph or scenario to guess the meaning of a new word
- Recognize word forms and structures
- Use single words, compound words and sentences correctly.
- Develop reading comprehension skills, including understanding the story, the word forms and the sentence structures used in the story, and comparing what they learned in previous lessons with the new lesson.

Furthermore, Monkey Stories builds diverse lessons that are tailored for each child's age group. All activities are instructed in English and are designed to let children play to learn, which helps them engage, enjoy learning English and eventually use English naturally. Monkey Stories’ guided lesson are similar to those used in the classroom, guaranteeing that children will not only be more interested in learning English, but also develop essential skills for higher English levels.

STRUCTURE OF A GUIDED LESSON

1. Pre-reading

Children will learn:
- Key vocabulary and sentence structures used in a story.
- How to pronounce new words from native speakers.
- High frequency words used in the story.
- How to guess story content and characters from looking at the story cover.

2. While reading

There are two important skills that children will develop through reading stories:
- Associative learning skills: Lively illustration is one of the key elements in helping children understand the story, as well as stimulate associative learning ability while creating a fun and exciting learning experience.
- Inference skills: While reading stories, children learn to incorporate their real-life knowledge into specific situations in a story to infer and thus understand the story without assistance from their native language. Once they know how to infer and use logic when reading stories, children easily apply to real life what they have learned. Thanks to pre-reading activities, including introduction to vocabulary and structures, along with lively illustration, children will practice and develop these important skills..

3. Post-reading

Children will:
- Learn sentence structures used in a story.
- Practice reading comprehension skills: identifying main characters, setting, main content and lesson in a story; answering questions related to the story; making associations between what they already know and what they have read in the story. These activities help children gain in-depth understanding of the story, memorize the content and develop critical thinking ability..

The guided lessons in Monkey Stories are divided into 3 levels, including Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1. All activities in the lessons are tailored to age group and the language receptive ability of children, aligned with Common Core State Standard.

PRE-K

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Distinguish colors, shapes, numbers and letters.

- Trace shapes, numbers and letters.

- Understand the correlation between numbers and quantity.

- Distinguish lower case and upper case letters.

- Use letters to form a single word.

- Learn simple and familiar vocabulary.

- Learn pronunciation.

Lesson overview

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary
1 Colors Colors white, black, yellow, red
2 Shapes Shapes circle, square, rectangle, triangle
3 The number one Numbers squash, corn, carrot, potato
4 The number two Numbers duck, dog, pig, cow
5 The number three Numbers carrot, pumpkin, cucumber, onion
6 The number four Numbers bee, egg, bird, kid
7 The number five Numbers star, dog, cat, chick, toe
8 The number six Alphabets spoon, fork, cup, plate
9 The number seven Alphabets nut, flower, plant, mushroom
10 The number eight Alphabets reindeer, present, bell, candle
11 The number nine Alphabets ruler, pencil, eraser, crayon
12 Numbers Alphabets apple, pear, kiwi, mango
13 The letter a Alphabets ant, ax, arm, apple
14 The letter b Alphabets bed, boy, bat, bee
15 The letter c Alphabets cat, cup, car, cake
16 The letter d Alphabets dog, dad, desk, duck, deer
17 The letter e Alphabets egg, elf, elbow, envelope
18 The letter f Alphabets fan, fox, frog, fish
19 The letter g Alphabets goat, guitar, girl, glass, gate, gift
20 The letter h Alphabets hat, heart, horse, hand
21 The letter i Alphabets ink, igloo, iguana
22 The letter j Alphabets jet, jug, jar, jam
23 The letter k Alphabets kid, kiwi, kite, key
24 The letter l Alphabets leg, lip, log, lamp
25 The letter m Alphabets map, mask, milk, mouse
26 The letter n Alphabets nut, net, nose, nine
27 The letter o Alphabets ox, ostrich, orange, octopus
28 The letter p Alphabets pan, pig, pot, pie
29 The letter q Alphabets queen, quail, quill, penguin, peacock
30 The letter r Alphabets rat, rope, rug, ring
31 The letter s Alphabets sun, sand, star, snake
32 The letter t Alphabets taxi, tent, tank, tiger
33 The letter u Alphabets cup, mud, sun, duck
34 The letter v Alphabets van, vet, vase, volcano
35 The letter w Alphabets web, worm, watch, window
36 The letter x Alphabets box, fox, six
37 The letter y Alphabets yolk, yatch, yogurt
38 The letter z Alphabets zebra, zero, zigzag, zipper
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KINDERGARTEN

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Learn vocabulary in familiar topics.

- Learn pronunciation.

- Learn level-appropriate high frequency words.

- Learn simple sentence structures.

- Learn how to build a sentence by using topic-based vocabulary and high frequency words.

- Distinguish singular and plural nouns.

- Distinguish some adjectives that have opposite meanings.

- Distinguish some prepositions of place.

- Classify nouns into common groups.

- Read, comprehend and analyze a story.

- Learn how to connect knowledge from the story with that from real-life.

Lesson overview

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary High frequency words
1 Twinkle, twinkle traffic light Color traffic light, crossroad, stop, go, slow
2 I paint Color fence, door, house, grass, paint I, the
3 The city Transportation train, car, bike, taxi, bus the, go
4 Bogged down Transportation jeep, police car, ambulance, truck is, a, an
5 Belong to Transportation dumptruck, motorbike, bicycle, skateboard to, it, and
6 Insects Insects dragonfly, mantis, ladybug, fly, mosquito this, is, a
7 Fly or not Fly Insects bee, ant, butterfly, frog can, cannot
8 Telling a story Animals bunny, lion, deer, fox, horse
9 Go to the zoo Animals gorilla, peacock, penguin, tiger I, see , a
10 Go to sleep Animals elephant, bear, moose, bat, sleep of, all, the
11 Where do you sleep? Animals web, jungle, desert, cave, nest in, under, its
12 Taking a bath Animals hippopotamus, giraffe, rhinoceros, kangaroo take, a, an
13 Giving birth and laying egg Animals lay egg, give birth to, the
14 Baby animals Animals kitten, piglet, calf, foal I, the, love
15 What do you eat? Animals tiger, bear, panda, chick, monkey, rabbit what, does, the
16 Which animals live in the sea? Animals octopus, shark, sea turtle, lobster, whale this, has, they
17 The zoo Animals scary, fierce, dangerous , naughty there, the, in
18 Big and small Adjectives crab, goldfish, eagle, mouse , cow a, an, is
19 Opposites Adjectives slow, fast, big, small no, not, it
20 Differences Adjectives cold, hot, short, long, dirty, clean, big, small no, has, many
21 Oh, how dirty! Body parts ear, hand, nose, feet, dirty, clean your, it, now
22 I draw the zebra Body parts draw, zebra, tail, leg, ear I, the
23 My baby Body parts hand, tummy, cheek, knee, touch , put my, on, her
24 Our Five Senses Body parts and senses see, hear, smell, taste, feel can, what, you, help
25 Lunchtime Food eat, drink, rice, meat, milk
26 This and that Food candy, cupcake, lollipop, biscuit, pie this, that, is
27 Tom’s picnic Food doughnut, bread, nut, milk, candy, banana put, at, in
28 Fruits Food apple, kiwi, banana, strawberry, orange this, is, a
29 Count Fruits watermelon, lemon, grape, pear I, under, on, count
30 Tomato sauce Fruits cut, cook, mash this, the, yes
31 Baby things Numbers Plural stroller, diaper, bib, crib, rattle, milk bottle this, is, a
32 Clothes Clothes pant, skirt, tie, dress, blouse these, this, my
33 What does Pax wear? Clothes shorts, t-shirt, beanie, jacket, glasses he, go, put
34 A new age Clothes shirt, pants, socks, shoes, beanie does, fit, do
35 Go away, fly! Things around us fly, book, pillow, toy, shoe on, my, away
36 Making a hat Things around us paper, scissors, ruler, glue, hat here, help, her
37 What does Tootsie like? Things around us bed, house, cup, ball like ,her, is
38 My Pet Monkey Things around us flower, bread, clothes, book not, like, my
39 A little monkey Things around us ball, kite, puzzle, book many, a, have
40 How many legs do you count? Numbers rooster, spider, lobster, centipede, snake has, many, no
41 Shape Shapes star, heart, cube, pyramid, oval see, of, me
42 Healthy life Actions brush teeth, take a bath, eat vegetables, play sports to, at, and
43 Mom and I Actions read a book, cook a meal, watch television, clean house, go swimming, wash dishes and, go, do
44 At home Actions clean, vacuum, wash, water, clean the floor, vacuum the carpet, wash the dishes, water the plant I, the, at, of
45 Let’s go Camping! Actions drive, cook, sing, drive a car, go fishing, cook a meal, sing a song to, at, in
46 What is in space? Community moon, planet, satellite, astronaut in, the, are, is
47 The doctor Community doctor, stethoscope, syringe, patient has, a, many
48 What is it like to be a doctor? Community hospital, relieve, medicine want, help, make
49 Dream Community Moon, Earth, planet, satellite, astronaut, star can, see, what
50 The Clown Community stand, walk, ride, clown can, on, with, all
51 The magician Community split, float, appear make, can, he
52 Colorful balls Prepositions floor lamp, bookshelf, table, bed, window, purple, orange, blue, yellow, green, red I, see, have
53 Where were the glasses? Prepositions glasses, cupboard, pillow, armchair, drawer, search
54 How are you feeling? Feeling hungry, thirsty, bored, sick am, you, too, are
55 I feel Feeling happy ,sad, scared, angry, feel
56 Summer Seasons sandcastle, sunshine, soccer, summer in, go, play
57 Winter is here! Seasons coat, boots, mittens, scarf here, my, all
58 Here comes spring! Seasons spring, caterpillar, raindrop here, come, to
59 Bunny and tortoise Vocabulary in specific context run, go, stop, bunny, tortoise slow, fast, past
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GRADE 1

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Learn vocabulary in familiar topics.

- Learn pronunciation.

- Learn level-appropriate high frequency words .

- Learn more complex sentence structures.

- Learn how to form some common verbs in past simple tense.

- Classify nouns into advanced topics.

- Read, comprehend and analyze main points of a story.

- Learn how to put each scene of a story in the right order.

- Learn how to distinguish and summarize the story content.

- Learn how to connect knowledge from the story with that from real-life.

Lesson overview:

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary High frequency words
1 At my grandpa’s house Space at home living room, garden his, of, much
2 Can you find Kitty? Space at home storeroom, garage, bathroom, kitchen like, find, can
3 Time to clean up Actions repair, mow, water, clean, wash my, all, our
4 Guess the musical instrument Musical instruments guitar, trumpet, cymbals, vionlin can, yes, well
5 Musical instruments Musical instruments guitar, drum, saxophone, flute, harmonice to, it, and
6 Jane and a hen Vocabulary in specific context coop, roof, garden, fence where, say, get
7 The pet show Vocabulary in specific context pet show, prize, judge for, see, say
8 Linda's grandpa Vocabulary in specific context chess, bedtime stories, best friend
9 My daddy is a doctor Vocabulary in specific context examine, prescribe, inject into, for, his
10 Let's go! Vocabulary in specific context cargo ship, cruiser, ferry, gondola, airplane, helicopter here, come, want, go
11 Tree planting robot Vocabulary in specific context germinate, storm, flooding first, next, after
12 The big cake Vocabulary in specific context reach, try, climb, idea too, what, can, will
13 My dream shoes Vocabulary in specific context expensive, housework, forget, happen first, second, third
14 The gingerbread man Vocabulary in specific context bake, jump, carry, shout I, the, love
15 Ron and the bear Vocabulary in specific context ask for permission, nervous, play dead, abandon was, had, were, little
16 The Three Little Pigs Vocabulary in specific context straw, wood, brick, chase, huff and puff, blow down were, but, again, away
17 Jack and the beanstalk Vocabulary in specific context giant, castle, harp, house once, his, then
18 Mia makes a Pancake - Mia's first experiences series Vocabulary in specific context pancake, recipe book, stir, flip, pour, read, ceiling put, now, all, if, into
19 Mia’s first camping trip - Mia's first experiences series Vocabulary in specific context campfire, tent, firewood, castle, set up tents, hammer the pegs into ground, collect firewood, start the fire, grill the, meat, sleep outdoor no, not, it
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The guided lessons in Monkey Stories are divided into 3 levels, including Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1. All activities in the lessons are tailored to age group and the language receptive ability of children, aligned with Common Core State Standard.

PRE-K

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Distinguish colors, shapes, numbers and letters.

- Trace shapes, numbers and letters.

- Understand the correlation between numbers and quantity.

- Distinguish lower case and upper case letters.

- Use letters to form a single word.

- Learn simple and familiar vocabulary.

- Learn pronunciation.

Lesson overview

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary
1 Colors Colors white, black, yellow, red
2 Shapes Shapes circle, square, rectangle, triangle
3 The number one Numbers squash, corn, carrot, potato
4 The number two Numbers duck, dog, pig, cow
5 The number three Numbers carrot, pumpkin, cucumber, onion
6 The number four Numbers bee, egg, bird, kid
7 The number five Numbers star, dog, cat, chick, toe
8 The number six Alphabets spoon, fork, cup, plate
9 The number seven Alphabets nut, flower, plant, mushroom
10 The number eight Alphabets reindeer, present, bell, candle
11 The number nine Alphabets ruler, pencil, eraser, crayon
12 Numbers Alphabets apple, pear, kiwi, mango
13 The letter a Alphabets ant, ax, arm, apple
14 The letter b Alphabets bed, boy, bat, bee
15 The letter c Alphabets cat, cup, car, cake
16 The letter d Alphabets dog, dad, desk, duck, deer
17 The letter e Alphabets egg, elf, elbow, envelope
18 The letter f Alphabets fan, fox, frog, fish
19 The letter g Alphabets goat, guitar, girl, glass, gate, gift
20 The letter h Alphabets hat, heart, horse, hand
21 The letter i Alphabets ink, igloo, iguana
22 The letter j Alphabets jet, jug, jar, jam
23 The letter k Alphabets kid, kiwi, kite, key
24 The letter l Alphabets leg, lip, log, lamp
25 The letter m Alphabets map, mask, milk, mouse
26 The letter n Alphabets nut, net, nose, nine
27 The letter o Alphabets ox, ostrich, orange, octopus
28 The letter p Alphabets pan, pig, pot, pie
29 The letter q Alphabets queen, quail, quill, penguin, peacock
30 The letter r Alphabets rat, rope, rug, ring
31 The letter s Alphabets sun, sand, star, snake
32 The letter t Alphabets taxi, tent, tank, tiger
33 The letter u Alphabets cup, mud, sun, duck
34 The letter v Alphabets van, vet, vase, volcano
35 The letter w Alphabets web, worm, watch, window
36 The letter x Alphabets box, fox, six
37 The letter y Alphabets yolk, yatch, yogurt
38 The letter z Alphabets zebra, zero, zigzag, zipper
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KINDERGARTEN

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Learn vocabulary in familiar topics.

- Learn pronunciation.

- Learn level-appropriate high frequency words.

- Learn simple sentence structures.

- Learn how to build a sentence by using topic-based vocabulary and high frequency words.

- Distinguish singular and plural nouns.

- Distinguish some adjectives that have opposite meanings.

- Distinguish some prepositions of place.

- Classify nouns into common groups.

- Read, comprehend and analyze a story.

- Learn how to connect knowledge from the story with that from real-life.

Lesson overview

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary High frequency words
1 Twinkle, twinkle traffic light Color traffic light, crossroad, stop, go, slow
2 I paint Color fence, door, house, grass, paint I, the
3 The city Transportation train, car, bike, taxi, bus the, go
4 Bogged down Transportation jeep, police car, ambulance, truck is, a, an
5 Belong to Transportation dumptruck, motorbike, bicycle, skateboard to, it, and
6 Insects Insects dragonfly, mantis, ladybug, fly, mosquito this, is, a
7 Fly or not Fly Insects bee, ant, butterfly, frog can, cannot
8 Telling a story Animals bunny, lion, deer, fox, horse
9 Go to the zoo Animals gorilla, peacock, penguin, tiger I, see , a
10 Go to sleep Animals elephant, bear, moose, bat, sleep of, all, the
11 Where do you sleep? Animals web, jungle, desert, cave, nest in, under, its
12 Taking a bath Animals hippopotamus, giraffe, rhinoceros, kangaroo take, a, an
13 Giving birth and laying egg Animals lay egg, give birth to, the
14 Baby animals Animals kitten, piglet, calf, foal I, the, love
15 What do you eat? Animals tiger, bear, panda, chick, monkey, rabbit what, does, the
16 Which animals live in the sea? Animals octopus, shark, sea turtle, lobster, whale this, has, they
17 The zoo Animals scary, fierce, dangerous , naughty there, the, in
18 Big and small Adjectives crab, goldfish, eagle, mouse , cow a, an, is
19 Opposites Adjectives slow, fast, big, small no, not, it
20 Differences Adjectives cold, hot, short, long, dirty, clean, big, small no, has, many
21 Oh, how dirty! Body parts ear, hand, nose, feet, dirty, clean your, it, now
22 I draw the zebra Body parts draw, zebra, tail, leg, ear I, the
23 My baby Body parts hand, tummy, cheek, knee, touch , put my, on, her
24 Our Five Senses Body parts and senses see, hear, smell, taste, feel can, what, you, help
25 Lunchtime Food eat, drink, rice, meat, milk
26 This and that Food candy, cupcake, lollipop, biscuit, pie this, that, is
27 Tom’s picnic Food doughnut, bread, nut, milk, candy, banana put, at, in
28 Fruits Food apple, kiwi, banana, strawberry, orange this, is, a
29 Count Fruits watermelon, lemon, grape, pear I, under, on, count
30 Tomato sauce Fruits cut, cook, mash this, the, yes
31 Baby things Numbers Plural stroller, diaper, bib, crib, rattle, milk bottle this, is, a
32 Clothes Clothes pant, skirt, tie, dress, blouse these, this, my
33 What does Pax wear? Clothes shorts, t-shirt, beanie, jacket, glasses he, go, put
34 A new age Clothes shirt, pants, socks, shoes, beanie does, fit, do
35 Go away, fly! Things around us fly, book, pillow, toy, shoe on, my, away
36 Making a hat Things around us paper, scissors, ruler, glue, hat here, help, her
37 What does Tootsie like? Things around us bed, house, cup, ball like ,her, is
38 My Pet Monkey Things around us flower, bread, clothes, book not, like, my
39 A little monkey Things around us ball, kite, puzzle, book many, a, have
40 How many legs do you count? Numbers rooster, spider, lobster, centipede, snake has, many, no
41 Shape Shapes star, heart, cube, pyramid, oval see, of, me
42 Healthy life Actions brush teeth, take a bath, eat vegetables, play sports to, at, and
43 Mom and I Actions read a book, cook a meal, watch television, clean house, go swimming, wash dishes and, go, do
44 At home Actions clean, vacuum, wash, water, clean the floor, vacuum the carpet, wash the dishes, water the plant I, the, at, of
45 Let’s go Camping! Actions drive, cook, sing, drive a car, go fishing, cook a meal, sing a song to, at, in
46 What is in space? Community moon, planet, satellite, astronaut in, the, are, is
47 The doctor Community doctor, stethoscope, syringe, patient has, a, many
48 What is it like to be a doctor? Community hospital, relieve, medicine want, help, make
49 Dream Community Moon, Earth, planet, satellite, astronaut, star can, see, what
50 The Clown Community stand, walk, ride, clown can, on, with, all
51 The magician Community split, float, appear make, can, he
52 Colorful balls Prepositions floor lamp, bookshelf, table, bed, window, purple, orange, blue, yellow, green, red I, see, have
53 Where were the glasses? Prepositions glasses, cupboard, pillow, armchair, drawer, search
54 How are you feeling? Feeling hungry, thirsty, bored, sick am, you, too, are
55 I feel Feeling happy ,sad, scared, angry, feel
56 Summer Seasons sandcastle, sunshine, soccer, summer in, go, play
57 Winter is here! Seasons coat, boots, mittens, scarf here, my, all
58 Here comes spring! Seasons spring, caterpillar, raindrop here, come, to
59 Bunny and tortoise Vocabulary in specific context run, go, stop, bunny, tortoise slow, fast, past
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GRADE 1

At this level, kids will learn the following skills:

- Learn vocabulary in familiar topics.

- Learn pronunciation.

- Learn level-appropriate high frequency words .

- Learn more complex sentence structures.

- Learn how to form some common verbs in past simple tense.

- Classify nouns into advanced topics.

- Read, comprehend and analyze main points of a story.

- Learn how to put each scene of a story in the right order.

- Learn how to distinguish and summarize the story content.

- Learn how to connect knowledge from the story with that from real-life.

Lesson overview:

Lesson Title Topic Vocabulary High frequency words
1 At my grandpa’s house Space at home living room, garden his, of, much
2 Can you find Kitty? Space at home storeroom, garage, bathroom, kitchen like, find, can
3 Time to clean up Actions repair, mow, water, clean, wash my, all, our
4 Guess the musical instrument Musical instruments guitar, trumpet, cymbals, vionlin can, yes, well
5 Musical instruments Musical instruments guitar, drum, saxophone, flute, harmonice to, it, and
6 Jane and a hen Vocabulary in specific context coop, roof, garden, fence where, say, get
7 The pet show Vocabulary in specific context pet show, prize, judge for, see, say
8 Linda's grandpa Vocabulary in specific context chess, bedtime stories, best friend
9 My daddy is a doctor Vocabulary in specific context examine, prescribe, inject into, for, his
10 Let's go! Vocabulary in specific context cargo ship, cruiser, ferry, gondola, airplane, helicopter here, come, want, go
11 Tree planting robot Vocabulary in specific context germinate, storm, flooding first, next, after
12 The big cake Vocabulary in specific context reach, try, climb, idea too, what, can, will
13 My dream shoes Vocabulary in specific context expensive, housework, forget, happen first, second, third
14 The gingerbread man Vocabulary in specific context bake, jump, carry, shout I, the, love
15 Ron and the bear Vocabulary in specific context ask for permission, nervous, play dead, abandon was, had, were, little
16 The Three Little Pigs Vocabulary in specific context straw, wood, brick, chase, huff and puff, blow down were, but, again, away
17 Jack and the beanstalk Vocabulary in specific context giant, castle, harp, house once, his, then
18 Mia makes a Pancake - Mia's first experiences series Vocabulary in specific context pancake, recipe book, stir, flip, pour, read, ceiling put, now, all, if, into
19 Mia’s first camping trip - Mia's first experiences series Vocabulary in specific context campfire, tent, firewood, castle, set up tents, hammer the pegs into ground, collect firewood, start the fire, grill the, meat, sleep outdoor no, not, it
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