The card catalogue is a set of cards for the words used most frequently in connection with teaching young children a foreign language, and covers the vocabulary used in textbooks for the young beginners. There are three different types of cards for every word, in different combinations of the word and its illustration and efficiently facilitate any programme without using a workbook. More details in CoolTool section.
They are two flat houses made of fabric which windows are turned into pockets where the cards are kept alphabetically (the Cool Alphabet House) or thematically (the Cool Theme House). Children can easily find the wanted card by searching for it under the starting letter (an apple can be found in the Alphabet House in the pocket ‘A’) or under the topic ‘fruit’ in the Theme House). More details in CoolHouse section.
The combined use of the cards and the houses functions as a unique and high quality picture dictionary and a library for the young children, with one exceptional advantage: the words can be taken out, held in the children’s hands and played with.
Projects are chosen by the selection of different stories which are introduced through narrative. The follow up activities that are based on themes from the stories are upgraded to different types of cooperative games that promote socialisation, learning new vocabulary and grammar.
Creating sentences with the help of the CoolTool and the CoolHouses is the first step towards 'real' reading and writing. Based on the created doodle, tailored individually to the certain topic, the sentences that describe the doodle are put on the board. With Visual Sentences word order, articles, the plural of nouns, question words (Who? What? and Where?) and some parts of speech are introduced.
The upgrade of the Visual Sentences is the Visual Story. The plot of the story is put up on the board, also with the help of the CoolTool and CoolHouses. By reading the pictures, different sentences can be created. Reading them chronologically, a story is created. In addition to what Visual Sentences introduce, the Visual story upgrades the grammar by presenting some other parts of speech, affirmative, negative and interrogative questions, auxiliary verbs, time and tenses, and the structure of the text. Visual Story is also a good start for an independent story-writing. The CoolTool and The CoolHouses together form a unique Picture Dictionary, which provides the opportunity for children to self-check their spelling.
CoolTool is used to create sentences in such a way to help children consciously comprehend the grammar.
The actual writing is introduced through writing texts on posters. It can be fun once the topic of the text is well comprehended and the children dictate the text while the teacher is doing the writing. For that the global approach is used.
Pre-writing and pre-reading is introduced through partly finished pictures called CoolDoodles. After completing a CoolDoodle with sticking, gluing, colouring, printing etc., children can write words or sentences next to the correct picture and later orally describe it. For that the the picture dictionary is really handy. They can also sequence the story, dictate a task to a friend and do many more things. More details in CoolDoodle section.
At the end of each school year children perform a show for their parents. Usually it is a mix of songs and school-plays based on the topics covered throughout the school year.
A complete didactic and methodological approach to early foreign language learning based on the CoolSchool teaching aids can be acquired through seminars. More details in Seminars section.