How to Teach VIPKid Level 3
VIPKid Level 2 and VIPKid Level 3 are the two most commonly taught levels in VIPKid. Because most students enter their VIPKid career at one of these levels, you can expect to receive the most bookings in these levels. Therefore, understanding how to teach Level 3 effectively is essential to the success of your VIPKid students.
Let’s look at exactly what you should be doing during your VIPKid Level 3 classes to ensure the most learning during each class.
What Topics are Covered in VIPKid Level 3?
In the VIPKid Level 3 (MC) lessons you have a total of 144 lessons with 12 units each containing 12 lessons.
Periodically, VIPKid updates the curriculum to more closely align with standards-based concepts and learning. The VIPKid Level 3 (NMC) lessons have a total of 120 lessons with 12 units containing 10 lessons each.
While the majority of the content (including the theme of each unit) has stayed the same, a few individual lessons have been changed. There are fewer lessons overall, but students will still learn the same content because all of the content from the removed lessons has been sprinkled into those that remain.
Here’s a general overview of the topics covered in each unit.
- Unit 1– Our Time on Earth (Days of the Week, Months of the Year)
- Unit 2– Clothes I Wear (Seasons, Clothing)
- Unit 3– My Body (Body Parts & What the Parts do)
- Unit 4– Animals & Their Bodies (Various animals & Their Unique Body Parts)
- Unit 5– Animal Groups (Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Fish)
- Unit 6– Five Senses (Body Parts, How We Sense Things)
- Unit 7– Let’s Celebrate Me (Birthday, Doing Well in School)
- Unit 8– The Farm & the City (Life on the Farm, Life in the City)
- Unit 9– Let’s Move (Ways We Move, Amusement Park)
- Unit 10– Culture (What Makes Up a Culture, Differences in Cultures)
- Unit 11– Once Upon a Time (Fairy Tales & Stories)
- Unit 12– Let’s Go to South America (Celebrations & Culture of South America)
Best Practices for VIPKid Level 3
Keep Incidental Language Minimal & Continue TPR
Just like Level 2 students, VIPKid Level 3 students are still limited in their ability to absorb new vocabulary and language. They are typically between the ages of 7-12, so we need to be mindful of the fact that most are still elementary school age.
Incidental language, or the use of “filler” words that don’t add meaning or context to the conversation, should still be kept to a minimum. But by Level 3, students are starting to understand how to answer questions even when a little bit of incidental language is used.
Unlike Level 2, you don’t have to be as flamboyant with your TPR, or total physical response in Level 3. You want to use body language as needed to help your students understand what you’re trying to teach them, but it can definitely be more minimal than in Level 2.
Encourage the Use of Full Sentences
By the time your students are in Level 3, they should be able to speak in complete sentences. The first few lessons in VIPKid Level 3 will include sentences starters to remind students to speak in full sentences.
Then as each new unit is introduced, students will be given specific sentence frames to memorize that correlate with the content they are learning in that particular unit.
Make sure that you’re encouraging students to speak in complete sentences as much as possible since they will need to speak in complete sentences during assessments. Helping them get in the habit of doing this as soon as possible will set them up for success.
Ask Questions & Extend When Possible
In Level 3, students should be able to use and answer questions.
They’re familiar with the “ask and answer” format of conversation, and therefore, encouraging them to answer questions outside of the lesson content is a great way to extend their knowledge.
As students begin Level 3, they’re fairly new to answering questions without the answers on the slide. Of course, this means that you may get the “deer in headlights” look occasionally, but this is totally normal. To help ease the transition, use VERY simple language when asking questions to ensure they understand what you’re asking.
By the end of Level 3, most students should have the ability to participate in basic conversations regularly including a few simple open-ended questions and answers. This means that you can ask them about things they like, people in their family, etc. and they should be able to give you relevant answers.
Parents LOVE when teachers can expand a child’s knowledge past what is contained on the 25 slides in class. This extension allows students to make connections between what they’re learning in class and what they’re experiencing in life.
And happy parents lead to repeat students, increased bookings, and more 5 apple feedback!
Best Props for VIPKid Level 3
Props are an essential part of teaching with VIPKid because well-planned props can give students a better point of reference for new vocabulary words and concepts. However, this does not mean you need a TON of props; in fact, the contrary is actually true.
To be an effective Level 3 VIPKid teacher, you just need a few props for each lesson.
My favorite props are the ones in my VIPKid Level 3 flashcard set. These flashcards align with the topics, sight words, and concepts taught within each unit of Level 3. The best part about these flashcards is that they’re easy to use and store.
To keep them organized and easily accessible, I store them in a large plastic photo storage box labeled by unit. Keeping my Level 3 props organized by unit makes prepping and cleaning up after class a breeze. I simply grab the unit I need and I’m ready to go!
I use the same rewards for all of my Level 2 and Level 3 students. Find-A-Star is the easiest and most interactive way that I’ve found to remember to give kids stars during class.
There are the three different sets of Find-A-Star Reward Systems plus a bundle that I’ve created. Each set has 40 unique boards with DIFFERENT images & clip art. No two boards are the same!
I keep the same reward board up during all of my back-to-back classes and simply replace the number covers before each class. This minimizes the clean up after class!
Now that you know how to teach VIPKid Level 3 effectively, you can have fun spending time with your students and teaching them to the best of your ability!