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Mighty Mouth Movers

Mighty Mouth Movers is a collection of 44 rhymes set out in two books – the Student Book and matching Teaching Manual. They were written to make the serious business of teaching literacy – and in particular how to speak, read and use English – a joyous learning adventure.

The title of the book has been chosen to promote clarity of speech, vocabulary building and oral language confidence. These areas of learning are often put in the 'too hard basket' because they can be challenging to make interesting and unschoolish.

The vowels of English hold centre-stage in the chant lines of the rhymes (odd-numbered as 1, 3 etc), with the consonants playing important supporting roles.

The story lines (even numbered lines) are mini-adventures that are a springboard for all sorts of teacher-learner discussion. Language is thus being used as it is in real life – to communicate and stimulate ideas. Click here to see the teaching notes that go with this student page.

Mighty Mouth Movers - Student Book

The pages in this book can be copied by teachers for their class only.

A4 format.


The Teaching Manual has more than a year's worth of imaginative and innovative ideas from which the teacher can cherry-pick to suit the experience of the learners.

Mighty Mouth Movers - Teaching Manual

Drama improvisation, creative thinking, research topics to explore, science, geography, history, drawing, mathematics, vocabulary development, spelling accuracy, mouth muscle awareness, speech clarity, teamwork and putting thoughts into words are just some of the many high-level outcomes achievable in this Mighty Mouth Mover package.  A4 format.   


Educational benefits of the Mighty Mouth Movers rhymes

  • Aural discrimination and visual familiarity - learning in context the multitude of consonant and vowel sounds used in English
  • Pronunciation - teaching how the mouth 'works' in order to articulate these sounds
  • Reading fluency - familiarity with the morphemes, phoneme and graphemes of English
  • Comprehension - linking what is heard, felt, seen and read with what is already known
  • Speaking confidence - being articulate, interesting; maintaining an audience's attention
  • Spelling accuracy – how to be a spelling expert
  • Vocabulary extension - creating a love and knowledge of words through usage
  • Writing - thinking, drafting, editing, manipulating and arranging written language
  • Visualisation - creating mental images, adjustments, perceptions; seeing mind pictures
  • Discussion - assimilating, manipulating ideas and presenting fresh points of view
  • Active listening - using language as an internalised mental commentary while listening to and consequently adapting new information from other sources
  • Vocal expression - learning how to add flexibility and variation of tone, pitch, dynamics and pace to the speaking voice
  • Language usage - empowering learners with the joy and ability to communicate well
  • Imagination enrichment - adding colour and verbal energy to everyday speech
  • General knowledge - being forever curious about the world and its people
  • Clarity of speech - developing an awareness of the sounds and articulation of English
  • Logic - the cause and effect of events and why things happen
  • Research skills - finding out, sifting through, identifying, reporting, recording
  • Punctuation – learning the why and how of punctuation, both spoken and written
  • Drawing and language - enhancing language via drawing and illustration tuition
  • Drama – adding the human element; social education on a grand scale
  • Thinking - reasoning - surmising - deducing - conjecturing - suggesting
  • Fine motor development - making handwriting a must-have personal source of pleasure
  • Recalling and telling a sequence of events - maintaining and presenting a flow of ideas
  • Fictional story telling - knowing how to relate an event with fluency and expression
  • Social interaction - co-operating with others and being unafraid to show empathy.

Oral Language in Action

This is a series of three books for Pre-schoolers, Beginner Readers and Budding Actors, graded to enrich vocabulary development, correct pronunciation, spoken language fluency, creative thinking, logical reasoning and reading.

These books include a feast of ideas, teaching notes and suggestions for high-quality learning.

Each page has the potential to lift literacy learning
out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary.

Oral Language in Action for Pre-Schoolers and Pre-Readers

Vitally important aspects of pre-school oral language literacy are covered here, including conversation development, vocabulary usage and extension, being able to recite rhymes, see and name the detail in picture talks, and maintain focus when listening through verbal comprehension.

All are tucked in together with lots of laughter and fun.

"Your child will need well-developed communication skills when it's time to start going to school - to make friends, learn new things, and start learning to read and write.

"About one in 10 children needs help developing normal speech and language skills. Without help, it's a struggle to listen and talk, it's difficult to learn to read, and it's hard to play with other children."

"Communication skills are critical to your child's future success."

Quotes from a pre-school speech and services organisation.


Oral Language in Action for Beginner Readers

Oral language is not only essential for literacy development - it influences all our social and academic outcomes, plays a vital role in our self-talk - and helps define the sense of who we are. It is our tool for learning, thinking and being.

This book provides the busy teacher with practical easy-to-implement ideas to promote and invigorate oral language in the classroom.

The sounds of language (i.e. phonics) are introduced here as you’ve never seen them before. Written exercise suggestions are a small side salad rather than the main course. (Learners will love not having to fill in another worksheet or push a pencil for long periods of time.)

Every page enables learning to be vigorous, emotionally satisfying, thorough and successful.


Oral Language in Action for Budding Actors

All children love to pretend to be someone else, and this book gives them the goods to be confident speakers, able thinkers and imaginative participants in all sorts of energetic group and partner activities, the likes of which you have never seen before!

Be prepared for laughter and magical moments, so surprises, novelty and the unexpected are unabashed features of this book.

It has been designed so that there is something for everyone, but it will be especially appreciated by talented and gifted learners because of ‘the-sky-is the-limit’ ideas within its pages.

Briefly, this book will help develop:

  • speech clarity and word articulation confidence
  • visualisation skills for better reading and listening comprehension
  • vocabulary enrichment and usage
  • performance skills
  • memorisation abilities
  • self-expression confidence in both school and personal life
  • independence of thought
  • concentration, perseverance and the ability to stay on-task
  • social skills in working with and in a group
  • the ability to engage with others in conversational interactions
  • improvisation and creative language abilities.
The learning is rigorous, the expectations high and the suggestions often fanciful -  but the outcomes will be extraordinary. This book explodes with ideas that will turn your learners into confident and articulate speakers and users of English.


The better one’s ability to understand and use language, the better will be the listening comprehension, oral language, thinking and reading.
This series has been written to provide all these elements.

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More background information about the Oral Language Series

You will find that learners will voluntarily revisit the books because they want to enjoy a previous experience again – and again. Teachers will love the instant access without too much digging through detail to find the essence of each lesson’s purpose.

They will also like the fact that each page has enough material to simultaneously cater for a multitude of abilities within the same group, and that dipping in and out without having to go through the book in chronological page order is not only possible, but encouraged.

Outcomes include:

  • oral language confidence
  • self-esteem enhancement
  • having a wider personal lexicon
  • better speech clarity and reading fluency
  • a deeper understanding of the intricacies of English
  • ‘getting’ the subtleties and shades of meaning
  • not feeling overwhelmed by failure – because here everyone succeeds
  • being able to participate in the pleasures of shared conversations - and understanding without confusion or distress
  • enjoying the learning journey in a warm and encouraging social setting.

Teaching hints and usage ideas
are on every page for each activity. They are easy to follow for teachers, parents and carers, providing lots of variety and stimulating ideas that really work.

The rationale behind these books

  • The better the knowledge of words, the less difficult reading will be in more formal lessons.

  • The pages are in not graded in order of complexity, so cherry-picking and going back and forth is encouraged. Think of the variety as a treasure-chest of goodies with the element of surprise and then enjoyable re-visiting as part of the 'Grand design'.

  • Many of the pages are to do with recognition in order to build up vocabulary and develop a memory for words, their pronunciation and meaning. Putting these words into sentences is the next stage, also covered in this book.

  • The all-important left to right eye movement is another area given prominence because of the essential aspect of being able to do this until it is instinctive. All pictures face the right to aid this L to R eye movement direction.

  • All the instructions and ideas as to how to talk the talk are provided on every page to make teacher preparation easy but thorough. Each page can have as many as ten different lessons per page - with voluntary re-visits also a strong possibility!

  • No written words or sound symbols are introduced because the whole book is a based on the oral, aural, and visual learning. (Checking that ears, eyes and the breathing and mouth 'machinery' are working well are avenues to have professionally checked immediately if problems are not resolving.)

  • Repetition and revisits to each page help ensure that no child falls through the cracks. Success and self-pride are vital elements in all areas of this sort of language-based early learning. Children are quick to work out who is less smart. Prevent this ogre from appearing on the scene for as long as humanly possible.
    Everyone needs a 'cheer-up' and public recognition for effort plus the warmth of an encouraging smile and praise sincerely given at least once a day, so be generous in this department!

  • Pleasure is top of the list of priorities. The learning, although slightly pushy, will pay great dividends because it will do the job.

These books are full to the brim with ideas and suggestions in how to invigorate oral language and early reading confidence.

The sounds of language (i.e. phonics) are introduced here as you’ve never seen them before, with the listening, speaking and visual aspects of learning to read the main focus.

Books can be ordered securely through PayPal
directly from the author.

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