One of the requirements for VIPKID is to have supplemental materials. My kiddos are older, so I didn't have a lot of beginning reading, phonics, and writing things around the house. I also wanted to pursue this job to make money, not spend lots of it on teaching materials. So, I went to the tried and true Dollar Tree to find the bulk of my materials. Supplemental materials are needed for the teacher's background, letter recognition, writing, reinforcing, modeling, and incentives...and to make sure the kiddos are engaged and having fun! That sounds like a lot, but it really isn't.
Since I will be teaching on a tiny part of a screen, it is essential to have a fun background, but one that isn't too busy or distracting. I found the border at the Dollar Tree, the felt map at Target for $5, and printed off coloring pages (which my awesome kiddos colored for me). I have left some blank spaces to add materials once I get into the groove of teaching.
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In the FAQ section on VIPKID's homepage, they have all the information about the technology requirements. Obviously, you need a computer with camera capabilities or a webcam. A headset with mic is recommended. I did my Mock Lesson 1 with earbuds with a built in mic, and the feedback I received said some sounds were hard to hear and make out. So, my "big purchase" for my classroom will be a headset. On your computer (desktop or laptop), you will also need to have a wired DSL connection...remember, you are talking to China, so the better the connection, the better the class! You'll also need a current operating system, Flash, and at least 4 GB of memory.
I know it sounds like a lot, but if you are a teacher, parent, or anyone who enjoys working with kiddos, the materials are easy to come by without spending a lot. If you are interested in learning more about this company, please let me know or use my referral code below to checkout the VIPKID site!
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