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スプラウツクラス

スプラウツクラス (9)

3才~4才のクラス。お父さん、お母さんと一緒。スプラウツページこちらです。

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キンダークラス

キンダークラス (17)

幼児(5歳・6歳/年中~年長)向け英会話コース。キンダープログラムページこちらです。

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金, 14 2月 2020 15:18

Random Animal Generator

I just had to share this with you. As part of our elementary classes (小学生英語) we are writing about animals.

Most children can think of an animal they'd like to write about but what happens when nothing springs to mind? I jokingly typed 'animal randomizer' into google and it's first suggestion was this site: https://www.randomlists.com/random-animals

An instantly generated random list of animal with pictures! Problem solved! Thank you!

土, 25 1月 2020 14:18

What is this bird called?

 As part of our Elementary Class A lessons (小学生A) we are currently learning all about animals. From describing how they look, to what they can, and can't, do.

 Our first and second graders (1年生&2年生) know so much about animals, it feels sometimes as if they are teaching me! For example, did you know that a giraffe can sleep while standing?

 Although this picture had me stumped. During February they each child will produce a piece of written work introducing their favourite animal, similar to the previous years work over on the gallery. So I asked them to start thinking of an animal they'd like to wriite about. One girl decided on a bird. So far, so good but of course birds come in all shapes and sizes..'What bird?' I asked. She replied, 'A yellow one, with an orange mouth.' She didn't know the Japanese name, and seeing that I was still confused asked for a pencil and some paper so she could draw it for me.

 Can you guess what it is?

 

火, 21 1月 2020 16:26

生の音楽の力

週末に音楽をこよなく愛する大学時代の友人が結婚式をあげました。

彼女のWedding Partyでは、彼女が20代から通い続けたシャンソンバーのシャンソン歌手のご友人が、ピアノとアコーディオンの生バンドで素敵な歌を披露してくれました。

久しぶりの生ライブに聞き入り、心が豊かになりました。

最近では、スマホでいつでもどこでも世界中の音楽をダウンロードできる時代になり、昔よりも音楽に気軽に触れる機会も増えました。ライブ音源も、ライブに足を運ばなくても、Youtubeで楽しめるようになりました。いい時代になりました。

しかし、生のライブの感動を100%味わうことはなかなか難しいですよね。ダウンロードした音楽やYoutubeとは全く別物です。

結婚した友人がこんなことを話していました。

『生の音楽や歌にもっとたくさんお金を使って良き循環で日本を良くしてほしい』

皆さんは生の音楽や歌を最近聞きに行きましたか? お子様に聞かせたことがありますか?

ラッキーなことに、新宿では生の音楽や歌を聞ける機会がたくさんあります。

さあ、外に出て生の音楽や歌を聞きに行きませんか!

皆様の心も豊かになり、日本の未来も明るくなるかもしれませんよ。

 

火, 21 1月 2020 14:16

Youtube Star!

Regular visitors to our cafe The Three Little Pigs will no doubt recognise the Buddist priest in this video.

He's one of our cafe regulars and can be found most days transcribing the sciptures, over a cup of coffee and a packet of Ormskirk Gingerbreads.

He has an impressive 376 views at the time of writing, and his previous videos have gained figures of over 1000 views per video.

That's why he's our local Youtube Star! 

Watch out Hikakin!

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7日から授業が始まりました。

冬休み明けで久しぶりの授業でテンションが上がり過ぎて大騒ぎのクラスや、ママと一緒でないと出来ないとママと離れないキンダーさんもいました。

今年も一年ポールと一緒に楽しく英語を学びましょう。

さて、キンダークラスでは『服』をテーマにした単語を学びます。

coat, sweater, shirt, boots, sneakers, mittens, scarf, pants

これからの寒い日のお出かけの時に使える単語ばかりです。

お子様に What is this? What are they?とゲームのように問いかけてみてはいかがですか?

 

土, 11 1月 2020 08:31

Frozen アナと雪の女王

  Thank you to one of our students for the donation of Frozen, Book of the Film to our ever expanding school library.

  I must admit that when I watched Frozen, known as アナと雪の女王 (Ana to uki no jo-ou) in Japan, I fell asleep.  So maybe I will be the first to read this!

金, 10 1月 2020 14:53

Body Part Dice

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  Towards the end of last year, when we were learning body part vocabulary in our Kinder Classes, I came up with the idea of using a dice to introduce some fun to the vocab learning.

  I'm not sure what was more fun, rolling the dice and saying the body part name, or the children laughing while I was trying to draw on the dice!

  You can find a fail-safe dice template here:

   http://www.englishpool.net/images/pdf/dice_blank.pdf

火, 07 1月 2020 16:26

"It tastes terrible!"

Do you know what this is?

Yes, it's a cow. Or more specifically, it's a liquorice cow. And it became one of the best teaching aids I've ever encountered.

In our elementary classes (小学生B&小学生C) they had the target of describing various items."It looks beautiful." "It looks soft." "It's loud." etc...

Well for the target "It tastes delicious" or "It tastes terrible" this little liquorice cow worked wonders.

I offered each student one of these little liquorice cows, and some students said "It looks delicious", some even went as far as to take an initial bite and say "It tastes delicious" but 100% of students finally said "It tastes terrible!" before spitting it out into the bin!

(For the record, I am yet to meet any Japanese that like liquorice. It must be an acquired taste!)

 

Thank you to my friend Mr.S who provided the liquorice after a business trip to Denmark.

火, 07 1月 2020 13:39

Decorated Gingerbread Men

  We used this idea at our Christmas Parties, and I thought I'd share it with you.

 I prepared a gingerbread man for each child and set a selection of different coloured 'chocopens' on each table. The children were then free to create their own designs.

 It was a lot of fun and something I can see us doing again.

 (Apologies for the picture, the sharp eyed will notice I only used one colour! It was a test! )

土, 04 1月 2020 11:18

Happy New Year

From myself, and all the staff at englishpool,

明けましておめでとうございます, or Happy New Year!

Hope you have a good 2020.

 

 

 

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