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土, 10 6月 2017 08:23

New Books

 I've just upgraded the school's library software to the latest version of Koha. Up until now we've been using Koha 2.2.9 which I installed 8 years ago! The new version(Koha 16.11.8), took a little bit of effort to install and configure but is streets ahead of our old version.

 And to celebrate the upgrade I've added some new books to the school library. Titles added today Mr Gumpy's Motor Car, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Noisy Neighbours and Mrs. Hippo's Pizza Parlor.








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土, 29 4月 2017 09:45

8th Shinjuku Kosodate Messe

 After a break last year, I realised that I really missed taking part in the Shinjuku Kosodate Messe. So this year I'm back with my book reading slot, I've got 15 minutes so that will probably mean three yet undecided.

 Of course the work that goes into planning the Kosodate Messe starts almost as soon as the last one is over, and continues throughout the year. Last week's meeting saw the final versions of the flyers printed and distributed, and some of the fine points of the big day finalised.

 Just need to decide which books to read before June, 11th!


水, 26 4月 2017 12:40

スプラウツ クラス OPEN

火曜日15:00-15:45 3歳-年少児クラスの生徒大募集!!








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金, 21 4月 2017 14:06

A Killer Whale and a Flower

 Not the title of a new children's book but two presents that I received yesterday from two students in the Kinder class.

 'Is it for my birthday?' I asked (even though my birthday is in January). 'No' they both replied. It seems the killer whale was just cool and the cherry blossom was just pretty.

 Thank you anyway!

木, 06 4月 2017 11:08

New School Year

  It's the beginning of April, so here in Japan that means a New School Year.

  It also means englishpool on a short Spring break, from March 31st to April 7th. Classes will start again on Saturday, 8th April.

  If you haven't already picked up one of our handy little calendars for 2017/2018, you'll find them on the shelf near the entrance.


  And finally a big congratulations to our students who are entering new schools this week.

土, 18 3月 2017 17:19

Body Parts

 February saw the Kinder and Elementary A classes focusing on parts of the body.

 While teaching the names of various parts of the body is important it's usually difficult to get the children to retain the vocabulary. Even the ubiquitous 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' often fails to make a lasting impression aside from teaching them 'kneezza'  the combined sound of 'knees and ...' !

 So this year in our Elementary A classes we tried creating something a bit more impressive, we had one student lie down while we traced their outline onto some big sheets of paper. The students then had to label the different parts of the body as a team exercise. Aside form a few requests from some of the children (especially the boys) for extra body part naming, it was great fun!


火, 07 3月 2017 06:57

Mount Fuji

 One of our students gave us this as a present last week.

 Can you tell what it is? The shape is of course Mount Fuji, or Fuji-san, and the contents are youkan (a Japanese sweet made from beans.)

 In Japan Mount Fuji pops up everywhere but this is the first time I've seen it depicted in youkan!

 They were delicious by the way!

土, 25 2月 2017 17:25

One Yellow Fish

Shiori, one of our lesson assistants, visited New York recently and she brought back this book as a present.

One Yellow Fish by Linda Kranz, features, as well as the aforementioned yellow fish, other fish of different colours, sizes and shapes.

It makes a great addition to our ever expanding library of children's English language books. There are over 1100 titles in the library so far, all available for englishpool members to borrow.

As well as a selection of board books for younger children, we have the complete set of Oxford Reading Tree, titles from Jolly Phonics, Rigby Star ans Collins Big Cat readers. So there's something for everyone to enjoy.




水, 15 2月 2017 18:41

Valentine's Day Chocolate

 I was very happy to receive this little bag of hand made chocolates form one of my students today.

 Especially as she had written the message in English.

 Thank you very much!

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