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金, 26 10月 2018 14:09

What's in the Witch's Kitchen?

  Having a lot of Halloween fun with the excellent What's in the Witch's Kitchen? book by Nick Sharrat

  This year I've had a lot of success using it in the elementary classes, as we've recently been studying house vocabulary; so the book has come in handy to recycle some of the language we've learned.

  I've also got to teach them some new words such as 'nasty goblin wee' and 'rabbit plops.' :-)

木, 25 10月 2018 19:26

英語ぷらす listing

  Happy to see we are included on a list of nine recommended English schools around Higashi-Shinjuku Station. Thank you to the people at eigo plus (英語ぷらす) for the listing!

 The actual page is too long to quote in full but basically they list sixteen points to check for when choosing a school to learn English at. This is point sixteen:




 Which basically says that, while it's possible to learn English on your own, you can't learn how to have a conservation without having somebody to talk too. So get yourself along to englishpool (or one of the other eight schools) after carefully checking the previous fifteen points.

 The link for the orginal page is



水, 24 10月 2018 14:58

Trick or Treat

  We're loving this Halloween craft, from Super Simple, in our Sprouts and Kinder classes this week. Super easy to make and a great way to learn some simple Halloween vocabulary, as well as introducing Trick or Treat to the younger students.

  And that's not all, it even has it's own Trick or Treat song and video..


 Enjoy...and Happy Halloween!

水, 17 10月 2018 10:13


Conversation in one of our upper elementary classes last week:

Me: "What's your favourite fish or sea animal?"

Student: "I like Chin-anago"

Me: "..."

Time to search the internet I thought, a couple of clicks later searching on チンアナゴ and wikipedia had given us a picture and an English name, Spotted Garden Eel.

So now you know. I love it when I get to learn something in my classes too!

月, 15 10月 2018 13:03

Halloween Cooking


Halloween fun from the Super Simple team. Watch the Bumble Nums gather ingredients for a special halloween snack.

木, 11 10月 2018 22:52

Halloween Party 2018

  The nights are drawing in, and while there's not yet a chill in the air; the witching hour is fast approaching.

  It can all only mean that we're getting ready for the Halloween Party. This year we'll be holding two parties on 28th October, for Sprouts and Kinder students the party will start at 2:30 and finish at 4pm.The party for Elementary aged students will be from 4:30pm to 6pm.

  Costumes are mandatory!

金, 21 9月 2018 13:51

New School Chirashi

  Well, I finally redesigned our school leaflet, called chirashi in Japanese. The can't believe that we had been using the old leaflet, more or less unchanged, for nine years.

  Hopefully the new chirsahi will be just as successful as the previous version.

  You can take a look for yourself by clicking here:  2018 スクールチラシ(PDF)

  Thank you for reading!

木, 20 9月 2018 15:00

Reading Challenge

  Starting this week we have set our elementary students a challenge; to read sixteen books from across our graded reading series.

  For each book they read they will receive a stamp on their challenge card, and a full card will entitle them to choose a present.

  The graded reader series we have available are Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Learn Abouts, Songbirds, Collins Big Cat, Projext X, Penguin Kids, Floppy's Phonics and Tom and Bella (from Jelly and Bean.)





水, 12 9月 2018 15:26

Passports Please!

 At last, the third set of passports are ready to be issued to our Kinder class students. For each unit in the textbook,  I have listed the vocabulary they have learned as well as a very simple phrase they will have mastered during the unit. Upon completion they will receive a stamp in their passport. 

 Hopefully they will be as well received as in the Elementary classes, where the passports are keeping everybody focused on progressing and gaining more stamps.

土, 01 9月 2018 13:15

An Origami Fish

Received this delightful origami fish from one of our younger students yesterday.

A perfect match for one of my favourite children's books Hooray for Fish; stripey fish, scary fish, elefish and origami paperfish!