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木, 29 3月 2018 11:17

Butterfly Wristbands

  Our youngest students, in the Sprouts class, enjoyed making these butterfly wristbands as part of A Very Hungry Caterpillar themed lesson.

  A big thank you to the Easy Peasy and Fun website for the idea, the site is a bit like Ronseal as it does exactly what it says in the title!

金, 09 3月 2018 11:09

New Kinder Pamphlet & Webpage

  Here' s a photo of our new Kinder class pamphlet.

  From this April we'll be using a new textbook in the classes so it's a good time to have a redesign of our printed material.

  I've also created a deicated Kinder class webpage with all the information prospectve students may need.

 

  Next...to do the same with the Elementary, Junior High School, Adult and Sprouts classes....

土, 03 3月 2018 15:26

Simon says, "Touch your ..."

 We had to laugh this week when during a quick game of Simon Says, to check on the students body part vocabulary, I issued the command:

 "Simon says, touch your backs"

 At which point the four children stood up and walked over to the entrance to touch their bags!

 

金, 09 2月 2018 19:52

Where in the World?

  As part of the Cambridge English Penfriends we've now exchanged message cards with four schools, and remembering the school's name and location is getting a little complicated.

 So, we decided to plot each school on our classroom world map, using tape leading to card showing the school's name, location, country and how many cards swapped.

 So far we've swapped with English Language schools in Spain, Greece, Ukraine and Russia.

 Where will we go next???

 

日, 04 2月 2018 22:22

FAB Cards

The FAB cards from Saxoncourt Publishing have been a favourite of mine since I first started teaching English in Japan. Bright colours, simple pictures, just the right size for small hands and great for quick games to reinforce understanding. Unfortunately, they are no longer available in Japan, so I'm looking for a replacement.

Although recently I've started to have some doubts about the pictures...

Does that really look like a television to today's children?

Do children today even know what a radio is?

And what's that? An alarm clock? Part of dad's stereo system? A DVD player? 

The best answer I've received recently for the VCR picture is from a boy who said he had seen one of these machines recently...dumped in his local park!!

 

 

土, 03 2月 2018 14:47

Penfriends in Greece

  We were lucky a few weeks ago, through our membership of the Cambridge English Penfriends site, to have the opportunity to swap message cards with an English school in Greece.

 The school, Yes You Can, is located in the town of Marathon, Greece. Aside from my students initially not believing there was actually a town called Marathon, we had a lot of fun reading the Greek students cards (pictured above) and discovering about their local area.

 In turn my students produced message cards to send back to their Marathon counterparts. I was also in contact with their teacher so there was a good rapport and I look forward to swapping cards in the future.

 As I get more accustomed to the Penfriend system I'm gradually introducing the message cards to the middle Elementary School aged students...I think it really gives them a study boost, as they see they can communicate with children around the world, all through the medium of English.

 Ganbatte!

 

 

 

水, 31 1月 2018 22:46

Thank You

 Thank you to S and R for these presents.

 The squirrel boxes are so cute, and the contents so delicious!

 Good luck with your future studies!

金, 19 1月 2018 18:16

Penguin Kids

  Yet more books for the school library. This time from Pearson ELT and their extremely popular Penguin Kids series.

  I think we have all the Disney based books from this series, and have started replacing some of the books due to wear and tear (which after 100 rentals for each book I'm not complaining!)

  I also took the opportunity to buy some of the non-Disney titles as seen in the photo, most are rewritten versions of Roald Dahl classics including The Twits, Fantastic Mr.Fox and The Enormous Crocodile as well as The Wizard of Oz and Thumbelina.

  Happy Reading!

 

水, 20 12月 2017 06:30

Christmas Party 2017

 A big thank you to all those who attended the Christmas Parties on Sunday, I'm sure everybody had a lot of fun (hopefully!)

 You can find some photos of the parties over on our events page englishpool.net/event

 

 (As with the Halloween parties this year, I'll be making all photos taken at the Christmas Parties available to those who attended, look out for the slip of paper in your child's bag.)

 

土, 16 12月 2017 08:50

Christmas Party

 Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, December 17th, is the annual englishpool Christmas Party! Yeah!

 We'll be transforming the classroom later today into a Chrsitmas wonderland, and the parties will start at 14:00 for the younger students and from 16:00 for the Elementary school aged students.

 Ho! Ho! Ho!

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