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火, 04 6月 2019 18:56

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This is an interactive version of the crossword handed out to students this week,
金, 31 5月 2019 08:09

Let's go to the Beach

In Unit 2 of Happy Valley level 2 our Kinder children are practising the names of places around town, such as supermarket, restaurant, hospital etc.

Visualising a map at this young age is maybe a little difficult, so I made these folding tent cards which we can use with an old Ikea playmat.

Needless to say it's been an instant hit with our students, encouraging them all to not only move the car, bus or truck to the correct place but also to actively participate in deciding where the next student should go!

"Let's go to the beach!", "Okay!"

月, 27 5月 2019 16:54

Sprouts Chirashi

  We finally finished designing the Sprouts Class chirashi. It took a lot longer than expected!

  We also gave the Sprouts Class it's own page on the englishpool website which you can find here:

  Thank you!

木, 23 5月 2019 10:54


  It's that time of year again, and the nearest kindergarten, 戸山幼稚園, has asked if we'd display one of their posters.

  Always happy to help, not just because it's a local business but also as a lot of former and future children have come from there.

  Maybe englishpool should work on a poster...

火, 21 5月 2019 18:55


 The title 'Cafe au lait', known as カフェオレ in Japanese, sounds like it should be on my other business's blog over at The Three Little Pigs.

   But actually it's a gift from one of our students from her hometown of Koriyama, in Fukushima prefecture. And it's not a carton of actual cafe au lait but a box of chocolate snacks!

   Thank you!

木, 16 5月 2019 15:48

Around Town

 This week in our Kinder classes we are starting Unit 2 in the Happy Valley book, looking at places around town.

 Although some the vocabulary may be a little difficult, it does set up the scenes for the rest of the book as we move around town to visit the beach, a restuarant, a clothes shop, a toy store etc..

 You can find a couple of videos over on our YouTube page at

水, 15 5月 2019 08:24


 We were delighted to receive these snacks from one of our elementary school students. They look delicious!

  Oh, and Ichika (our Saturday assistant) your's is in the refrigerator (if Paul hasn't eaten it before Saturday!!)


土, 11 5月 2019 16:08

Angel Bites

 While shopping at my local Gyomu Super (a chain of discount food shops in Japan) the other day I found these Angel Bites snacks from Greece.

 No idea what they were but as over the past year we have been in contact with a school (Yes, You Can) in Greece, through Cambridge Penfriends, I just had to buy them!

 Looking forward to sharing them with my students in the classes next week.



金, 10 5月 2019 14:38


Just updated our information at known in Japanese as みんなの英語ひろば.

You can find the englishpool page at where there's a write up of the classes available from Sprouts to Adults.

A big thank you to the people at みんなの英語ひろば for the listing!


土, 20 4月 2019 17:20

Knock them down

  We have been having fun with these little Pinnochios this week in our Sprouts classes.

  Great for practicing, 'Here you are','Thank you' when we pass the ball, and of course for counting the number of Pinnochios knocked down!

  Goes great with 1 to 10 song, which you can find here on YouTube

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