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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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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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水, 22 2月 2012 10:49

Mi-Ma-Mo Cafe

Just a quick update regarding the event I attended on Monday. I didn't have the details, then but I do now!

It was the Mi-Ma-Mo Cafe held at Kawadacho Comfo Garden. Apparently Kawadacho is well known to many Japanese as it used to be the site of the Fuji television studios (think White City in London.)

Anyway I digress, you can find out more about the Mi-Ma-Mo Cafe and the mimamamore group on their blog http://blog.livedoor.jp/mimamamore/. (Sorry only in Japanese.)

Once again thanks Mi-Ma-Mo Cafe for having me!

月, 20 2月 2012 10:49

Book Reading

Have just come back from a mini book reading event at Kawadacho Comfo-Garden. A friend asked if we would volunteer for a young children's group, held on the ground floor, and we said yes. Sorry I don't have any details about the group, I'll try and find out and post it later.

As it was the first time I kept it fairly simple, used two firm favourites from our beans classes. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett. I was surprised to see so many children and their mums. It looked like they were having a great time with snacks available, and various activities.

Although I still get shy performing in front of such a large audience, the mums and kids were great and I had a great time. Thank you, and hopefully I'll get invited back!

土, 18 2月 2012 10:50

Eagle Dad

This week's topic for some of our adult classes was based around a video from China showing a father training his four year son to run around in the snow, dressed only in his underwear. It was all part of the father's own method of training his son to be strong and intelligent, which he likened to the way in which eagles raise their young (a baby eagle is called a eaglet or fledgling.) He has called himself Eagle Dad.


The topic was a great conversation starter and a big thank you, again, to Sean Banville for putting together the lesson on his Breaking News English website. The link to the lesson plan is here:http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1202 ... e_dad.html

It was also the first time to use video across so many classes. As I get more comfortable with my ASUS Transformer I'm beginning to find ways to incorporate the web into my classes.

You can watch the video of little He Yide below:

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水, 08 2月 2012 10:59

Are You Hungry?

Lot of fun in today's beans class. Topic was loosely based around food, so we used the Are You Hungry? song from Super Simple Songs.

I stuck colourful flashcards of the foods on the wall which the children could run to when they heard them in the song.

You can find the lyrics to the song, plus a video here.

Enjoy and thanks again to the folks at Super Simple Songs.

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火, 31 1月 2012 11:11

Ringtons Tea Towels


Received these two tea towels from my parents back in England.
(I think they are celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, happening later this year.)

Ringtons is a long established company with old fashioned values, as in they still sell tea and coffee supplies door-to-door. As well as tasting great a lot of the teas and coffees are packed in great looking tin cans.

You can read more about the history of Ringtons here. On a language point you'll notice that the name is Ringtons with no apostrophe, the reason for this is explained on their website.

土, 28 1月 2012 11:10

Spontaneous English

Sometimes the best laid plans can fall to bits or in the case of Phonic Reading Rods end up thrown all over the classroom. (Does anybody have any luck with these, great idea, but everytime I try to use them the children just go wild!)
The rods didn't work out so we pressed on with the lesson. we've been using a set of cards to teach the verbs 'eating', 'sitting', 'running', 'walking', 'swimming', 'sleeping' etc. For some reason they feature different animals doing the actions and are as such unrelated to the actual task.
When I reviewed these verb cards yesterday in the Elementary A class I was expecting the children just to tell me the verb. Well, imagine my surprise when they started to make sentences 'The giraffe is eating', 'The horse is running' etc.
Great stuff, I was so proud that I forgot all about them throwing the reading rods about.

木, 26 1月 2012 11:09

Picture Dominoes


Picture dominoes of various sorts have been a regular feature of our Sprouts and Kinder classes. The concept of the game can be taught to 4 year old's in 5 minutes, or so. Using pictures of pre-taught vocabulary, it makes a great reinforcing activity.

But I'd never really tried it in our beans class (0~3 years old,) until yesterday. We had a theme based around the Old McDonald song, using the slow and gentle version from Super Simple Songs. We'd used some flashcards/photographs of animals and as a final activity I reached for the box of Farmyard Dominoes.
While this age group don't usually have a grasp of winning and losing, the children soon understood that they had to match the animals from their cards. It was also a great chance to reinforce the 'taking turns' idea. Naturally its difficult keeping children of this age still, so I let them wander around if they wanted. All in all it was a successful activity and a lot of fun to boot!

The set of picture dominoes I used are made by Orchard Toys. All their games are made in England and have great durability (we use them in class almost daily!) Unfortunately there are not many stockists in Japan but I have seen some of their games at Bornelund.

木, 24 11月 2011 13:14

Christmas is coming..



How the year has flown past...only about a month left before Christmas and only 24 days until the englishpool Christmas Party!

水, 23 11月 2011 22:20

ハロウィン写真




10月に行われたハロウィンパーティの写真を

教室入口の棚にファイルにしておいてあります。

是非、ご覧くださいませ~♪

月, 24 10月 2011 22:21

ハロウィンパーティ

今年、第1回目のイベントになりました!ハロウィンパーティ!
楽しかったですね~~~♪
日本でも、もう完全に定着したイベントになりましたね☆
10年前はそうでもなかった気が・・・。
ポールの仮装もだんだんレベルアップしてる?!
最初は自前のスーツにビニールのマントだったよな~(もちろんヴァンパイア)
あ、だんだん思い出してきた!確かのりでつけられるキバを買ったんだけど
うまくつけられなくてイライラしてた!私の口紅で血を描いたんでした(^_^)
今年はこんな感じ・・・



お菓子の持ち寄りご協力有難うございました。
次の楽しいイベントはクリスマスで~す☆

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