The end of one, beginning of another era

English Language Crisis This year Japan welcomed a new era in its history. From Heisei to Reiwa, as it stepped into the new era, Japan started preparing for a big change, from politics to education, from technology to business. "Strengthening foreign language communication"¹ has been highlighted in the strategy plan "Japan Vision 2020" as a key … Continue reading The end of one, beginning of another era

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The Kindergarten Recital – put the needs of children at its core

Keep it simple and have fun The end of the first semester is just around the corner. Parents are expecting to get a snapshot of the dynamic first months of the academic year. As a teacher, you might be tempted to choose a great song with a deep lyrics and an intricate choreography in a … Continue reading The Kindergarten Recital – put the needs of children at its core

Take your English language lessons beyond the classroom

In light of the worldwide importance and acceptance of the English language, it is necessary for a learner of English as a second language to acquire strong communication skills. Therefore, it is a challenge for an English language teacher to help students learn to communicate in English within the confines of the classroom. In a … Continue reading Take your English language lessons beyond the classroom

Building Writing Skills

Reading as a Prerequisite to Writing One of the classroom resources I prepared as soon as the kids began to connect visual letter symbols with letter names and sounds were a few sets of magnetic uppercase and lowercase letters. On their own, kids enjoyed matching the letters to a picture that has the same initial … Continue reading Building Writing Skills

How to teach drama in the Kindergarten classroom?

When it was about time to start preparing for our end-of-year performance, I went on the Internet in a desperate need to find some tips on how to teach 3 year old kids their lines in an age-appropriate manner. Yet, I couldn't find any easy to assimilate, step-by-step guide.  Eventually, I had no other alternative … Continue reading How to teach drama in the Kindergarten classroom?

Stimulate Curiosity and Promote Exploration: the World of Circles and Holes

What surprises kids? What astonishes them and leaves them with eyes wide open and jaws dropped? Kids are amazed by the things we, the grown-ups, take for granted - bugs, scars, holes, small objects like buttons, marbles or bolts that might fill in some empty space. As if all the life's wisdom can be found … Continue reading Stimulate Curiosity and Promote Exploration: the World of Circles and Holes

Ladybugs’ First Big Appearance in front of an Audience

We celebrate the end of our first semester with a lovely mini performance. It comprises of three distinct parts - yoga, dancing, and singing in English and in Japanese. It encourages broad-mindedness and supports students' development of a wide perspective. As part of the yoga 'repertoire', the kids perform a simple set of movements accompanied … Continue reading Ladybugs’ First Big Appearance in front of an Audience

Practices of Wonder, Curiosity, and Creativity

The following set of activities is part of our monthly theme on planting, growing, harvesting, and eating fruits and vegetables. Overall, we attend to, observe, talk about, and try to understand nature and the changes that occur during summer time. Our cherry picking school field-trip is the ultimate reward and we were all looking forward … Continue reading Practices of Wonder, Curiosity, and Creativity