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Our Kindergarten Lessons

This is the basic Kindergarten Lessons at Dave and Amy English School: Goals: Before elementary school, students should be able to: 1.  Know Lots of Vocabulary 2.  Ask and Answer Simple Questions and Answers 3.  Sing simple English Songs 4.  Recognize all 26 Lowercase Letters: begin reading 5.  Know the Phonetic Sounds of all the […]

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Despite our best efforts, students WILL quit (I would love to tie them down to lifetime contracts, but somehow I don’t think that would go down well). What can we do about quitters? Pre – empt:   Provide GOOD, QUALITY lessons at AFFORDABLE prices.   If students like your lessons and if parents can see […]

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  One of the key philosophies at Dave and Amy English School is to give the students thinking time.   What does this mean?   Simply that in ANY activity, give the students TIME to THINK.    Too many times, teachers—-in the bid to TEACH and be HELPFUL —- jump in and give the student […]

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  In the My English Book and Me 3 Texts, there are many mini – tests.   We want the tests to be meaningful and to test the students (obviously).     Unfortunately, we found that many times, when assigned for homework, the tests would come back PERFECT—with NO mistakes.   Mysteriously when students did […]

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Many people are surprised to hear that for years we had no Japanese help at all.   NOW, we DO have a Japanese secretary who helps out once a month.    She’s a ninja secretary.  Our students don’t know we have Japanese staff.   Why would we do that? We feel that if we have […]

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In Japan, there is a saying: the nail that sticks out gets hammered down.   In other words, people who are different will be forced to conform.   This has historical and cultural roots that I am not qualified to discuss but I want to show how important it is to be different in a […]

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My English Book and Me 1 and 2 are black and white picture dictionaries.  They can be used with ANY beginners, but we use them with our kindergarten students.   Ideally, students will come to our school as 4 year olds and begin My English Book and Me 1.    After 1 year on My English […]

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I was recently asked about hiring our first teachers.   The obvious reason: we had grown as a school and needed more teachers to cover the lessons.    But more importantly, we valued our family time and work life/ balance.    Before our two boys entered kindergarten we spent mornings playing in parks // play centers and afternoons at home together.   Then we […]

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Our new teacher, a good friend of ours, Nova Scotian Melanie began on the Monday.   I was two weeks past my due date for our 2nd child.   Looking back, we were a bit lax securing a new teacher to take over for my lessons.   Maybe that is why our youngest took his time coming out! Melanie was late for her first […]

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At Dave and Amy English School, we had very popular, effective Mommy and Baby lessons for 7 years.   And then stopped.  Why?   Hint:  It WASN’T because our own children had grown.   Although it was great having Alfie and Leon in the class.     The real reason we STOPPED Mommy and Baby lessons […]

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