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Vexillology – A Flag Design Activity

Having an insatiable appetite for details on many topics, I always try to inspire my students to go deeper into their own interests and discover more.  Anything from cartology, vexillology, graffiti, the lives of indigenous tribes, architecture, the LGBT community, kids learning ESL, and yes, even crop circles – I’m in for learning more!   […]

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What are Sight Words? Whether you call them sight words, popcorn words or high frequency words, they are, by definition, “commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole or by ‘sight,’ so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.” [1] […]

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I have… Who has… ‘Reading, speaking, and listening’ is the triadic core of this all-in-one activity – and I wish I’d known about it sooner.   I Have – Who Has activities are very simple, easy to set up, can be played with just about any age or grade level, and importantly, can be played […]

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In the last post, I talked about Stories For Young Readers from Kinney Brothers Publishing and how to purchase the series for your classes.  In this post, I’ll focus on our Phonics & Spelling series.  I’ll provide links for purchasing and recommended support materials for each text to help you plan for new classes in the spring.    […]

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With the school year in Japan wrapping up soon and teachers planning for new spring classes, I’ve been getting inquiries about the best way to purchase Kinney Brothers Publishing textbooks and downloadable resources.  In this post,  I’ll provide links and recommended support materials for the Stories For Young Readers series to help you schedule the […]

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  Stories for Young Readers was first published in 2000 when we three Kinney brothers, Donald (me), Robert (my twin brother), and Michael (the Younger), were living and working in Saitama Prefecture in Japan.  Bob and I were teaching for the ‘International’ division of a prefecture-wide juku where teachers were sometimes farmed out to private […]

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  Here is my list of 41 flash card games and activities you can start using in the new year!  If you have an activity not on this list, help a teacher out and leave a comment!   You can also download the pdf file from my website – Kinney Brothers Publishing –  where I go […]

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