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This is the 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 […]

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At Dave and Amy English School, we have many returnees and students from other schools.    We do a level check to decide the best lesson for them.  We check reading, writing, speaking and comprehension.  We have found it’s best to begin easily and steadily challenge the child more.  This allows the child to be […]

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I am often asked by potential students, can my (for example) 2nd grade child join the lesson with his 5th grade sibling.    I answer, IF they are both beginners, YES.      Why?  Because beginners are beginners.   It doesn’t matter if they are in 1st grade or in 6th grade.   If they […]

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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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