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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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At Dave and Amy English School, we used to have popular, effective Mommy and Baby lessons.  14 – 18 Moms and young children would come to the weekly lessons.   Before kindergarten,  students could usually say their name and age, answer basic questions and knew a lot of vocabulary.     Let’s go through the […]

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Believe it or not, we have a toilet break policy at Dave and Amy English School.  It sounds ridiculous, but it is necessary.   To begin with, let’s go through WHY we have a policy:    In our experience we found: A.  Teachers who allow toilet breaks have students going to the toilet EVERY CLASS. […]

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Songs are a vital part of any kindergarten lesson.   But WHICH songs you sing and HOW you sing them in a EFL classroom are important.   Let’s go through some song basics. #1.  Why do you sing songs in kindergarten lessons?      A.  Songs liven and re-focus the class.    In general, we […]

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