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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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At Dave and Amy English School, we have taught a lot of returnees.   We try to help returnees keep their fluency, comprehension, reading and writing abilities at a high level, and improve them.  But it takes hard work.   How do we do this effectively?   ****  We would like to specify that ANY […]

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 Our students LOVE new materials.   How do we finance new materials?     Over the years, we’ve tried several options.  I will go through the options we have tried:  At first we charged TWICE yearly fees of 1500 yen (in March and December).   Japanese schools often charge a YEARLY fee for materials/ utilities.    The main […]

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I am often asked what we do in our kindergarten lessons.    There is a lot to say, so I will break it into parts.  To begin with, at Dave and Amy English School, we teach kindergarten kids from 4 years old.    Why?     When students join our school, we want ALL children […]

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