For the last few months I've been researching phonics programmes and looking at ways of fitting a programme into the existing curriculum.
Phonics is very important as it teaches children how letters they learn as the "ABC" are used. You could call it the building bricks of the written language.
The programme I've selected builds very gradually. In Cherry the children will learn to recognise and remember instrumental, body and voice sounds which will be a lot of fun! Then in Lilly, the children will start to learn the sounds of the letters in games and activities. Gradually they will build up to learning short mixed sets of sounds. As new sounds are introduced, so more short words can be read.
Children in Bamboo will learn more short sets of sounds, so they will be able to decode more and more short words. For Bamboo, the programme will be supported by the monthly book which will be a phonics reader.
Eventually, they should be able to read very short phrases like "a dog and a cat". Of course, children develop at different rates, so some will be slightly behind and some will be slightly ahead.
The phonics programme is designed so that it blends into the Saturday School phonics programme guaranteeing a smooth progression.




Here are the picture books for February.
"What do you want?" (Longman, Mice series two) for Cherry class. This should help the children with the upcoming pretend shopping activity.
"Is it Winter now?" (Longman, Mice series four) for Lilly class. Lilly class with this book move onto the most difficult of the Mice Series. A good book for practicing the season names and winter vocabularly as well as the phrase "Let's____".
"The Storm" (Oxford Reading tree, stage four) for Bamboo. The last book in this series. We use this book as a sight reader but it will be very useful when the children start to read independently.

All the children take these books home with them at the end of the month.

Here's Greg-sensei and Lilly class in action, rehearsing their play for Performance Day (おゆうぎ会). Greg-sensei has been helping the children with their pronunciation and also helping the children to act (he informs me that in his school days he was a young stage talent).
The name of the play is top-secret to keep it a surprise for the big day.

Today Lee-sensei, led an SI activity in Bamboo class. On Monday Sobia-sensei will lead an SI activity in Cherry and Greg will do the same in Lilly.
SI is based on a multiple intelligences theory. This theory basically says that intelligence is made up of lots of different sub-intelligences. The lessons involve very limited input from the teacher, who is more like a facilitator and supports the children with lot's of praise.
The activities are quite like puzzles and the children always seem to enjoy the challenge.

This week we had mixed-year activities. Bamboo, Lilly and Cherry are mixed together and divided into four groups. Each group does an activity with a English teacher. This week, Augusto took the Monkey group for making paper medallions, Anwar took the Dog group for making wind-spinners, Lee took the Cow group for ball games and Sobia took the Lion group for making paper frogs. Of course, all the activities are done in English.
Next week I'll give an outline here of the themes for October.

The children have been really applying themselves to practicing for Sports Day this week.
Bamboo, Lilly and Cherry have done origami work (moon and rabbits) in their art books and also learnt about the night sky.
Today was also the monthly Birthday Party. After the party in the hall Bamboo, Lilly and Cherry children went back to their classes and the birthday children and their mothers were interviewed by their classmates and teachers. The questions were asked in English.
Bamboo and Lilly also did work on their monthly sight-reader books.
The teachers are beginning to make ghoulish plans for the whole kindergarten Halloween Party!

September's themes in the immersion programme. 9月のテマ

Family members, especially grandparents。家族 (all classes).
Post Office terms。郵便局の単語 (Bamboo only).
Where I went over the summer。夏休みに行った所 (Lilly and Bamboo).
Areas/rooms in a house 家の部屋 (all classes).
Characteristics of the night sky and moon 夜の空と月(in Cherry and Lilly).

Alphabet or phonics work in all classes

September's monthly English sight reading books - 9月号の絵本.
Bamboo: Oxford Reading Tree (stage 4) "Come in"
Lilly: Longman's Mice series 2 "Back to School" .

September's songs 9月の季節の曲: "Row, row, row your boat", "Butterfly" and "Watermelon".

This term sees the introduction of seasonal songs in English. These songs will enable the children to practice the language they are learning more often. The songs also have movements which are relevant to the words. This helps the children to remember as the word become an action, as well as a sound. The songs are either well known songs or are adapted versions of well-known songs.

In the summer term this year (2007) we have started doing P.E in English. This is being applied progressively to all the classes in the Immersion Programme.

This is Bamboo class doing work on the gym horse.


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