英語と絵本を楽しめる夏のイベント(東京渋谷区)

2017年8月23日〜24日、渋谷区文化総合センターで、絵本と英語を楽しめる親子のイベントを開きます。

細かいことは以下のリンクでご覧になってください。

http://www.trivector.co.jp/contents/?p=1366

 

絵本二冊が参加費に含まれていますので、家に帰っても、絵本を読んで、CDを聞きながら、歌もストーリーも何回も楽しむことができます!

ご質問がありましたら、遠慮なくこちらでも聞いてください。

Hope to see you soon!!!

 

 

 

 

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An original way to use English picture books at junior high school in Japan

On 8th July I had the great pleasure of visiting Musashi Junior High School in Musashi Sakai, Tokyo, again.

The teachers had thought of a really ingenious way to use one of my picture books (Blue Mouse, Yellow Mouse) that would help the students develop storytelling skills and fluency.

After talking about how I write and illustrate my stories, we got straight down to reading Blue Mouse, Yellow Mouse out loud together, being careful with intonation and expression. Then the students got into groups of five and their task was to think of a way that they could develop or modify the story e.g. thinking of scenes beyond the final page (what did the 10 green mice get up to?), inserting a new scene or developing the conversation in other scenes. Finally, they will develop skits that they will perform at the school festival in September.

This was Part 1. Part 2 will be held on 31st August when I get the chance to see the skits that the students have developed and give them some feedback. I can't wait!!! Thank you Rumi Sato-sensei for organizing such an interesting project.

 

 

   

   

     

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Having fun with future nursery teachers

On 6th July I was invited to Jissen Women's College in Hino to give a presentation on using picture books to teach young children. All of the students were in the first year of college and studying to become nursery teachers in the future.

English is only a minor part of their course but they understand the great value in using picture books in both languages.

Using two of my picture books as examples (Peter the Lonely Pineapple and Lily and the Moon) I demonstrated how to read a story (with shadowing by the students) and activities related to the stories including games, songs, movement, dance, simple crafts and presentation skills. At the end each student drew what they wished to see on the moon (the pictures ranged from ice cream to shoes to lots of friends) and presented their picture to the class. It was good timing because the next day was the Star Festival - so why not wish upon the moon as well as the stars?! I had a great time - thank you so much Jissen students and Chiyuki-sensei for inviting me!

        

 

 

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Vivid Art Exhibition, Fujisawa, 2017

The 4th Vivid Art Exhibition was held at the Kuramae gallery in Fujisawa from 1st May to 8th May 2017.

 

This annual exhibition is of art produced by the members of the "Face of Wonder" art classes run by Mitsushi Kaneko-sensei. These are regular art workshops in the Tokyo and Shonan area for disabled adults and children and their friends. The works of art produced in these "Face of Wonder" art workshops are full of expression and, encouraged by Kaneko-san's guidance, each individual develops their own independent and creative style. Every year there is a Vivid Art contest for the art produced in these workshops. I felt highly honoured to be asked to be on the panel of judges to try and select the winners from over 180 pieces of art. It was really difficult making the selections from so many expressive and diverse pictures. Below are some photos of some of this year's works. 

And more details in Japanese can be read here:

https://vivid-art.jimdo.com/

 

 

      

 

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Art and craft activities based on picture books

I love to introduce creative activities based on picture books when teaching children or holding an event.

I have selected some photos of craft activities and the picture book they are based on.

For any teachers or parents - I hope these photos give you some ideas how to introduce some creative activities based on picture books for your children/students.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

 

  

 

Lily and the Moon by Mari Nakamura and Patricia Daly Oe

 

 

 

Blue Mouse, Yellow Mouse by Patricia Daly Oe 

 

 

A Trip to Grandma's House by Mari Nakamura and Patricia Daly Oe

 

    

 

For details of some of the books shown on this page please visit my "Works" on my home page.

In English:http://www.patricia-oe.com/works_e.html

 

In Japanese:http://www.patricia-oe.com/works_j.html

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Event held at English Square in Kanazawa

I had the greatest pleasure of being invited again by Mari Nakamura, the owner of English Square in Kanazawa, to hold a picture book event for her students.

We held the event on Sunday 5th March and were happy to have warm and sunny weather that day. The last time I was in Kanazawa was in December and there were high winds, rain and some snow, all in one day at that time.

 

It is so easy to get to Kanazawa from Tokyo now, with the direct shinkansen from Tokyo station. The scenery from the shinkansen window of mountains and the Japan Sea is also quite spectacular.

 

So, we held two sessions. The first group were parents and children of the younger age group and the second group were the slightly older students, from third grade upwards, and some parents. We had a great turn-out of nearly seventy children and parents in total.

 

I based my sessions on the two books that Mari Nakamura and I wrote and had published by mpi Phonics last year, Can We Be Friends? and A Trip to Grandma's House. After reading the books and singing the songs connected to the stories, I introduced some creative activities where children could use their English and imagination.

As one of the themes in Can We Be Friends? is animals and another theme is talking about what you can and can't do, we had a lot of fun with puppets.

 

 

In a Trip to Grandma's House, the bear family are helped by a group of shapes - circles, triangles, rectangles and squares - to get to their grandma's house. So it was really interesting to see the amazing ideas that the children came up with to create other objects from shapes to help the bears overcome various obstacles.

 

 

I was very impressed with Mari's students. Many students volunteered to come to the front to perform the dialogues that they had made in pairs with the puppets and all of the students worked really well in groups making interesting objects from shapes. It was fascinating how different the creative ideas were. For example, given the task of thinking of a way to get the bears quickly to England to meet the Queen, one group made a rocket, one group made a ship, one group made a submarine and two groups made airplanes, but both airplanes were designed completely differently.

 

I could see how these children have had plenty of training in using imagination and English at English Square with one of the most respected teachers and teacher trainer in Japan, Mari Nakamura.

 

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Picture bookreading at Nellies English Bookstore on February 19th

I gave a bookreading of 3 English picture books at Nellie's English Bookstore in Iidabashi, Tokyo,

on 19th February 2017.

I read Milkshake Shake, Can We Be Friends? and A Trip to Grandma's House

 

It was a really large crowd! From babies to elementary school children and plenty of parents joining in the fun, too. 

All of the children joined in the songs and dances related to the stories.

Thank you to all of you who came.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all again! 

 

 

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English picture book event at Kanazawa Meibundo Beans Bookstore

There was an English picture-bookreading event and seminars for teachers held at the Meibundo Beans bookstore in Kanazawa on 10th December, 2016.

I gave a book-reading of mpi Phonics English picture books and a seminar for teachers on Active Learning with Picture Books.

Thank you to everyone who came!

 

子供向け読み聞かせと「絵本で始めるアクティブ・ラーニング講演」を金沢ビーンズブックストア―で12月10日行いました。

来ていただいていた方を本当にどうもありがとうございました!

   

 

 

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JALT National, 2016

Mari Nakamura and I made a joint presentation "Nurturing Presentation Skills with Picture Books" at JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers) National, Nagoya, on 26th November. In our presentation, sponsored by mpi Phonics and Nellie's Books, we used our two new books "Can We Be Friends?" and "A Trip to Grandma's House" to show how young learners can build presentations based on picture books.

In the first section on "Can We Be Friends?", teachers enjoyed using puppets to make conversations about what they can or can't do. in the second part of our session, we had two teams making objects out of shapes to solve various problems which was based on the "Trip to Grandma's House" story. And in-between we sang the "Can We Be Friends?" song with movement and gestures.

 

     

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小金井市の英語絵本イベント11月23日

 

23rd November, 2016 (public holiday)

Parent and child bookreading, singing and play 12:00-12:45

Bookreading, playing and movement in English for elementary school children 13:00-14:00

Venue: Kuriyama Park Sports Center, Koganei-shi, Tokyo

Contact: 042-382-1001  

http://www.koganei-sponavi.net/kuriyama/news.html

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