What have I been up to....?

I just checked my blog and found that I haven't 

written anything on it for over a year!

So I thought I should update the blog for anyone

who may be interested.

First of all, I had a major move last year from

the west Tokyo area to the wild Sotobo coastal

area of Chiba. I have always wanted to live near

the sea so I plunged in and moved from the suburbs

of Tokyo to a small, rural community of 7000 residents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may not be as convenient as the city, as there are few

buses or trains but if I time it well I can get into Tokyo

in about one and half hours. So I'm not so isolated.

Some people thought I was retiring but no way is that

happening yet!

I am still working writing books, translating, teaching

and giving presentations.

I'm also dong some voluntary work in a sea turtle protection group here.

I do enjoy the fresh air, my garden, and walking or

cycling to the beach most days. Winter is really quiet. Time to write poetry!

In the summer I go bodyboarding most days for an hour or so. 

We only have only one supermarket here so it is simple

to know where to shop! 

I have no idea who reads this blog or follows what I am doing.

I know everyone is busy with their own lives.

But just to let you know I'm still here!

And I'm still working! Still writing stories!

Still making washi and nendo pictures!

So I'll now follow this blog entry with a few more blog

articles about a couple of projects I've been working on recently.

Stay tuned...

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Please contact me about any proposals for publishing or events

I hold narration events, book-readings, events for children, exhibitions and presentations to teachers of English.
I also write and illustrate picture books and translate from Japanese to English.

I am always interested in hearing about new opportunities, so please contact me if you have any proposals for collaboration or would like me to hold an event for your group, school or cafe.

http://www.patricia-oe.com/contact.html

Here are some photos of some of the events I have held or participated in during the past.



                      
     
                                        
                                    
 

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mpi Kids English Tour 2017

The 2107 mpi Kids Tour events in Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo and Fukuoka finished today with the final event in Fukuoka.

 

This year, Mari Nakamura and I gave presentations on using the activity books based on picture books that we co-authored and were recently published by mpi. The activities in these books draw on our long experience in English education in Japan and are based on nurturing the 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity in young learners. 

 

I had a great time giving presentations in Osaka and Nagoya. It was really fun to interact with the teachers.

Mari Nakamura presented in Tokyo and Fukuoka.

Izumi Miyashita gave a seminar on her original extensive reading activities in the classroom using mpi's BBL series.

 

    

 

More information on the activity books and an interview with Mari and I can be found here:

https://www.mpi-j.co.jp/ArticleDetail.jsp?newsNo=1192

 

 

 

 

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Picture Book Activity Books

I have co-authored 9 picture book activity books with Mari Nakamura that will be released on 27th September, 2017.

These books are closely linked to the series of 9 picture books published by mpi Phonics.

The artwork in the activity books was produced by the same illustrators who illustrated each picture book so the artwork, storyline and text are all preserved and developed in the activity books.

The activities focus on the 21st century skill set and active learning for young leanrners of English and there are hundred of many original activities, such as creating a turtle shell, designing a snake, racing to collect the missing five little ducks, tracking to the end of long milkshake straws, observing nature and everyday surroundings and self-expression. The activities are in English but the instructions are in English and Japanese.

Orders can be made here:

Amazon activity books

 

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Using English picture books at junior high school: parts 2 and 3

In part 1, I wrote about how I introduced one of my picture books, "Blue Mouse, Yellow Mouse" at Musashi JHS in July.

The students then got into groups and developed the story in whichever way that they wanted. I told them to continue the story from the last page or to insert some new scenes or to take the story off on any tangent they wished during the course of the story.

On 31st August I went to see the skits they had developed and gave them some advice about the content and presentation.

The students really came up with some super original stories, such as Blue Mouse Land going to war with Yellow Mouse Land and Yellow Mouse being thrown into prison, a White Cat up to no good disturbing the peace in Rainbow Land and Green Mice going off on an adventure and making friends with Purple Mice.

The students made costumes, practiced their skits and performed them at the school festival on 9th and 10th September. I managed to see some of the dramas on 9th September and was really impressed with how they had developed their ideas since the previous class.

Picture books are a source of imagination, stimulation and creativity for all ages!

 

  

 

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2-day summer picture book event held in Shibuya

 23rd and 24th August 2017 I held 2 days of events for young children focusing on picture books.

These events were organized by Trivector, a company specializing in translation and language services.

Trivector's reports about the events (in Japanese) can be read here:

http://www.trivector.co.jp/contents/?p=1714

 

I really enjoyed meeting the Mums and children.

At first everyone was shy but within a short time

all of the children were enjoying storytelling, songs, dancing, quizzes,

games and craft activities.   

                 

  

 

 

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An original way to use English picture books at junior high school in Japan: Part 1

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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