Monthly Archives: February 2011

Raising Bilingual Children-TELL Exceptional Children

The room was pretty crowded, parents, teachers, onlookers were all huddled trying to learn the secret to raising a bilingual child.  Questions peppered the floor, should my spouse speak in his/her native tongue to our child and never speak to … Continue reading

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What’s your 弁?

Personally, I think one of the most abused accents is the Jamaican accent. Many people listen to a couple of Bob Marley and/or Peter Tosh records and think if they throw in a a “Hey, mon!” or “Irie, irie!” then they sound Jamaican. Sorry folks, but it’s just not that easy! Continue reading

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Warm it up with Hip-hop Yoga!

One of the most important things that you can do when learning how to dance is stretch those muscles!  A great way to incorporate traditional yoga moves for kids is to keep it light and fresh.  You don’t need to … Continue reading

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TELL Ballet for Children- Urashima Taro

“On Sunday afternoon, March 6, 2011, Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) will hold the 7th Annual TELL Ballet for Children- Urashima Taro– performed by the wonderful Austrian Ballet Company – Tokyo at the newly re-opened and renovated Tokyo American Club. … Continue reading

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How to Make Alphabet Magnets

Materials: Cardboard Gluestick Construction paper colored pencils (optional) sequins (sequins) Directions: 1) Trace any letter onto the construction paper. 2) Cut out the letter. 3) Trace construction paper and glue it to the cardboard. 4) Decorate the letter with glitter … Continue reading

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Burn the Dictionary or Keep It! You decide!

Today I was so happy to be at work! I know, you don’t hear that everyday, but it’s true.  At the beginning of the year my students were like church mice, huddling in the corner, hiding in their uniforms and … Continue reading

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Special Language Dictionary- Teaching Vocabulary to ELLs

My first year at the school left me frustrated when we cooked and we used recipes and one child would say over and over again, “What is a recipe?” For some reason that word didn’t stick. We used it quite often and I couldn’t understand why this child had a hard time grasping that word. Continue reading

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