April was World Book Day.
To encourage reading, each of our students here at Freedom English School 上通 wrote their own, original picture book. They were excited to write original picture books based on recent, personal experiences. One of the examples comes from Yua (小6), who titled her book "I hate Summer". Teaching kids the joy of reading and developing their own thought process is an important part of childhood and helpful with their future goals.
It’s a beautiful day here in Kumamoto city, and we're excited about the return to normal lessons here at Freedom English School Suizenji! Online lessons were a great answer to the challenge of teaching during the national state of emergency, but is really nice to be back in the classroom. The café-style layout here is very relaxing, but it is even better when there are people to enjoy it with!
With the June 28th Open School coming up, I wanted to tell you about Freedom English School and invite parents to bring their children and see what our school is all about. We have made a new curriculum focused on increasing English language ability for school age students. It focuses on two important skills for new learners: phonics and fluency. We believe that young students should practice hearing and saying the basic sounds that we use in English to become skilled listeners and speakers. In addition, we want students to have confidence using English by practicing speaking as early as possible. In the same way that native speakers learn as children, we want students to practice using common phrases and sentences in conversation and encourage them to speak English as much as possible.
While practicing their English skills, students can also learn about other subjects such as science, history, geography, and more. After they finish the phonics course, students will move on to a texbook course that covers more advanced English grammar and a higher level fluency class where we talk about different cultures, space and the oceans, and famous people from history. Each month has a different project that connects to the fluency classes. Some examples include: making a comic book, researching a foreign country and doing a presentation, writing and sharing a book report, and many more!
If students have many ways to use English they will have more confidence and become better at speaking and communicating in the future.