Level Checks: What to Do:
At Dave and Amy English School, we have many returnees or students from other schools. We do a level check to decide the best lesson for them.
We check reading, writing, speaking and comprehension. It is best to begin easily and steadily challenge the child more. This allows the child to be comfortable and relaxed.
We begin by checking if the student understands
Kindergarten Lessons at Dave and Amy English School:
Goals (before elementary school, students should be able to)
1. Know Lots of Vocabulary
2. Ask and Answer Simple Questions and Answers
3. Sing simple English Songs
4. Recognize all 26 Lowercase Letters: begin reading
5. Know the Phonetic Sounds of all th
By the time students get to My English Book and Me 5 and 6, they are strong readers and writers. In these texts, students can read and write full questions and answers. And learn a lot of vocabulary and grammar.
We use MEB5 with elementary students who have finished MEB3 and 4. We ALSO use it with NEW Jr High School students. If students BEGIN with us from Jr High School, we find MEB5 a perfect text for them.
My English Book and Me 4 Classbook and Homebook are phonics books where children learn to read and write 3 letter (and longer) phonetic words and simple questions and answers.
We begin it with elementary students who have finished My English Book and Me 3.
Like all our elementary lessons (My English Book and Me 3, 4, 5, 6), students do 40 minutes of activities in 3s or pairs (read ’n match, flip n’ read, question cards, flashcards….). Each game has many levels. Each level is slightly
My English Book and Me 3 Classbook and Homebook are ABC phonics texts. Children will learn many new words as they learn their phonics. There is constant review and re-enforcement with mini - tests. Students also learn conversational questions and answers.
We use MEB3 with ANY beginning elementary student (be they 5th graders or 1st graders). And with high level kindergarten students who have finished My English Book and Me 1 and 2.
Why don’t ALL students begin with My English Bo
Many people are surprised to hear that for years we had no Japanese help at all. NOW, we DO have a Japanese secretary who helps out once a month. She’s a secret secretary. Our students don’t know we have Japanese staff. Why would we do that?
We feel that if we have Japanese staff answering phones and dealing with students, it will lessen OUR connection with our students. It’s named Dave and Amy English school for a reason. It’s OUR school.
When students enter our kindergarten lesson, they play Look 'n Match in groups of 3 - 4. Look 'n Match is a matching game. Students must LOOK at the card and MATCH to the picture on the BOARD.
Each Look 'n Match game consists of:
1. 4 A4 sized boards
2. 6 colorful pictures/ board
3. 24 double sided
My English Book and Me 1 and 2 are black and white picture dictionaries. They can be used with ANY beginners, but we use them with our kindergarten students. Ideally, students will come to our school as 4 year olds and begin My English Book and Me 1. After 1 year on My English Book and Me 1, most students progress to My English Book and Me 2. Why MEB1 and 2? We want the students learning lots of vocabulary and simple questions and answers, BEFORE reading and writing (we do lots of phonics IN...
At Dave and Amy English School, we had very popular, effective Mommy and Baby lessons for 7 years. And then stopped. Why? Hint: It WASN’T because our own children had grown. Although it was great having Alfie and Leon in the class.
The real reason we STOPPED Mommy and Baby lessons is we found