Making Ice Cream in class アイスクリーム作り

Homemade or should i say classmade ice cream!!! A super simple and fun activity for the kids to do in class.  We started of by mixing milk, cream, sugar, and flavours the kids had brought from home.   Poured it into a ziploc bag, put the bag in a container filled with ice and salt and got to work shaking it for about 20 min.  It tasted AWESOME!!!  The kids did an excellent job!!

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Spaghetti Tower スパゲッティ・タワー


For the last few classes we have been looking a different skyscrapers and towers around the world.  For homework I gave the students 3 questions to take down and research at home.

What is tallest building in the world?

What is the second tallest building in the world?

What shape makes a building strong.

The next assignment was to design a tower out of spaghetti.   The tallest tower able to hold up a candy would be the winner!!!  OOPS!!   I forgot to take pics of the finished towers 子供クラス・スパゲッティ・タワー子供クラス・スパゲッティ・タワー

キッズクラス  ピザーゲーム PIZZA PANIC

Some pics from the kids class a few weeks ago.

PIZZA PANIC!!!  Love this game, so easy but so fun 🙂

We practice saying the different pizza toppings while placing them on the pizza.  “Can I get a mushroom please”  “Cheese on the pizza”

The kids have a blast trying to add toppings on a very shaky pizza pie.  Although by the time i snapped a few pics we had finished playing the game and the kids went on to topping a “real” pizza pizzaiolo (googled it, person who makes pizzas)IMG_0475-1024IMG_0476-1024

Kids Christmas party!!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.  I’m still full from constantly eating the whole weekend.

This year in the younger kids class, we made chocolate covered marshmallow reindeer.

The marshmallows are very soft and the chocolate was runny so it was a bit difficult to decorate but the the kids did an excellent

With the older class we made stained glass cookies.

The children started off by breaking up some coloured hard candy.  Then went on to shape some cookies.

Next was to add the crushed candies on the spaces and bake.  BUT!!! ahh   I forgot to take pics after the cookies were baked.  🙁kids-christmas-3-1024

Finally for the oldest kids, as requested….   PIZZA!!!!   Started from scratch, four water yeast. Kneed the dough then shaped into a Christmas tree pizza.   Unfortunately we didn’t have time to let the dough rise so the end result was a bit hard.  I guess you could call it really really crispy??   or just hard.   But it still tasted good either

Wish you all a happy new year!!! 


Kids class Halloween 2016

Another Halloween week done!!   Here are some pics from the classes.

We started off by making Trick-or-treat  bags and then played bingo.  I also had a box where you stick your hand in and try to grab candy, But WATCH OUT!!  you might just grab a handful of zombie brain!!!!

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キッズクラス Kids class

Just a few pics from the kids class last week.
I wanted to get the kids to remember by heart some simple articles, prepositions and words. “the, in, and, on, they” etc. They always seem to run into problems trying to read them. I had the kids write up a few cards with words on them and played a game of slap the card with fly swatters when called out..img_0046-1024


We also learned about body pars playing Operation.  The aim of the game is to remove strange parts from inside the patient  without touching the sides or else the buzzer will sound. BEEEEEEEP!!!!!!

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Making Oreo marshmallow bars

A very simple but tasty lesson.

During the first class we went over the ingredients and directions on how to make the bars.   I put together a quick little worksheet so that the learners would have a chance to practice and remember the definitions and processes.



IMG_1437-1170In the second class I left it up to the students to ask for what they needed “Can I get Oreo cookies please”  “Can i get a bowl” and then got them to recite the directions on how to make the bars. “Put Oreo’s in a bag and crush”  “Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.”


IMG_1453-1170IMG_1446-1170IMG_1458-1170One of my objectives for this lesson was to have the learners THINK, TRY, and do tasks themselves without my help or intervention.  I find many students are afraid to try new things. (even opening a microwave door brings on hesitation)

In the end the Oreo bars came out delicious and the Kids eat them allllll up!!IMG_1421-1170IMG_1423-1170



Making flashlights

A very special project with the Top Gear class.  Home-made flash lights!!!トップギア・キッズクラス I wasn’t sure it the kids would be interested  in electronics but to my surprise they were all for it.トップギア・キッズクラス We started off with a simple diagram of a circuit and how to wire up the LED.


The kids then quickly got to work. We used a toilet paper roll for the body and put the battery and electronics inside.トップギア・キッズクラス

The students stripped wire, connected the anode of the LED to a 220 Ohm resistor and the cathode to ground.トップギア・キッズクラストップギア・キッズクラストップギア・キッズクラスNext we glued on a button.

Put it all together, connected the battery, and……….トップギア・キッズクラストップギア・キッズクラス

3….2…1…. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!  It worked!!!!!

Arduino Uno in class!!!

Today we did something really special.  My private student is really interested in tech so I decided to try some Arduino Uno projects with him.

今日はとっておきの特別な事をクラスでしました。プライベートクラスの生徒さんがテクノロジーに興味を持っているので、Arduino Uno を使ったプロジェクトに挑戦しました。

Arduino UNO


We started out by googling some easy starter projects we could do.




After we found a good How-to youtube video, Y-kun dove right in.

Youtube でやり方を説明したビデオを観たら、Y君、さっそく取り掛かりました!


Our first project was to make an LED light up.




Next we added a momentary buttons..



WE DID IT!!!!!   Y-kun had a great class learning about electrical circuits and prototyping all while in the environment of English.


NEXT!!   on to our next project.   trying to program the Arduino.