Aqua English Preschool (AEP, Matsumoto) have had our first two demonstration lessons this week on Friday and Saturday. The lessons were a great success, children and parents alike enjoyed themselves. We have more open lessons coming up on Friday, 17 February at 16:00 and Saturday, 18 February at 10:00. Please contact us to register your interest and reserve a place. Our lessons this week were attended primarily by two- and three-year-old children although we encourage all interested parties to register for our next free demonstration lessons. The lesson’s schedule of this week’s classes was:
- Question: “Who’s this?”
- Answer: “It’s (name).”
- “I’m (name).”
Song 1. “Open Shut Them”
i) First, we practiced the ‘opposites’ words with gestures and then we sang the song together with the coordinated movement.
- Open/ shut
- Big/ small
- Please/ no, thank you
- Fast/ slow
- Loud/ quiet
i) The class was read Mikiko Nakamoto’s book “A Beautiful Butterfly” to initially introduce the colours.
ii) Colours were reviewed the colours and then we played a game where children were asked to specific coloured balls from a large set, which were scattered around. When the children picked up the correct colour and said the colour’s name had the chance to try and throw the ball into a box.
- Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple
Song 2. “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
i) The introduction and pronunciation of various feelings were practiced together with gestures and then we sang the song together
- Happy; clap your hands
- Angry; stomp your feet
- Scared; say “Oh, no!”
- Sleepy; take a nap
i) The numbers one through five were Introduced first by associating the number’s name with a material representation using triangles and building blocks. Each number of ‘things’ was then designated its numeral.
ii) From a scattering of connectable blocks, the children were asked to join a stipulated number together, then show the teacher and say the number.
iii) As time permitted, children were asked to collect a specified number of a certain colour of blocks, then again put them together, show the teacher and say what they have (for example: “three, orange blocks”)
- One, two, three, four, five
At the conclusion of the lesson, the children were given medals and certificates of participation.