Introducing…

Introducing…

This academic year, we have been teaching with a new system in place.

The new system, called STAR, mixes English with special topics to help immerse our students into the language more while doing different activities.

We have added three new special classes:

Timo Teacher is in charge of our music class,

Janna Teacher is in charge of our Theatre class,

And Thom Teacher is in charge of our science class!

Our English teachers teach their special class to a different grade three days a week.

Here are a few words from our teachers about how the past few weeks have been with our new program in place.

Timo Teacher:

“Timo’s STAR class is focused on teaching rhythm through 3 different approaches: Drumming, dancing, and singing.

The Mercury class [learns] rhythm skills [with] drums and other percussion instruments while the Jupiter and Saturn classes [do mainly] singing and dancing.”

*All of the music that we use in the class is either an ILH original songs created by TILT, or a monthly kindergarten song.*

Thom Teacher:

“So far in Science class we have studied anatomy, the senses, and this month we are studying water.

Through experimentation, I hope that [the kids’] motivation to speak English will be sparked by a natural curiosity [in science].”

Janna Teacher:

“We have been using Phonics as a way to practice good pronunciation and voice projection while acting in Theatre class.

My goal is to have students confidently practicing phrases that are used daily at ILH! We have also been exploring our creativity and imagination!

After teaching STAR class, our teachers return to our regular classes and teach normal english after that.

So far, it’s been a lot of fun! We are happy when our kids go home and practice what they’ve learned with us even at home.

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Book Review: It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny

Book Review: It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny

This book we recently did for story time with Mercury class, although it was a simple enough story for all three age levels to enjoy.

P. J. Funnybunny is tired of being a bunny. So he decides to travel around and live like a bunch of different animals to fit in somewhere else. He ends up realizing he is the happiest being himself–a bunny!

This book is great for teaching different animal names in English in a fun way. It’s also a cute way to address self-love and accepting what makes you unique!

Many people, not just kids, try to be someone else to see if they will be more comfortable that way. After seeing how different people live, it becomes easier to know who you want to be.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Our overall rating is 5 stars!

Do you have any book recommendations? Leave a comment!

New Kids, New Feelings

New Kids, New Feelings

What does your child feel when they’re in a new place?

They may feel:

  • scared
  • homesick
  • uncomfortable
  • tired
  • lonely
  • overwhelmed

What do we do at ILH to help?

We provide:

  • friendly environment
  • fun games and new toys
  • modeling proper behavior
  • new friends
  • explanation in both languages
  • practice & patience

We make it a priority to make every day fun, safe, and full of opportunities to grow!

This year’s Jupiter class has adjusted relatively quickly to being at our kindergarten during the month of April.

We have seen crying faces, anxious faces, confused faces, stubborn faces, and tired faces. But recently, we have seen a LOT more happy faces!

Our Saturn and Mercury classes have been very willing to help their new friends get used to life here.

Watching everyone become comfortable here so quickly has been a joy for us teachers to see!

Here’s to a new school year!

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Missing the Mercuries?

Missing the Mercuries?

Tomorrow we welcome in our current ILH students for our Moving-Up Ceremony. How exciting to be in the next grade!

Wednesday will be our first gathering of the new Jupiter class. There will be a lot of new faces (maybe some crying ones) to get to know!

As we are thinking of all this change in our first week back, it’s easy to miss last year’s Mercury class as they move on to elementary school.

Here is a video of this past year’s Mercury class during their last field trip with ILH.

For upcoming Mercuries, this may be what your class experiences, too! Look forward to it! 🙂

Teaching Money and Consequences

Teaching Money and Consequences

Another successful round of BOB Bucks Auctions this year!

Every year, towards the end of our third term, our teachers introduce our BOB Buck program.

Our mascot, BOB, is the face of our behavior currency for the last few weeks of school.

What do we mean by “behavior currency?”

Any selfless actions, acts of responsibility, and any other good deeds done by our students, are rewarded with BOB Bucks from our teachers. In order to correct bad habits or behaviors before the end of the school year, BOB Bucks are also taken away.

On auction day, the kids with the most money are able to buy the most expensive toys and also go shopping with the rest afterwards.

This program is very popular for the following reasons:

  • Kids have a better understanding of how their actions and consequences are connected.
  • The concept of money is introduced and kids learn how to count and spend wisely.

Here is some footage from our last auction of the year today!

Book Review: My New Normal

Book Review: My New Normal

Welcome to our new series: book reviews from our teachers at ILH!

This book we recently ordered online after hearing about it on the American news.

A 7-year old girl from Michigan, U. S. A. named Mackenzie wrote this book. She struggled with being a child living through the COVID-19 outbreak, and wanted to share her experience to other kids who may also have a tough time adapting to daily life.

We read this book to our students this week and it was easy for them to understand the message of the book. Some parts of the story only applied to the current American school system, so it wasn’t completely relatable. But having a book written by a kid was amazing to share with our students!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Our overall rating is 3.5 stars!

Do you have any book recommendations? Leave a comment!

Ogre, Ogre, Go Away!

Ogre, Ogre, Go Away!

Wahhhhhh!!

That was the sound of our school yesterday as we stepped outside and drove some scary oni away from our school!

In Japanese, we have a song about throwing beans at the oni, but we made an English version of it:

Ogre go away

Bring me luck today

clickety-clack, clickety-clack

Beans will keep us safe

We will all enjoy it when

The demon sneaks away

Here’s a video of our bean throwing event. The blue and red oni were so scary and made some of us cry, but we did our best to fight them anyway! Thank goodness we told the oni “go away!” and said “鬼は外!福は内!”

It’s good to allow your child to feel feelings of fear and sadness within a safe space. Hopefully everyone was able to learn and grow from their experience. Maybe next year we will all be stronger!

What Did You Bring Today?

What Did You Bring Today?

We have seen some very great Show and Tell speeches this month!

From magic kits, to books and pictures, to toys, to even Band-Aids, International Language House kids have brought some very cool stuff to show us!

Everyone brought a small speech or their Show and Tell Book to share information about what they brought.

Some of our Show and Tells were even a little bit interactive!

Let’s review some phrases we use every day in Show and Tell:

“What did you bring today?”
“I brought______________.”

“Where did you get it?”
“I got it at______________.”

“When did you get it? / Is it new?”
“I got it_______________.”

“Who gave it to you?”
“My_____________gave it to me.”

When our Show and Tell guest finishes their speech, we all say:

“Thank you for sharing! Can we play with it / look at it?”

Our guest can say “no” if their Show and Tell is too special. If it’s okay, they say “yes, but don’t break it / rip it / pull it, please!” It’s important for our students to show respect for each other and their belongings.


We love question time during Show and Tell because anyone can try to ask a question in English. It’s great practice for everyone to speak English to each other and not just the English teachers.

If your child doesn’t have Show and Tell but wants to still participate, maybe it would be a fun idea to think of English questions to ask together!

Here are some examples:

“Do you play with it every day?”

“Do you sleep in your bed with it?”

“Do you have any more?”

“What’s your favorite________?”

We are looking forward to our next Show and Tells. Let’s practice our English to make Show and Tell even more fun and unique!

Best Wishes

Best Wishes

Shinohara Shrine

After a chilly walk to the nearby shrine, International Language House kids went two by two praying to the gods for our good health and for the Coronavirus to go away.

Winter walks may be cold at first. But, after some movement, your bodies warm up and it feels amazing! It’s also important to still get sunlight, no matter what temperature!

As cases are rising in Yokohama and Tokyo, it’s important to think about our health and how we can help others stay safe. This includes wearing masks, washing our hands, and not standing too close to other people.

Our teachers prayed to be able to keep playing together with our students through 2021.

What did you pray for this year? What goals and wishes do you have?

Back from Break

Back from Break

Welcome back to ILH, and Happy New Year!

Our teachers were so happy to receive New Year’s greeting cards in the mail. We hope you received a card from us as well. 2021 is the year of the cow, so we added a little cow surprise in our picture 😉

Looking back on 2020, it was a very tough year. But we are so thankful for all our kids to have stayed safe and healthy the entire time. We are also thankful to have made happy memories at the school despite a scary pandemic.

Please take a look at our Christmas Show, which was performed on Zoom for everyone’s parents. We have complied footage from the show to make this video for everyone to watch at any time. Enjoy!