Using English in Performances

Using English in Performances

November Speech Day (on Zoom)

The past few eventful weeks have been full of memorizing English speeches and scripts for recent big events at the kindergarten. From the beginning of November, our selected Speech Day kids practiced their speeches every day with the English teachers. We started by reciting each word together and then practiced on the stage leading up the the big day.

On the 25th, we celebrated Thanksgiving by performing a short skit. Jupiters played turkeys, Saturns played Native Americans, and Mercuries played Pilgrims. Each class spent time learning some basic lines, then we performed all together while wearing our specially crafted Thanksgiving hats.

Our Native Americans gathering their harvest

As December approaches, our focus shifts to the upcoming Christmas show. This year’s theme is Home Alone, a story about a boy who gets left behind by his family on Christmas Eve and has to protect the house from burglars. Everyone has a lot to remember, especially Mercury class, so we’ve all been working very hard!

Mercury boys playing Kevin in Home Alone

When getting ready for a big event like these, whether it be a short skit, a speech, or a big holiday show, there are certain things we always work on with our kids.

  1. Getting them able to speak loudly in front of a big group of people
  2. Remembering certain words and phrases without teacher help
  3. Adding the right pronunciation and inflection to what they’re saying
  4. Showing them how to use their whole body for their performance

All these points are what makes a normal presentation into a great one!

We are so proud of our kids at the kindergarten for slowly becoming more confident in their English skills and performance skills!

Sports Day Next Week?!

Sports Day Next Week?!

The days leading up to Sports Day are getting shorter! As we are getting closer to the competition day, our practices are becoming more often and more serious!

Mercury class has been focusing a lot on their soccer skills and jump rope skills.

Saturn class is focusing on their obstacle course for their class game this year.

Jupiter class has been practicing their animal-themed relay as well as getting used to “Ready, Set, Go!” commands.

Since September, Red Team and White Team have been working on their energetic cheer motions and dances every day.

We have also been increasing the amount of Park Days to also work on our group competitions, which include relay, sprint, and tug-of-war.

Not only are we getting a physical workout, our brains are also working very hard. We have been creating designs for our 2021 badges, practicing Mercury class’ Opening and Closing Ceremony speeches, counting points during practice, and memorizing vocabulary for some of our games.

This year’s badge 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners

With the collaboration of volunteer parents, our kindergarten teachers, preschool teachers, and other volunteers, our teachers are hard at work coordinating every detail for each part of Sports Day.

We are looking forward to next week!

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!

End of First Term Already?!

End of First Term Already?!

The end of July has arrived! How quickly this term flew by…

First we hosted our annual Speech Day on Zoom for the parents! We had a total of 11 kids: 3 Jupiters, 4 Saturns, and 4 Mercuries. Everyone was so excited to present and no one had any big blunders!

We also got to celebrate our July birthdays together. Our birthday students received their homemade presents in their shimmery costumes.

Before our last day of the term, we also had Cleaning Day! We have always done cleaning at the end of each term, but from this year, it now has a whole new meaning.

Our kids cleaned their own cubbies, toys, and craft supplies boxes. We also cleaned the floors together and made sure everything was sanitized.

A special thanks to the volunteer mamas who came to clean the harder-to-reach places for us 🙂

And last, but not least, we have been able to enjoy pool time (in low group numbers at a time) every day!

What a hot couple of weeks it’s been. And now it’s summer break! Have a safe time in this heat!

We are looking forward to seeing you again in a few weeks 🙂