The Ready-Set-GO! English Picture Book Reading Club website is for teachers and parents. I have used these materials and this format in Japanese kindergartens to help parents read English picture books to their children. Doing this as a club means that every family needs to buy only one book, but is able to share the books that the other club members buy, too. And everyone gets to share in the fun of reading picture books with their friends.
I hope you'll give it a try!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

the Orientation Meeting

Prior to the Orientation Meeting, I used the Wish List feature on amazon.co.jp to choose, create and print a booklist (see more below).
At the Orientation Meeting, discuss and settle these points:
  • Meeting dates. Ours met once every 2-3 months, or 4-5 times during the school year;
  • Meeting time. These varied with the kindergarten, but were usually 15 minutes after the children were free to go home;
  • Discussion of the Book Exchange, and setting a time table for it. See this post for details;
  • Describe how to make the vocabulary cards for each book purchased. See more about this below (or here).
  • And asking for a pair of volunteers to help as leaders. They work together with you and the teacher-liaison for organizing the mothers, book exchange, etc..