‘Ow do Yorkshire!!!

You’ll notice I’ve not been writing much here. I’ve been working on a new blog which describes beautiful Yorkshire as well as some ideas for teaching children at home.

My other blog’s title is called “Sayonara Japan, Ow do Yorkshire.”

“Ow do” is a greeting from the North which means, “How are you?” or “Hello!”. As I left Japan for Yorkshire last year I thought it is a good title. I’ve noticed my writing these days is about discovering new places in Yorkshire and learning new things life in the UK. I’ll continue to share experiences of raising bilingual children and ideas for home teaching, especially English and Japanese.


Thanks for reading!

Frosty Days in Hebden Bridge

It’s become very cold recently. We’ve had frost and snow with some beautiful clear blue skies.
My daughter is loving her new nursery. There are some other bilingual kids there too, Italian/British and Mexican/British. She adores her teachers and her English is getting so good.





The Rushbearing festival

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These are pictures taken from the Rushbearing Festival in Sowerby Bridge. It celebrates the old custom of changing the rushes on the floors of the local churches. You can see traditional English costume as well as modern versions. We could see a parade as well as Morris dancing and shows.

Moving house to Hebden Bridge!

We are getting ready to move this month to Hebden Bridge. The deadline to apply for our daughter’s primary school is month for entry this September. We decided that the schools in Hebden and growing up there will provide a better experience than where we are now.

My daughter now speaks English very well, better than her Japanese. That’s after just six months of nursery here. Amazing.

Montessori tools: alphabet cards and the senses

Montessori classrooms have sandpaper letters which help children learn the alphabet. The individual letters are made from sandpaper and each pasted onto a square board. Not only can children see and arrange the letters freely, but they can learn the alphabet through touch.According to Maria Montessori, the added sensation  further enhances the learning experience.

Today I made not sandpaper letters but tinfoil ones stuck onto pink cardboard squares (recycled from packaging) I made my daughter’s name in English and Japanese. She was quite enamored with them and lined them up on the dining table, then the coffee table. She is quite into seeing her name now. Friends have given her pictures for her birthday with her name written on it, and I’ve also been sewing her name into her clothes for starting at nursery.

Now could be the start of her sensitive period for letters…I’ll keep an eye on how things go.

British kids just love Peppa!!

The latest hit with children in the U.K….
Peppa Pig cartoons and Peppa Pig merchandise. My daughter just loves her.
It’s the story of a cute little girl pig and her family. You can see this cute and playful Peppa in DVDs, books, magazines, on clothes and in toy shops.
When we go into the nearby supermarket, Tesco, my little girl makes a bee-line for the magazine corner…It’s Peppa Pig!! she exclaims….
I wonder why she’s so popular. Is it because she’s pink? It’s my daughter’s favourite colour.
But our 4 year old friend who’s a boy also loves her.
I imagine it’s the story of a loving family that appeals to kids. Peppa is always surrounded by her mummy, daddy and little brother George. Mummy and daddy are kind and big sister Peppa likes to play with and tell her little brother what to do.
It’s the same thing that children of 2-5 are doing in their own lives, so this must be why it is so popular.

My daughter’s favourite toy is a stuffed pig that she treats like a baby, even putting a nappy on her and pretending to breastfeed her….and of course her name is….

Peppa Pig!!!

To see more about Peppa click on here:http://teachingbilingualkids.blogspot.com/2011/08/its-peppa-pig.html