A vest can help teach Halloween-related words!
Thank you to everyone who has so generously contributed to the JOEE project, bringing English lessons with native speakers to children without families growing up in care institutions in Japan. My wrist that was broken on the charity ride in June has healed up well enough and I continue to use puppets to teach English to children. Our JOEE teachers and brining regular lessons to the following care homes in Japan: Chofu Gakuen, St. Francisco Children’s Home, Harukaen, Wakamatsu Ryo and Shinai Children’s Home. We serve homes in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kobe.
We are still providing weekly lessons to children in Ukraine as they struggle under the shadow of continued bombings. Some weeks, the Zoom lessons attendees are down because the families are sheltering in bankers and unable to access their computers. The link for lessons changes from week to week to help avoid attacks from Russian bots. We are hoping that the war will soon cease and the children can grow up in a peaceful society. Here is the link for the JOEE Ukraine lesson for Monday, Oct. 31, 1pm Ukraine time, 8pm Japan time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86955200175
If you do manage to log in to the lesson, children are welcome to unmute their videos, but observing adults are asked to mute video and audio so as not to interrupt the lesson. The Ukrainian moderator may screen out some participants. For more information, you may message JOEE’s director at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of JOEE lessons, our teachers are encouraged to be creative and bring their own props and books and stories into the lessons. I have a small farm here in Japan, and so the lessons that I teach sometimes include items from my farm -- rice, squash and potatoes from the field. These make for good teaching tools. A few days ago, students helped to design and carve a jack-o-lantern using a green pumpkin from my garden. No, it had not yet turned orange!
JOEE continues to strive to bring joyful, interactive and interesting lessons to the disadvantaged children that we teach. Your gifts help us to continue this mission in Japan. Growing up knowing a second language is a big boost to these children who must launch out on their own at age 18 with no support from a family. With JOEE’s help these kids have hope for a better future. Thank you so very much for your generous assistance!
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Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud -- Founding Director of JOEE.jp
Children helped scoop out the seeds.
Photos of farm work help illustrate words taught.
Farmers must work in the rain - kids enjoy photos!
Even potatoes can be props for teaching English.
Personal attention, caring and love is important.