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Japanese Montessori style kindergarten designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka where kids roam free

I taught English for a number of years at this kindergarten designed by renowned architect Takaharu Tezuka. An amazing place to be as a student. A challenge as a teacher when kids are allowed to roam freely, but once you become accustomed to the lifestyle and ethos it is an amazing place to be.

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Sakura Medal 2018 Nominees - International School Book Reading Competition, Japan.

Over 25 International Schools and over 20,000 students in Japan take part in the Sakura Medal annual book reading competition. Nominated books must not be more than 2 years old are are chosen by student, staff and librarians. All are recommended reading for children.

2018 Nominees in English

Elementary School - Chapter Books

Elementary School - Graphic Novels

Elementary School - Picture Books

Middle School

High School

2018 Nominees in Japanese


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English Furniture Flash Cards, Clip Art and Song

All the clip art, flash cards and music in the furniture video above are all drawn by myself with the song by The Magic Crayons.

Flash cards $3.00 Exclusively in Teachers Pay Teachers (free samples available)

Clip art $3.00

Song by The Magic Crayons $0.99

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Recommended Technology for Teacher Librarians


A selection of great gear that I have actually purchased and use regularly in my library. I highly recommend the Fuji Instax camera !

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English Shapes Flash Cards, Clip Art and Song


All the clip art, flash cards and music in the shapes video above are all drawn by myself with the song by The Magic Crayons.

Flash cards $3.00 Exclusively in Teachers Pay Teachers (free samples available)

Clip art $3.00

Song by The Magic Crayons $0.99

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Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL). IT Integration Specialist, and Teacher Librarian. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.
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