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Vol.62 What Picture books are suitable for lessons with BLUE textbook?

What picture books are suitable for lessons with BLUE textbook?

The following table shows the same categories as each unit in BLUE and picture books.

contents in BLUE Picture Books
Unit 2  Greetings / Numbers Pal the Parrot/ Tiny Boppers
Unit 3  Colors / Alphabets A Beautiful Butterfly/ abcd Chants
Unit 4  Animals Open the Window / My Pet/
Me Myself(*adjectives)/ One Boy and His Friends
Unit 5  Family Where is Everyone?
Unit 6  Food What’s in the Cart?
Unit 7  Body Parts A Teddy Bear/ With My Eyes
Unit 9  Seasons Our Sweet Home

*There are no animals in the”Me Myself” picture book but the “A Happy Cat Song” in the unit contains adjectives (happy, sad, angry, scared). “Me Myself” picture book allows students to review the various adjectives.

Vol.61 What picture books are suitable for lessons with YELLOW textbook?

What picture books are suitable for lessons with YELLOW textbook?

The following table shows the same categories as each unit in BLUE and picture books.

Contents in YELLOW Picture Books
Unit 1  Greetings Pal the Parrot
Unit 2  Numbers Tiny Boppers
Unit 3  Family Where is Everyone?
Unit 4  Colors A Beautiful Butterfly
Unit 5  Body Parts With My Eyes/ A Teddy Bear
Unit 6 Alphabets abcd Alphabet
Unit 7  Animals Open the Window / My Pet/ One Boy and His Friends
Unit 8  Food What’s in the Cart?



Picture books published by APRICOT have two series : 「Picture books series」and「Picture Books by Songs & Chants
Students learn basic vocabulary and phrases with pretty designs in the picture books and they get use to what they learned with catchy chants and songs. All the picture books come with an Audio CD. There are workbooks available also!

Our picture books are popular for recitals!

“Picture Books On Stage” exclusively available on e-APRICOT:
Picture Books on Stage “Pal the Parrot”
Picture Books on Stage ” A Teddy Bear”
Picture Books on Stage “Our Sweet Home”
Picture Books on Stage “My Pet”
Picture Books on Stage “Who Stole the Cookies?”

Vol.54 Are there any textbooks suitable for 2 and 3 years old? What’s the length of Picture book DVD and consists of how many chapters?

Looking for a textbook suitable for two to three years old. WELCOME PINK and Ice Cream seems interesting. Also, tell me the details of Picture book chants with DVD?

Unfortunately we do not have any textbooks categorized for two years old since toddlers are usually not ready to handle books at their age. Most of schools choose sound-based-materials to get used to the sound.

These are the materials we recommend.

1. NEW Let’s Sing Together CD & SONGBOOK Set (2nd Edition)
29 tunes and London Bridge (with karaoke) for gesturing and singing lessons.

2. Lesson with Picture books by Songs and Chants
These books come with DVD. Use picture books mainly for classes and DVD for home to bring the English environment.

3. WELCOME to Learning World PINK
Days with mammy is the theme of the book.
(PINK Say Hello Song : )

4. Ice Cream series – Vanilla / Strawberry
Vanilla contains Capital letters. Strawberry with lower-cases with more amount of words compared to Vanilla.

*The length of the DVD :
The DVD contents is the same as its picture book so the length may vary but approximately 5-10 minutes. Two stories are included in one DVD.

*PLATINA Babies FoodPlayground, and  Fun at the Beach contains APRICOT’s original tunes which is fun and themed. Sing together and remember the songs, it could be a great option for a recital. It is fun just to listen on mammy’s lap also.
(PLATINA Babies Theme Song : )

Vol. 47 What can we do besides bookwork during Summer break?

Because there are always absent students during school holidays, we prefer the students not to continue with their textbooks. What sort of lessons can you recommend besides bookwork?
Picture books is a good option! We have Picture Books and Picture Books by Songs and Chants.  Picture Books by Song and Chants are picture books which contains stories inspired by the songs and the chants from our WELCOME series.Story inspired by WELCOME to LW PINK
Time to wake up! / What’s in the cart? / Whose shirt?

Story inspired by WELCOME to LW YELLOW
abcd chants / Open the window / With my eyes / Where is Everyone?

Vol. 44 Recommendable picture books for trial lessons?

Which picture book do you recommend for a trial lesson?
Here is a lesson example with Vol.2  A Beautiful Butterflypicture book.


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All 10 of our picture books are suitable for trial lessons. Each book contains character formation through the language education. With these picture books kids can enjoy guessing what to expect next.


A Beautiful Butterfly” is one of the most popular books among different ages.


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Every time you turn the pages, let children guess what the caterpillar will eat on the next page. It is okay for kids to guess in Japanese, the teacher can translate and teach the words in English.




Prepare some photo copies of the coloring butterfly before the lesson.




After the reading, children can color the butterfly in the way they think it’s beautiful. If the trial lesson is run by two teachers, one can talk to their parents about the lesson while the other teacher helping kids to color the butterfly.



After coloring, children introduce their colored butterfly to the class, saying “This is my beautiful butterfly”


Cut the butterfly out and make a paper puppet with chopsticks. This will be a souvenir from the trial lesson.

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