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Vol. 60 Is YELLOW textbook too easy for 1st grade Elementary school student?

I am looking for a suitable textbook for students who are in the 1st grade at elementary school. Considering between YELLOW, BLUE or Book 1.

For beginners in 1st grade elementary school students, we recommend WELCOME YELLOW. Topics like Alphabet, family, numbers, food and body parts are included in YELLOW and they can learn basic vocabulary. Songs and chants will allow students to learn basic vocabulary efficiently in a fun way. Book 1 is made for students who have learned approximately 400 words in their previous studying years (266 words in YELLOW, 315 in BLUE) and is recommended for those who have experienced the basics to start learning in earnest. There are also pages that students can try to figure what they are interested, or discuss about their own opinion in Book 1. To pick one from PINK or YELLOW or BLUE, YELLOW which includes basic words and conversation, will be the most efficient choice to start studying with Book 1.

The following steps of skipping BLUE after YELLOW are suggested depending on the students level.

YELLOW (1st grade)
Book 1 (2nd grade)
READY (3rd grade)
Book 2 (4th grade)
Book 3 (5th grade)
BRIDGE (6th grade)
TOMORROW (Junior-High)

BLUE can be an option instead of YELLOW. These two books contain similar vocabulary and sentences.

Students can learn more by using YELLOW as a basis and teachers add songs and chants from BLUE to their lessons. For example : Use songs and chants from Unit 6 – Food (BLUE) in a lesson of Unit 8 – Food (YELLOW).

Both YELLOW and BLUE contain topics such as Food, Body Parts, Family, Colors, Alphabet and Animals etc. (preposition, shapes and verbs start in BLUE as a new category)

Learning words and dialog through activities with songs and chants will help students to remember English easily, and it also helps their future studies after Book 1.

Vol.59 Can you print “Lined Worksheet Wizard” in black and white setting and print the words in light gray?

Even though Lined Worksheet Wizard can be printed with the words in gray color when I print it in color setting, the words becomes black in black and white setting. Is this a setting problem or its default? Printing in color for all students cost too much…

Each printer has different concentration but some printers automatically print gray dots darker.

*Tips
Choose yellow then print it in black and white. Yellow makes the printing color lighter when you print in black and white setting. This is recommended for students to trace.

▼Sample image with setting the color of the words in yellow

Vol.58 Can I import pictures into New Flash Card Maker?

Not all words have pictures in the internal dictionary of New Flash Card Maker. Is it possible to import some pictures from my computer? If it is please explain how-to. For example it is not handy not to have pictures of hand, photo, what, think, this, that, he, she etc.

Importing pictures is not supported but for those words without illustration can be pasted to Word data by copying the words.

Please see “Q5” in the picture below (click to expand) *Japanese ;

When you are making cards, you can fix the picture and edit the words then you can use the existing pictures for other words.

 

(Examples)
*To create an image of “hand” (when you need only a picture of one hand): you can use the picture from “fingers”. “hand” does not contains a picture but type “fingers” and [fix the image] then change the word to “a hand”.

Or pictures of “hands” or “clean” are picture of both hands, you can circle one of the hand and use it as a picture of “a hand”.

 

*To create an image of “photo” : use pictures from “ski, soccer, computer etc” and [fix the image] , then change the word into “photo”.

 

After installing NEW FCM, there will be a shortcut to a PDF of NEW FCM Manuals on your desktop. The Manuals has a list of all images at the end so you can check all the pictures.

*Creating “this, that, what, he, she” :
Make a word with NEW FCM and paste it to Word. Also paste the image of your choice there.

Flash Cards Maker User’s Guide contains lots of user tips. It was made for Flash Cards Maker (Basic 2007)* but the contents are also usable for NEW Flash Card Maker. We wish this guide can be an useful reference. *The user’s guide is written in Japanese

Vol.57 Do you have other materials that includes “*** stories” and “stroke orders” which is in the notebook (8-lines)?

We have been using the 8 line notebooks for elementary students and it has been very useful. The notebook has a print of the “*** stories height” and “stroke orders” on the reverse side of the cover page. Do you have other products that contains the same or similar contents?

Learning World Book 2 (1st edition,published in 1995) used to have a page on its textbook like the picture below ;

This page is useful for writing reference and we put this also on the notebook (8 lines). After receiving many requests, we released its poster version on 25th April 2018.

Phonics Alphabet Posters (2 posters)

We are introducing a song themed “easy-to-remember the order strokes” (lower-cases) in association with this poster.
Download the song from here ;
http://www.apricot-plaza.co.jp/en/products/goods_sound#audio571

Check out our videos of the songs ↓

Vol.56 What is the difference between 1st edition of Tomorrow and Book5 TOMORROW(2nd edition)?

We use the 1st edition of Learning World for Tomorrow for junior-high students. What are the differences from Book 5 of TOMORROW?
There are two major changes. Catchy chants remains but we removed songs that used to be on the left hand side section of the pages.
We also revised the pages on the right. Listening Test page on each unit has been changed and now there are not only Creating Writing but Presentation drafts and activities of “Think and find own answers” here and there. Other than that, we added three grammatical subjects which used to be taught in high schools such as Past subjunctive, Present Perfect Continuous and Participles.

For the workbook, there are demo tests for level 3 Eiken qualification and past exam questions from Cambridge (YLE) Movers in addition.

In the teacher’s book, it has an additional Mini Test for each unit which you can make photo copies to suit your needs.It has more contents and it is higher degree level compared to the 1st edition. The book is recommended for students who have learned Learning World Book 3 and Book 4 BRIDGE.

Mini Test <click the image to enlarge>

TOMORROW(2nd edition) target :

From upper grades of elementary to junior-high who has been learning English since pre-school or lower grades of elementary. It is also possible to use the 2nd edition after they studied the 1st edition. Students can review what they have learned in the previous year and understand more deeply.

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