KA VOICECAST for Thursday, August 15th

KA VOICECAST for Thursday, August 15th

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STORY TIME – Scat by Carl Hiaasen





KA NEWS for Thursday, August 15th

The KA KIDS INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL officially opens its doors in September 2013. Applications for children aged 3-6 are being accepted.  Children who sign up for the KAIP program will be introduced to the fast-paced, advanced reading, and writing program with teachers trained in the Read Write Inc. Phonics method, currently exclusive to Kikokushijo Academy.  KAIP will be holding a trial class on Friday, August 30 from 10:00 to 12:30. Participation is free of charge.  Contact the Tama Plaza school at 045-532-5338 for further information.

For more general information and answers to frequently asked questions, please follow the link to the KA Kids International Preschool page.

Are you creative?  Do you enjoy painting and drawing?  Or perhaps you aspire to become a celebrity chef? The KA Jyugaoka and Meidaimae Schools are offering a variety of English medium-based Art Classes and Cooking Classes for students in year two through year six.  The art classes will give students the opportunity to not only work on some fantastic art projects, but learn about Art Vocabulary as well.  Cooking classes will develop your child’s basic culinary skills and food-based terms.  If you are interested in taking part in either of these fun courses, please contact the KA Jyugaoka School or KA Meidaimae School for more information.

Our famed essay-writing course for students in grade 4 of elementary school and above, is now available as a correspondence course for students who live abroad or outside of the Kanto area.  This is a serious, results-oriented program perfect for students who wish to pass essay exams for junior high, senior high, university, or the Eiken, TOEFL, SAT, or other exams.  Distance Learning students will write and revise weekly essays, complete grammar assignments, and build vocabulary to raise the register and effectiveness of their writing. Each student will correspond with a Personal Writing Tutor, who will guide the student through the course by e-mail.

Students wishing to participate in the Distance Learning course must have:

  • access to the Internet
  • a computer with Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader
  • a strong desire to improve their writing

For more information about this exciting new program, please contact Kikokushijo Academy or follow the link.

Lastly, with summer holidays in full swing, it’s easy to forget that the reading competition is still going on.  Let’s remember to read as much as possible and turn in the forms!  There are prizes for participation and top readers!



In English Rules, we look at all the rules of the English language as well as why English rules, as a language.


The following lesson on the word REFLECT, was taken from KA WORDCAST, Lesson 12 Part ONE.

Their expressions REFLECTED the usual mix of dread and melancholy, for Mrs. Starch was the most feared teacher at Truman School.

REFLECT is a verb with many uses. First, let’s see how it is used in the sentence above. Here, it is similar in meaning to indicate, represent, display, or demonstrate.

Our school newspaper aims to REFLECT the views and opinions of our teachers, students, and staff.

Johnny Clegg’s music REFLECTS his love for the people and culture of South Africa.

REFLECT can also mean to show the image of something on the surface of something shiny such as a mirror, water, or glass.

The tall trees surrounding the lake were REFLECTED on its smooth, mirror-like surface.

The funhouse mirrors are shaped so as to REFLECT humorously distorted images of those who stand in front of them.

REFLECT may also mean to throw back light, heat, or sound from a surface.

The windows of Sunset Towers REFLECTED the bright afternoon sunlight.

The egg-carton-like material in a recording studio absorbs sounds but does not REFLECT it.

REFLECT may also mean to think deeply about something. It is often, but not always used with ON or UPON. Synonyms include consider, ponder, contemplate, muse on, and mull over.

The philosophy class was asked to REFLECT and write a paper on the question of free will versus determinism and predestination.

Donald REFLECTED with sadness about the unhappiness of his marriage.

These days, in lieu of spanking or other harsh forms of punishment, children who have “been bad” are often given “time-outs” to REFLECT ON what they have done.

The phrases TO REFLECT WELL ON or TO REFLECT BADLY ON are used to talk about something that a person does that makes him or her appear good or bad.

The athlete’s community and charity work REFLECT WELL ON his character and have made him a fan and media darling.

The recall of thousands of vehicles with defective brakes REFLECTED BADLY ON the auto manufacturer and caused a plummet in sales.


REFLECTION is the noun form of REFLECT and, like the verb, has various meanings and uses. First, REFLECTION is an indication of the state or nature of something. Synonyms include indication, demonstration, display, and evidence.

Healthy skin and hair are often a REFLECTION of good health overall.

The slump in property prices in Seattle’s suburban areas is a REFLECTION of the general economic downturn in Washington State.

A REFLECTION is also an image in a mirror, on a shiny surface, or on water. It is also something that is REFLECTED like light or sound.

All morning on the day of his wedding, Todd faced his REFLECTION in the mirror and nervously practiced his groom’s speech.

The REFLECTION of the late afternoon sunlight on the windows of the building across from us turns them to pure gold.

REFLECTION may also refer to careful thought about something, sometimes over a long period of time. Similar words include consideration, pondering, contemplation, deliberation, and musing.

A moment’s REFLECTION should have told you that you were about to do something very foolish. What were you thinking?

A week in the Highlands, taking long walks and breathing in the fresh mountain air, gave Chief Inspector Dalgliesh time for REFLECTION after an especially difficult investigation.

And finally, REFLECTION can also mean your written or spoken thoughts about a particular event or an account or description of something.

I don’t think the feature article that appeared in this morning’s New York Times is an accurate REFLECTION of what happened. I should know. I was there.


REFLECTIVE is the adjective form of REFLECT. One definition of REFLECTIVE is relating to or characterized by deep thought.

Roald Dahl was a quiet, REFLECTIVE man who spent many hours each day writing his beloved children’s stories in his garden shed in rural Buckinghamshire.

REFLECTIVE also refers to a material or surface that is capable of REFLECTING light or other radiation.

Children should wear REFLECTIVE clothing or carry glow sticks when they go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

REFLECTIVE also describes the condition or nature of a person’s actions.

Matt’s poor work ethic is not REFLECTIVE of the team as a whole. The others are extremely hard working and committed to the project.

REFLECTIVELY is the adverb form of REFLECT. It means thoughtfully.

Jo sipped her wine REFLECTIVELY as she gazed out the bay window at the peaceful sea.





By Carl Hiassen

The day before Mrs. Starch vanished, her third-period biology students trudged silently, as always, into the classroom. Their expressions reflected the usual mix of dread and melancholy, for Mrs. Starch was the most feared teacher at Truman School.

When the bell rang, she unfolded stiffly, like a crane, and rose to her full height of nearly six feet. In one hand she twirled a sharpened No. 2 Ticonderoga pencil, a sure sign of trouble to come.
 Nick glanced across the aisle at Marta Gonzalez. Her brown eyes were locked on Mrs. Starch, and her thin elbows were planted like fence posts, pinning her biology book open to Chapter 8. Nick had left his own textbook in his locker, and his palms were sweating.

“Good morning, people,” said Mrs. Starch in a tone so mild that it was chilling. “Who’s prepared to tell me about the Calvin cycle?”
Only one hand rose. It belonged to Graham, who always claimed to know the answers but never did. Mrs. Starch had not called on him since the first week of class.

“The Calvin cycle,” she repeated. “Anybody?”

Marta looked as if she might throw up again. The last time that had happened, Mrs. Starch had barely waited until the floor was mopped before instructing Marta to write a paper listing the five major muscles used in the act of regurgitation.
 Nick and the other students had been blown away. What kind of teacher would punish a kid for throwing up?
 “By now,” Mrs. Starch was saying, “the photosynthetic process should be familiar to all of you.”
 Marta gulped hard, twice. She’d been having nightmares about Mrs. Starch, who wore her dyed blond hair piled to one side of her head like a beach dune. Mrs. Starch’s wardrobe never varied: a polyester pants suit in one of four faded pastel colors, and drab brown flats. She painted heavy violet makeup on her eyelids, yet she made no effort to conceal an odd crimson mark on her chin. The mark was the shape of an anvil and the subject of wild speculation, but nobody had gotten up the nerve to ask Mrs. Starch about it. Marta’s eyes flicked miserably toward Nick, then back to the teacher. Nick was fond of Marta, although he wasn’t sure if he liked her enough to sacrifice himself to Mrs. Starch, who had begun to pace. She was scanning the class, selecting a victim.
A droplet of perspiration glided like a spider down Nick’s neck. If he worked up the courage to raise his hand, Mrs. Starch would pounce swiftly. Right away she would see that he had forgotten his biology book, a crime that would be forgiven only if Nick was able to explain and then diagram the Calvin cycle, which was unlikely. Nick was still struggling to figure out the Krebs cycle from Chapter 7.

“Plants, as we all know, are vital to human existence,” said Mrs. Starch, on patrol. “And without the Calvin cycle, plants could not exist. Could not exist …”
Graham was waving his arm and squirming like a puppy. The rest of the class prayed that Mrs. Starch would call on him, but she acted as if he were invisible. Abruptly she spun to a halt at the front of Marta’s row.

Marta sat rigidly in the second desk, behind a brainy girl named Libby who knew all about the Calvin cycle—all about everything—but seldom made a peep.
 “The chart on page 169,” Mrs. Starch went on, “makes it all plain as day. It’s an excellent illustration, and one that you are likely to encounter on a test. Quite likely …”

Marta lowered her head, a tactical mistake. The movement, slight as it was, caught Mrs. Starch’s attention.
 Nick sucked in a breath. His heart raced and his head buzzed, because he knew it was now or never. Marta seemed to shrink under Mrs. Starch’s icy gaze. Nick could see tears forming at the corners of Marta’s eyes, and he detested himself for hesitating.


In the August 1st episode, we talked about the News- the good, the bad, and the ugly, and the question was:

Scientists have grown rudimentary teeth out of the most unlikely of sources.  Can you name the source? 

Teeth grown from urine!

Well, I was rather shocked to learn the answer—which is urine, also known as pee or wee.  A team of scientists in China revealed that urine could be used as a source of stem cells that in turn could be grown into tiny tooth-like structures.  The team hopes the technique could be developed into a way of replacing lost teeth.  There are so many fascinating discoveries being made every day in science and if you like to keep up to date with the most current information, the BBC News, Health, Science and Environment sections provide the latest in new technologies and discoveries.


This week’s question:

In what WORDCAST lesson would you find key words taken from the book The Diary of Anne Frank? 

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