KA VOICECAST for Wednesday, May 15th

KA VOICECAST for Wednesday, May 15th

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LIFE IN THE UK with playground interviews 


STORY TIME–The Magic Faraway by Enid Blyton 


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KA NEWS for Wednesday, May 15th

KA Will be offering special Essay Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Reading courses for 5th and 6th grade students for 8 weeks during June and July.  For further information and details, please contact either the KA Meidaemae School or KA Jiyugaoka School.

KA is pleased to announce Kikokushijo Academy International Preschool or KAIP, opening in September at the Tama Plaza School.  The new international preschool aims to foster non-native English speakers to develop into “returnees” while giving international children the opportunity to thrive as they would at a preschool in their home countries. If you would like to learn more about KAIP, please contact KA Tama Plaza.

The KA Jyugaoka School and KA Meidaimae Schools are offering English medium-based Art Classes for students in Year One through year Six.  These art classes will give students the opportunity to not only work on some fantastic art projects, but learn about Art Vocabulary as well.  If you are interested in taking part, please contact the KA Jyugaoka School or KA Meidaimae School for more information.

KA teachers will soon be collecting submissions from students for the new summer issue of KA Voices.  Students are welcome to submit original stories, artwork, book reviews, poetry, interviews with friends, family and KA staff, original comics, and anything you are interested in writing about.  For more information, please contact Jenn or Ben, or ask one of your teachers how you can contribute.   The new KA Voices spring issue has just been made available so be sure to pick one up if you haven’t already.



What is the best way to entertain yourself when it’s raining?   Reading, of course!


Teachers’ Top 100 Books (Top 10 shown here)

1. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

2. To Kill a Mocking Bird  Harper Lee 

3. Harry Potter (series)  J.K. Rowling

4. Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

5. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

6. Nineteen Eighty-Four  George Orwell

7. The Lord of the Rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien

8. The Book Thief Markus Zusak

9. The Hobbit  J.R.R. Tolkien

10. The Great Gatsby  F. Scott Fitzgerald

To see the complete list CLICK HERE


What did the Horror Book say to the other library books on a cold, wintery day?

I feel chills running up and down my spine.


Here are some of the books YOU are reading:




The Magic Faraway Tree

By Enid Blyton

Once upon a time there were three children, Jo, Bessie, and Fanny.  They lived with their mother and father in a little cottage deep in the country.  The girls had to help their mother in the house, and Jo helped his father in the garden.

Now, one day their mother had a letter.  She didn’t very often have letters, so the children wondered what it was about.

“Listen!” she said.  “This is something quite exciting for you. Your cousin Dick is coming to stay with us!”

“Ooh!” said all the children, pleased.  Dick was about the same age as Jo.  He was a merry boy, rather naughty, and it would be such fun to have him.

“He can sleep with me in my little bedroom!” said Jo.  “Oh, Mother, what fun! When is he coming?”

“Tomorrow,” said Mother.  “You girls can put up a little bed for him in Jo’s room, and, Jo, you must make room for Dick’s things in your cupboard.  He is going to stay quite a long time, because his mother is ill and can’t look after him.”

The three children flew upstairs to get Jo’s room ready for Dick as well.

“I say! What will Dick say when we tell him about the Enchanted Wood and the Faraway Tree?” cried Jo.

“And what will he say when we show him our friends there—Silky, and old Moon-Face, and the dear old deaf Saucepan Man, and everyone!” said Bessie.

“He will get a surprise!” said Fanny.

They got everything ready for their cousin.  They put up a little camp-bed for him, and found some blankets.  They put a cushion for a pillow.  They made room in Jo’s cupboard and chest of drawers for Dick’s things.  Then they looked out of the window.  It looked on to a dark, thick, wood, whose trees waved in the wind, not far from the bottom of the garden.

“The Enchanted Wood!” said Bessie softly.  “What marvelous adventures we have had there.  Maybe Dick will have some, too.”

Dick arrived the next day.  He came in the carrier’s cart, with a small bag of clothes.  He jumped down and hugged the children’s mother.

“Hallo, Aunt Polly!” he said.  “It’s good of you to have me.  Hallo, Jo!  I say, aren’t Bessie and Fanny big now?  It’s lovely to be with you all again.”

The children took him up to his room.  The girls unpacked his bag and put his things neatly away in the cupboard and the chest.  They showed him the bed he was to sleep on.

“I expect I shall find it rather dull here after living in London,” said Dick, putting his hairbrushes on the little dressing-table.  “It seems so quiet.  I shall miss the noise of buses and trains.”

“You won’t find it dull!” said Jo.  “My word, Dick, we’ve had more adventures since we’ve been here than ever we had when we lived in a big town.”

“What sort of adventures?” asked Dick in surprise.  “It seems such a quiet place that I shouldn’t have thought there was even a small adventure to be found.”

The children took Dick to the window.  “Look, Dick,” said Jo.  “Do you see that thick, dark wood over there, backing on to the lane at the bottom of our garden?”

“Yes,” said Dick.  “It seems quite ordinary to me, except that the leaves of the trees seem a darker green than usual.”

“Well, listen, Dick—the Enchanted Wood!” said Bessie.

Dick’s eyes opened wide.  He stared at the wood.  “You’re making fun of me!” he said at last.

“No, we’re not,” said Fanny.  “We mean what we say.  Its name is the Enchanted Wood—and it is enchanted.  And oh, Dick, in the middle of it is the most wonderful tree in the world!”



Question from May 1st:

What is the name of the LARGEST meteorite ever found (or at least been reported) on Earth?

ANSWER:  The HOBA Meteorite in Namibia

Click here to read more about LARGE METEORITES!


What book, written by Charles Dickens, tops the list of the best selling single volume book of all time?  

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