New JOEE Teachers Meet Their New Helpers!

A few weeks ago, thanks to a donation by the Wesley Center and an additional donation by Folkmanis Puppets, a big box arrived from the States filled with eager, furry new teaching assistants for Joyful Opportunity English Education! Our new puppet friends couldn’t wait to meet their partners.

For the past couple of months, JOEE has been training new teachers. We are gearing up for the reopening of Japan in anticipation of more widespread vaccine availability. As of this writing, TEN new teachers are learning how to present JOEE lessons and how to use puppets to engage and delight young English learners in orphanages and care facilities. Hopefully by the end of summer or early autumn, we will be able to start new lessons in many new places.

JOEE teacher training shows participants the origins and philosophy of Joyful Opportunity English Education. Besides bringing joy into the lives of young children with weekly lessons, JOEE is also focused on their future. Learning English at a young age gives these kids the advantage of acquiring excellent pronunciation skills and builds the mental and emotional facility for learning language as their education progresses.

By meeting and interacting with English speakers of many different ethnicities, the children learn to be accepting of a wide variety of world inhabitants. Because personalities and attitudes form at a young age, this open-mindedness will work to their advantage when launching out into the greater world of work after they turn eighteen years old and exit the care institutions.

Our JOEE lessons dovetail nicely with the programs in computer and life skills and continuing English studies for older children that the nonprofit, YouMeWe offers. Our two organizations sometimes work in the same care facility. In these instances, a child can be studying English from the age of two all the way to the age of eighteen.

Thank you to the Wesley Center, Folkmanis and our generous JOEE donors. You are helping us to continue our work and expand to more orphanages.

If you would like to help support JOEE financially, please click on the secure GlobalGiving link below to donate with a credit card:

Or you can donate directly to the JOEE Japan Postal Account:

Name: ジョーイー (JOEE)
JP Branch Kanji: 〇一八
JP Branch: #018
JP Account: #10100-89960791
Account Type: Ordinary (Fustuu)

寄付を希望される場合は、以下の情報をご覧ください。
寄附金の振込口座
ゆうちょ銀行からの場合
[店名]〇一八(読みゼロイチハチ)
[口座番号]10100-89960791
他金融機関からの場合
[店名]〇一八(読み ゼロイチハチ]
[店番]018
[預金項目]普通預金
[口座番号]8996079

Free English Lessons Online

Since JOEE’s goal is English education especially for those who cannot afford private lessons, we are posting English teaching videos to YouTube so that lively song and puppet-assisted lessons can be accessible to anyone.

JOEEの目標は英語教育ですが、特に個人レッスンを受けたくても金銭的な余裕がないお子さん達の為にお役に立ちたいと思っております。誰でも視聴できる様に生き生きとした歌や人形を使っての英語レッスンのビデオをユーチューブに載せる予定です。

“Miss Raku” and “Ruth-Sensei” have both created videos teaching basic English words. Please feel free to copy the links and share with friends; and encourage them to “Subscribe” to the YouTube channel which can be found by doing a search for “Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud.”

「ミス・ラク」と「ルース先生」は 英語の基本的な言葉を教えるためのビデオを制作いたしました。リンクをコピーしてお友達とシェアすることは自由です。その際はユーチューブを使って「Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud」で検索していただき、チャンネル登録をしていただく様にお伝えください。

Here are some links to the lessons. JOEE lesson 1 teaches the words – “Ball, Throw, Catch, Me and You.” Enjoy and share!

下記のリンクでレッスンを視聴できます。 JOEEレッスン1では「Ball, Throw, Catch, Me and You」という言葉を学びます。お楽しみください!またお友達にシェアしてください!

JOEE Lesson 2 teaches the words – “Up, Down, Around, Over, Under.”

JOEEレッスン2では、「Up, Down, Around, Over, Under」という言葉を学びます。

A special JOEE lesson for Halloween teaches the words – “Pumpkin, Cut, Eyes, Nose, Mouth.”

ハロウィンの特別なJOEEレッスンでは、「Pumpkin, Cut, Eyes, Nose, Mouth」の言葉を学びます。

Miss Raku’s lessons include more Japanese but do a great job of teaching basic English words. Here’s a lesson on the words – “Big and Small.”

「ミス・ラク」のレッスンでは、日本語も少し混ざりますが、基本的な英語の言葉をしっかりと教えます。このレッスンでは「Big and Small」の言葉を学びます。

Miss Raku teaches “Hot, Cold and Splash.”

「ミス・ラク」は「Hot, Cold and Splash」を教えます。

Here’s a Halloween lesson with a fun song about 5 Little Pumpkins.

ハロウィンの楽しい5つの小さなかぼちゃについての歌はこちらです。

Thank you for watching! Please support more JOEE lessons by clicking on the GlobalGiving donation link below:

ご視聴くださり、ありがとうございます。どうぞこの下にあるGlobalGiving 寄付についてのリンクをクリックしてください。

Our First Online Fundraiser!

Mid-July, JOEE launched our first public fundraiser with the help of another NPO that does great work with orphanages around the world, including many here in Japan: YouMeWe NPO, headed up by Michael Clemons. We had been volunteering at the same children’s home in Ota-ku for several months before Michael and I finally managed to meet. He ran a class with the older children on Mondays for computer skills, and I met with the younger children on Thursdays and Fridays for JOEE language lessons. He had been wondering where the younger kids had been learning those new words in English. Our work had been mutually supportive.

Lion Online!

We discovered that we had many goals in common and that our two nonprofits could help each other as we developed programs for the youth in institutionalized care. YouMeWe helped to connect JOEE with the GlobalGiving program just in time to be launched with their matching donations program.

On Wednesday, July 15 at 10 pm Japan Time (9 am Eastern Time in the US), the Global Giving Bonus Day began. Donations of $100 up to $1,000 were matched with percentage funds that went from 15% up to 50% for the highest level of gifts (from $750 to $1,000). The fund drive began with the blessing of one $36 donation and then it took off! Donations of all amounts are adding up. It looks like we might reach our goal of raising $5,000 in donations by the end of the month.

Continue reading Our First Online Fundraiser!