Lecture, Workshop and Seminar Information:

1. Sponsoring schools, associations and organizations request the theme based on their specific needs and goals.
2. Teri selects a theme based on program goal.
3. Titles are selected by sponsoring group or decided jointly with Teri.

Presentation Language
1. Presentations are given in Japanese, English or bilingually in Japanese and English based on group needs.

Presentation Time
1. Lectures vary from 60-120 minutes. Based on the time frame, "Question and Answer Time" is included or additional.
2. Hands-on Workshops vary from 90 minutes to 4 hours.
3. Weekend, summer and 2-3 day sessions are possible.

Audiences include nursery children to adults, parent and child groups, parents, teachers, volunteers, administrators and professionals from various fields.
Audience numbers vary based on hall, theater or gymnasium space. Minimum size is 25. Daycare, Preschool, Nursery and Kindergarten groups are happily accepted as long as there is teacher support and participation.
1. Lectures have been given to audiences of 25 to 2000.
2. Parent and Child workshops have been given for 20-500 pairs
3. Teacher workshop participants have numbered 50-1500
4. Elementary to High School student and teacher participation 80-1200

Presentation Content
Lectures cover a wide range of topics:
Art, creative expression, family life and communication, home education, self-esteem, the human spirit, positive living, imagination, homestay, bicultural/bilingual education and children, sex education, women at home and work, fathers, city planning, community support for children, volunteers, positive living, "English in Action" (new English teaching methods for preschool-high school), communication and the international spirit.

Workshop Programs

SciZ WhiZ Scissors Education

  • Level 1 Scissors Basics 3-4 Hours
    A unique system of free-hand cutting that encourages fine motor skill development, enhances creative expression and reinforces basic English skills. Although this system can be used effectively to teach any language, it has been found to be a successful medium for ESL students. Prior to actual cutting, teachers are introduced to scissors safety, usage, left/right handed issues as well as classroom "paper and glue management".
  • Level 2 Animal Cuts 3-4 Hours
    This workshop introduces various animal cuts. Basic cuts learned in Scissors Basics encourage the creation of imaginative animals. The system integrates how beginning phonics can be introduced as a natural part of the learning process. For the benefit of students, it is recommended that teachers attend the Scissors Basics, Level 1, first to grasp initial cutting techniques that will be incorporated when cutting animal bodies..
  • Level 3 Talking Scissors
    This workshop introduces cutting techniques that are effective in teaching the alphabet (names and sounds) and phonics while encouraging creativity. This method also incorporates perceptual skills and math. As it is an advanced method, and in order for it to be taught properly to children, Level 1 and Level 2 are prerequisites. In order to cover the entire alphabet, this workshop is divided into 3 three hour sessions.

Cutting techniques in Level 1 can be used with children aged 3 or older. Level 1 is recommended for all students. 4-5 year olds can easily go from Level 1 to Level 2. Level 3 involves the alphabet and good spatial relationship skills so it works well for children who are familiar with upper and lower case letters. At teacher workshops, hand aerobics are introduced. Teachers need newspaper, origami, glue, staples, stapler, scissors, construction paper, however, origami is the primary paper used. Workshops can be conducted in English, Japanese or bilingually. A white board, magnets, markers and CD Player are also required.

Xpress Yourself   Two hours
Using music and sound effects, this workshop introduces unique creative expression and movement. Teachers will actively participate in enjoyable games and exercises that can be used in classrooms for individual or group programs.

Pre-K Action Apron Theater   Two hours
This workshop introduces the bilingual Action Apron that can be used to teach any language. Specifically made with a bilingual (Japanese and English) manual and CD, this is a powerful classroom tool for preschool-Kindergarten children. Songs, simple dances and creative drama techniques will also be introduced.

Japanese Children's Songs (DOYO) and Original Bilingual Songs   Two hours
With the growing number of Japanese and bicultural children in international schools, the introduction of Japanese children's songs translated into English is an enjoyable and efficient way to teach English (or Japanese). Unlike many translations on the market, my translations have been tested in San Francisco, and in Japan with Japanese students and teachers in preschools through elementary grades. New, original English and bilingual songs will also be introduced.


Follow-up classroom lessons for students or parents with students are available. If scissors-oriented programs are preferred, "seasonal cuts" (Christmas, Valentines, Halloween, etc.) are possible. Supplies such as paper, scissors, glue and any other in-house materials available are requested to be used during the class. Programs for students can be held in larger halls which allow for initial movement exercises followed by cutting (on the floor).

Fees are negotiable, and vary due to the length of workshop, number of workshop days requested and whether or not a follow-up classroom program is presented. Basic fees include one workshop and classroom lesson.

Oyako Demae Program Family Delivery Service

Throughout Japan, together with Kunimi and Mayuka, we create programs, workshops, camps and seminars for children, parents and educators from various schools, organizations, associations and governmental bodies. Because of their cultural and lingual dualities, and due to their extensive experience teaching children, program participants of all ages, find it easy to communicate, ask questions and exchange ideas. Having been educated in Japanese nursery and elementary schools, international schools in Tokyo and California schools and colleges, both girls offer keen insights into a variety of topics.

To date, venue topics have included language acquisition, bilingualism, home stay, cross-cultural differences and similarities, holidays, volunteer work, early childhood education, creative expression, family life and hands-on scissors education.