August classes have started for our little friends! We’ll be singing and dancing to lots of summer themed songs this month.
Since it has been a while, this day we decided to sing the bingo song, what with all the smacking the alphabet cards and all, the kids loved it!
They had fun playing with the parachute afterwards, and then sat down to listen to a story before singing goodbye. The story was about a caterpillar eating its way through many things and eventually becoming a butterfly, and was told through the use of our props. The picture below is them pretending to eat the banana used in the story.
This week our Elementary kids had lots of fun getting their hands dirty, we finished up the pen cases we’ve been working on as a two week project. We encouraged them to let their imagination run wild, and the results were very nice We hope what we did this week encourages them to try and make things out of reusable material from now on, things left around the house that’s destined to go to the bin
Goodbye rainy season, hello scorching summer days! Let’s all make sure we’re drinking plenty of water and be wary of heat strokes!
We’ve started having fun with the pool at Sparkling Sapphires. We didn’t have that many kids in this class last year so there wasn’t any pool, but starting from this year we’ve decided to substitute outside walks with splashes in the pool The last picture shows a class with 90% of the students as girls. This class originally had more boys than girls, but little by little girls continued to join, and now the boys are outnumbered hahaha
Only boy in the class, lucky him
Last Saturday we made dish washing soap as a science experiment. First we grated soap bars, then mixed it with hot water and added drops of lemon juice. Finally, we carefully poured the contents into tiny bottles. It was a day with lots of hand eye coordination practice for the Brilliant Crystals, we hope they can use their soap to help with the dish washing at home
This month we are learning about our environment and the animals that live in it, mainly animals unique to Japan. This is a picture of the kids playing pelmanism with Japanese animal cards in teams of two. Out of all the classroom games played out there, no game gets the kids heated up and competitive as much as this game Today for arts and crafts we made nature bracelets, everybody had fun trying to decide what their bracelets would have on them, especially the girls. Next week we’ll be making crafts with reusable materials, stay tuned
For our Dazzling Rubies classes, we always use the cleanup song when it’s time for them to put away the toys and get ready for class. It seems only a while ago when most of our kids were fairly new, and how they would take a long time to start cleaning up, more keen on playing. Now they can be seen walking around with boxes in their hands, collecting the toys on the floor and encouraging others to clean up. We teachers are all very pleased with the continual growth of Dazzling Rubies kids
Dazzling Rubiesのクラスでは、おもちゃを片付けて授業に備える時にClean up songという曲が流れます。一昔前までは皆歌が流れてもなりふり構わず遊んでいたりしてたのですが、今となっては箱を手に取りおもちゃを回収して回ったりしています♪ お互いに片付けよう？と言い合ってまだ遊んでいる子も気持ちよく片付けられます（＾－＾）皆の成長が日々見られて先生達は幸せです！
＊さぁ皆も一緒にというのはClean up songの歌詞の一部分です
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International academy in Kodaira
In our Elementary classes, we always try and introduce different games that help the kids review what they have learnt in class. Elementary schools in English speaking countries place a big emphasis on classroom games, and all of us teachers have grown up learning them, so we have a lot to offer
In the picture below, they are playing a game that is a combination of pictionary and darts. For the pictionary words we use the vocab from July’s monthly topic, and the student that gets it right has a chance at the darts (suction balls)
We also went outside to pick leaves and flowers for arts and crafts.
This month’s topic is “My Family”
We take the family pictures the kids bring, blow them up and ask show it to them during circle time, asking who they are. The kids love it
We also made cute family craft using Popsicle sticks. From coloring the clothes with the same colors they were wearing that day to thinking what colors their parents would want, they seemed to be having lots of fun.
We teachers have been racking our brains trying to come up with new, fun indoor activities as it has been raining a lot these past few weeks, and this day we made water balloon fishes
One of their favorite activities that we haven’t been able to do lately is feeding the carps at the river, but thanks to this activity the kids were able to have fishy fun!
And of course, we can’t forget the obstacle courses with the trampoline and slides (tables), music and movement with sensory rope too!
After this rainy weather, it’ll become extremely hot, let’s all take care not to suffer heat strokes or anything.
Our Little Diamonds Wednesday classes have become even livelier since a new friend recently joined us
We’ve been doing a lot of singing and dancing so they’re all smiles. The first picture shows them singing the traditional Japanese frog song, except with the frog sounds being ribbit/ croak etc.
In the second picture the kids are playing with the sensory rope. They tried to make their way in the moment they saw a circle, circles probably are just irresistible for them
The last picture is of them sorting out balls according to their color. At first they were just running around throwing balls everywhere, but they’ve slowly started to grasp the rules.
Today for Elementary class we made sun catchers and name collages with leaves, twigs and flowers. This was a nice opportunity for the kids to learn that fun can be obtained just by a few picks from trees outside and your imagination See you all next week ;D