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  • 2017.02.24防災避難訓練~地震~

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    今日は地震を想定した、防災避難訓練を行いました。教師から「今日は避難訓練があるよ」と伝えられると、「怖いよう」などと不安そうにするお子さま達もいましたが、昼過ぎにサイレンが鳴ると、すぐに手を止め教師の指示をよく聞きいて、すばやく机の下に入ったり、本で頭や体を守っていたお子さま達。その後は担任の先生からもう一度地震の恐ろしさや、どのようなことに注意して避難すれば良いのかを伝え、訓練の大切さを理解し、防災についてさらに考えることができた訓練になりました。
  • 2017.02.23Junior English Open Class (1, 2, 3)

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    Class 1
    Today’s Class 1 English Open Lesson was so fun! The children all did so well and showed how much their English abilities have improved this year. We had fun matching big and small letters during phonics time. Then, the children went to Rainbow Rabbit’s house and helped him catch monsters who stole his colors. The children could say phrases like “It’s under the table,” so well. We sang and danced to two English songs and had such a good time. When the lesson was over, the children got a present from Rainbow Rabbit. They got their own paper rabbits to color. The children do so well and the parents can be proud of their progress. Excellent job, everyone!

    Class 2 and 3
    The children of Classes 2 and 3 did such a fantastic job today and showed their parents just how much they love speaking in English with one another! They did so well asking each other, “Which do you like?” and answering, “I like stars/circles/triangles/squares/hearts” before putting their shape money into the Magic Machine to change their shape into yummy food! It was great to see the children reacting and speaking with one another in their usual loud, confident voices. Brilliant job everyone and a big thank you to all the parents that came to watch today. Thank you for all of your encouragement and support throughout the children’s first year of English lessons here at IYK.

  • 2017.02.22Intermediate English Open Class (4,5,6)

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    Class 4
    Today was a lot of fun for the children of Class 4. They were invited to Olmec Island to get back the Teacher’s Assistants. It was very pleasing to see all the children writing three letter words while presenting them in teams. After a quick dance the children were magically transported to Olmec Island. At Olmec Island everyone did a good job of getting magic stones to power up their keys and everyone used a big voice to complete the Olmec Island challenge. The children forgave Olmec for doing bad things to Class 4 and allowed him to become a teachers assistant. Once again I would like to extend a warm thank you to all the families that came to watch today. I hope that you are proud of the progress your child has made throughout the year.
    Class 5 and 6
    Children in Classes 5 and 6 had a great day at IYK today. Both classes received another letter from their friends The 3 Little Pigs and were put to task helping pack warm clothes in bags for their 3 swine friends who had runaway. It was fantastic to see children able to identify items of clothing and the three common patterns- spotted, striped, and checked. After children identified what they needed and packed it into the pigs bags they were pleased to see a photo of the happy pigs dressed in the clothes they had packed. Following their hard work helping the pigs the children enjoyed the ABC Challenge and singing and dancing to Skinamarinky Doo. A warm Thank you to all the families who came to watch today, it was great for you to see your children in action. With only a few weeks left as intermediate students; I feel all your children are ready to take on the challenge of being Senior students at IYK and continuing to build on their English.
  • 2017.02.21Senior English Open Class (7,8,9)

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    Class 7
    Today’s English Open Class was a great day for Class 7. All of the children had a chance to show off all that they have learned to their parents. For phonics, the children identified and spelled some longer words with very similar sounds like ‘pl’ and `pr.` They then did a worksheet where they asked their friends questions about the times they do different activities during the day, and filled in blank clocks with the correct time. When Mr. Ian left to get something, Mr. X froze him with his magic clock and the children had to battle him. By answering and asking questions about their schedules, the children defeated Mr. X and took his magic clock. All the children had a lot of fun and did a fantastic job today. We are so proud of their progress and hard work learning to tell time. Also, a big thank you to all of the parents and family members who came today. Thank you for your continued support!

    Class 8 & 9

    Both Classes 8 and 9 did a fantastic job during today’s Open English Class. There were a few friends that were a little nervous to speak in front of their mummies and daddies, but everyone tried their best and did a fantastic job using today’s target language and vocabulary with little assistance from Mr. Chris and Mr. Thomas! The children all had lots of fun riding the elevator to the IYK Department store to get presents to take with them to Elementary school. The children could have a short conversation, “What do you need?”, “I need glue, where is it?”, “It’s on the top shelf”, and locate and communicate locations with one another very well. All of the Standard Class Senior children have progressed so much this year and it has been great learning together! Thank you all of the parents for taking the time to come to the kindergarten today and thank you for your continued support over the past 3 / 4 years.

  • 2017.02.20北風公園~年中組~

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    今日は年中組さんで北風公園で雪遊びをしました。ブーツカバーなども自分達で挑戦する姿が見られ、少しずつスムーズに身支度ができるようになってきた年中組さん。公園では約束を守りながら、友達と雪山を掘って、氷の宝石探しをしたり、雪でお城を作ったり雪遊びを楽しんでいました。ごっこ遊びチームでは「これはチーズケーキだよ!」など美味しそうな雪のチーズケーキを作りながら、ケーキ屋さんごっこを楽しむお子さま達もいましたよ♪今日も元気いっぱいだったみんな^^またみんなで雪遊びしましようね♪
  • 2017.02.17Today’s Class 1

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    Today Class 1 was so fun and special. We could do so much! First, we did a phonic activity. The children could match big and small letters and make “sandwiches” for a hungry friend. After that we had Nature Discovery. We learned about making “buta jiru” soup and how so many of the ingredients can be grown all around the world. We talked about winter around the world too. Next, the children put on their smocks and cut carrots, Japanese radishes, and potatoes. We cooked the soup and had it with our lunch boxes. It was so yummy! We are so impressed by how well the children did preparing the dish. They have grown up so much over the year. Great work and good job, Class 1!
  • 2017.02.16Class 1 and 7 Switch Day

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    Today was Switch Day for Class 1 and Class 7. I was very happy to be in Class 1 for the day and to do some fun activities and have lunch together. We started by all of the children telling me their names in big voices and then telling me what kind of juice they like. We then we got into groups to make a whole bunch of play orange juice for a shop activity next week. After the children had all made 3 cups each, they met Mr. Ian’s friend Choco-chan, who likes playing hide and seek. Class 1 children could tell me where she was hiding, and help her not be shy by giving her different color candies. After a yummy lunch and a quick play time, we read a fun pop-up book and said good bye. It was great to be in the classroom with Class 1 and we all had a fun day.

    Like Class 1, Class 7 was so much fun too! We started by doing a winter-themed origami craft and folded cute snowmen. After that, we played an English game. Together in groups, the children compared two different animals. Each group picked an adjective and we asked which one was “scarier” or “stronger” or “smaller”. I was impressed by how many animals the children knew. Many of them could read the adjective flash cards too. After lunch together, we continued our origami craft by coloring faces on our snowmen and winter scenes around them. I was so pleased how much the senior children could do by themselves. They showed me so much about their classroom and told me so much about themselves. It was a great day in Class 7!
  • 2017.02.15年長発表会 絵本の読み聞かせ(6組・9組)

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    今日は、年長発表会の日です。年中組を招待し、10時30分に年中・年長全員が揃ってスタート!8組と9組は、俳句の発表です。2月に入って各クラス全員が一人一句、冬の俳句を考えました。今日はそれぞれのクラスで3人ずつ、合わせて9人のお子さまが自分でつくった俳句を発表しました。8組から順番に一人ずつ俳句カードをもって、大きな声で自信をもって発表することができました。聞いていたお子さまたちも、一つ一つの俳句がどんな思いが込められたものなのか、興味津々に聞いていましたよ。7組は、“Show & tell”の発表です。普段クラスで行なっている活動をそのまま、発表しました。3人のお子さまが自分でつくったものを持って登場すると、みんなからの英語の質問に答えながら、作品の説明をしてくれました。Mr. Ianの司会で参加したお子さま達も、楽しく英語に触れることができました。小学校や年長へ進級する期待が大きく膨らんだイベントでした。
    また、今日は7クラスでお母さまによる絵本の読み聞かせが行われました。6組では、2名のお母さまがクラスに入ってくるとお子さま達は大喜び。真剣になって聞いていました。9組は、3名のお母さまがいらっしゃいました。楽しい猫の話や小学校の話に、最後までくぎづけになって見ていましたよ。大好きな絵本をたくさん読んでもらい、どのクラスのお子さま達も大満足でした!
  • 2017.02.14Today’s Class 8

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    今日の8組さんは朝から外遊びをしに行きましたよ!ご近所の犬がたくさんいて、追いかけっこをしたり、触らせてもらったりしながら一緒に遊ぶ子もいました。クラスに戻ると、雪国のモンスターミィティから手紙と温度計と表が届いていました!ゆきの形はどんな形をしているのか…雪・水・氷・体温・ぬるま湯は何度なのか…などの実験を楽しみましたよ。雪が解けると水になることは、お子さま達も知っていましたが、バケツに入った雪が解けると水の量はどうなるのかは知らなかったようで、実際にお部屋で雪から水になっていく様子を観察をして楽しんでいました。完全に溶けなかったので、実験の続きは明日に持ち越しです★その後は卒園式の練習!昨日クラスで確認した2つの大事なポイントを、しっかり意識しながら取り組むことができました。LUNCHの後は、絵本製作!本番の絵本に突入した8組ですが、少しずつ自分の絵本が完成していくことが嬉しいようです。今日はバレンタインデーということでうきうきしていた8組さんがとても可愛らしかったですよ。明日も元気いっぱい幼稚園に来てくださいね!
  • 2017.02.13Mothers’ Storybook Day in Class 1 & 3

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    Today in Class 1, two mothers came to read storybooks to the children. We were so happy to have them and the children really enjoyed the books they brought. One was Japanese and one was English. The first book was about a a grandpa and grandson losing their belly buttons to thunder ogres, but it was okay and fun! Next, the English book was about shopping with mommy and “What’s in the cart?” Thank you so much to the mothers who came and read. We are so thankful!
    今日は3組のお母さまによる読み聞かせの日。お部屋にお母さまが来てくださり、絵本を読んで下さいました。金曜日から今日の読み聞かせを楽しみにしていたお子さま達は、お母さまの姿を見るなり、「やったー!」と大喜び。『ピーン』『やさいさん』『まてまてタクシー』『おばけのてんぷら』の4冊もの本を持ってきて下さり、面白く、テンポよく読み聞かせを行って下さいました。どの本も夢中で楽しんだようで、帰るときには、「面白かったねー!」「また来てほしいね!」と話していたお子さま達です。読み聞かせをして下さったお母さま、今日は本当にありがとうございました!