kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

November 2010

1: This month's goals
2: Let's sing! - Songs of this month
3: KNI Christmas Party on Saturday, December 18th
4: News from Class
5: To the parents:
6: Deep appreciation to…


As winter nears, the days grow shorter. After many rainy days at the end of October, we finally started seeing some wonderful fall weather. We look forward to taking the children for a walk outside around the school, collecting fallen leaves and acorns, and enjoying the season. We hope you will have a chance to go out and enjoy it, too!

This month's goals

- Play outside; appreciate the Fall season
- Develop interest in growing daikon seeds in the school garden, and learn how to take care of them
- Learn about Japanese holidays; Bunka no hi, Shichi-go-san, Kinrokansha no hi, and learn about different kinds of work and appreciate their hard work
- Learn about the origins of Thanksgiving
- Practice the Nativity play for the Christmas party (Sakura class)
- Enjoy autumn crafts using leaves and acorns

Let's sing! - Songs of this month

Renge... Sanpo ( Walk)
Momo ... Tsumiki no kisha ( Wooden block Chu-chu-train )
Sumire ... Yuran bus ( Sightseeing bus)
Kiku ... Yasai no cha cha cha ( Cha cha cha with vegetables)
Ume … Nandemo taberu ko ( A kid who eats anything)
Sakura … Clarinet wo kowashichatta ( I've broken the clarinet! )
All class … Kanshasai no uta ( Thanksgiving song)

Please feel free to take a copy of sheet music placed on the sign-in table, and enjoy singing along with your child!

KNI Christmas Party on Saturday, December 18th

Part I Christmas Service Nativity Play by Sakura Class
Part II Christmas Party Songs from each class and concert

Please save the day for this wonderful annual event and bring all your family and friends!

News from Class

Momo class
We began our new year with students from last year, as well as brand-new children. At the beginning, we had some children who cried when their mothers were leaving, we had others who wanted to stay and keep playing outside instead of going inside, and yet others who were walking around, playing with toys or chatting with friends even after the teachers started talking or singing.
Now, two months into the year, the children are starting to understand the rules at school. When a teacher says "It's time to exercise," they gather around and hold hands with friends to make a big circle. When a teacher starts reading a book, they can sit down and look at the book quietly.
We hope everyone will play a lot with friends and have fun at Kodomo no Ie.
(Kanno sensei)

Sakura class
Sakura Class started the 2010 school year with a new class time (2:30-4:45). The children finish their kindergarten at different times, and both the children and the teachers are finally getting used to the new schedule.
Sakura is a big class and it is full of children's energy. With little time for free play, they enjoy engaging in assorted activities together.
We hope that being in a large class gives the children opportunities to meet and make new friends. They are at the age where they want their own best friends. Let's work on making friends as the oldest boys and girls at Kodomo no Ie. We can feel everyone's excitement.
(Umehata sensei)

To the parents:

We are enjoying the company of adorable baby bunnies.
Until now, we could not keep bunnies at school and so I kept a number of them at home and brought only newborns and their mother to school. But this was an unnatural environment.
Now the school is finally able to keep rabbits. With a new cage, as well as a hatch and a tent for laboring, all a gift from the class of 2010, we have made the Bunny Land. And recently, six bunnies were born to a couple, creating a new family!
The children looked through the fence at the new-born bunnies and said the animals looked like piglets because their ears were shorter and they were born with their eyes closed. Now with their eyes open and ears longer, the bunnies are looking more like real rabbits. All of them have a light brown coat, which make them look like Peter Rabbit, and they are very cute.
The children take out the babies and hold them every day. When they hold the babies and feel their warmth and softness of their bodies, the children understand that they are handling lives that are even smaller and weaker than themselves. They learn to cherish and protect smaller lives not only through words but also through their heart. The children still need supervision. Through raising the bunnies, we must teach the kids to cherish and value lives, lives that are smaller than their own. I believe we adults are all responsible for showing this point to the children.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Umehata

Deep appreciation to…

* Emerson Lo's mother … She designed our new sand box
* Anzu Isa's father … He worked on the new sand box project
* Jun Imasaki's father, Birei Chen's father … They put up the fence around our new Bunny Land
* Kento Tsukamoto's mother … She is organizing the Senbazuru gift
* Iori Adachi's mother … She is managing all the work relating to computer, and also in charge of the KNI roster.



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