kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

December 2010

1: From the pastors
2: This month's goals
3: Let's sing! - Songs of this month
4: Sunday January 9th Mochi Pounding Festival
5: Class Report No. 3
6: To the parents:
7: Thank you for all the fruits, vegetables and canned food!!


It is just so appropriate to say these days that Shiwasu (the twelfth month of the old lunar calendar or the very last month of the year) has come. Why don’t you try this wonderful recipe called “A Favorite Recipe.” I hope you will enjoy this recipe in a relaxed mood, and spend this upcoming holiday season with lots of joy.

-A Favorite Recipe-
Take a cup of kindness, mix it well with love,
Add a lot of Patience and faith in God above.
Sprinkle very generously with joy and thanks and cheer
And you ‘ll have lots of “angel food”
To feast on all the year.


Daikon seedlings are also now sprouting to respond to our children’s cheers.

From the pastors

Christmas trees traditionally have a star placed at the top.
Why? The answer is found in the Bible, in the book of Matthew:
"The wise men…asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of
the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.' "
The star is a symbol of Jesus, God's gift of love for all the peoples of
the world. This year as you celebrate this holiday season may each star
you see remind you that God Loves you.
Merry Christmas!
Pastors Tom and Samuel

This month's goals

Let's celebrate Christmas together and enjoy the winter season!
・Observe the change of season through the outdoor activities
・Observe and enjoy the growth of daikon radishes in the garden through cheering and watering daikon seedlings
・Practice Christmas songs, ensembles, the Nativity play for the long-awaited KNI Christmas Party
・Experience the joy of making your own Christmas crafts and decorating rooms for Christmas
・Learn the true meaning of Christmas through Christmas stories and the Nativity play
・Train children to care for their bodies during the winter flu season by encouraging them to wash their hands and gargle

Let's sing! - Songs of this month

Renge, Momo, Sumire... Santa's coming (Santa-san ga Kuruyo), Santa Claus, Ensemble: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Kiku, Ume ... Santa-san Cha Cha Cha, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (Akahana no Tonakai)
Sakura … Yeah the Santa's coming (Yatta~Santa ga Yattekuru), Songs from Nativity play

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

Sunday January 9th Mochi Pounding Festival


12:30 - 15.30
Please come and join us at our annual Mochi Pounding Festival!

Class Report No. 3

Sumire class
We meet only once a week, but children comes with lots of energy! Some friends have tears "Mama~~", but we have more and more children with smiles and laughters. We eat snacks together, sing songs, and we event went for a walk the other day. Many of our friends can now get ready to go home on their own.
By Ms. Yamashita

Ume class
We had a sightly fewer classmates than other classes at the beginning of school year, but recently we had new friends added and now we have a nicely busy class!! This class have wide range of ages, starting very young to much older. Older child is a role model for younger one, and younger child mimic or play with older one. Our class has many different personality interacting each other to give stimulation during activities.

To the parents:

Christmas, the event all children have been waiting for, is just around the corner. Are you all ready for Santa Clause? I have read the following quote sometime ago and it left me some impression: "Sooner or later, children will know who the real Santa Clause is. However the experience of believing Santa Clause during their youth would nurture the ability to believe within them." I would like to appreciate this moment where young children can just believe things that are even invisible. If they are successful in making room for imaginary Santa Clause in their mind, then after Santa Clause left that space they might be able to welcome a new resident in that space, such as thoughtfulness, kindness, warmth, trust, relationship with people, or love. That is such an encouraging thinking for me. I sincerely wish that such day would com to all of our children. Please enjoy yourselves in this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Umehata

Thank you for all the fruits, vegetables and canned food!!

All your Thanksgiving donations were used for the church’s “People for People” program.
Thank you.




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