kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

February 2013

1: GIRLS’ DAY EVENT
2: Our Goals for February
3: Let's sing! - Songs of this month
4: Word of the Month - どうしたの?
5: From the Kodomo no Ie Library
6: 2013 Calendar Sale
7: Parent Teacher Conference
8: Hooked on Finger Knitting!!!


Though we usually experience calm weather in the middle of winter here in Los Angeles, we had some surprisingly cold days in January. There were even some ice patches on our school playground. We greeted each other with “Wow, It’s cold, isn’t it?”
Mr. and Ms. Radish in our veggie garden have been brave and have grown little by little with all the children’s cheers through the cold. They have started to show their white faces here and there.
There seems to be a lot of sick kids around. Please take care of yourselves, and get rid of all the “Cold Oni” and “Weakness Oni” from “Mamemaki” coming up.


GIRLS’ DAY EVENT

Date: March 3, 2013 (Sun) 1:30~2:00 2:30~3:00 ( Two shows)
Place: Huntington Library Japanese Garden

This annual event consisting of the “Sakura students musical” will be held. We hope you will come and join us.


Our Goals for February

- Learn about “Setsubun” by listening to stories and experience “Mamemaki”
(Throwing beans) while wearing their own hand made Oni masks.
- Enjoy Oni-asobi playing and Old-time Japanese songs.
- The Kiku and Ume classes will begin practicing jump rope with the “Jump rope chart.”
- The Sakura class will try to make a scarf by Finger knitting. (Ganbari chart)
(Ganbari or achievement chart・・・Jump rope, Hop Hop, Pole climbing, Tying knots, Boom Boom taps, Bars, Dribbling balls, and chopsticks.)
- Enjoy and learn about Girls Day through making their own Ohinasama Dolls.
- Winter Hygiene Week. Try to gargle and wash your hands to stay healthy.


Let's sing! - Songs of this month

Renge … Yukidaruma no Cha Cha Cha (Cha Cha Cha with Snowman)
Momo … Kon Kon Kushan (Cough, cough... Ahchoo)
Sumire … Haru yo koi (Spring has Come)
Kiku … Pachiriko Pachiriko Nandarona (Pachiriko Pachiriko, What is it?)
Ume … Shaberu de hoi (Fun with Shoveling)
Sakura … Tenohira o taiyou ni (Sun in the Palm of My Hand)
All classes … Ureshii Hinamatsuri (Happy Girls Day)

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


Word of the Month - どうしたの?

The word of the month for February is "What happened?"


From the Kodomo no Ie Library

The top three books the children love!

Renge Class
・あーといってよあー(A-072)Ah to itteyo Ah
・ともだちいっぱい(C-612)Tomodachi Ippai
・だんだんのみ(A-079)Dan dan nomi

Momo Class
・もじゃもじゃ(A-059)Moja moja
・おっぱい(C-130)Oppai
・とんねるをぬけると(E-235)Tonneru wo nukeruto

Sumire Class
・うんちしたのはだれよ(C-318)Unchi shitanowa dareyo
・かゆいかゆい(C-339)Kayui kayui
・ぼくはパックン(E-22)Bokuwa pakkun

Kiku Class
・しきぶとん かけぶとん まくらさん(E-284)Shikibuton Kakebuton Makurasan
・ポッ・ストン(F-196)Po Suton
・まよなかのトイレ(F-248)Mayonaka no Toire

Ume Class
・とうさん まいご(C-365)Toosan Maigo
・だれのかお?(E-059A)Dare no kao?
・ゆげゆげゆげお(F-254)Yugeyugeyugeo

Sakura Class
・こうさぎましろのおはなし(C-098)Kousagimashino no ohanashi
・おしいれのぼうけん(C-067)Oshiire no bouken
・だいじょうぶ、だいじょうぶ(C-496)Daijobu daijobu


2013 Calendar Sale

As we did last year, the Sakura Class children made block print calendars this semester. We would like to ask you all to purchase these calendars, and we will be sending the proceeds to Shishiori Elementary School in Kesennuma, Miyagi in Japan. We would like to sell as many calendars as we can, so please spread the word0 and see if any of your friends or family maybe interested.
Note: The picture on the cover of the calendars is the same, but there are 3 different sets of calendars. They are $2.50 each. Thank you.
Ms. Umehata


Parent Teacher Conference

We are holding our Parent Teacher Conferences now. The sign up sheet has already been passed out. We would like to take this opportunity to discuss your child's development as well as to have a better understanding of your expectations at KNI. If you have not signed up yet we encourage you to do so. If scheduling is a problem, please let us know so that we can find a time that works for you.


Hooked on Finger Knitting!!!

The Sakura students have taken up finger knitting during free play time and they are hooked. They are so happy and proud to show us their long, dangling accomplishments. The knitting is done by making loops on the fingers of the left hand and weaving the yarn on it. It is a simple, repetitious movement and requires patience. Because it is a great way to exercise one’s fingers, as well as to develop dexterity and to stimulate the brain, finger knitting has been popular among the elderly in Japan as a way to prevent memory loss. Do you want to try it, too? We’d love to show you how, or perhaps the children in the Sakura Class can teach you?!


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