kodomo No Ie
1: Words of the Month – “Arigato” (Thank you)
2: November Events
3: December 19th (Sat), 9am to Noon – Christmas Pageant
4: November Goals
5: Keiro Retirement Home Visit
6: Around the Classroom
7: Guidance in book choices
8: Songs of the Month

Newsletter November 2015

Words of the Month – “Arigato” (Thank you)


As we end Daylight Savings Time in November, there’s a shift in mood as the days grow shorter and the air feels cooler. Once again this year, the Sakura Class planted daikon seeds. The kids have been cheering “Grow some sprouts, daikon!” They are all hoping to see a healthy daikon. We are looking forwarding to cheering for the daikon’s growth. Let’s hope that everyone’s “Grow, daikon, grow!” chants work their magic.

November Events


November 18th (Wed), 19th (Thur), 20th (Fri) – November Birthday Celebration and Offering/Tithing Day
November 20th (Fri), 24th (Tue), 25th (Wed) – Thanksgiving Gathering
November 26th (Thur), 27th (Fri), 28th (Sat) – School Closed for Thanksgiving

December 19th (Sat), 9am to Noon – Christmas Pageant

Part I: Christmas Service & Nativity Play by Sakura Class
Part II: Christmas Celebration with songs by each class
Please extend invitations to family and friends. We look forward to seeing everyone!

November Goals


· Develop interest in the growth of daikon seeds and take good care of them.
· Enjoy playing with nature outside – leaves, acorns, pine cones, etc.
· Learn about the Japanese Holidays in November: Bunka no Hi (Culture Day), Shichi-Go-San (Seven-Five-Three Festival), Kinro Kansha no Hi (Labor Thanksgiving Day).
· Learn the origin of Thanksgiving
· Learn about the work of those close by, and develop appreciation.

Keiro Retirement Home Visit


On October 27th (Tue) the Sakura Class put on their Halloween costumes, got on the yellow school bus, and went to the Keiro Retirement Home. At the Home, the children showed off their costumes and sang their songs for the elderly. The children also seemed to enjoy the bus ride. Thank you, everyone!

Around the Classroom


Kiku
It’s already been a month since the new school year began. Kiku children are full of energy! From lunch time to class activities, they seem to enjoy every little thing to its fullest. Some children are developing new friendships, some are finding their own place in the class, and each are getting used to the new class, friends, and teachers. They come with lunches packed, and are developing a sense of pride as the older kids in the school. – Miss Hashiba

Ume
Our friends in Ume love all things fun! When they hear, “We’re going to play a game today,” everyone responds with an enthusiastic “Yay!” They also love hand rhythms, and learn very quickly. Their recent favorite rhythm game is “Funny Glasses.” They use both hands to make eye glasses, and burst into laughter in the end. They have a lot of fun every day. In October, Ume’s energetic children enjoyed chatting with friends and playing hide-n-seek. – Miss Tabari

Sakura
Sakura class is one big family this year! 2/3 of the class are boys, and 1/3 are girls – it’s a lively and energetic group. We’ve already assigned chores. Their harmonica playing is beginning to be in sync. The children appear to be enjoying the “Magic, Magic” activity that takes place at the end of the class. I hope to see them do their best with a self-awareness that they are the oldest students. – Ms. Umehata

Guidance in book choices


Class Leaders will introduce books that they plan to read to the students. There are many books for guardians in the Book Room. Use of this treasure trove is highly encouraged.

Renge ・・・E-315 Hana-kun-kun (Flower Sniff Sniff),   C-586 Uchi ni kaetta garako (Garako Went Home, C-119 Jyu-yon hiki no samui fuyu (Cold Winter for 14), Q-24 Mori no tebukuro (Mittens in the Forest)
Momo・・・A-52 Eeyada eeyada (No, no), A-55 Kirei na hako (Pretty Box), C-5Kuzu-kago obakeh (Trash Ghost), O-31 Tan tan boya (Tantan Boy)
Sumire・・・C-31 Hatake yo hatake yo (Garden Garden), C-333 Futari de hanbun (Half for You and Me), D-147 Batta-kun, E-209 Shakkuri hikku (Sneeze Hiccup)
Kiku・・・F-158 Kinoko kinoko kinoko (Mushroom Mushroom Mushroom), F-88 Kun kun oishiso (Sniff sniff Yum), F-184 A, F-307 Boku no kutsushita (My Socks)
Ume・・・E-085 Moto ni modosu (Put It Back In Its Place), E-008a Hen na onigiri (Strange Rice Ball), E-218 Wani wani to aka wani (Gator Gator and Red Gator), E-295 Mateh mateh taxi (Wait, Wait taxi)
Sakura・・・ C-67 Oshi-ire no bohken (Adventures in the Closet), E-130 Eeeha to aaha (Eeha and Aaha), H-212 Hyaku-roku-jyu-ni-hiki no kamakiri (162 Praying Mantis), C-629 Tomodachi ya (Friend shop)

Songs of the Month


Renge・・・Donguri kazoku (Acorn Family)
Momo・・・Tsumiki no kasha (Block Train)
Sumire・・・Momiji (Maple Leaves)
Kiku・・・Basu gokko (Let’s Play Bus)
Ume・・・Yaki-imo goo chee pah (Sweet Potato Goo Chee Pah)
Sakura・・・Kurarinetto wo kowashichatta (I Broke the Clarinet)
All Classes Kansha sai no uta (Thanksgiving Song)

The sheet music for the songs of the month are available by the attendance sheets. Please feel free to take a copy to enjoy with your children. The children will be excited when they hear their parents sing the songs!



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