kodomo No Ie
1: Word of the Month – “Kashite, Douzo” (“Can I borrow it? Here you go”)
2: March Events
3: March Goals
4: How the Hina Doll Crafts Are Made at Each Class
5: Thank you, Sakura Class
6: The story about Ohina sama (Hina Dolls)
7: March Songs
8: Dear Moms

Newsletter March2016

Word of the Month – “Kashite, Douzo” (“Can I borrow it? Here you go”)


Have you seen the cherry blossom tree to the left of the gate? Light pink flowers have been growing, and have started to bloom. Also there are jasmine flowers growing on the gate, they produce a fragrant scent every year around this time. In the grass field, dandelions have started popping up. We hope everyone has gotten a chance to go and discover spring around them.

March Events


3/2 (Wed), 3/3 (Thur)
Renge, Kiku, Momo Classes: Hina Matsuri Open House (Invitation/Information sent)
3/16 (Wed), 3/17 (Thur), 3/18 (Fri)
March Birthday Paries and Offering
3/19 (Sat)
Japanese School Presentation: 10:00am - 11:30am
3/21 (Mon) - 4/2 (Sat)
Spring Break
4/4 (Mon)
The 3rd Semester begins
4/4 (Mon)
Hiyoko no Kai resumes
4/9 (Sat)
Japanese School: The 3rd semester begins

March Goals


- To display your hand-made hina-ningyo. Enjoy the event through songs and listening to stories.
- To enjoy spring by looking at a real hina-ningyo, spring grass, and observing living things in the ground
- Foster a love of small animals through interactions with the fish, turtles, and rabbits.
- To enjoy the outdoors by completing jump-rope charts (kiku class) and ganbari charts (sakura class)
- After finishing the daikon harvest, develop a sense of appreciation for the garden which grew our vegetables.
- Get interested in the growth of the snap peas.


How the Hina Doll Crafts Are Made at Each Class


Renge
Decorate Kimono on the body of Yakult container and complete.
Momo
Fold a construction paper in half and make the body round.
Sumire
Make the body with the construction paper. Fold the hem of the Kimono and paste onto a felt.
Kiku
Wrap the yogurt cup with Washi paper. For a male doll, wrap it straight and for a female doll, open the hem and make it look like Kimono.
Ume Class
Make a body with the yogurt cup. Put a face on a toothpick and stick it into the yogurt cup.
Sakura
Use Mizuhiki (decoration made with strings)
Their crafts are displayed at the Huntington Library's Japanese Garden
Japanese School
Made dolls with Origami paper
Seashell Hina Dolls, String Mummy Hina Dolls, Pine Cone Hina Dolls, Guru Guru Hina Dolls, etc. By using different materials on the bodies, you can create various types of Hina Dolls.

Thank you, Sakura Class

On Sunday, February 28th, the Sakura class gathered at the Huntington Library for the Annual Girls' Day celebration. They introduced traditional Japanese games passed down from generations, as well as performing as living hina dolls. The beautiful hina costumes were made by various mothers from classes before. They performed at the old tea room within the Japanese garden, and had to be very careful not to tear a hole in the paper door and walls. It was a good opportunity to introduce proper etiquette to the children. A special thank you to all the guardians that helped out during the weekend event.

The story about Ohina sama (Hina Dolls)

Have you seen the hina doll set that is staged on sevel levels in the piano room? Long ago, the preschool did not have a proper hina doll set, and we made do with handmade dolls crafted by the preschool children. About five to six years ago, one of the mothers of a former student, who sadly passed away, donated their hina doll set to our school. We emphasize to the children that the doll set has a deep history, and to be careful around them. We display this hina doll set every year around this time for all to enjoy. If you have not seen it already, we encourage you to take a look.

March Songs


Renge
Sakuranbo (Cherries)
Momo
Kawaii Kakurennbo (Cute Hide and Seek)
Sumire
Shaberu de hoi (Dig with a shovel)
Kiku 
Inu no omawari san (Puppy Police)
Ume Class
Medaka no gakkou (School of fish)
Sakura
Te no hira wo taiyo ni (Put the hand up towards the sun)
All Classes
Ureshii Hina Matsuri (Happy Girls' Day Festival)

Dear Moms


It seems that many people are catching colds. To avoid getting sick, please be sure to gargle and wash your hands thoroughly while singing the "Hand Washing Song". Please sing the "Hand Washing Song" at home.




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