Newsletter July and August 2015
How is everyone doing? Kodomo no Ie Summer School started on June 22nd and had various events such as Tanabata, Pretend Stores, Sleepover, and Big Maze. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. We ended Summer School session on August 7th and we believe it was a very successful program.
We were able to harvest more vegetables this summer. The children were eager to help out with our garden and everyone gained from one of the precious summer pleasures. Also, we made a profit of over $500 from the Pretend Store which was open for 3 days. We are planning to donate the money to Shishiori Elementary School in Japan.
We are rejuvenated by the summer break and are getting ready for the new school year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in September.
Plan for This Month
Friday, August 7th: Completion of Summer School
Saturday, August 29th: New Students Orientation
Saturday, September 12: Orientation for Japanese Language School
Wednesday, September 2nd: Renge & Kiku Classes Entrance/New School Year Ceremony
Thursday, September 3rd: Momo & Sakura Classes Entrance/New School Year Ceremony
Friday, September 4th: Sumire & Ume Classes Entrance/New School Year Ceremony
We ran a Pretend Store on August 15th, 16th, and 17th. The children had created many items since the beginning of summer school.
Kodomo no Ie Supermarket had their wonderful creations to sell. Encho-Sensei, principal, signaled the opening of the store.
Girls seemed to enjoy trying on outfits and wondering which shoes they should purchase.
Boys seemed very excited to see the toy store and car shop. Even if you were hungry, we had no problem satisfying you.
There were many food options prepared by everyone at the restaurant. We also ran into some children who were buying household items for their parents.
The game booths and Karaoke booth were very popular as well. We heard, "May I have this?" and "How much is it?", many times.
Children were getting very good at asking questions and buying things by themselves.
Everyone enjoyed shopping until their bag was full. Kodomo no Ie Supermarket was a very successful 3-day event.
From: Ms. Tabari
Everyone was looking forward to going into the big maze towards the end of summer school on August 6th and 7th.
There were two kinds of mazes, the "Easy Version" and a "Hard Version". The walls were covered with newspapers.
Going this way and that way, running into a dead end! Children were trying their best to get to the end of the maze.
In the hard version maze, children were to find answers from clue cards that were hidden. "Ah! I got it!" Children ran out of the hall and went to Kodomo no Ie.
Everyone looked very happy after successfully figuring out the answers, making it to the end and receiving their reward.
The 2-day event was very fun and overflowing with laughter.
From: Ms. Yamamoto
We enjoyed doing this!
Creating sales items
Played with Corn Starch:
Played and felt the texture of the gooeyness when combining water and cornstarch.
Created fans with dyed coffee filter papers.
Put a big sheet of paper on the front yard and scribbled favorite pictures.
Made fish and put them in the pool. We went fishing.
Colored Water Play:
Became Dr. Colored Water and created their own favorite colored water.
From head to toes, we painted ourselves with multiple colored paints. Everyone was very colorful!
Caught goldfish in the swimming pool.
The front yard became a Water Land! Enjoyed the fun of being friends with water in the summer .
Played with Slime:
Put laundry starch into colored water and added magic water… Made slime! Using straws and made balloons.
Played with boats:
Made boats with their own flags and sailed them to the waterways. Everyone was excited to join the boat races.
Filled bags with water and threw them… They popped like fireworks. We had great success scaring ghosts with the water balls!
Made snakes with the bubbly bubbles. Hide and Seek with bubbly bubbles.
Played with buckets:
Made own bucket and watered the plants in the garden.
Cut up veggies and made pictures by stamping paint onto paper.
Fingers became pens! Drawing pictures with fingers, it tickled our fingers. Enjoyed the different works of art.
Played with Rain Coat:
Made own rain coats and played pretend rainy day.
Washed all the toys we played with. We showed great appreciation to those toys and made them sparkling clean.
From: Ms. Kanno
We had sleepovers on July 31st and August 1st. Everyone met at 5pm with their big sleeping bags. They came to the school with mixed feelings.
Spend a day with friends without family. They were excited but a little nervous. Dinner was "Curry and Rice" and "Watermelon Boat".
We made the curry and rice with our harvest, eggplants, bell peppers, and green peppers from the garden. Some of the children were asking for seconds!
The taste of the curry and rice we made together was extremely delicious! In the evening, the school turned into a Haunted House!
Some children made it out from the Haunted House, some just started to cry.
This once a year event was successful and we are sure the children had the wonderful time. After the Haunted House, we sat in a circle with candles
and calmed ourselves. We talked about the day. After the sleepover, everyone looked very proud of themselves. Spending time with teachers and friends
for 2 days at school without their families seemed like it was their most memorable moment of this summer. From: Ms. Hashiba
We had many high school student volunteers this summer. They helped at our summer school. Children enjoyed the young and powerful energy.
We would like to show appreciation to:
Rei Ishikawa, Sena Ishikawa, Yuki Tanabe, Kanari Ogino, Saeri Ogino, Kashu Sano, Yukine Kashiwagi, Chinbiki, Moeka Yamamoto.
Thank you very much!