Book Review: My New Normal

Book Review: My New Normal

Welcome to our new series: book reviews from our teachers at ILH!

This book we recently ordered online after hearing about it on the American news.

A 7-year old girl from Michigan, U. S. A. named Mackenzie wrote this book. She struggled with being a child living through the COVID-19 outbreak, and wanted to share her experience to other kids who may also have a tough time adapting to daily life.

We read this book to our students this week and it was easy for them to understand the message of the book. Some parts of the story only applied to the current American school system, so it wasn’t completely relatable. But having a book written by a kid was amazing to share with our students!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Our overall rating is 3.5 stars!

Do you have any book recommendations? Leave a comment!

Ogre, Ogre, Go Away!

Ogre, Ogre, Go Away!

Wahhhhhh!!

That was the sound of our school yesterday as we stepped outside and drove some scary oni away from our school!

In Japanese, we have a song about throwing beans at the oni, but we made an English version of it:

Ogre go away

Bring me luck today

clickety-clack, clickety-clack

Beans will keep us safe

We will all enjoy it when

The demon sneaks away

Here’s a video of our bean throwing event. The blue and red oni were so scary and made some of us cry, but we did our best to fight them anyway! Thank goodness we told the oni “go away!” and said “鬼は外!福は内!”

It’s good to allow your child to feel feelings of fear and sadness within a safe space. Hopefully everyone was able to learn and grow from their experience. Maybe next year we will all be stronger!

What Did You Bring Today?

What Did You Bring Today?

We have seen some very great Show and Tell speeches this month!

From magic kits, to books and pictures, to toys, to even Band-Aids, International Language House kids have brought some very cool stuff to show us!

Everyone brought a small speech or their Show and Tell Book to share information about what they brought.

Some of our Show and Tells were even a little bit interactive!

Let’s review some phrases we use every day in Show and Tell:

“What did you bring today?”
“I brought______________.”

“Where did you get it?”
“I got it at______________.”

“When did you get it? / Is it new?”
“I got it_______________.”

“Who gave it to you?”
“My_____________gave it to me.”

When our Show and Tell guest finishes their speech, we all say:

“Thank you for sharing! Can we play with it / look at it?”

Our guest can say “no” if their Show and Tell is too special. If it’s okay, they say “yes, but don’t break it / rip it / pull it, please!” It’s important for our students to show respect for each other and their belongings.


We love question time during Show and Tell because anyone can try to ask a question in English. It’s great practice for everyone to speak English to each other and not just the English teachers.

If your child doesn’t have Show and Tell but wants to still participate, maybe it would be a fun idea to think of English questions to ask together!

Here are some examples:

“Do you play with it every day?”

“Do you sleep in your bed with it?”

“Do you have any more?”

“What’s your favorite________?”

We are looking forward to our next Show and Tells. Let’s practice our English to make Show and Tell even more fun and unique!

Best Wishes

Best Wishes

Shinohara Shrine

After a chilly walk to the nearby shrine, International Language House kids went two by two praying to the gods for our good health and for the Coronavirus to go away.

Winter walks may be cold at first. But, after some movement, your bodies warm up and it feels amazing! It’s also important to still get sunlight, no matter what temperature!

As cases are rising in Yokohama and Tokyo, it’s important to think about our health and how we can help others stay safe. This includes wearing masks, washing our hands, and not standing too close to other people.

Our teachers prayed to be able to keep playing together with our students through 2021.

What did you pray for this year? What goals and wishes do you have?

Back from Break

Back from Break

Welcome back to ILH, and Happy New Year!

Our teachers were so happy to receive New Year’s greeting cards in the mail. We hope you received a card from us as well. 2021 is the year of the cow, so we added a little cow surprise in our picture 😉

Looking back on 2020, it was a very tough year. But we are so thankful for all our kids to have stayed safe and healthy the entire time. We are also thankful to have made happy memories at the school despite a scary pandemic.

Please take a look at our Christmas Show, which was performed on Zoom for everyone’s parents. We have complied footage from the show to make this video for everyone to watch at any time. Enjoy!

Thankful for…

Thankful for…

As we put our last sticker on the month of November and receive our gohoubi stickers, it’s the best time to reflect and think of how much we have accomplished in this busy month.


We hit the ground running this month with a field trip in our first week. The destination was Kodomo no Kuni— a wide space full of nature, animals, and playgrounds. Everyone loved rolling down the big hill and jumping on the white trampoline, as well as meeting some sheep and cows!


We also have been blessed with warm weather throughout the month, so park days have been extra fun! Our current after school program teacher, Jojo Teacher, has also been playing games with our after school kids a lot outside in the afternoons.

Fathers’ brunch

In the middle of the month, our English teachers enjoyed a nice brunch outside with some of our Mercury students’ fathers.

Speech Day

On the 18th, our Speech Day students finally presented their speeches in front of the school (and parents through Zoom). All the English teachers were so proud of everyone who did their best!


As the month started to wind down, we had two more celebrations. Our birthday party for November birthdays on the 25th, and our Thanksgiving skit on the 26th. We had a lot of fun dancing together, as well as dressing up and pretending to be turkeys, Native Americans, and Pilgrims.


Our final event of this busy, busy month: Bazaar! Thanks to all of the mamas who put the event together, the day was full of fun events, shopping, and crafts! It was beautiful weather, so some games were outside in the fresh air.

Although this month was nonstop action for our teachers and students, it was full of fun and unique experiences for everyone! We are so thankful we were able to practice safety and excitement at the same time.

Now that it’s already December 1st, our minds have quickly changed to thinking about our Christmas show. but for a while, we hope our students and families have found some time to rest after a busy month!

Ready to Face November!

Ready to Face November!

We finally got to see the Jupiter class’ craft hung up in our school! We loved seeing the last few days of decorations leading up to Halloween and Sports Day.

Saturn class has also been able to take part in a mask project with Thom teacher. It was so fun to see everyone’s finished product 🙂

Michiyo-sensei with our White and Red team captains and co-captains

This week, after our long weekend, we came back and congratulated our Mercuries for leading us during Sports Day. Everyone has been able to play a lot this week as a way to reward ourselves for working hard this month!

Now that November has started, we have lot of other events (field trip, Speech Day, and Thanksgiving) to look forward to. It will be a busy few weeks, but let’s enjoy our time together and have lots of fun!

Creeping up on Sports Day

Creeping up on Sports Day

It’s getting more and more festive inside the kindergarten! Spooky season is among us!

Saturns and Mercuries have finished their crafts for Halloween, and WOW! What an amazing atmosphere in the kindergarten this week!

Another decoration in our school this week is not a craft, but is just as exciting!

Every year, leading up to Sports Day, our Mercury class holds a badge drawing contest and the other classes vote for which design they like best. No names are on the front and only underclassmen are allowed to vote.

Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners have been decided, and the winning design will be made into a badge for everyone! Who do you think won the contest? We are so excited to see how it turns out!

Next week Jupiters’ craft will also be ready to hang up in the school. Hmm…what design do you think they made? Stay tuned!

Park! Park! Park!

Park! Park! Park!

10 more days until Sports Day and Halloween!

How are we getting ready for Sports Day?

Lots of park days!

We have been taking advantage of the good weather and going to the nearby parks for lots of practice!

We have also spent the day at Chiku Center to practice our marching and unique class games.

Since we still have over a week left, we still have plenty of chances to get ready before the big day!

頑張りましょう!

October is here!

October is here!

A new month means new crafts!

We have been so excited for October to come! There is so much to look forward to.

At the end of this month is our Sports Day and Halloween celebration. But until then, we spent some time getting creative to celebrate autumn!

At the beginning of the month, we have already made paintings for the new moon viewing holiday. We also are making clay pumpkins and colorful fall leaves this week.

And there are still some more to come!

Happy October!