Fall Field Trip

Fall Field Trip

This year our school went to こども自然公園 for our annual fall field trip!

The weather was very sunny and a little windy. We did lots of walking through nature. But we had to be careful not to get any prickers on our pants!

We also found many big sakura tree sticks and played a sensei scavenger hunt, complete with a stamp rally.

As we went through more of our walking route, we were able to fill in more spaces on our maps, and it was really fun to look forward to the next stop. We colored sakura trees, drew scarecrows, and got to meet many different kinds of chickens!

Our lunch picnic was also very peaceful, as we found a lovely spot by the lake, where we were very close to the ducks.

We are looking to next year’s field trip! Thanks to all the chaperones who came along with us on our journey!

Halloween!

Halloween!

Spooky season may be over, but we are still fondly looking back at our Halloween celebrations.

Every year at International Language House, everyone is encouraged to come in full costume (handmade ones are encouraged!). Together, we walk around the immediate neighborhood for some trick-or-treating.

Once we return from our morning trick-or-treating, the school holds a stamp rally for parents and kids to enjoy together. We even perform some Halloween dances for everyone to see! This year’s songs were Orange Pumpkins and One-Eyed, One-Horned, Flying Purple People Eater!

We also hold a fashion show, and each kid gets the chance to show off their costumes in front of everyone. Voting cards are passed out, and everyone votes for their favorite scary, funny, or unique costumes!

After lunch, the kids go in small groups upstairs to the HAUNTED HOUSE… If you’re brave enough to withstand the dark maze and scary creatures, you can escape through the back door down the slide! Phew!

Our teachers at ILH all love Halloween, and loved how excited our kids were to celebrate with us! We are already looking forward to next year!

If you would like to see more pictures of the adorable costumes we saw, please check out our Instagram link to the right of the page!

Typhoons and Trophies

Typhoons and Trophies

Long time, no see! What an eventful past couple of weeks we’ve had!

Typhoon Hagibis hit the area on the day of our originally scheduled Sports Day, thus postponing until the following Saturday. (From all of us at the kindergarten, we hope you and your families were safe during the storm.)

The events of Sports Day this year resulted in a landslide win by the White Team! CONGRATULATIONS! Both teams worked very hard on their cheers, dances, competitions, speeches, races, and marches. We are proud of everyone who gave it their best effort!

As of this week, we are happy to announce a new addition to our blog site. If you look at the top menu, you will see a new submenu titled “Useful Phrases.” Feel free to click around and explore.

We would like to begin storing a collection of phrases to use in the home together with your child. Our goal is to have the list gradually grow with additions from people like you, so feel free to comment or email us with phrases you would like to use at home with your child in English.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Welcome, October!

Welcome, October!

Collecting acorns in the park

Fall is here! The weather is still relatively warm, but signs of the new season are here. Persimmon fruits are in season, leaves are turning brown, and Halloween themed snacks are showing up in our kids’ snack bags.

International Language House has less than two weeks left until Sports Day, so we have been doing a lot more practice every day! Today we had our first practice at Chiku Center, so things are starting to feel official.

We a have seen a lot of improvement in a lot of our students as practices progress…good job, everyone!

Sports Day Prep!

Sports Day Prep!

Sports Day is next month! We have started to prepare in various ways; running, jumping, balancing, drawing, cheering, etc.

This time of year is when every child’s athletic strengths and weaknesses come out for us all to see! These qualities, as well as responsibility and leadership, were very important for choosing a captain.

Sports Day is a unique Japanese concept to our English teachers. It has been fun to think about games from a foreign perspective! We are all looking forward to it.

Until next month, may we continue to have lots of successful practice!

Cooking Day

Cooking Day

September 18th was Cooking Day! Thanks to all the help of our volunteer mamas, we were able to have everyone participate. Our dish of the day: curry!

In our curry, we put in many different kinds of vegetables: potatoes, eggplant, onions, carrots, and tomatoes.

Waiting for the food felt like 1,000 years! But it was delicious and definitely with the wait.

Making food together with your child is great for teaching how food is made and for teaching them safety. It also gives them a sense of pride, because it’s something they made!

Maybe at home, you and your child can try to create something together in the kitchen!

Big Plans and Big Quakes

Big Plans and Big Quakes

Jupiter class spent some time sharing about their summer vacations

Welcome back from summer break! Our second term started with a very full day, but Language House kids all had a very good attitude!

The schedule for our first day back started off with our opening ceremony. Everyone was excited to be back! We talked about some big events coming up in this semester, including Sports Day, for which teams have officially been announced.

Our day also included a big earthquake drill, simulating quakes bigger than our normal simulated earthquake drills. This meant that all mothers came to pick up their children by foot, as if the roads were too bad to use any vehicles to go home.

Since our students were on summer break for the month of August, our monthly birthday party for August birthdays was also held today. It was fun to celebrate with face paint, dancing, and the Fruits Basket game!

Our Jupiters, the lowest class in our kindergarten, have now been a part of the daily life at ILH for 3 months. From the second term, they will be even more integrated as they learn to take on the same responsibilities as their upperclassmen. These include Show & Tell, leader roles, and Project BOB, otherwise known as Language House’s optional at-home practice English booklets.

As our first day back comes to a close, we hope the kids will keep up the enthusiasm and get back into the ILH groove with us!