I Love You!

I Love You!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Mercury class’ valentines

It’s been a long few months of hard work together! After a lot of work, the best thing to do is to appreciate each other and spread some love 🙂

Saturn class’ valentine

It’s important for a child to communicate their feelings from a young age. Maybe this weekend you and your family can practice saying some phrases together to show your love!

A sample of Jupiter class’ craft

Here are some popular lovely phrases we like to use in English:

  • I love you!
  • Thank you for ____with me.
  • You are special!
  • I love your_____.
  • You are so cute!

From all of us at International Language House…

WE LOVE YOU!

Hello, World!

Hello, World!

Families were given a guide to help them travel the “world”

Thank you to everyone who came to look at the final product of all our crafting at International Language House!

ILH’s 2020 Art Show’s theme this year was in honor of the Olympics. Since Japan is the host this year, we wanted to make an art show to celebrate the world through art!

Here’s a look into how the day went:

Our floor transformed into a world map, filled with colors and flags. We had chosen six different cultural icons to make and divided them up between our three classes. It went like this:

  • Mercuries made The Arc de Triomphe from France, as well as Christ the Redeemer from Brazil.
  • Saturns made Matryoshka dolls from Russia, as well as a pyramid from Egypt.
  • Jupiters made Niagara Falls from Canada, as well as Tokyo Skytree from JAPAN!

In a separate room, our kids and their parents made 2020 Olympic Ring glasses out of pipe cleaners. They all looked so cool!

What was your favorite part about Art Day?

Crafts, Crafts, Crafts… part 2: Art Show

Crafts, Crafts, Crafts… part 2: Art Show

Hello, World! Can you guess what our theme for Art Show is this year? Here’s a hint: these are some more ways we used all our collected cardboard at Language House:

Have an idea yet?

How about now?

It’s tricky to tell from the beginning stages, isn’t it? Each class has had two specific projects they have been focusing on, as well as some things everyone has been working on to piece everything together.

Art Day will be this coming Saturday from 10:00am. We are excited to see what you think on Saturday! In the meantime, enjoy our cryptic progress pictures….

Crafts, Crafts, Crafts… part 1: Oni

Crafts, Crafts, Crafts… part 1: Oni

Our school has been consumed by cardboard!

No, really.

Leading up to Setsubun, we have spent a lot of time creating our own version of oni: masks, puppets, and even full body creations bigger than ourselves!

We successfully warded off the terrible oni with our chants, bean throwing, and bravery.

Now that Setsubun is over, it’s time to take home our crafts and focus on the next event at hand! Coming soon in part 2…

Marathon 2020!

Marathon 2020!

Rounding the corner of the final lap

Winter Sports Day was a success today!

Every morning at International Language House, we do running practice after our morning taiso routines. But this past month, we have been doing a little extra running to get ready for the big day.

It was a little chilly in Shin-Yokohama park, but we warmed up quickly after our first few meters.

As all our volunteer mamas and teachers ran alongside the kids, we saw so many runners trying their hardest! Thank you to everyone who came to cheer us on throughout the course.

Our top winners from each class were announced after arriving back at the kindergarten, receiving a trophy per winner, as well as badges for the rest of us.

We are so proud of all our kids today for doing their best!

Welcome to 2020!

Welcome to 2020!

Happy Holidays!

How was your Winter break? Did you travel anywhere or visit relatives?

Some of our teachers spent the holidays in their home countries with their families, while some of us stayed in Japan to celebrate the Japanese way.

Over the break, our teachers sent everyone a New Year’s card. We also received a lot of New Year’s cards from you all, and it made us very happy!

Today was our first day back from break, and all our Language House friends were SO excited to reunite with each other!

During our Opening Ceremony, we talked about New Years traditions, other special days coming up, and expectations for the third term. There are a lot of expectations we have that we hope to reach together.

What are your new year’s goals and resolutions?

明けましておめでとうございます!今年もよろしくお願いします〜

Holiday Spirits

Holiday Spirits

In line at the light-up ceremony

International Language House has been getting quite into the Christmas spirit this month!

Our first Friday of December, we hosted a light-up ceremony for the Christmas tree in our school’s front yard. Kids and parents alike received drinks, snacks, and candles to enjoy the evening.

Singing “Silent Night” together

The second Friday of December was the day of our Christmas show! We have been rehearsing for weeks and were so glad to finally present to all our families!

This theme’s year was based off of the Warner Brothers animated film The Polar Express.

In the film, children are woken up in the middle of the night to ride a train to the North Pole. Because everyone gets on the train late at night, all the children wear their pajamas in the movie. Naturally, we wanted to do the same:

Some Saturn class kids with Michiyo Teacher after the show

For our more formal songs, we were able to change into some classic outfits as well:

A quick warm up before starting the show

It was a wonderful time! Thanks to everyone who came to our events so far. It’s been a fun month!

We have just one more week before Christmas break!! We are hoping to have lots of time to play this week to make up for all the rehearsals recently.