Happy Graduation 2020!

Happy Graduation 2020!

Mercuries proudly display their diplomas outside.

On Saturday, International Language House held our graduation ceremony for the Mercury class and their parents. Unfortunately, due to the Corona virus situation, our audience was smaller this year. Despite the setback, we were still able to celebrate together and have a beautiful ceremony.

The class singing farewell to the kindergarten

To impress the parents with everyone’s English, the class had prepared speeches in separate groups and performed in front of everyone. All the kids did really well!

Teachers also gave speeches to the students. There were many tears! We will all miss everyone so much.

ILH president Kurobe teacher giving some words of advice and encouragement

After the ceremony finished, all the Mercury parents threw us a party at the kindergarten! It was a wonderful chance to show how thankful we are for each other.

Of course, all things must come to an end, but our class of 2020 is always welcome to come back to play with us anytime!

さよなら!また会いましょう!

Our Final Auction!

Our Final Auction!

Last week, we held our last BOB Buck auction of the year!

Towards the end of the school year, our students begin using our BOB Bucks system at ILH to further improve behavior before moving up to the next grade.

What is the BOB Bucks system?

BOB Bucks are a paper bill form of currency we use to reward kids for good behavior and punish kids for bad behavior. It is also a good tool for teaching management of money!

We hold two auctions at the end of the year. The first one is full of more explanation, while the second one is where all the kids know the system and get better at buying what they want.

In the meantime, we asked parents to bring in old, used, or even unused toys to donate for our auctions in the days leading up to the event. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

We love doing auctions with the kids because it helps them make the connection between how good their behavior is and how many toys they can buy. Most of the time, everyone has more BOB Bucks the second time around because they tried harder to have good behavior at school.

We are looking forward to everyone moving up a grade next year! Just a few more days!

All Girls Are Princesses!

All Girls Are Princesses!

It was so exciting to celebrate Hina Matsuri this week with our beautiful doll display! We were happy to have March 3rd on a weekday this year so that we could celebrate at school together.

One way we celebrated was by eating some rice puff sweets while listening to/ singing to Hina Matsuri songs.

Another way we enjoyed the holiday was by taking boy/girl pairs and dressing them up as princes and princesses!

Here are some shots of our handsome pairs: