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!