This past year, our Mercury class has been working on a book called “My Book All About Me.” The book is from the ME, Myself collection of Dr. Seuss books. (We endearingly call it MyBook at school). This book is basically a big collection of fun facts about each student in Mercury class.
We start working on the book very early in the year and fill out at least one page a week. Each page is unique and colorful and asks a lot of questions in English. For example: “How tall are you? How many teeth do you have? Where do you live? What do you like to eat?”
Because each student’s answer tends to be different from their classmates, we write everyone’s answers down on our big whiteboard and have the kids copy their individual answers in class.
Here is a page spread we recently worked on together. There were many fun questions about our bodies!
Mercury kids split into two lines and tested their skills against the door. It was a lot of fun to connect our writing and our physical bodies together to complete our lesson!
Many kids enjoy MyBook because of its fun and creative nature. If you’re curious about the book and want to know more, here is a link to the hardbook version:
Today was our first day back at school after a nice, long, winter vacation.
Each class sat in a circle and talked about how everyone spent their time. Some kids stayed home, others went to spend the holidays with their grandparents, and some kids stayed at hotels or went to attractions.
Before teachers went home for break, we invited anyone to come look at our Christmas lights in front of the school for a small light up ceremony. The lights looked beautiful at night!
Before teachers went on break ourselves, we enjoyed looking back at International Language House Kindergarten (+ Preschool) Christmas show.
Here are the links to both our concert portion and theatrical portion of the Christmas show on YouTube:
Every year, we choose a Christmas themed story to follow along in English as a winter performance. This year, our theme was Home Alone! The story follows a young boy named Kevin who gets forgotten by his big family during the holidays. While everyone spends their Christmas in Paris, Kevin spends it alone and has a lot of adventures!
It was a lot of fun making the scripts, creating backgrounds, and our favorite, setting up the traps for the robbers! Everyone was able to take part in show, giving a sense of pride to the project.
Now that it is time for the new year to begin, our teachers set up our 年賀状 picture to prepare for the Year of the Tiger.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a safe and healthy welcome into 2022!
The temperatures have dropped drastically, autumn leaves have fallen, and everyone is bundling up under layers and layers of clothes…
You know what that means: Winter is here!
December is now in full swing. We have welcomed in Christmas cheer early this year as we started practicing songs and English lines for our Christmas show on the 10th. The school also has been looking extra festive with our indoor and outdoor decorations.
Another way we have been welcoming in the winter season has been planting and growing some new tulip bulbs in our garden.
Tulips are a special winter flower. If you plant the bulbs in the soil in the colder seasons, they will be fully ready and bloomed in the springtime. Now is the perfect time to start growing these tulips!
Last but certainly not least, preschool kids came to the kindergarten for song practice leading up to our Christmas show.
For the concert part of our show, the preschool had a bunch of their own songs to perform, and so did the kindergarten. Both schools also shared a performance of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” in between our class performances.
It’s been a great start to the winter months so far. We are excited for our last few days before Christmas break!