One of the biggest changes in second semester is having Jupiter class being added to our unique ILH Leader Board.
What is the Leader Board?
Our school goes through a rotation every week, and a few students are chosen at a time to be that week’s leaders. The leaders are broken up into categories: Group Leaders, Teacher Helpers, Room Leaders, Daily Leaders, News Leaders, and Outside Leaders.
Under each category, the leaders each have various responsibilities.
Lead Radio Taiso every morning and head up the lines
Bring the role call sheet to the teacher, take care of the lunch box coolers, and help feed the fish
Set up chairs for lunch, wipe off tables, and sweep floors
Lead morning and afternoon greetings and Show & Tell, and organize the library
Announce weather, the day, month, and day of month in the morning
Water the plants, pick up leaves or flowers, and clean up the sandbox toys
Teachers help make sure each Leader knows what job they have, and give commands in both English and Japanese. This helps Leaders each week to practice using everyday phrases in both languages.
Because Jupiters had all of first term to watch Saturn and Mercury classes take on Leader Board responsibilities, they all should know what is expected of them as they join from second term.
Not only does this help Jupiters participate more in our daily life at school, the Leader Board teaches life skills to also use at home, and brings out a stronger sense of responsibility from within.
We are almost done with our first week back with all our students. Our morning greetings are with Saturn and Jupiter classes downstairs, while Mercury class does their upstairs. Each child sits on taped marks on the floor that is far away from their friends.
English class has been divided in half for each grade level. While one class is with the English teacher, the other half has free time with another teacher.
During lunch every day, our kids sit down facing the same way. When they are finished, they each have one picture book to look at to prevent too much interacting with the kids next to them.
After all students have returned home, our teachers all clean together for half an hour every day. Here is a detailed description of our daily routine in video form:
We are so happy to have all our kids back at school, but understand how stressful it is for each child’s family. It is our responsibility to keep our space clean and we are it very seriously.
Thank you for your continued support as we step into our new normal together.