Coming Back from Winter Break

Coming Back from Winter Break

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!

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.