New Kids, New Feelings

New Kids, New Feelings

What does your child feel when they’re in a new place?

They may feel:

  • scared
  • homesick
  • uncomfortable
  • tired
  • lonely
  • overwhelmed

What do we do at ILH to help?

We provide:

  • friendly environment
  • fun games and new toys
  • modeling proper behavior
  • new friends
  • explanation in both languages
  • practice & patience

We make it a priority to make every day fun, safe, and full of opportunities to grow!

This year’s Jupiter class has adjusted relatively quickly to being at our kindergarten during the month of April.

We have seen crying faces, anxious faces, confused faces, stubborn faces, and tired faces. But recently, we have seen a LOT more happy faces!

Our Saturn and Mercury classes have been very willing to help their new friends get used to life here.

Watching everyone become comfortable here so quickly has been a joy for us teachers to see!

Here’s to a new school year!

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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!