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!

Ready to Face November!

Ready to Face November!

We finally got to see the Jupiter class’ craft hung up in our school! We loved seeing the last few days of decorations leading up to Halloween and Sports Day.

Saturn class has also been able to take part in a mask project with Thom teacher. It was so fun to see everyone’s finished product 🙂

Michiyo-sensei with our White and Red team captains and co-captains

This week, after our long weekend, we came back and congratulated our Mercuries for leading us during Sports Day. Everyone has been able to play a lot this week as a way to reward ourselves for working hard this month!

Now that November has started, we have lot of other events (field trip, Speech Day, and Thanksgiving) to look forward to. It will be a busy few weeks, but let’s enjoy our time together and have lots of fun!

Staying Healthy

Staying Healthy

Only two more days of our current situation at International Language House. Next week we will be planning to return to a normal-length school day without online classes.

With an average of 50 students every day, we have been thinking a lot about how to properly social distance. Our staff has been meeting and discussing options every day in order to make sure everyone will be safe and happy.

There are many ways things that will change once all our kids return to school.

Our teachers have been working hard to make each online class fun!

Jupiters who have not attended the kindergarten in person yet will need to get accustomed to our school rules and interact nicely with their new friends.

Saturn class will have to refresh their memory of what a full day is like at the kindergarten.

And Mercury class will need to adjust to most of their day being upstairs and prepare to move on to elementary school someday.

There may still be a lot of uncertainty as we start the month of June, but we are all in this together. Thank you for sticking with us.

See you again soon!

Crafts, Crafts, Crafts… part 1: Oni

Crafts, Crafts, Crafts… part 1: Oni

Our school has been consumed by cardboard!

No, really.

Leading up to Setsubun, we have spent a lot of time creating our own version of oni: masks, puppets, and even full body creations bigger than ourselves!

We successfully warded off the terrible oni with our chants, bean throwing, and bravery.

Now that Setsubun is over, it’s time to take home our crafts and focus on the next event at hand! Coming soon in part 2…