Thankful for…

Thankful for…

As we put our last sticker on the month of November and receive our gohoubi stickers, it’s the best time to reflect and think of how much we have accomplished in this busy month.

We hit the ground running this month with a field trip in our first week. The destination was Kodomo no Kuni— a wide space full of nature, animals, and playgrounds. Everyone loved rolling down the big hill and jumping on the white trampoline, as well as meeting some sheep and cows!

We also have been blessed with warm weather throughout the month, so park days have been extra fun! Our current after school program teacher, Jojo Teacher, has also been playing games with our after school kids a lot outside in the afternoons.

Fathers’ brunch

In the middle of the month, our English teachers enjoyed a nice brunch outside with some of our Mercury students’ fathers.

Speech Day

On the 18th, our Speech Day students finally presented their speeches in front of the school (and parents through Zoom). All the English teachers were so proud of everyone who did their best!

As the month started to wind down, we had two more celebrations. Our birthday party for November birthdays on the 25th, and our Thanksgiving skit on the 26th. We had a lot of fun dancing together, as well as dressing up and pretending to be turkeys, Native Americans, and Pilgrims.

Our final event of this busy, busy month: Bazaar! Thanks to all of the mamas who put the event together, the day was full of fun events, shopping, and crafts! It was beautiful weather, so some games were outside in the fresh air.

Although this month was nonstop action for our teachers and students, it was full of fun and unique experiences for everyone! We are so thankful we were able to practice safety and excitement at the same time.

Now that it’s already December 1st, our minds have quickly changed to thinking about our Christmas show. but for a while, we hope our students and families have found some time to rest after a busy month!

Thankful, Thankful, Thankful

Thankful, Thankful, Thankful

Have you ever experienced Thanksgiving in Japan? Every year at Language House, we bring some American history to our school to celebrate the holiday!

For the last few days before the actual day of Thanksgiving, we spent time making Pilgrim hats, Native American feather headdresses, and turkey headbands.

We also spent time making dreamcatchers, which are a part of Native American culture. It’s important for us to understand both the story of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans when talking about Thanksgiving, since both groups of people have different perspectives.

Mercury class’ dreamcatchers displayed on the ceiling of the second floor.

On the day of Thanksgiving, which falls on a Thursday every year, we invited the preschoolers to watch us perform our skit that we had rehearsed.

We also had everyone bring in some food for our Thanksgiving feast! We brought in various types of vegetables to wash and insert into a yummy soup, as well as some fruit for a refreshing fruit salad.

The performance and the feast were both so much fun!! We love being able to celebrate fall together in a way that’s not common in Japan.

Every Thanksgiving, we like to show appreciation for what we have in our lives. ILH is thankful for such warm-hearted kids, a cooperative team of teachers, and a happy atmosphere where we can share our languages with each other.

What are you thankful for?