Genki Japanese Newsletter March 2016

Konnichiwa (Hello), Parents and Caregivers.

Hajimemashite (Nice to meet you) to the new families at Kool Kids. And welcome back to the families from last year. We have started Genki Japanese lessons from February. We have met all our new children and also the children from last year in these 3 weeks. We are very happy to see them and also looking forward to teaching Japanese for this year.

We teach not only Japanese language but also Japanese culture such as festivals, events, food, clothing, toys etc. Through those experiences we would like the children to see different cultures and find out that communicating with different people is a lot of fun.

The Genki Japanese curriculum is an artistically delivered Japanese language course for young children at Kool Kids. The curriculum consists of 10 units, more than100 Japanese target vocabulary, songs and dance, drama as well as visual and written components. This year we are going to provide lots of different activities, songs and events. We hope all the children will enjoy our Genki Japanese lessons.

We come to each centre twice a week as follows.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Haruko AM

Southport

Ashmore

Helensvale

P.Pines

Miami

Haruko PM

P.Pines

Helensvale

Miami

Ashmore

Southport

Hiromi AM

 

I.O.C

Mermaid

C.I.W

 

Hiromi PM

 

Mermaid

C.I.W

I.O.C

 

 

In February we taught the children Unit 2, which is Greetings & Verbs of movement Part 1. The children learned the basic greetings such as “Ohaiyo(Good morning)” , “Konnichiwa(Hello)”, ”Sayonara(Goodbye)”, “Arigato(Thank you)” and Genki?(How are you?). Also preschool children learned “Kombanwa(Good evening)” and “Oyasumi(Good night)”. And the children understand what “Tatte(Stand up)”, “Suwatte(Sit down)” , “Rei(bow)”and “Hakushu(clap)”.mean. They danced to the Genki Disco with those word’s actions. And also in February I asked the children what their name is in Japanese, “Onamaewa?” Nearly every one of them learned to answer the question without any problem, which is great. We sang “Ohaiyo song”,”Sayonara song” and ”Kinnichiwa de pon”. The children enjoyed singing to those songs with their hand or body actions.

We also introduced some Japanese toys such as Kendama, Koma(top) and Itodenwa(yarn phone). The children enjoyed trying to put little ball into the cup and also spin a top.

All of the children made Oni Mask for Setsubun event. Please see it in your child’s class room. We had an event called “Setsubun” at Southport, Ashmore and Isle of Capri. We made a lot of newspapers balls for pretend of dry soy beans and we scattered newspapers beans to the Oni while saying “Oni wa soto!(out with the Oni!), Fuku wa uchi!(in with good fortune!). After that all the children tried to taste of some boiled soy beans (Edamame). Many children liked edamame beans. We will continue to have Setsubun Event for other Centers in this week.

We use Japanese to communicate with our sister school in Japan on skype.

The preschool children from Helensvale and Pacific Pine (P1) had great experiences of Skype exchange lessons. This was first time for them. Our children showed the Japanese children a song called “Otenki(weather) song” in Japanese with their hand gestures and Japanese children showed us song called “Three little monkey” in English. Our children knew that song, so we sang it together through the big screen at the same time. It was fun and how great it is! The Japanese children gave us some quizzes and our children answered it in Japanese. Also our children showed Oni Mask which they made for Setsubun event. The Japanese children said “wow, that’s great!” and praised our children’s work. All children enjoyed communicating with Japanese children and they all had a good time.

Within your child’s classroom, you will find the unit curriculum being taught for the current month including the vocabulary and songs for each month. Also the homework sheet is available in the classroom or at the entrance area of each Centre. Please check the unit curriculum and take a homework sheet. Please enjoy the Japanese language with your child/children at home.   

In March we ore ging to teach Unit 2, which is Numbers, and my age.

We would really appreciate your involvement in Genki Japanese and your understanding.

Have a great month and see you all soon!

Arigato~. (Thank you.)

Haruko Sensei and Hiromi Sensei

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