Konnichiwa (Hello), Parents and Caregivers.
In October we taught the children Unit 9: adjectives and their opposites. The children learned basic adjective words and their opposite words such as Oki (big) and Chi sai (small), Nagai (long) and Mijikai(short) and also Atusi (hot) and Samui(clod) in Japanese. Preschool and Senior kindy children learnt extra words such as Akarui(bright) and Kurai(dark). The Toddler children learnt basic emotion words such as Ureshii(happy), Kanashii(sad) and Okoru(angry) in Japanese.
We played a noodle game and established Nagai(long) and Mijikai(short). In the noodle game, the children picked up knitting wool (the noodles) on the plate with chopsticks and said how long the noodles are in Japanese. Most of the children could use chopsticks very well!
The children also enjoyed making puzzles of opposites words. The Toddler children played a dice game, face card game and Okami (wolf) game. When playing the face card game, they tried to name their emotions when showing their happy face, sad face and also angry face. It was so cute!
We sang some songs called “Okina Taiko & Chisana Taiko (a big Japanese Taiko drum & small one)” and “Okina kuri no ki no shitade (under the spread chess nuts tree)” with gestures and established Oki (Big) and Chisai (small). Also the children sang “Itomaki song (wind the bobbin up)” with their body gestures. The Toddler children enjoyed “Te wo tatakimasho (Let’s clap your hands)” song and enjoyed clapping their hands and stamping their feet.
To practice retention- we read some stories such as “Okina kabu (the giant turnip)” and “Omusubi kororin (the rolling rice ball)” with paper puppet theatre and YouTube. The children loved the stories and enjoyed saying some important words as part of the main parts in Japanese together.
Finally, our Ashmore Centre had a “Let’s make sushi” event in October. We had Mrs. Ran Inoue who is Hugo’s mother and Miss Makiko who used to teach our children Japanese visit and they taught and helped our children how to make sushi! They were so friendly and they said they had a good time with our children too. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to them for their excellent volunteer work!
We continued to communicate with our sister school in Japan on Skype. In October, preschool children from Isles of Capri, Mermaid Waters, Pacific Pines and Miami had Skype lessons. IOC and CIW’s children sang “Itomaki song (wind the bobbin up)” in Japanese and Pacific Pines and Miami’s children sang “Okina Taiko and Chisana Taiko(a big rum and little drum) in Japanese. The Japanese children sang “One little Skelton” in English. This song can be anything such as “One little witch” or “One little skeleton” etc. One of our teacher said “That’s good idea and we can sing this song too!”. It’s wonderful that we can share these ideas with each other and this is one of good points of our Skype exchange lessons with children from a different country.
Most of the Japanese children were wearing Halloween costumes like witches and pumpkins. It looked so cute and our children guessed what they are. Some of the Mermaid children showed their ghost art. The Japanese children said “That’s good!” Some of the Pacific Pines children showed their Halloween art as well and then explained how they made those. The Japanese children loved their ghosts made out of a balloon and plastic bag.
The Japanese children asked Miami children “Why are you wearing red cloth on today?” and we explained about “Day for Daniel”. This was another good aspect of our Skype lessons with the Japanese children as we were able to introduce them to our own culture and events.
In November we are going to teach Unit10, which is “Direction: two word verbs and movement”. The Toddler children will learn Unit 6, which is “Shapes and Weather”.
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