Konnichiwa (Hello!) Parents and Caregivers, welcome to our Genki Japanese Newsletter for November.
In the month of October, as part of Unit 9, we taught the children about some adjective words and their opposites.
Learning about Adjectives and their Opposites in Japanese
Last month, the children learned how to say some adjective words in Japanese. These included OKI (big), NAGAI(long), ATSUI (hot) and also their opposite words such as CHISAI(small), MIJIKAI(short), SAMUI (cold).
To properly establish those words in Japanese, we organised a body actions game, noodles game, opposite words cards game. We also read books and sang songs. The books we read are called “Naga-i naga-i (long, lomg)”, “Kura-I, kura-i(in the dark))and “WATASHINO(it’s mine)”.
To further expand on this learning, the Isle of Capri, Mermaid Waters and Clear Island Waters children did playdough works. Some children made big balls and said “I made Oki(big) ball. Some of them made small pan cake and said “Look! I made Chisai(small) pancake.” Some of them made long or short strings and said “this is nagai(long) “ or “this is Mijikai(short)”.
In the month of October, we sang some song called “Oki na Taiko, Chisa na Taiko (a big Japanese drum and small Japanese drum)”. Through this song, we enjoyed using big gesture and big voice to play OKI(big) drum and also we were using small action and small vice for playing chisai (small) drum. It was fun!
Saying “Here you are”
During this month, we also learned how to say “Here you are” in Japanese and we sang “Itomaki song” (making a pair of shoes song). We again enjoyed using a big gesture and big voice to pretend making OKI(big) shoes for dad. And we were using small gesture and small voice for making small shoes for the baby while singing this song. We also made Kawaii (pretty) shoes for our mums. When we made those shoes, we pretended to give it to mum, dad or a baby while saying ”Dozo!”
We also read a book called “Okiku nare.” The children enjoyed saying the magic word which is “Okiku Okiku Okikuna~re!” to make something bigger .We made a little pig, little egg and also little tiny cake bigger. When we got big cake, I pretended to give the children a piece of cake while saying “Dozo~!” And the children said “Arigato(thank you)”. The children really loved saying this magic word and they could say it very well!
All the toddler children learned basic animals. These included EBI(prawn), KANI(crab), SARU(monkey) and OKAMI(wolf) in Japanese. The toddlers enjoyed the fishing game, dice game and Okami game to establish those words. We sang a song called “Kobuta song” and learned other animal’s names and their sounds in Japanese. They look so cute singing this song using their little hand gestures. In some classes, we made Neko(cat)’s face with origami paper and reviewed name and sounds in Japanese.
Autumn in Japan: Dragonfly craft / Mini sports day
During the autumn season in Japan, locals are able to view red dragonflies in the sky. The dragonflies, along with the autumn leaves and sunset create a beautiful atmosphere. To expand on this, the children from Southport, Helensvale, Clear Island Waters, Miami, Mermaid Waters, Ashmore, Isle of Capri and Pacific Pines made dragonfly craft. Some of centres made a wings pattern with toilet rolls. We also put cellophane paper on the eyes so that the children could see the colourful world through the own dragonfly glasses. The children love it!
We also say autumn is the best season for sports, arts and entertainment. Apparently, we started calling it a sports season after the 1964 Tokyo Olympics were organised.
Many schools have sports festival under the clear autumn sky. The children of Southport, Ashmore, Pacific Pines, Helensvale and Miami had experienced playing Japanese traditional ball toss game (Tamaire). The preschool children also played tug of war game (Tsunahiki). The children tried hard to toss balls into the basket and also tried very hard to pulling the rope together! It was fun!
We really appreciate your interest and involvement in Genki Japanese. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask us anytime.
Have a great month and see you all soon!
Arigato! (Thank you)
Haruko Sensei and Hiromi Sensei