Genki Japanese Newsletter for December

Konnichiwa (Hello!) Parents and Caregivers, welcome to our Genki Japanese Newsletter for December.  

In the month of November, as part of Unit 10, we taught the children about direction and movement words.

Learning about Direction – 2 word verbs  

Last month, the children learned how to say some direction words in Japanese. These included MAE(front/forward), USHIRO(back), MIGI(right), HIDARI(left), UE(up) and SHITA(down).

To properly establish those words in Japanese, we organised a parachute game and a ball game. In the parachute game, we all held edge of the parachute and made one step together while holding parachute to the Mae, Ushiro, Migi and Hidari and it was lots of fun! In the ball game, we sat on the mat in a circle and passed a ball to the person who sat on their right hand side, left hand side, front or back of them while saying those direction words in Japanese.

The children enjoyed passing around a ball, especially from the front to the back as they had to pass it over them.

We also danced to the music called “Hidari, Migi, Mae and Ushiro (left, right, front and back). The children loved this catchy music and were able to point/ jump in the correct direction while dancing.

After that, we read books called “Dochira no te ni haitteiruka?(which hand is something in?)” The children enjoyed finding Migi-te (right hand) or Hidari-te(left hand).

To further expand on this learning, we sang “Gu choki pa (rock scissors and paper) song”. We made lots of things using gu, choki or pa with our migi-te(right hand) and hidari-te(left hand). For example, when we make gu with our Hidari-te and choki with our migi-te, then we could make a snail with those hands together. We made snail, butterfly, crab, helicopter, lion and gorilla etc. The children loved this song and tried very hard to make those things using their hands.


During this month, we also learned how to say movement verbs in Japanese. These included ARUKU(walk), HASGHIRU(run) and OYOGU(swim). To establish those words, we organised a card game and move to the music game called “Arukou(let’s walk)”. The children listened to the music and words, then did the right actions in line with those words.

Basic Foods

All the toddler children learned basic foods. These included NINJIN(carrot), TAMANEGI(onion), JAGAIMO(potato) and SUIKA(watermelon) in Japanese. The children enjoyed curry rice song and a greedy gorilla song with hand puppets.

Autumn in Japan: Autumn Colours Art by Chigiri-E Art

Japanese people have appreciated the beauty of Koyo(Autumn leaves) since ancient times. When it gets cooler, the leaves change colour to red, yellow and various other colours as if to be at their best before they fall. At our centres, the children made Koyo art by Chigiri-E art. Chigiri-E is a Japanese stile paper collage created using hand-dyed Washi paper. The children used their fingers to tear origami paper to pieces and glued on the mount carefully and nicely. The children used a lot of concentration and we are so impressed with their wonderful creations!              


Graduation ceremony

In the month of November, some centres also had their graduation ceremonies. all preschool children sang some Japanese songs front of their parents and families. It was great and we are very proud of them! In December, we will keep having other graduation ceremonies at the other centres. We will miss all preschool children and good luck with the big school next year!

In December 2017/ February 2018

In the month of December, we will be reviewing all units which we have been learning through this year!

Japanese lessons of 2017 will finish on Friday, the 15th of December. We really appreciate your interest and involvement in Genki Japanese and we hope all the children enjoyed our lessons.

The Japanese lessons of 2018 will commence on Monday, the 5th of February. We are looking forward to seeing you all next year!!

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask us anytime.

Have a great Christmas and happy New Year!

Arigato! (Thank you)                                                                                    

Haruko Sensei and Hiromi Sensei


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