Genki Japanese Newsletter for March

Konnichiwa Parents and Caregivers, 

Our 2018 Genki Japanese lessons have started, and we are so delighted to welcome all families into the new year!

We would like to say: Hajimemashite (Nice to meet you) to our new families and children of Kool Kids. We look forward to teaching you Japanese this year!

2018 Genki Japanese lessons

The Genki Japanese curriculum is an artistically delivered Japanese language course for young children at Kool Kids. The curriculum consists of 10 units, 80 Japanese target vocabulary, songs, dance and drama. It also includes many visual and written components.

Within the program, we also promote various aspects of Japanese culture through festivals, events, food, clothing, toys and so on.

This year, we’re going to introduce monthly cultural events and activities that involve art and culture. We hope that the children at Kool Kids enjoy these enriching experiences, while appreciating another culture.

We come to each centre twice a week as follows:

 

Educator

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Haruko

AM

Helensvale

Ashmore

Southport

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

 

Chie

AM

Nerang

Casuarina

Nerang

Casuarina

(Yacht)

Chie

PM

Nerang

 

(Yacht)

 

 

In the month of February, as part of Unit 1, we taught the children some greetings, movement verbs and weather words.

Learning about a greeting word and verbs of movement in Japanese 

The children learned the basic greetings such as “OHAIYO(Good morning)” , “KONNICHIWA(Hello)”, ”SAYONARA(Goodbye)”, “ARIGATO(Thank you)” and “OYASUMI”(Good night). 

To naturally memorise those words, we sang some songs such as “Ohaiyo”, “Sayonara” and ”Konnichiwa de pon”. The children enjoyed singing these songs while using hand and body actions.

The preschool children learned extra movement verbs such as “TATTE (Stand up)”, “SUWATTE (Sit down)” , “REI (bow)”and “HAKUSHU (clap)”.

They even enjoyed dancing to the Genki Disco with those words!

Basic weather words in Japanese

Every time we ask the children about the day’s weather in both English and Japanese, and the children answer correctly by saying words such as “HARE(sunny)”, “KUMORI(cloudy)”, “YUKI(snowy, although we never have it here)” or “AME(rainy)”.

They love singing the “Otenki (weather) song” in Japanese with their hand gestures. We even change our clothes depending on the weather to establish these words.

Answer the question of “ONAMAE WA (what’s your name)?” and “GENKI (how are you)?”

One day, we asked the children what their name is in Japanese, “Onamaewa?” and also how they are in Japanese, “Genki?” (How are you?). Most of the senior kindy and preschool children learned to answer the question without any problem.

This year, they also learned how to say “My name is”(Watashi wa *name* desu), instead of just saying their name.

Introducing Japanese New Year and traditional Japanese toys

At beginning of our Japanese lessons this year, we did an introduction on Japanese New Year and some Japanese toys such as Kendama and Koma(top).

The children practiced their gross and fine motor skills by throwing a little ball into the cup and also playing with origami spinning tops.

On New Year’s Day, many Japanese people visit the shrine to make a new year’s wish for their health and happiness.

One of the popular things to do at the shrine is Omikuji. Omikuji is a paper fortune which we get in most shrines and temples in Japan. Many Japanese people draw omikuji to learn their fortune of the New Year. To have a little experience of this, the children enjoyed drawing omikuji and learning their fortune.

 

Japanese calligrahy art(Shodo/Shuji)

These days, most Japanese use pencils or ballpoints to write letters and other documents. But the art of shodo (calligraphy) remains a traditional part of Japan’s culture.

Here, an ink-dipped brush is used artistically to create Chinese kanji and Japanese kana characters.

At the beginning of year, people write calligraphy known as kakizome, where they create calligraphic works symbolising their wishes for the New Year.

The preschool, Senior Kindy and some of Junior Kindy children practiced writing calligraphy art with a very simple Kanji characters, using an ink-dipped brush!

All the children sat down at the table with good posture and concentration while writing the Kanji characters. The children also knew the meaning of Kanji which they wrote. It was lots of fun! Please find your child’s Shodo art in your child’s class room. They all did an incredible job!                                                                                        

Seasonal event of February

We introduced the children February’s event called “Setsubun”.

The 3rd of February was SETSUBUN in Japan. Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. On the night of Setsubun, many householders do mame-maki- a bean throwing ceremony. They fill a masu (a wooden measuring cup) with roasted soybeans and throw the beans all about the room and outside, shouting “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” meaning “Out with the goblins and in with fortune!”

While doing this we pray for the family’s well-being and good business. After the mame-maki is over, everyone eats the same number of beans as their own age. It is believed that by doing so, people will be free of sickness during that year.

Recently many Japanese people eat Ehomaki(big sushi roll) which you eat in one go while silently facing towards the year’s lucky direction and wishing for perfect health. The children made ONI mask and celebrated Setsubun event.

The children used lots of fine motor skills to make this and enjoyed putting masks on their head after making it. Please see it in your child’s class room to admire their art!                                                                                             

Skype exchange lessons

Skype lessons were fun to communicate with Japanese children on real time. But unfortunately we have to tell you that we will not be doing skype exchange lessons due to company policy. We will miss all the Japanese children who communicated with us.

In March

In the month of March we are going to teach Unit 2, which is Numbers, counting, my age and the day of the week.

Within your child’s classroom, you will find the monthly unit poster. The monthly unit poster shows unit curriculum being taught for the current month including the vocabulary and songs for each month. Please check it every month. 

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

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

Have a great month and see you all soon!

Arigato!

Haruko Sensei, Hiromi Sensei and Chie Sensei

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