Author Archives: G8 Education

The Importance of Play

By Dr Kaylene Henderson Child Psychiatrist There is abundant research about the importance of play in children’s lives. In fact, play is now considered to be so essential for children’s development that it has been recognised by the UN High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Let’s look at the ways […]

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Genki Japanese Newsletter December 2016

Konnichiwa (Hello), Parents and Caregivers. In November we taught the children Unit 10: Direction-two word verbs and movement. The children learnt basic direction words such as Migi (right) and Hidari (left), Mae (front/forward) and Ushiro (back) also Ue (up) and Shita (down) in Japanese. Also they learnt some verbs such as Aruku (walk), Hashiru (run) […]

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Genki Japanese Newsletter November 2016

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 […]

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Genki Japanese Newsletter October 2016

Konnichiwa (Hello), Parents and Caregivers. Each centre had an event called “Let’s make sushi” in September! The sushi event is a very popular event for the children. We also had some volunteers participate on the event day! We had eight international high school students from Okayama, Japan who are studying at Saint Stephens College for […]

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Effective Transition To School

“Can you tell me about your School Readiness Program?” is possibly the most asked question of Centre Managers, followed closely by “Do you think my son/daughter is ready for School?” The concept of readiness; and more broadly, being capable to emotionally process the complexity of transitions, is the fundamental base of any quality transition to […]

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Genki Japanese Newsletter September 2016

Konnichiwa (Hello), Parents and Caregivers. In July we taught the children Unit 7 about animals and I like/I don’t like. The children learned basic sea animals such as Sakana(fish), Kame(Turtle), Kani(crab)  and Hitode(star fish) in Japanese. Also the children learnt basic farm animals such as Ushi(cow), Hitsuji(sheep), Buta(pig) and Ahiru(duck). Preschool and Senior kindy children […]

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Genki Japanese Newsletter August 2016

In June we taught the children Unit 6, which are Shapes and Weathers. The children learned basic shapes such as Maru(circle), Sankaku(triangle), Shikaku(square) , Hoshi(satr) and Hartoh(heart) in Japanese. Also the children learnt basic weather words such as Hare(sunny), Kumori(cloudy), Yuki(snowy) and Ame(rainy).Preschool and Seneior kindy children learnt extra words such as Kaze(windy), Kaminari (thunder) […]

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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 […]

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Genki Japanese Newsletter November 2015

Konnichiwa (Hello), Parents and Caregivers. Genki?(How are you?) In October, we learned Unit 8, which is “Adjectives and their opposites”. The children learned how to say oki(big) and chisai(small), nagai(long) and mijikai(short) also atusi(hot) and samui(cold). We did various activities including hamburger shop, card activity, dice game and strings game. Preschool children also learned extra words […]

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