Kinder July

Sorry this is so late, but I wanted to share some of our photos from Kinder Class in July!  Our theme was "Pirates" and we tons of fun playing with pirate ships and dressing up like pirates.

One of the first things we did was paint a few cardboard ships that we used to play with throughout the month.  We also painted a play mat for the ships that looks like a sea with a few islands.

The kids loved making their own pirate costumes.  We made these nifty headbands, awesome belts, and sharp swords!  It is so fun to dress like a pirate!

For a quick snack one day we made a yummy pirate ship!

At the end of the month we made "ships" with sails and tried to race them using only wind power!!


July with Junior Kinder

This July it's been unbearably hot so we decided to make an obstacle course inside! The kids had a blast!

Check out this Crouching Tiger Jump!

Great balance!

This month we said Goodbye to one of our students. All of us in Japan will miss you!


Cooking and water fun in Playschool

                                   Last week we had two days of cooking fun in playschool
                                 We made a delicious fruit salad in the colors of the rainbow
                Everyone loved it so much, we could barely keep up with giving everyone seconds :)

                                                                   Mmmm, yummy ...

                                                                         Big bite 

                                                                 Big bite number 2 :D

                                                         We said goodbye to a friend
                                                   Bye-bye Momoka, have fun in the US

This month we learn about the sea
Kids made beautiful fish and crabs and it's not over yet ...
                                                                      Under the sea


River Fun in Kinder Class

In June, we explored a "River" theme!  Where do rivers start?  Where do they go?  Why do we need rivers?  What's the longest river in the world?  

One of our first activities was to make this simple mountain of crinkled paper.  We put blue paint on top to represent the "source" of the river.  Then the kids took turn spraying the paint with water.  We tried to guess where the rivers would go, and little by little we watched these mini rivers grow.  Some went very straight, some had sharp turns, some made ponds.  But mostly it's just fun to spray things with water!

What better way to understand how rivers and waterfalls work than to make a real river and waterfall!  We set up this water toy on a table, filled the "source" with water, and let the water go through the "channels" which led to a waterfall off the table and into a tub below!  This was so fun we had to do it several times!  We also put different objects in the river to represent sediment and see how many times we had to release the source water to push the sediment all the way to the mouth of the river.

Towards the end of the month we created our own river model.  The first step was to use newspapers to make paper mache mountains and a water channel.  The kids loved this because the water and glue mixture was so slimy!  The next day we painted our creation.  Finally, the kids used construction paper to make plants and animals to decorate our model river.  Everyone worked so well together to make a great class craft!


Junior Kinder Community Helpers Themed Activities

Junior Kinder went to Casa Mia an Italian Bistro right here in Kurakuenguchi, it was delicious!! Thanks for teaching us how to make pizza sandwiches Maya!

 Last week we wrote letters to our classmates and put them in the post box. Our resident mailman came to deliver all of our mail.

The mailman this week was our birthday boy! He's having fun making his Birthday Card.


Craft day in Playschool

 This month we learn about the weather in playschool

Yesterday we made a nice fluffy cloud

Today we colored happy and sad clouds 

                                                           Trying hard to stay in the line

                                                                I love the happy cloud


May in Kinder Class

Earlier this month we had a nice picnic at Shukuawa Park.  The weather was perfect for spending some time outside.

Look out below!

Since we are learning about flowers this month, we also made a fruit snack in the shape of a flower.  Yummy!