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大掃除

On December 21st, our final full day of the school year, all students and teachers spent the day cleaning KIS.  Students worked very hard to clean all areas of the school and get ready for the new year.

野菜収穫

TDL: Let’s Make a Salad!

In December, as a continuation of our second TDL themes, Let’s Grow a Garden, we finally harvested our vegetables!  Students have been watching the vegetables grow for the past six months, and they were very excited to finally be able to pull them up, wash them, and make a salad.

Students enjoyed getting their hands dirty as they dug up their vegetables. Each student made their own salad, choosing the ratio of tomatoes, lettuce, and carrots to their liking.  Finally, students enjoyed their healthy salad with their lunch.  Growing the vegetables for our salad gave students the opportunity to experience the positive results of hard work and patience as they waited the six months it took for the vegetables to grow.

 

Art Museum Field Trip - Journals

Following our trip to the Kumamoto Contemporary Art Museum on December 13th, students wrote journal entries about their most memorable experience at the museum.  Here is a sample of four of the entries:

クリスマスお楽しみ交流会

12月20日木曜日に、KISの近くにある高齢者向け住宅ホーム「ココファンにしばる」でクリスマスお楽しみ会を行いました!

子どもたちは、歌やゲーム、また子どもたち自身で考えた出し物を披露し、皆様にお楽しみ頂きました。

外に出かけての交流は初めてでしたが、意欲満々でした。しかし、練習の途中では、うまくいかないこともありましたが、1人ひとりが声かけあって、一生懸命取り組み、その練習の成果が本番ではしっかり表れました。学校生活では見られない一面を見せ、皆様に喜んで頂き、子ども達自身も達成感に満ち溢れていました!

ココファンにしばるの皆様、本当にありがとうございました!

12/13/18 - Field Trip : Contemporary Art Museum

Today, KIS students went on a field trip to the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Kumamoto as part of our TDL theme on different media.  Students viewed the exhibit いろんなじじょう which explores the connection between colors and emotions, which is one of the central themes of our current inquiry.  Additionally, students got a behind-the-scenes view of the inner workings of the art museum when they were given a tour by the staff; students learned about where and how works of art in the museum’s care are stored.  Before returning to KIS, students and teachers enjoyed lunch in the Tsuruya department store.  All students had a great time learning about art and further drawing connections between various media.

国語「いろいろなふね」

11月は、説明文「いろいろなふね」を勉強しました。本単元のまとめでは、好きな乗りものを図鑑で調べてカードに書く活動を行い、最後に発表をしました。友達の発表を聞きながら「電車に乗ってみたいな。」「その乗り物のつくりを初めて知った。」などの声が上がりました。思いもよらない子どもたちの豊かな感性で上手くまとめることができました。学校生活も半年が過ぎ、友達の話を聞く態度も身につき、新しいことへ意欲的に取り組んでいます。

TDL 活動 「公園清掃」

As a wrap up of our third Transdisciplinary Learning theme How to Care for Our Environment, students lent a hand to help clean their local park. Having learned about the causes and effects of different types of pollution, as well as the 3 R’s (recycling, reusing, and reducing), students now understand that their actions can have a positive effect on their environment. Armed with bags labeled by recycling category, students put into action what they had learned in class and made their park a beautiful, clean place for everyone to enjoy.

ハロウインパーティ

“Minions, witches, and pirates oh my!” The students of KIS celebrated a spooky Halloween dressed up as some of their favorite characters and monsters. Students made eco-friendly halloween decorations by reusing toilet empty paper rolls. Afterwards they learned some “tricks” in order to earn their “treats.” Finally, students enjoyed listening to some ghoul-approved music, while getting their faces painted by the resident skeleton artist. The fun continued as students walked to Hearth Club proudly wearing their halloween costumes. Happy Halloween!

Kumamoto Water Science Museum field trip

On Thursday, October 25th, we went to visit the Water Science Museum of Kumamoto. After riding on public buses and trains, we made it to the museum, where the staff welcomed us warmly to show us the amazing work that they do. 

The field trip was an extension of our transdisciplinary learning theme about caring for the environment.  Students learned how water makes it from beneath the ground to our taps, as well as how water is purified.

The staff at the museum generously allowed the students to walk around freely in the experiment room and try out many educational games.  The were also able to observe and listen to fun interactive lectures.

After leaving the museum, we went looking for plants and animals to write about and draw in the big park outside the center. The children had fun looking for birds, fish, acorns and bugs in the beautiful pond and garden, and writing their thoughts and observations on their worksheets.

We were very proud of how the kids behaved, and how they were able to safely have fun and learn new things!