熊本インターナショナルスクール開校記念シンポジウム サマリー


理科 - 水槽設置・オタマジャクシ飼育

Today, as part of our continued study of living things, we put 12 tadpoles in our aquarium.  We used a net to move the tadpoles from a bucket into the tank, and each student moved one tadpole.  After that, the students fed them.  The tank has been placed in a way to allow students to observe the tank from inside or outside the classroom, and students were fascinated by the small amphibians.

After the tadpoles change into frogs, we will release them back out into the wild.

Next week, we will be going to Lake Ezu to try to catch more fish and shrimp to put in the aquarium.


This video is an interview with Matthew Ohm, principal of Kumamoto International School in which he discusses KIS`s educational philosophy and future.


As part of our transdisciplinary learning theme investigating growing healthy foods, students planted lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots.  Each day, the helpers water the vegetables to ensure that they are properly looked after.  So far, the tomatoes have sprouted.

After the vegetables have grown and are harvested, students are planning on making a salad for the entire class.

図画工作 - 対称の学習

Students study art each week. The KIS art curriculum is rigorous and teaches students the fundamental principles that will allow them to express themselves with artistic expression and precision as they mature as artists.

Students have so far studied elements and texture and now, symmetry.


In July, we starting swimming at YMCA. Students change into their bathing suits before getting picked up at KIS. All students love the class and look forward to their time in the pool. Because the YMCA pool is heated, we will also be able to continue to swim even after it gets cold in the fall.

顕微鏡の植物観察 Part 2

Today, all students got to work in small groups with the microscopes and their Chromebooks. Instead of projecting the images onto the electronic whiteboard as we did on Friday, we worked directly on the students’s devices.
Students still need practice focusing the images of the objects they are looking at, but all students were very excited about getting hands on with the microscopes. Using the plants that they collected on Friday, students took numerous pictures of leaves and roots.


Continuing our study of plants, students viewed images of plants they found around the school magnified 300x via our USB microscopes.
We projected the images on to the electronic whiteboard, and all students were amazed to discover that the plant roots and leaves were covered in small hairs.
After this lesson, many students ran outside during the break to collect more and different types of plants. On Monday, we are going break up into small groups, working two to three students to a microscope, and study these other plants that students found.

図画工作 - Landscape Drawings

Students have been working on landscape drawings with trees and crayons.
As part of our study of art, Ms. D’Alicandro discussed the idea that each artist is unique and that students should not try to copy each other. Instead, students are encouraged to create their own unique art based on the principles that we are studying in each unit.