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水の科学館遠足 - 2年生

Today Grade 2 went to the Water System Memorial Hall.

We received a lecture about where Kumamoto’s water comes from, how much we use in our daily lives, and ways to save water.

Grade 2 students were able to try three different types of water and try and guess which one was from Kumamoto. 

Next, our guides took us through the complex to see what kind of water pumps Kumamoto uses.

Finally, we went to the memorial hall to see what the old pumps and pipes looked like, as well as to learn about what kind of work went into fixing the water system after the Kumamoto Earthquake. 

After we thanked our guides, we met up with the Grade 1 class at the Water Science Museum. We had a picnic in the park and played on the swings there for a while until it was finally time to leave.

The students were very well behaved riding public transport despite being in transit over an hour.

All Grade 2 students really enjoyed the experience and have taken away a wealth of knowledge about Kumamoto’s water system.

 

 

 

貯金箱 1年生 TDL 

Our current TDL unit is the environment, pollution, and recycling.  As part of our studies, we worked on a project that showed the students how to reuse, reduce, and recycle garbage in order to help keep our environment clean.

Instead of throwing out our school lunch milk containers, we washed them out carefully and made them into very cute, environmentally-friendly piggy banks!  All grade 1 students had a lot of fun decorating their own piggy bank and thinking about what to do with all the coins they’re going to save!

水の科学館遠足 - 1年生

Today we went on our second field trip, this time to the Water Science Museum. We rode the bus and the train to get to the museum, and once there, we broke into separate grade 1 and grade 2 groups.  Grade 1 students learned about where the tap water in Kumamoto comes from. These activities tied in nicely to our TDL curriculum on pollution and natural resources, and the children could see first-hand what actually happens to dirty water and what the consequences of irresponsible water use are in our daily lives. 

We were also able to enjoy a picnic outside (it didn’t rain, luckily!) and some delicious water that was gifted to us by the museum. All in all, a great day full of fun, learning, and new experiences!

 

 

算数 - Math extension in the park - Grade 1

Since we are studying weight and the concept of “lighter”, “heavier”, “as heavy as…”, we spent some time in the park extending grade 1 math lessons to allow students to further apply what they are learning in the real world.  After practicing in the classroom with a scale and various objects and units to measure weight, we decided to do a hands-on lesson and use the seesaw in the park in front of our school to review the concepts we learned all together!

The students took turns sitting on the seesaw to find out who is lighter or heavier, and we recorded the results. It was useful (not to mention very fun!) for the children to see how math is useful in real life, and how we can transfer what we learn in the classroom to actual first-hand experiences.

 

新校舎の増設工事中!

新校舎の増設工事がスタートしました!

2020年3月完成予定

現在の校舎のすぐ隣に敷地と校舎を広げることが決まり、さっそく新校舎の増設工事が始
まりました。新校舎は屋上付き木造2階建てになっており、既存校舎と新校舎は自由に行
き来できる渡り廊下と中庭でつながるようなデザインになっております。既存校舎と新校
舎の2つの建物面積を合わせると約250坪(屋上と中庭を含む)になります。新校舎の増
設に伴い既存校舎も一部改築される予定です。
完成した校舎には、全6学年の教室、音楽室、多目的ホール(体育の授業や行事に使用
)、サンシェード付きの屋上が設置されます。また、増設工事と同時期に、児童が安心し
て学校生活を送れるように防犯対策の強化のための工事も行います。完成後には、防犯カメラ
やオートロック、緊急時の校内放送などの設備が設置されます。
新校舎を増設することにより、教育内容と児童の学校生活が更に充実することを心より願
っています。
来年2020年の春に完成予定です。とても楽しみですね!

完成後の校舎の大まかなイメージ

KIS 売店 の「Buyten」

In June, we began to offer the KIS Buyten store. Each day at the end of school, students are able to choose from a wide selection of fresh-made bread for consumption during snack time. All items are made fresh of natural ingredients with minimal preservatives by the the local bread shop, March.

March happens to be located almost adjacent to our Picasso preschool division, which means that many items are still warm when the students eat them. Melon bread, cheese bread, sausage bread, and the rice balls with chicken are current favorites among students (and staff).

All items cost ¥150 (including tax) and allow students to purchase nutritious, fresh snacks of their choosing. In addition to making life easier for our busy parents, we are excited to offer the Buyten because of the opportunity it provides to all students to learn about the value of money and making intelligent shopping decisions.

In June, we began to offer the KIS Buyten store. Each day at the end of school, students are able to choose from a wide selection of fresh-made bread for consumption during snack time. All items are made fresh of natural ingredients with minimal preservatives by the the local bread shop, March.

March happens to be located almost adjacent to our Picasso preschool division, which means that many items are still warm when the students eat them. Melon bread, cheese bread, sausage bread, and the rice balls with chicken are current favorites among students (and staff).

All items cost ¥150 (including tax) and allow students to purchase nutritious, fresh snacks of their choosing. In addition to making life easier for our busy parents, we are excited to offer the Buyten because of the opportunity it provides to all students to learn about the value of money and making intelligent shopping decisions.

ミルク牧場校外学習 - Aso Milk Farm field trip

On June 12th, both Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes went to the Aso Milk Farm for our first field trip of the year. It was a great day to go, with temperatures nice and cool for most of the morning. It was a long bus ride but the students were very patient.

Our first activity was inside in a classroom. Students were taught about how humans raise cattle. They were especially surprised to hear that cows would eventually become beef!
Next, the students were able to feed some of the cute cows stationed on the farm, and even see a large pregnant cow. She was massive indeed!

Our next stop was the sheep race where we all got to bet on which two animals would place first and second. We had a couple of winners in our group!

Before taking lunch, students had a Kokugo activity to complete that required them to pet animals. There were a lot to choose from including some sleepy dogs, skitty marmots, fluffy rabbits and a short-tempered pony!

So far, the day had been packed, with very little downtime. Lunch should have been a nice relaxing respite. However, it was interrupted by a bold, persistent crow.
After lunch and a little bit of play, the students got the chance to finally milk a cow. Student reactions were mixed: some were really fascinated and some thought it was a little gross. However, everyone agreed that it was worth doing!

Finally, we made ice cream and this was many students’ favorite activity by far!
All students listened and cooperated well during this session. Perhaps it was because failing to do so would mean that they wouldn’t get to eat ice cream?

The students were completely exhausted by the end of it all; some students slept on the bus ride home, but they really enjoyed the experience without a doubt!

On June 12th, both Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes went to the Aso Milk Farm for our first field trip of the year. It was a great day to go, with temperatures nice and cool for most of the morning. It was a long bus ride but the students were very patient.

Our first activity was inside in a classroom. Students were taught about how humans raise cattle. They were especially surprised to hear that cows would eventually become beef!
Next, the students were able to feed some of the cute cows stationed on the farm, and even see a large pregnant cow. She was massive indeed!

Our next stop was the sheep race where we all got to bet on which two animals would place first and second. We had a couple of winners in our group!

Before taking lunch, students had a Kokugo activity to complete that required them to pet animals. There were a lot to choose from including some sleepy dogs, skitty marmots, fluffy rabbits and a short-tempered pony!

So far, the day had been packed, with very little downtime. Lunch should have been a nice relaxing respite. However, it was interrupted by a bold, persistent crow.
After lunch and a little bit of play, the students got the chance to finally milk a cow. Student reactions were mixed: some were really fascinated and some thought it was a little gross. However, everyone agreed that it was worth doing!

Finally, we made ice cream and this was many students’ favorite activity by far!
All students listened and cooperated well during this session. Perhaps it was because failing to do so would mean that they wouldn’t get to eat ice cream?

The students were completely exhausted by the end of it all; some students slept on the bus ride home, but they really enjoyed the experience without a doubt.

 

Grade 1 math - number bonds and word problems(算数)

In math, Grade 1 students have mastered the concept of comparing numbers and being able to tell which of two numbers is bigger or smaller.  With practice, they have become faster and more proficient with number bonds, and we were able to tackle the first major math milestone: addition of numbers up to ten, and how to use it to solve word problems.

Currently, we are working on developing speed in addition and understanding that the order of the numbers in a math problem doesn’t change the result. For this unit, we are gradually moving away from using physical manipulatives to solve problems in order to foster abstract thinking skills in the students and focus more on solving real-world problems.

In math, Grade 1 students have mastered the concept of comparing numbers and being able to tell which of two numbers is bigger or smaller.  With practice, they have become faster and more proficient with number bonds, and we were able to tackle the first major math milestone: addition of numbers up to ten, and how to use it to solve word problems.

Currently, we are working on developing speed in addition and understanding that the order of the numbers in a math problem doesn’t change the result. For this unit, we are gradually moving away from using physical manipulatives to solve problems in order to foster abstract thinking skills in the students and focus more on solving real-world problems.

Grade 2 TDL - Role Models(ロールモデル)

In our first Grade 2 TDL theme, “Role Models”, we studied about how our choice of role models and their good and bad traits mould our character.

During the theme, students really enjoyed analysing the traits displayed by different characters in the stories and videos we studied in class. We also reviewed what we learned with games and quizzes, and as our study progressed, students were able to look back on old content with a new perspective and with some more precise vocabulary.

As the final part of our study, students worked together in small groups to plan and perform a skit about personality traits in front of the class. Most groups decided to depict signs of the positive trait “devotion” in their performance. All students really put in a big effort preparing props and presenting in a professional manner.

This was an interesting theme for the students because they can take what they’ve learned and apply it in their own lives in their relationships with their family and friends.

 

In our first Grade 2 TDL theme, “Role Models”, we studied about how our choice of role models and their good and bad traits mould our character.

During the theme, students really enjoyed analysing the traits displayed by different characters in the stories and videos we studied in class. We also reviewed what we learned with games and quizzes, and as our study progressed, students were able to look back on old content with a new perspective and with some more precise vocabulary.

As the final part of our study, students worked together in small groups to plan and perform a skit about personality traits in front of the class. Most groups decided to depict signs of the positive trait “devotion” in their performance. All students really put in a big effort preparing props and presenting in a professional manner.

This was an interesting theme for the students because they can take what they’ve learned and apply it in their own lives in their relationships with their family and friends.

 

Grade 1 Math (算数)

In Grade 1 math, we are currently studying numbers 1 – 10 and the concepts of “more” and “less”.  In Singapore math, all concepts are studied using 1) manipulatives, 2) pictorial images / models, and 3) as abstract concepts.  This three step process helps students to grasp even difficult mathematical concepts and makes math fun and accessible for all students.  Lessons are a mix of electronic whiteboard work, manipulatives, and workbook practice.  Grade 1 students are doing a great job of understanding these fundamental mathematical concepts.

In Grade 1 math, we are currently studying numbers 1 – 10 and the concepts of “more” and “less”.  In Singapore math, all concepts are studied using 1) manipulatives, 2) pictorial images / models, and 3) as abstract concepts.  This three step process helps students to grasp even difficult mathematical concepts and makes math fun and accessible for all students.  Lessons are a mix of electronic whiteboard work, manipulatives, and workbook practice.  Grade 1 students are doing a great job of understanding these fundamental mathematical concepts.