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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 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.

Fire Drill (避難訓練)

On May 15th, we did our May fire drill.  After discussing the importance of following teacher directions and leaving the building quickly and quietly without trying to get any of our things, we had a perfect fire drill.  Covered their faces with their hand towels as they left the building, all students followed all teacher directions perfectly.  In all, everyone was evacuated in under two minutes.

On May 15th, we did our May fire drill.  After discussing the importance of following teacher directions and leaving the building quickly and quietly without trying to get any of our things, we had a perfect fire drill.  Covered their faces with their hand towels as they left the building, all students followed all teacher directions perfectly.  In all, everyone was evacuated in under two minutes.

Grade 1 Lunch (給食)

Grade 1 students are getting used to all aspects of the KIS daily schedule, including being good class helpers.  Students can eat as much hot rice and hot soup as they want each day, and students often come back for seconds.  Grade 1 students are also getting better at focusing on eating so that they can get a longer recess after eating and cleaning the classroom.

Grade 1 students are getting used to all aspects of the KIS daily schedule, including being good class helpers.  Students can eat as much hot rice and hot soup as they want each day, and students often come back for seconds.  Grade 1 students are also getting better at focusing on eating so that they can get a longer recess after eating and cleaning the classroom.

Grade 1 Japanese(国語)

入学して1か月が経ち、国語の授業にも楽しく取り組んでいます。
「あめですよ」の詩の単元では、言葉のリズムを感じて、自分なりの表現(動作)をしながら音読をしました。挿絵の表情やしぐさもヒントに、言葉の意味をとらえ、言葉の違いを動作で表現しようと子どもたちなりに工夫をしながらの動作化ができました。はじめは、恥ずかしいと言ってた子たちが、どんどん手を挙げて、体を動かすことで、言葉に注目し、きちんと内容をとらえる学習となりました。

入学して1か月が経ち、国語の授業にも楽しく取り組んでいます。
「あめですよ」の詩の単元では、言葉のリズムを感じて、自分なりの表現(動作)をしながら音読をしました。挿絵の表情やしぐさもヒントに、言葉の意味をとらえ、言葉の違いを動作で表現しようと子どもたちなりに工夫をしながらの動作化ができました。はじめは、恥ずかしいと言ってた子たちが、どんどん手を挙げて、体を動かすことで、言葉に注目し、きちんと内容をとらえる学習となりました。

2019 Welcome Picnic (お見知り遠足)

Both first and second graders had a great time at the KIS Welcome Picnic!

We had a wonderful time playing games together, eating our lunch, and making new friends.  Students from both grades played nicely and fairly, respecting the rules and cheering each other on during the long walk to and from the park. Although the weather started out cold and foggy, it turned warm and fair by the time we arrived at the park, making both teachers and children equally happy to be able to enjoy the day.

Both first and second graders had a great time at the KIS Welcome Picnic!

We had a wonderful time playing games together, eating our lunch, and making new friends.  Students from both grades played nicely and fairly, respecting the rules and cheering each other on during the long walk to and from the park. Although the weather started out cold and foggy, it turned warm and fair by the time we arrived at the park, making both teachers and children equally happy to be able to enjoy the day.

2019 KIS Entrance Ceremony(入学式)

On April 11th, we held our second annual KIS Entrance Ceremony.  The ceremony formally welcomes new first grade students to KIS and was a great success.  Our first class has now moved up to second grade, and they participated in the ceremony, singing our school song.  The second grade representative also did a fantastic job presenting the welcome speech to all first grade students.

The entrance ceremony is a formal acknowledgement of our new students admission to primary school, where they will learn, study, and play alongside the second graders. All of us at Kumamoto International School are very excited to continue on our amazing educational adventure, and we look forward to another great year of learning, inquiry and fun at KIS!

 

 

Eden Hills Skype Session: School Life

On March, 15th, we had another Skype session with our friends in Adelaide, Australia. Our theme this time was “School Life.”

Because KIS students talked about Kumamoto during our last session, we started off this session by learning about our Australian friends’s home city of Adelaide. They showed us pictures of the highlights of their city, and briefly introduced them to us.

After that, KIS students talked about the differences between Japanese and Australian schools. Our students worked in groups, and with the help of the posters they made during TDL class, they explained about our school year, our school day, and our classrooms.