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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.

 

Grade 1 TDL Theme 4 - How We Express Ourselves - Final Assessment

TDL: Make Your Own Snack Box

For our final assessment in our fourth transdisciplinary learning theme, How We Express Ourselves, students were tasked with designing their own snack box. After having learned about how color and images support  communication in media, students studied how companies use these elements in their logos and advertisements. To demonstrate their understanding of these elements of media students created their own brand, logo and snack.  Students chose colors and images that they thought best represented their snack and would persuade customers to buy it. After planning and sketching their ideas, students put them into practice and created their very own snack box.   

Kumamoto City Museum and Planetarium Field Trip

On February 7th, KIS students went on a field trip to the Kumamoto city natural history museum.  Students learned about the natural and social history of Kumamoto and Japan.  From wooly mammoths to wild boars and ancient tombs, students were able to get a feel for the history of their country and culture. After their enthusiastic investigation of the museum, students learned about astronomy at the museum’s planetarium. There, students watched in awe as they learned more about the night sky and  winter constellations.  Afterwards, students enjoyed a well-deserved lunch at Shiro no yu hot springs, where they rested up and recalled their exciting discoveries and experiences from the museum.

31年度追加募集

学校説明会は1月27日(日)に行います。ご予約はお電話にて受け付けております。

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。