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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
“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!
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!