December may have been a short month, with the holidays starting after the 20th, but it was very busy! We crammed a lot of activities into a little time!
Early in the month, our top priority was practicing for the annual Winter Show. Each of the three classes did their best to get ready for their performances, which would include both a concert and a play. How did the Show turn out? That’s a story for another blog entry, make sure to check back soon!
Although we spent a lot of time on rehearsals, we still had time for homeroom, and it’s a good thing too, because Santa Claus needed our help! An unfortunate series of events meant that he needed good boys and girls around the world to help him review a number of children’s behavior throughout the year and decide whether they belonged on the Nice or Naughty list. Our kindies considered each child carefully and in some cases, dealt out some hard justice!
We also had an unusual birth, that’s right, birth(!) at our school, as growing in our magical garden was a strange, noisy plant creature known as a Mandrake! It horrified the teachers with its awful screaming, but the kind, accepting kindies developed a sweet spot for the little guy and used their magic to comfort it.
This month we also had a very interesting STEM day (a day in which we apply all our abilities to create things and solve engineering problems). This time, we saw what we could accomplish with yarn. The kids experimented with different materials, designed final projects and built them, with the primary component being yarn. This resulted in some amazing creations!
On a related note, we made a bunch of crafts this month, most related to Winter and Christmas. Have a look at some highlights!
We also had a cooking project, making smiling snowman potato pancakes. The kids mixed, pounded, decorated and, in the case of the older kids, even cut with sharp knives! Be careful guys!
We also took a field trip to our sister school Yamata Youchien in Yokohama, where we watched an amazing puppet show. Then we were able to play together in their enormous, beautiful grounds.
Eventually, school came to an end for the year and we had to go home for the holidays. The kindies worked hard to clean the school before we left. Good job everyone. See you in 2020!
Coming up in January….