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Action Portfolio 2018

Action Portfolio at ELC occurs once a year and during this special week our parents are invited to participate in the children’s single subject classes such as Physical Education and Music. We hope our ELC parents have had a chance to get a glimpse of what the children are learning and witness their continuous growth thus far.

A special thanks to Ms. Hitomi for her great work with this video.

Action Portfolio from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

The Colours of Winter

Colors of Winter from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

With the start of the Winter Term at the ELC the teachers have put out a new pallet of colours; greys and blacks, silvers and whites, purples and maroons. Instantly the children have been drawn to these new experiences and provocations. Their individual display panels are already filling up with collages, paintings and drawings using these wintery shades. Other pieces of work are also dotted around the classroom as the children explore these new mediums that simulate the senses and excite the eye.

Outdoors, winter means hats and coats, gloves and boots. With sunny days, winter outdoors is stimulating for the children as they explore. With the wind, has come kite making and the pleasure of wind on your face.

Baby Home gifts delivery

On Monday we went to the Lady of Lourdes Baby Home. The children have brought over the gifts they made with their parents during our Craft Luncheon and their big “Thank you for visiting us” note.

 

It was lovely  for our children to get to see where the Baby Home children live. We delivered our gifts and sang a few Japanese songs. We hope to reconnect with the Baby Home children after the Winter break and schedule a playdate in a park.

 

Please enjoy the slideshow below courtesy of Ms. Hitomi.

Baby Home Gifts Delivery from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

The Craft Luncheon

Craft Luncheon from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

On Friday parents, grandparents, younger brothers and sisters, teachers and ELC children came together for our annual Craft Luncheon. Our aim was to make gifts for the Baby Home children and too share a fantastic lunch together. It was lots of fun working in groups to make the playdough and to draw the cards. The variety of food at lunch time was exceptional. This was a wonderful ELC community event.

Shichi-Go-San

Shichi-Go-San, or 7-5-3, is a celebration to mark the growth of children as boys turn three and five years of age, and as girls turn three and seven. 

Families celebrate with a visit to a shrine to pray for the child’s health and good fortune. Little girls are dressed in kimono. At three years of age the girls will also wear a padded vest (hifu). At seven years of age they often wear 3 or 4 layers of underwear, 6 sashes and a special obi, which looks like a butterfly to tie the kimono. They will wear Japanese socks (tabi), sandals (zori) and carry a matching bag. Little boys are dressed in pants (hakama) and jackets (haori).

Traditionally the children are given a long, thin, red and white candy (Chitose-ame which means ‘thousand-year candy’). It comes in a long bag decorated with illustrations of elderly people with grey hair, trees such as pine, bamboo and plums. The candy and the bag are both expressions of parents’ wish that their children lead long and prosperous lives.

The kimonos, haori and hakama are displayed in the Piazza and all the children are invited to try them on. 

   

Please visit our ELC photos at the top right corner of our blog page for more 7-5-3 photos of the children.

 

Ceramic Fruit Bowls

On Wednesday a group of 10 E1 and E2 children walked down to the main with Ms Yuka and Ms Beth. We were going to the art studio to make ceramic bowls with Ms Justice (Evie’s mum) and her Grade 8 class. Our ELC children were each paired up with one of the Grade 8 students; Ms Beth’s daughter Sofia was there as was Anna’s brother Dan. Together the children pounded and rolled the brown clay which they formed over mould. Then they used  leaves, pinecones and sticks that they had gathered in the park to make patterns and prints in the surface of the clay. The bowls were then left to dry and would be fired in the kiln later. In two weeks time we will return to  art studio to glaze the bowls and then place then in the kiln ourselves to be fired again. The finished will be used to serve our fruit snack each day.

This was a wonderful experience for both our ELC children and the Grade 8 students to be able to work together. Ms Justice commented that her students ‘were buzzing’ after we left.

We want to extend this experience to the other ELC children and hope the ‘experts’ we now have in ceramics will show the other children how to make a bowl over the next few weeks.

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Something for Hina, Laika and Leila

Following the visit of the three Baby Home Children we gathered the children and asked them:

What do you know about Hina, Laika, and Leila? What do they like?

Some children have said they want to give something to Hina, Laika, and Leila, what do you think we can give them that they would like?

Ms Beth shows the E2 children the documentation that had been written up with photos and the words of the children. Before Ms Beth read this out to the group  Emma was quick to say “This is our story”

As Ms Beth read the ‘story’ the teachers realized that this was a very powerful moment for the children. We could see on their faces the pride they felt in hearing their ‘voices’.  

Ms Yuka noticed that when Hina was here that she liked the way things smelt like play dough and flowers.

Lili: We can make some playdough flowers and give it to them, we can make roses out of playdough.

So: We can give some playdough because the Baby Home children like smelling the playdough.

Does anyone know how to make playdough?

Zein: We can find instructions how to make playdough and with the things you need.

What could we put in playdough to make it smell?

Emma: Oil

Zein: You need oil and a different kind of flour and we need a big bowl and we need colour and we need water…

So: I have oil at my house, this morning I put here because then here smell nice…The smell makes me feel happy.

Henry: How about massaging oil?

Kiwa: Grape oil.

Zein: I like the smell of chocolate.

Lili: We could put banana and chocolate and grape and mix it together.

Emma: Some honey.

Rio: Apple smell.

Do you think we should make some playdough for the Baby Home children?

Children: Yes’ 

It is decided and marked on our calendar. On December 1st we are inviting our ELC parents to come and work with the children to make the playdough for Hina, Leila, and Laika. 

 

The Visit of the Baby Home Children

Baby Home from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

The ELC has a long lasting relationship with the Lady of Lourdes Baby Home. Every year we invite the youngest children, who are not yet in school, to come and play with us at the ELC. In preparation for the children’s visit we discuss the Baby Home and how we could welcome our friends. We did this first with the E2 children who had experienced the visit last year. The children’s thinking and their contributions were very powerful and they were able to convey this to the E1 group. The children displayed real empathy for the Baby Home children and had a real sense of concern for others who did not have mum’s and dad’s as they did. It was decided that we would draw, paint and make origami as a ‘gift.’ On Tuesday three children visited us; we sang songs together, ate  fruit snack, played in the classroom and explored outside. The ELC children were very welcoming and it was a delight to see them hand in hand enjoying each others company. We are looking forward to another visit next week. 

Autumn

The children have been enjoying their time together to reconnect after a short break and noticing new color scheme  reflecting the outdoor environment within the classroom. There were great many sharing moments about different trips and activities over the break. The children really showed us how important it is to allow ample time for them to share their recent experiences. 

Many of the children are exploring these autumn color schemes such as red, yellow, brown and orange via painting, drawing, making collages and collecting leaves from our garden to create beautiful designs. Some have been collecting leaves in a bag. Another group have been carefully choosing leaves to create beautiful designs. A few children have brought in natural materials they found outside of the ELC such as acorns and pinecones.

Look big leaf.
Wow, so many leaves.
Ooh, there’s yellow and red and orange. We have new colors!!!
Leaves. Smell.

Autumn at ELC from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

The ELC Garden

Gardening from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

We believe that the outdoor environment is very important and with this in mind we have been wanting to plant out the ELC gardens. One of our parents who is involved in a family nursery was able to provided us with flower and vegetable plants. On the only sunny day this week the children and Ms Beth planted. Every child was invited to help and most did, enjoying the sensation of the earth on their hands. We will now be watching to see how the plants grow.

The following afternoon the children discussed how they could care for the plants. “Why do you think we did planting yesterday?”

“Because we wanted our garden to look beautiful and we wanted the bees to come and make honey……..And we also want the ELC to smell good, like flowers………..We planted vegetables so we could pick them and eat them!”

 

What do you think we should tell everyone about the garden?

“You have to don’t pick it and just put the water inside………don’t step on the plants ……..don’t bounce a ball there.”

When it is sunny we will need to water the plants – how can we decide who waters them?

“We can take turns by you calling their names and they can have a turn and we can play outside and then they can have a turn…….we can write the list and we can buy a bucket and take turns!”

Our meeting finished there. The teachers will remind the children about the ideas of ‘taking turns and writing a list’ after the break and see how the children want to organize a ‘system’ to care for our garden.

 

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