KP take action selling Obento boxes at the food fair.

KP support others.

KP support others.

Some of the children have decided they want to sell obento boxes with the high school students at the food fair.This is a follow up from the visit we received from Mr. Migdley (a YIS high school teacher who supports the shelter with a group of high school students).

The food boxes are made at the homeless shelter in Kannai and sold each day to business people in the area. The children have decided half the money from the, ‘There is nothing to do on Mars’ audio book will go to help the homeless shelter, and half will go to earthquake relief.

Mai sent out an email to all the parents and  Ms. Zoe helped out with another message.

Space-When six year olds get to show their compassion and take action.

The story so far…

The children have been fascinated by space since August.

http://blogs.yis.ac.jp/pagez/category/space-children-generated-inquiry/ (This is all the blog posts about space).

So we have made a stop animation film about Mars and a book to go with the film. Next week we will be making the audio recording for the book, yes it is going to be an audio book! Grade 4G have made a trailer for the film and posters.

The children have decided to share it with you in our assembly.

Is that it?

Since this is K-Perfect, it is most certainly not the end of this child generated inquiry. The children decided people can see the film for free but must pay for the book (future careers in marketing here!). They had a very passionate debate about what to do with the money.

The children finally decided to give the money to a homeless shelter in Kannai and after the earth quake they rethought this. They now want half  of the money to go to the homeless shelter in Kannai and half to the earthquake victim support because,

“We want to care for people and everyone needs money”. (There list became huge and we would have needed a UN budget).

They still want to have a party for some people at the Kannai shelter because,

“We don’t want them to be sad and we want them to know we care”.

Yeah… I have had to stop myself crying a few times during the discussions!

I have tried to edit this, but it does not  show the hours that went into this discussion over many weeks. It doesn’t convey the changes in debating and thinking. I did want to share it though, because, as ever, I feel these children have incredible capacities for sharing.

Space-The continuing journey.

Imaginative play and the children’s self-generated space inquiry-incorporating new students.

It seems that three weeks off school and an earthquake have not stopped the passion for the space inquiry. The new children have been drawn into the play scenario. I have found it absolutely fascinating to see the children go back to previous play ideas. They have started to rewrite the list of who will go on the space ship. This time the children have written lists with first and second names and they knew how to write them by themselves, last time it was scribble writing and copied names. Everyone has taken part.

The new ideas involve acting out space adventures and making new machines. I have tried to capture some of it on video… but it moves very fast!

This is the first one… I have gotten even better footage today… watch this space!

Space-the voice over

The children realised that if the film is going to sound like a ‘real film’ they must use expression when they read the script. They each decided which parts they wanted to read and practiced on photo booth. This was their idea.

It maybe a bit long but it is wonderful. I tried to do a photo booth to… it was the snowy Friday. You may question my class control skills after seeing it! I put it in because it still makes me laugh when I watch it.