Online Learning in Aiwin

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Dear Aiwin Parents,

We know that missing school because of the current emergency situation isn’t easy for our students and their families. We also know that there are ways to turn unexpected time at home into exciting opportunities for children to learn, think, and grow. 

Our previous work to expand learning methodologies to meet a variety of learning styles has built a new skill set in our teachers and our students which adapts very well to an Online Learning experience. While we know that face-to-face instruction is critical to learning, we have been busy building skill-sets in our teaching staff to conduct this direct instruction through a virtual experience. While not perfect, we will be doing the best we can to adapt in these trying times.

With your extended your support, we are able to to continue to educate your child even at your home. I often say that children only learn best when school and home work together, never has this been more true! 

And so I would like to share with you how we are all doing with our Online Learning and how you all have made it a positive learning experience for Aiwin students. 

Establishing student connection and engagement in our virtual classrooms

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Teaching Practical Life Skills in Nursery and Preschool in Seesaw

(N) Emma replied to Ms. Manami with a video showing how she takes care of herself at home.

Mastering Math Skills in Early Nursery, Junior Kindy and Kindy Seesaw

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(JK) Hinoyuki made AB patterns with colored buttons.

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(K) Shion comparing numbers and found out which number is greater.

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(EN) Ryogo matching his shapes to make his mouse.

 

Practicing Phonological Awareness in Kindy Seesaw

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(JK) Rimi finding words at home that starts with letter A.

(K) Lei practicing with her sight words.

 

Expressive Art in Seesaw

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(PRE) Tokichika’s hand and feet art.

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(N) Ibuki with his flower art.

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(N) Hiroto’s favorite fruit plate.

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(K) Yuya’s talked about his favorite in his online journal.

(JK) Mei talking about her self-portrait.

 

Promoting Japanese class and culture

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(JK) Kaho and (Pre) Aoshi wearing their Koinobori hats.

(N) Rico practicing her Kanji flashcards at home.

 

We appreciate all the support and feedback from families that we have been receiving as we move forward.

Please keep signing in with your child!

 

Ms. Darlin Okada

School Principal

Aiwin International School

 

 

Spring Semester 2019

Dear Aiwin families,

 

As the very first Principal’s blog for this school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your generous support to our school since Aiwin has started its humble beginnings.

The start of a child’s school life is a milestone that is often anticipated with great excitement and joy, but also with lots of crying, uncertainty, and heel digging — from both children and parents. Indeed, transitioning into a new environment can be a difficult and stressful time for both parents and children. The experience can be overwhelming but we are going past that stage now at at this point in time as children are settling in more and more each day in their classrooms and with their new teachers and friends.

We have made the new school year more exciting and stimulating for Aiwin students by revising our programs like RAZ reading workshops, EC clubs, cooking, and allowing more time for outdoor play.

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We started to introduce our preschoolers to technology, more specifically, computers and tablets, which is important because they have become such an integral part of our society, and continue to be so. The littlest of learners should be exposed to these basic tech skills among many others. We teach children how to handle books, use scissors, stack blocks, hold a pencil, etc., and tech skills shouldn’t be treated any differently. The International Society for Technology in Education recommends that by age 5, children have basic skills in technology operations and concepts that let them explore and learn by doing.Through technology, we are can build stronger home-school connections when parents are given access to their child’s learning even at home.

 

We are spending a lot of time outdoors, thanks to the beautiful sunny weather in the past few weeks. Playing outside freely is one of the best way to engage in meaningful learning for children. Students can make their own choices and practice decision-making when they are faced with different situations outdoors. They may have bumps or scratches here and there but we are not worried as this is a sign of growing independence and confidence.

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Our EC clubs has been fun with our yoga, music band, board games, dances, japanese club and ICT in the list. Students has their own personal favorites!

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This past few weeks we’ve been cooking up a storm in our cooking studio. Our goal is to make students appreciate food more and expose them to different kinds of food. Along with the basic skills of measuring, scooping, cutting, children are learning how important food are. IMG_9433IMG_8946
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Our past two months was especially made colorful by the different events we have all participated in. The most recent one is our Earthquake Drill, where students learned to “Drop, Cover and Hold” in case of an earthquake. We were able to evacuate the building in 6 minutes and 32 seconds! We are aiming for less than 5 minute evacuation next month.

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There will be other exciting events coming up like Science Week and Field Trip for JK/K. Please watch out for more information in the next couple of days.

I would be happy to update you next with our PE and music classes, as well as the fun activities of Summer School that we are all gearing up to.

Hope you all have a wonderful and happy Summer ahead!

 

Ms. Darlin

School Principal

 

 

 

Junior Kindy/Kindy社会科見学

11月末に、ジュニアキンディとキンディの皆は3学期の社会科見学として天王寺動物園に出かけました!

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朝の通勤ラッシュでぎゅうぎゅうの電車の中、人混みにも負けずなんとか動物園前駅に到着!

駅のホームに描かれた動物の絵に興奮しながら動物園へ向かいました。

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動物園に着いてからは、たくさんの動物を見て、動物についてたくさんのことを学びました!

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先月にAnimalのテーマで学んでいたことを実際に動物を見ながら復習したり、新しく学んだり、動物たちと触れ合ったり、とても楽しい社会科見学でした!

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Aiwin ハロウィンパーティ2017

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10月31日はAiwinでハロウィンパーティがありました!

みんな個性豊かに仮装をしてきてくれました☺ファッションショーをしたり、アクティビティをしたり、トリック・オア・トリートをしたりして楽しみました♪

何よりも仮装した子どもたちがとーーーっても可愛かったです♡

 

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10月14日にAiwinのスポーツデーがありました!

子どもたちはクラスごとにダンスをしたり、お父さんやお母さんと親子競技をしたり、体育の先生と障害物コースをしたりしました。

みんなとてもよく頑張りましたね✨

 

Aiwinでは毎週体育の授業もあるので子どもたちの身体能力もどんどん伸びています!