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Taught how to count in Japanese today.... 20 is said 2 10, 30 is 3 10, and I went all the way up as the kids got up to 9 10 for 90 when a kid blurted out 10 10 for 100. I totally laughed out loud but at least it shows she understands the pattern!
We celebrated International Dot Day! We talked about making their mark and how they will be remembered.
We celebrated International Dot Day in class. Here are the two videos I was able to make with my two Japanese classes. The first one is with my younger students and the second one is with my older students. Enjoy!
Friendship is very important for first graders. So of course I'll hear, "xxx doesn't want to be my friend" and "xxx says I have to be their friend." I spoke to the students about if someone doesn't want to be your friend, then they aren't a good friend for you. I told them, I much rather be friends with someone that wants to be my friend than someone that doesn't want to be my friend. Of course that doesn't really sink in with them, but is a thought they can ponder on. Now on to the "xxx says I have to be their friend." I teach them a powerful phrase they can use, "I have a choice." I tell them that it is their choice whether they want to be friends with someone and that no one should ever tell you you HAVE to be their friend. I know it's deep thinking for kids that are barely six, but it's worth a shot.
Today was the second class of Japanese, but the first math class. I plan to teach math on Tuesdays and social studies on Thursdays. So today, the girls learned how to do 1 ~ 10 on the abacus. It was a way to learn the numbers as well as a way to show it on the abacus. Hopefully they will be able to get to the point of being able to use the abacus for simple calculations.
In the younger class I taught them how to write
In the older class, I taught them the difference between hiragana and katakana. Since they learned how to write the above hiragana last week, they just needed to learn the katakana this week.
They went home for the first time with homework so I hope they complete it and study!
Today was my first after school Japanese classes. I have 13 students in my Grades 1 to 3 class and 7 students in my Grades 4 to 6 class. Thursdays are for social studies and we are starting with family. Students learned the Japanese words for each family member.
Father お父さん otousan
Mother お母さん okaasan
Older Brother お兄さん oniisan
Older Sister お姉さん onesan
Me わたし watashi
Younger Brother 弟 otouto
Younger Sister 妹 imouto
Grandpa おじいさん ojiisan
Grandma おばあさん obasan
Pets ペット petto
Both classes learned how to read あいうえお.
I also decided to teach ひらがな from what's easier to write as opposed to the あいうえお order. So, the older class was able to get to learning how to write くへてそつ. The そ was actually a bit hard for them to write so I don't know how the younger class will do.
Today in science class the students documented what they saw in each of the bags.
Everything (air, water, sunlight)
They were really amazed how the one in the closet that got no sunlight was still able to grow. Since this class was a class to observe and document, both classes (Japanese and English class) were able to work well.
Former First Grade Teacher & Japanese Teacher (Grade 1 ~ 6) in Honolulu, Hawaii; Ph.D in Education