April 26, 2010

Preschool/Church Bazaar

In early May, will hold our first ever New Hope Preschool and church bazaar. Come and get some bargains on things your family can use. Refreshments will also be available. Proceeds will go toward our facilities and educational supplies.

Dates and Times
Saturday, May 8, 10AM to 12 noon
Sunday, May 9, 12 noon to 2PM

April 23, 2010

Letter C, Gravity, Birthdays

 The letter of the week was C.The children used play dough to make things that begin with C. One girl made a beautiful Christmas tree!

Our Bible story was about when Jesus ascended into Heaven. We learned about gravity and that the God who made the laws of nature is not bound by them.

 Air resistance may slow a parachute but gravity still brings it down.

 Happy Birthday boys!

April 19, 2010

Kids' Fitness

Our theme for Saturday Preschool and Saturday Kids last week was health and fitness. In my preparations for the day, I came across a page of fun fitness activities for parents and their young children. Of course we couldn't do them all on Saturday so please try some at home when you have a chance.


Joyful Parenting Class: Respect

Tomorrow, April 20, from 10:30 to noon, is our second Joyful Parenting Class for this year. Mrs. Ellen will be sharing on the topic of "Respecting Our Children." Join us to learn about why and how we can show appropriate respect to our children. More details are on the Joyful Parenting Class page of our web site.

For your reference here are the rest of this year's parenting class dates and topics. Please contact New Hope Preschool for more information.

April 13: The Value of a Child
April 20: Respecting Our Children
April 27: The Importance of Discipline: Basic Principles
May 4: Golden Week (No Class)
May 11: The Importance of Discipline: Effective Methods
May 18: Dealing with Anger
May 25: Communication: Encouraging Cooperation
June 1: Communication: Acknowledging Feelings
June 8: Communication: The Power of Praise
June 15: Encouraging Independence
June 22: Facing the Challenges of Parenting Adolescents

April 15, 2010

Flowers from Bulbs and the Letter B

We are learning about flowers and the letter B this week. Today we dug up a few bulbs from the flower bed in front of the preschool and studied them. Some of the bulbs had "babies" attached, which delighted the children.

B is this week's letter, so today the children worked in teams to put together pattern block pictures of a boat, a bicycle, a bat, and a butterfly.

April 09, 2010

First Week of April

We had a fun week at preschool. We learned about Passion Week and Easter. The children made treats for loved ones and cute little pop-up Easter cards. We didn't take many pictures, but here are a few.

 Big kids worked on their letters.

 Letter of the Week--A!

 Mixing Up a Creamy, Fruity Treat

April 06, 2010

Preschool Newsletter

(Here's a sneak preview of our first general newsletter. If you want to be on our mailing list, please sign up on our website.)

Hello! Welcome to New Hope International Preschool's first general newsletter. You are receiving this letter because of your relationship with the preschool as a student's parent or because of previous contact with us. This general newsletter will go out at most once a month. We hope you enjoy it and find it useful, but if you prefer not to receive this newsletter in the future, please reply to this message with "unsubscribe" in the subject line and we will promptly remove you from the list.

  • Joyful Parenting Class
  • Spring Campaign
  • Scholastic Book Club
  • Tips to Help Your Child with English at Home
  • Keep Up with New Hope Preschool Online

Joyful Parenting Class

New Hope International Preschool has a parenting class on Tuesday mornings from April through June. Join us for times of learning and discussion about parenting with joy. Come to all ten sessions or as many as you can. All parents are welcome, whether their children attend New Hope Preschool or not. The classes are in English and Japanese. The cost is 500 yen per class. Space is limited. Contact us or see our web site for specific dates and topics.

Spring Campaign

Space is still available in some of our classes. From now through the end of May, we are running a two-point enrollment enrollment campaign. New Students get 20,000 yen off of the usual enrollment fee and half-price tuition for the first two months. See our campaign page for more details.

Scholastic Book Club

A few times a year we give the opportunity to order select children's books in English at a very reasonable prices. If you are interested in a catalog, please pick one up at the preschool or give us your mailing address and your child's age so we can send you a catalog. Orders and payments are due by April 30.

Tips to Help Your Child with English at Home

When your child watches DVDs in English, turn on the English subtitles. This will help with listening and reading. Even if your child is too young to read, he will begin to associate the English alphabet with meaning.

Preschoolradio.com has a fun, thirty-minute program of children's music in English. They put a new one up every week.

Keep up with New Hope Preschool Online

Thank you for reading this far. If you want to keep up with New Hope Preschool online, there are four ways.

newhopeclc.jp Our main website.

blog.newhopeclc.jp Our blog.

Our facebook page. (The url is really long.)

twitter.com/newhopeschool Our twitter page.

Have a wonderful spring!

Jeremy S.

April 05, 2010

Spring Preschool: Dinosaur Times

Spring Preschool was from March 29 through April 2. We didn't take photos of everything but here are a few from day one, "Dinosaur Times."

 Play dough dinosaurs

 Pacing out the length of a seismosaurus

 Dinosaur bones pasta