October 20, 2011

Reading to a Partner

A few times a week at New Hope International School, students pair up and read to one another. Here are some highlights from today's reading.

"I like Mind Your Manners, Biscuit because there is a game in the book." -MK

"I like My Pet Turtle because I like turtles." -HO

"I like the animal in One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish that has eleven fingers." -HP

"I like One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish where the animal has a cookbook on his hat and the wieners are in the fire." -MS

"I like I'm So Grumpy! because I like dogs." -MM

"I like Knut the Baby Polar Bear because I like animals." -HO

"I like Tirzah because it is about a girl who is leaving Egypt for the Promised Land." -RS

"I'm enjoying Wonders and Miracles because I like a story in it called "Milk for Wine." It is about a kind man giving money for a poor man's Passover." -TS

October 18, 2011

Planning for Sports Day

We have a field day coming up and decided to get the elementary school students involved in planning the events. Here they are brainstorming games. They wrote down all of their ideas without discussion or judgement.

 Then they discussed the pros and cons of each idea and voted for their favorites.

Democracy in Action!
It's going to be a great sports day!

October 05, 2011

Happy Birthday M

New Hope International School had its first birthday party in the new elementary division. Everyone enjoyed cake, singing, and having some "Japanese OK" time outside of Japanese class.

Happy Birthday!

Rainy Day Games at New Hope School

Because of the rain today, we had a short PE class and spent the rest of the hour playing games. These girls are learning to play chess with Quick Chess. It's basically a series of chess games that leads beginners through the process of learning how each piece moves and takes opposing pieces.

Learning with Quick Chess

These boys are playing a version of marbles on small whiteboards. They stagger the whiteboards and make traps between for the marbles to make the game more challenging.

Modified Marbles Game

These girls are playing Shoots and Ladders. It's a fun game and great for working on numbers through 100.

Shoots and Ladders

What do you like to do on rainy days? We'd love to hear from you in the comments.