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Milky Way July 1st – 5th, 2019

Goodbye, June! Hello, July!
We are already in the second half of 2019, and our learning activities in Milky Way just keep on getting exciting. We are nearing towards the end of Unit 2, and this week, we focused on the remaining elements of Japanese culture, which are food, traditions, and language.
We learned that Japanese Food is famous around the world for its unique taste and ingredients. The students are all so excited to share in class their knowledge about Japanese Food and what do they like about them. We even tried to recreate a Bento box using various craft materials. The Milky Way students were able to showcase their creative skills and resourcefulness in this fun activity.

The next element that we talked about is Japanese traditions. We learned that Japanese people place great value on respect and politeness and so we explored some of the most important behavior and customs that we need to practice in order to create harmony in the community. We also had a short discussion about Japanese art where we learned about origami. It was challenging to create a paper frog, but all of us had so much fun doing it.

The last element that we explored is language. We learned that every country has its own language and it is very important in enriching and sustaining the nation’s culture. We had a short discussion about the Japanese language and its three writing systems. Afterwards, we played a matching game with Kanji symbols and their corresponding pictures to test what students know about Kanji. They were all great and probably have a better understanding of these symbols than I have! To wrap up our topic on Japanese language and traditions, we had a cherry blossom painting session in class where we also integrated the art of haiku poetry.

This week was also extra special because of the Gym Open Day. We had so much fun doing the exercises and games with our parents. It was a great opportunity for us to bond together and to promote the importance of physical health.

Thank you, parents, for coming and supporting the Gym Open Day! This was indeed a memorable week!