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Family – Savanna 4/10 – 4/14

Every family is unique! – This is the central idea of our first Unit of Inquiry. We will explore different types of families, and how unique each type is. Line of inquiry 1 will focus more on the structure of the family, like how many members are there in the family and who composes it. While Line of Inquiry 2 will focus on the roles and responsibilities of each member. This unit will help our students to be more open-minded, be respectful of the differences of individuals, and learn how to think outside the box and accept things that are not conventional; This unit will help us to be more global-minded citizens.

「家族のかたちはそれぞれ違う」- これが、私たちの最初の探究ユニットの中心的なアイディアです。このユニットでは、さまざまなタイプの家族、そしてそれぞれの家族がいかにユニークであるかを探究します。探究の流れ1では、家族のかたちに焦点を当てます。例えば、家族の中に何人のメンバーがいるのか、家族の中にはだれがいるのか。探究の流れ2では、各メンバーの役割と責任に焦点を当てます。このユニットは、子ども達がよりオープンな心を持ち、それぞれの違いを尊重し、既成概念にとらわれずに物事を考える方法を学び、より国際的な視野を持った人になるための助けになることでしょう。

For our Prior knowledge, we gave the students pieces of puzzles and asked them to solve them. They were so excited and solved the puzzle in no time. We then asked the question: What do you see in the picture? Who are in the picture? One of them answered: I see two mommies but no dad. Then the rest followed and shared what they see in the picture. They could not say the keyword Family tho but that’s where the excitement of this exploration begins; Not being able to say the word that the teachers were looking for means that there is a lot of potential for doing deep research, questions, and activities… fun!

子どもたちの今持っている知識を確認するために、写真を切り取ったパズルを渡し、解いてもらいました。みんな大興奮で、あっという間にパズルを解いてしまいました!その後、次のような質問をしてみました。この絵の中に何が見えますか?この絵には誰が写っていますか? 一人の子が、「ママは2人いるけど、パパはいないよ。」と答えました。すると、他の子も続いて、写真に写っている人について共有し始めました。今回の探究のキーワードである「Family(家族)」という言葉を言うことはできませんでしたが、そこから今回の探究のわくわくが始まります!これからもっと深く調べたり、質問したり、探究したりすることが出来るということなのです!

We have started reviewing the sound of each letter this week. The students were so good at sounding the letters and matching them with the beginning sound of a word. We will dig into this topic more and once we are all set and stable will move forward to reading CVC words!


The walk to the park this week was arduous for the kids; we walked for 30mins one way going to the park and crossing roads to reach our destination. But despite this, we still had fun gazing at the scenery on our way and even chanted: bye, bye mommy duck, bye bye daddy ducks.. etc. as we see animals floating on the river!



Next week will be another fun and exciting week for us. We all can’t wait to dive into the pool and enjoy our swimming lesson.

Have a lovely weekend, Savanna Family!  サバンナファミリーの皆さん、良い週末をお過ごし下さい!