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The magic e! – Rainforest 7/1 – 7/5

Our little readers have just engaged in another journey in their quest to discover different sounds in English Phonics this week.


The Rainforest class has started to read words with silent e, also known as the Magic e. The process of a sound changing from short to long amazes the students and giggle when they hear and witness how this magic happens. To practice more, we played a reading race, where each student will need to try to read a word, and if they read it correctly, they will get to take a step forward.

「マジック “e”」とも呼ばれる発音をしない”e”を使った単語を読みました。短い音から長い音に変化していく過程を目の当たりにすると、子ども達はその規則性に驚き、面白く感じ、理解できた喜びに思わず笑みがこぼれます。さらに練習を重ねるため、友達とペアになりリーディング・レースを行いました。

They all wanted to win so they gave their best to be able to read each word shown to them and win the race!


Our class had another visitor this week who joined our inquiry, Ms. Rose from the Nagano Campus. She was delighted to see how much our inquirers are involved in their inquiry about plants.


Aside from showcasing what they already know, The Rainforest class also shared the result of their experiment, and why they think caused the changes in their plants.


Also, we started looking into How Plants Grow. To activate the curiosity of our inquirers, they were tasked to discuss with their team how they think Plants Grow, and what a plant needs to grow. To do this they observed the leftover veggies they brought from home. After some time they have been keeping them at school, some of the plants prospered while some rotted. These specimens helped them to answer the questions: What changed from this plant? What caused the change? What element was present for the other plants to prosper, and what lack those who did not grow?

また、「植物はどのように成長するのか」についても調べました。「植物はどのように育つのか」「植物が育つには何が必要か」についてチームで話し合うために、家から持ってきた野菜の廃材を水につけて観察をしました。数日後、いくつかの植物は増殖して育ち、いくつかの植物は枯れてしまいました。しかし、これらの植物は、 どんな変化があったのか。その変化の原因は。他の植物を育てるために何が必要だったのか。枯れてしまった原因は何か、という彼らが質問に答えるのに役立ちました

Our inquiry on plants is not ending yet, so hang in there and tag along as we discover more!

植物に関する私たちの探究はまだまだ続きます! 一緒に更なる発見をしていきましょう!

See you all in the next blog! Happy inquiry!


Thank you, Ms. Aida, for spending time with us!


This is the video we learn about a plant cycle.


This is the song children really like. If you like it, please enjoy singing!