Nagano Aurora – Let the hunt begin! (7-10 June)

Hello everyone!

It has been another fun week here in our energetic Aurora class. We learned more about accepting each other’s differences in our UOI lessons, had exciting gym and music lessons, and went to the pool for our swimming lesson!

UOI (We can be the same and different)

Our third and final LOI is “It’s ok to be different”. Our main activity this week was making a big “Elmer the elephant” together. Before making our elephant, we read the book “Elmer the elephant”. It’s a really sweet book that teaches kids that being different is not only ok, but can be a great thing! The teacher would stop and ask the kids questions about what was happening in the story while we were reading. If you haven’t read the book, please watch it together if you have time.

Please look forward to seeing the making of our big elephant in next week’s blog!

Swimming lesson

Excitement is always very high every morning before we go to the pool. Everyone loves the pool, and for good reason! We kicked off the lesson by continuing our alligator walk across the platform in the water. We then separated the platforms making a gap again, so they could glide over it in the water. It’s nice to see our brave students improve each time we do these activities! Good job everyone! We finished the lesson by repeating everyone’s favorite activity, the water slide!


The weather is gradually getting hotter, so when we play outside or go to the park, we make sure to take a lot of drink breaks.  We brought the bubbles again to the park! The kids had so much fun running around chasing all the bubbles.

We also have fun being silly when we play inside. This week, the kids had a little too much fun using clothespins…A new fashion trend??

Phonics and writing practice

This week’s letter is H!

After looking at flashcards of various things starting with the letter H, we took a special look at the word “HAT”. The teacher will say the word slowly and ask the kids what letters they think he needs. I am very impressed by everyone’s engagement when we read together! We also looked at how the word changed if we replaced certain letters. Like changing the “A” to an “O”, changed the word from hat to hot.
先ずは、フラッシュカードを使い、Hから始まる様々な単語を学びました。そして、「HAT」3文字の単語をフォニックスの音を使って読むことに挑戦してみました。一つ一つの音を確認し、それを繋げたときにある単語になります。そして、自分たちで読んだ単語がある物の名前だとわかったとき 「HAT」👒 、子どもたちはとても嬉しそうに自信に満ち溢れていました。他にも、「HAT」のAをOに置き換えて「HOT」にして、読む挑戦をしてみました。

In what has become a big favorite amongst the kids, we also had another letter hunt! This time there were 16 letter H hidden around the campus! Of course, they had no problem finding them all! And they did it with a lot of energy!

We also used crayons to color a big letter to make our own rainbow H.
Some of the kids chose to practice the stroke order, while others did some more traditional coloring.

Finally, we did our writing practice, by tracing the letter.

Circle time songs

We have had some inquiries about the songs we use for our morning circle time.

Here is a list of all the songs we sing during our circle time. Feel free to have fun singing them together at home too!

Good morning song

Weather song

Season song

Counting song

Days of the week

Months of the year

Goodbye song

Monthly song!

This month’s song is “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”. The song was composed for an old Disney movie called “Song of the South”. It actually won an academy award for best original song in 1947! This was also one of my favorite songs when I was at the same age too! We have a lot of fun singing this song everyday, so please sing it together at home!
Here are the lyrics for the song:
今月の歌は、「 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah 」です。この歌は、「南部の唄」と呼ばれる古いディズニー映画の為に作曲されました。そして、実際に1947年に最高のオリジナル曲、デアカデミー賞を受賞しました!Mr.Kennethがオーロラのみんなと同じ年の頃、良く歌ったお気に入りの歌の一つです。

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird’s on my shoulder
It’s the truth, it’s actual
Ev’rything is satisfactual
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day, yes sir!

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird’s on my shoulder
It’s the truth, it’s actual
Ev’rything is satisfactual
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, feeling this way

Mister Bluebird’s on my shoulder
It is the truth, it’s actual… huh?
Where is that bluebird? Mm-hm!
Ev’rything is satisfactual
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

Thank you so much for reading the blog, and for all the wonderful feedback! See you again next week!