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Big Thunder Mountain

ことり組とはな組が、ディズニーランドにあるビッグサンダーマウンテンを作りました。 ことり組は岩の色塗り、
はな組は線路を描きました。岩の頂上から手を離して滑り落ちるのを、何度も何度も楽しみました。  
Kotori & Hana classes made Big Thunder Mountain. Kotori painted the rocks and Hana drew the rail tracks. Kids enjoy sliding the train down the hill many times!

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Himawari Preschool enrollments for 2021-22 school year are open | 新年度募集開始!

お子さんの言葉の発達で、お悩みではないですか?
英語を優先して、日本語の大切さを忘れてはいませんか?

幼児期に自分の思いを話せ、相手の思いが理解できる環境の中で過ごすことは、言葉の獲得だけでなく自分らしさをのびのびと発揮して自信を持つなど、人間形成に大きく関わってきます。そうした環境の中で聞く英語は上達も早く、英語を母国語とする園児との毎日の関わりの中で、英語も自然に身につけていきます。第一言語をしっかり身につけてこそ、第二言語が身につき、両言語が伸びていきます。

日本語での活動を中心に日本の心・日本の生活習慣、そして生きる力を身につけながら、英語での活動やアメリカの行事・文化も取り入れ、国際人として感性豊かな子どもの育成を目指します。

子どもたちが自由に学んだり遊んだりする時間と、友だちと一緒に何かを作ったり、クラスみんなで取り組む時間をバランスよく設け、アメリカの教育の大きな特徴である自主性と、協調性や譲り合いの精神を持つ日本的な心をバランスよく育みます。

ひまわり幼稚園 2021-22年 募集要項 2 pages

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Himawari Preschool is now accepting applications for new preschoolers at our unique Japanese childhood immersion preschool for the 2021-22 school year!

The early childhood years are a special time of growing, where children can learn through play and natural social activities about themselves and the world of others around them.  Here at Himawari Preschool, we give children the opportunity to grow also as “citizens of the world”.  In our complete Japanese immersion environment, American kids can learn about socializing and playing with their new Japanese friends, as well as grow naturally in their vocabulary, cultural knowledge, and self-confidence.

Our teachers, professionals with teaching experience in both Japan and America, bring the Japanese perspective on learning to grow up here to the US, creating a wonderful blend of the best of both cultures.  Himawari kids not only get to enjoy all the main US holidays and festivities, but also those from Japan as well!  Also, our teachers bring art activities unique to Japanese culture direct to the classrooms, and using musical instruments bring the songs and games of Japan here to Michigan as well.  There is no other place from the east to the west coasts of America where a child can truly grow to know and love Japan such as here.

Himawari Registration flyer (English) 2 pages

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Application form | 入園願書 2 pages

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玉ねぎ染め | Dye with onions

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玉ねぎの皮での布染め。輪ゴムで縛って液につけ、広げるときれいな色と模様に!
ハンカチ結びやハンカチ落とし、ハンカチでお人形の服作りなど、遊び方もいろいろです。 寒~いミシガンでは、
濡らして振り回すと、ご覧の通り、凍ってしまいます!
Kids dyed their own cloth using onion skins. First, they tied with rubber bands, then soaked in a special liquid.
They were happy to see them change their color and patterns!
We enjoyed tying everywhere, playing games and making doll’s dresses with them (and watching them freeze in the cold winter air!).         

11ぴきのネコの日本旅行 | Kitty’s trip to Japan

Making the plane ready for the trip
飛行機を作って日本へ行こう

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一つひとつのシートにも色が塗られた素敵な飛行機の完成。ネコたちを乗せた満席の飛行機、出発いたしました。 Working together, students made and decorated this special airplane, which is full of kittens flying to Japan! 

東京タワー作り | Making the Tokyo tower

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手遊び「おてらのおしょうさん」にも出てくる東京タワーを作成!
Then we made Tokyo Tower, about which we’ve been singing in a hand-gesture song.

お花見 | Watching the Cherry blossoms

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日本の春と言えばお花見。桜を作ると、早速ネコたちはお弁当を持ってお花見開始です。
Springtime in Japan means Cherry Blossom watching… Right after kids finish making cherry blossoms, the kittens came to see the flowers with their Obento boxes! 

富士山 | Mt.Fuji

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1月に、折り紙カレンダーで作った富士山。ネコたちも富士登山成功!
Here’s Mt. Fuji (which they’d already made using Origami on their January calendars). Kittens climbed up to the top! 

Frozen fantasy trip to Tokyo!

にじ組が作ったエルサ、アナ、オラフが、そりに乗って、東京ツアーへ!  
Elsa, Anna & Olaf leave the castle and go to Tokyo tower on their sled… where’s Christof??

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Cars (Niji Class)

車遊びが大好きなにじ組のこどもたち。ひまわり恒例の段ボールでの車作りは、今年はカーズ!車の製造から塗装、パンクの修理もお手の物です!
What can you find in Detroit? CARS!! Here at the Himawari Engineering And Design Studio (HEADS), we find some of our top engineers working on car testing and performance.

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Time for repairs and maintenance!
And now we’re ready to race!!!

節分 | Setsubun 2021

クラスごとに大きな鬼を作り、豆まきをしました。
また、一人ずつ鬼の面を作りました。そら組では、デカルコマニーで左右対称の面白いお面ができましたよ!
Making Big Oni (demon) together and throwing beans at them on Setsubun day (Feb 2).
Also making Oni masks using a decalcomania design transfer process.

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How dangerous is Covid-19 for my child at Himawari?

This is a difficult question that many parents are facing right now.  Is it safe to send my preschool child to Himawari Preschool?

As of today (August 11) I think the best answer is to compare Covid-19 to something similar we have had in past school years:  the Flu (Influenza).

Here is a link to the CDC website for Covid-19      For everyone tested in the US and having Covid, 1.6% were ages 0-4 and 5.9% were ages 5-17 (as of Aug 10).  Only 0.025% of infected children ages 0-4 (30 kids) and 0.037% of infected children ages 5-17 (43 kids) have died from Covid so far.  If we use March 10 as the beginning of the pandemic, then we’ve had 155 days, or 42.5% of a year:  so yearly deaths could be estimated at 71 deaths ages 0-4, and 101 deaths ages 5-17.

Here is a link to the CDC website for Influenza     The CDC thinks that there were 35.5 million cases of the Flu in the US in 2018-19.  Of these, 10.2% were ages 0-4 and 21.6% were ages 5-17.   0.8% of infected children ages 0-4 (266 kids) and 0.6% of infected children ages 5-17 (211 kids) died from the Flu.

Comparing the US rates of these 2 diseases, kids ages 0-4 are much more likely to get the Flu and have serious complications, as well as kids age 5-17.

Also, the general population positive rates for Covid-19 tests in over a 7-day average in Wayne (4.7% as of 8/9/20) and Oakland (4.6% as of 8/9/20) are both below 5%.  The statewide positivity rate is currently at 2.3%, and you can see an updated number at this link.  This is a good (low) rate and acceptable for opening school.

So preschool age kids 3-5 years old have more personal risk from the Flu than from Covid.  This should help us understand the risk of sending our kids to Himawari Preschool this year.