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 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.
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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!).
Making the plane ready for the trip
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
Then we made Tokyo Tower, about which we’ve been singing in a hand-gesture song.
お花見 | Watching the Cherry blossoms
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
Here’s Mt. Fuji (which they’d already made using Origami on their January calendars). Kittens climbed up to the top!
Elsa, Anna & Olaf leave the castle and go to Tokyo tower on their sled… where’s Christof??
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.
Also making Oni masks using a decalcomania design transfer process.
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.