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.
ディズニーランド入場ゲート ことり組の色塗り、はな組の輪つなぎとお花、そら組のミッキーの色塗りで完成した入場ゲート。 そこを通るだけで、ディズニーの世界へ引き込まれ、子どもたちは歓声を上げていました。 Tokyo Disneyland Welcome Gate Kotori-class painted the garden, Hana-class made the origami chain and flower gardens and Sora-class colored Mickey. Just passing through this special gate, kids were drawn into the world of Disney and entranced.
ジャングルクルーズ ことり組、はな組、そら組がそれぞれ作ったものを合わせて、ジャングルクルーズの完成！ ボートに乗っていろいろな動物を見たり、滝の下をくぐったりと、人気のアトラクションとなりました！ Jungle Cruise: Kotori, Hana and Sora classes made the parts and put them together. Ride the boat and see the animals, or go under the waterfall. How exciting!
We started this “Frozen project” from a child’s wish: “I want to color Anna”. So, Niji-class made the Frozen castle by stacking bits of Styrofoam all together. They also made Elsa, Anna and Olaf of course! We set up the castle in Tokyo Disneyland as one of the attractions (“Ice castle tour”), and the Kittens and Leprecauns from St. Patrick’s Day also decided to visit!
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!
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!).