Sunday, December 10, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN THE CLASSROOM

Creating colourful arts and crafts, reading A Christmas Carol and using the CD-Rom of the Nightmare Before Christmas. All to celebrate Christmas and learn at the same time!












REVISING RIGHT BEFORE THE DECEMBER ECCE EXAMS

While thoroughly revising writing rules, vocabulary and grammar days before the official December exams, we also watched the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in the popular TV series The Crown (a prize won with great effort by the students) and found out true historical information about the political situation in the UK. 












Wednesday, November 29, 2017

MARI'S MESSAGES ABOUT THE JAPANESE CULTURE AND OUR REPLIES

Hi everyone! Thank you for your replies 🙂

John and George, the first computer! So interesting! I think it’s really challenging to know what it says because it’s very very old!  There was such a rich culture on Creta already in 1600 B.C., a very very long time ago. Amazing!  In my hometown, in a northern part of Japan, there is one of the three oldest documents recorded on a stone. This was created 1300 years ago. It’s not that old and the letters are not that mysterious. But it’s important because you can see the link between my hometown, Tagajo, and the central government at that time. The central government was very far away from Tagajo.

Alina, so Geronimo is a smart and cheerful mouse? Yes, I like it, and I want to read his story! Geronimo lives in a modern world, doesn’t he? In Japan, there are a lot of old stories telling about mice’s world. A long time ago, Japanese people thought there was a mice’s world underground, and they could make good people rich. This is one of the most famous one, titled Omusubi Kororin (Rolling Rice Balls).  https://youtu.be/YgTooPDko6U

Mariana, you’re right. Heraklion is quite far from Athens. I’ve never been to Athens either! We have a lot of temples and shrines all over Japan. There are 77,000 temples and 81000 shrines! Some are huge and gorgeous, but some are tiny and simple. The top 2 shrines are Ise Jingu (Ise Grand Shrine) and Izumo Taisha (Izumo Grand Shrine). Ise Jingu worships one of the oldest and the most important goddesses, Amaterasu Omikami (Goddess of the Sun). In Izumo Taisha, there is a meeting of gods and goddesses all over Japan, once a year. All the gods and goddesses come from their hometown to Izumo in October.

I don’t know your favorite story! It makes you cry? I’ll check 😉 We have many old stories, but they are folktales and no specific writers wrote them. But there are some newer writers. They are famous for their children’s books. Kenji Miyazawa is one such a writer, and his story titled “The Restaurant of Many Orders” is one of the most famous. Please take a look at this video of this story. https://youtu.be/-4QztRkN0m8

HI Ilias. That sounds great! I looked for a popular story among Japanese elementary school students. And Kaiketsu Zorori books are the most popular. I haven’t read it but it’s about the adventure of a fox called Zorori. There is also an anime version too. Please take a look. Do you like it?  https://youtu.be/bruF2uBUBQM 
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