Pre-K goes to the Aquarium

Our ELC Pre-K students recently wrapped up a unit on animal study where they explored the differences and similarities between  mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. The unit ended with a trip to the Shinagawa Aquarium, thanks to our generous PTA. Pre-K teachers contribute details on the unit and field trip.
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Heavy Hammers, Chewy Mochi and Super-Sized Sumo at the ELC

The Early Learning Center has a long history of embracing Japanese holidays and culture as a platform for activities that introduce children to Japanese arts and crafts, music, food, traditional clothing, children’s literature, games and toys. Although this rich study extends through the entire year, many of the cultural activities take place between January and March, beginning with mochi, sumo and taiko. Continue reading

ELC Students Bring Home the Potatoes

On October 26, our early learning center students headed out to the farm for the yearly sweet potato harvest. The sweet potato digs are an ELC PTA-sponsored tradition that students look forward to every year as the weather cools and leaves start to turn shades of red and yellow, giving them a chance to learn about and experience a seasonal Japanese cultural tradition. Continue reading