- Japanese Club - Term 3
- Grade 3-6 Students are learning to read and write in Japanese!
- Japanese Apps for studying at home
- SBS National Languages Competition
Term Two’s final Japanese Club meeting will take place on Monday 26th of June at 3.15-4.15pm in the hall.
Due to the large amount of students expressing interest in joining our Term Two Japanese Club, we will be opening Japanese Club to twenty new Grade 3-6 students in Term Three.
Japanese Club will take place on Monday afternoon from 3.15pm - 4.15pm in the hall.
Japanese Club will give your children the opportunity to further develop their Japanese language skills by experiencing authentic Japanese culture, art and craft, food, music and games!
At this stage Japanese Club will only be able to cater for twenty students so don't delay! If we do not fill the twenty spaces by Thursday 28th of June, students from our Term Two Japanese Club will be given the opportunity to continue. To register your child's interest please email their name and learning group to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 3-6 students are learning to read and write in Japanese!
This term Grade 3-6 students have been learning ‘hiragana’ - one of the three writing systems in Japanese. To introduce the new characters we have been using fun mnemonic strategies such as turning the shapes of the characters into pictures and thinking of things that remind us of the sound the character makes.
Students have also begun earning ‘hiragana belts’ by colour coding hiragana in the order of karate belts (white - black) to assist with self study and goal setting. Just like karate, when students are ready to earn their belt and move up to the next level they need to pass a test. There is no need to be nervous though! Tests are very casual, can be taken at any time, takes less than 2 minutes and students can attempt the test as many times as they like.
Every Grade 3-6 student is in the process of making their own set of hiragana flashcards. A great deal of work has been put into making these flashcards so it is vital that students look after them. They can be taken home to study but must return to school for use in their Japanese lessons. If a student loses their flashcards they will not be given replacements. It is the responsibility of students to put their name on their flashcards and store them somewhere safe.
Japanese apps for studying at home!
Many students are motivated to improve their Japanese skills by using their hiragana flashcards to self study - this is fantastic! To assist your children with their Japanese there are many engaging apps available for tablets. If you have a tablet device at home you could make a Japanese folder for these apps so that they are easy for your child to find. These are some of my favourite Japanese learning apps for children: Dr Moku’s Hiragana Mnemonics, Learn to Write Hiragana - Japanese, and Learn Japanese With Tako.
Ganbatte kudasai (good luck) and happy studying! - Erica sensei.