All Pre-Primary classes have been very busy learning lots of new vocabulary. We have been learning about numbers (1-10), colours, body parts, greetings and how Japanese is one of many languages spoken in Australia, in Asia and in the world.
The children are able to now confidently count to 10 in Japanese, and some classes have been challenging themselves to count backwards in Japanese!! The children were very interested in learning to read and write the numbers in Kanji, one of the three Japanese writing systems. In Term 4 we will be learning a little bit more about the different writing systems.
The names of eleven colours were learnt with the children having fun describing classroom items using Japanese colours and creating pom-pom posters for their classroom.
In Term Three we began to discover the names of body parts, particularly focussing on those body parts used in the Japanese equivalent of the English song ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’. In Term 4 we will add more body part names to our vocabulary and continue to review and practice vocabulary already learnt.
Throughout the year we practice socialising in Japanese. The children are learning to exchange greetings, introduce and share information about themselves, such as how old they are. The children are now able to respond respectfully to others using the Japanese equivalent of ‘please’ (douzo, kudasai) and ‘thank you’ (arigatou).
We have also introduced the children to simple traditional Japanese folktales and picture books in English, which allow us all to explore the similarities and differences between are own cultures and the Japanese.
The children are beginning to understand the differences between process words used when learning another language, such as speaking, listening, translating and reading. The understanding of these words are important as they create the foundation for all Learning Intentions and Success Criteria in the Japanese as a Second Language program.