Each year our gym is transformed into Kid City, a simulation for 1st and 2nd graders that helps them understand how a community works. Students run a variety of services, and when they are not busy offering a service, students take on the role of customer. They are issued play money which they use at the various services.
Thanks, parents and teachers, for making Kid City a success!
6/9: 2nd semester ends (12:30 dismissal for students)
Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren)!
P.S.We have extended the fence on the elementary playground. This will help our students PlaySafely. We invite you to give a gift to PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US to help cover installation costs.
Students work together in teams toward a specific goal, for example, to collect and shoot as many basketball as possible (elementary school).
Students work collaboratively in groups of 3 to create a tumbling routine and present the routine to the class (middle school).
Students learn about how their bodies are created from cells to make tissue, organs, and systems. Students also learn how to steward their bodies to better serve God in His world (high school).
I’m also excited that OCSI teaches physical education from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:
Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created us as whole people (physical as well as spiritual) in a physical creation, declared it all very good, and set a pattern alternating work with rest. He did this so we could enjoy and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors, in gratitude to God for all His good gifts.
Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin we idolize or fail to appreciate and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors.
Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): In becoming human, Jesus affirmed the goodness of physical life. In dying and rising again, He freed us from the power of sin so that we could enjoy and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors, in gratitude to God for all His good gifts.
Restoration (What will you do?): The PE/Health Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students to develop skill in movement, to appreciate and steward the health and fitness of the body God has given them, and to collaborate with others.
Expand their Japanese vocabulary so that can talk with others in Japanese.
Master hiragana, katakana, and kanji.
Learn that language is a tool for communicating across cultures and that language should be used to serve God and others.
Think about the relationship between language and culture.
Work productively in groups.
Give speeches on current events.
Understand the differences between honorific expressions and extra modest expressions, which will help them when they start a job so they know how to communicate respectfully.
I’m also excited that OCSI teaches Japanese from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:
Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created language for power (how He created the earth), connection (how He communicated with people and people with each other), and truth (Jesus is the Word—God’s clearest communication of His truth to humans). People, as His image bearers, continue to use language to develop the potential of God’s creation.
Fall (What’s wrong?): After the fall people used language to assert human power over God’s power (Genesis 11), to separate people, and to deceive others.
Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Jesus embodies how far God will go to re-establish communication. Jesus became human, sacrificed Himself to reconcile us to God, and rose from the dead so we could desire to be reconciled to others. He also sent His Spirit, and at Pentecost the Holy Spirit enabled all to hear the Gospel in their own language, thus showing us God’s vision of unity that will include people from every language praising Him in heaven.
Restoration (What will you do?): The Japanese Language Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students speak, read, and write Japanese language, and understand Japanese culture. We do this so that students will be gracious hosts and/or guests, appreciate the unity in diversity that people have developed as God’s image bearers, and appreciate the interconnection of language and culture. And we do this so that students can, in humility, love their neighbors and communicate the Gospel to them.