A multilingual playgroup was held at Hokkori Heart Demachi on Dec. 10, 2012. 28 people from China and Japan participated. What we did:
*Free play time
*Singing time "Hello to All the Children of the World"
*Free talk "Ethnic Costumes" *Counting from one to ten in Portuguese *Story time "The Giant Turnip" in Chinese
We started our program with the song "Hello to all the Children of the World" which contains "Hello" in 9 languages in the lyrics.
The topic of chatting for the day was "Ethnic Costumes". Many kinds of costumes such as Vietnamese "Aozai", Indonesian "Kebaya", Indian "Saris" and "Punjabi Suits" etc. were hung in the room. Our staff members wore Kimono and Saris, too. Some people tried them on and others took pictures of their kids in the costumes. Everyone seemed to be having fun. We learned how to count from 1 to 10 in Portuguese.
At story time, one of our guests read "The Giant Turnip" in Chinese. It was interesting to know that the sound of calling out when pulling the turnip was different between Chinese and Japanese. There's no gathering in January. The next multilingual playgroup will be held on Monday February 18th. (We will hold it on the third Monday instead of the second Monday due to the national holiday.)