Mindful Monday- Gratitude Edition

“Big connections are created
when big people care about the little things
that matter to little people.”

LR Knost


‘What’s the magic word?’ ‘What do you need to say?’ Chances are we all reminded our child mindlessly to say ‘thank you’ or ‘please’. When we make gratitude routine work, we lose the meaning to true gratification.

At school when our friends show gratitude, we often question them. Why are you thanking your friend? From there, children start to think of why they are thanking their friends. They start thanking their friends with a reason. We hear as simple as ‘Thank you for the truck.’ to ‘Thank you for playing with me.’

Start from home, ask your child at dinner every night what they enjoyed during the day. What they are thankful for. But also, tell them what you are thankful for. What brings you joy. Children should learn and hear from their parents. Children should see and hear the world from your lens. If we focus on the happiness and joy in our lives, we have the power to share the happiness.

One door closes, a new one opens.


“What we learn with pleasure, 

we never forget.”

-Alfred Mercier 



We are so fortunate to celebrate our 17th graduation on Saturday. From Hi no de pier, we sailed in to Tokyo Bay with  Haneda airport and Odaiba in the background, we enjoyed children’s performances, our graduation ceremony, and our guest performers.


Great company, the cruise was filled with laughter, tears of joy, children were stoked, parents were proud. But above all, there were feeling of accomplishment from all corners of the room. 


Graduates and students worked hard to be better than yesterday, and to understand their best work. They put on amazing performances, so well- they looked ready for Hollywood. Inspiring poems from the graduates made all of us proud! It was clear that they appreciated their parents, enjoyed their friends company and loved learning and spending time at J’s. With friends all continuing into other international schools, Nishimachi and St. Maur’s to name a few. 

A little glimpse from the graduation. 



“On the day of my son’s high school graduation, I vividly remember his kindergarten graduation[at J’s, 13 years ago]. He was a lot smaller and a lot cuter. However, his love of learning hasn’t change at all. Thank you for creating such a strong foundation of learning.”

A beautiful ceremony to conclude a beautiful school year. Thank you to everyone who made this day possible. 

Outdoor education- seeing what’s around us.


*Outdoor education*

A lot of times during outdoor education, we try to practice mindfulness. In our chaotic busy kindergarten lives, we try to listen to what we hear, we think about what we see around us and what we smell around us.

We sit in a big group and listen to what our friends have to offer. During this time of sharing, children learn to respect, children learn to wait, they learn to listen to each other.


“I see grey spot.. but all the other spots are brown. I wonder why it’s the only one.. “

#investigate #wonder


Friend 1 “Wah!! There’s a green spider 🕷 on the floor!!” 😱

Friend 2 “it’s not a spider!! It’s a 🦀 ! There’s a green crab on the ground!”😨

*everyone comes running*

“how did it get here???” 🤔

Friend3 “it’s not moving...”🙄

Friend 4 “wait, it’s a toy!” 😅

#problemsolving #thoughtprocess


Friend 1 “I see a bug but it’s not moving..” Friend 2 “maybe he’s thirsty. Let’s give him water!”

Friend 1 “I think he’s sleeping, leave him alone.”

#kindness #criticalthinking #internationalkindergarten



Two more sleep until our big day. 

Our friends have been practicing daily for our graduation and year end party. Every year, we invite families and enjoy our beautiful time on a boat cruise. 

Each class will preform as well as a full kindergarten graduation. Practice is making perfect.... We practice as a whole school, encourage each other, cheer each other too! 

This builds confidence! We are witnessing a lot of Hollywood performances! Stay tuned! 



Heightening our senses, one ingredient at a time.

Yesterday was our last cooking class of the year. Our friends helped make an parfait with anin-tofu, grapefruit jello and peach.


We spoke about the different tastes, texture and smell. We compared it, we combined it.  “I like how the peach tastes with grapefruit jelly.” Some of our friends favored the sweet and sour taste. Some combined the sweet flavors. “I like the smell of peach with the Anin-tofu”


We invited our parents and served them our specially made parfait. Our friends asked their parents what they would like in their parfait. It was fully customized!

Thank you Ms. Emily for the wonderful school year. See you in September 👩🏻‍🍳