2010-05-21 / School News

Recreation Center Children Explore Japan

On Wednesday April 28, the children at Sorrentino Recreation Center Afterschool Program (sponsored by Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation) were fortunate enough to begin their Japanese Explorer Program where the children learned many things about the Japanese culture. Many of us may look at Asian people and think that they all are the same culture and they all speak and write the same language. Well, the children have learned that that isn’t the case at all. Japanese people have a totally different language and culture. The children were able to see the difference between the languages when they were learning how to write in Japanese.

For the past two sessions the children have even learned how to greet each other in Japanese by saying “Konnichiwa.” They were also able to see the similarities between Japanese people and Americans by playing a hand game called Jan-Ken-Pon which is the equivalent to our game Rock Paper Scissors. They also created a spinning top made out of origami paper and a tooth pick. In this game, you are supposed to see who makes a top that can spin the longest. Each child was also able to write out a business card in Japanese and put down what he or she wants to be in the future. The program also teaches what things are made in Japan, what cartoons are from Japan, how children in Japan live and the different foods they eat and much more. It is the hope of the Sorrentino Afterschool staff that the children not only get a fun and recreational experience but that they are cultured and through this and other programs offered by The City of New York Parks and Recreation, they will continue to do just that.

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