IHM students take time to write letters to new friends overseas
HIGH POINT — Students at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in High Point have been learning about Japanese school life from a teacher with local ties who teaches students in Japan. Each IHM student in grades 6-8 has started communicating with a Japanese pen-pal, and other students, like the kindergartners pictured above, have been part of the learning experience, too.
The idea started when Cynthia Herendeen, former IHM student and daughter of first-grade teacher Susan Herendeen, went to Japan to teach English. She suggested the idea as a way for her students to practice their English. IHM students wrote letters to her Japanese students – and they received much more than letters in return.
During a visit home for the holidays, Herendeen brought a little bit of Japan back to the students at IHM. She shared slides, pictures, cultural items, snack foods and more about day-to-day school life in Japan.
The middle school students were excited to see who was receiving their letters and read about their lives in Japan. They recently sent their second letters to Japan and are awaiting replies. IHM students are also preparing to work on podcasts that will enable them to share information about their day at a Catholic school. Students are gaining much more than practice in the lost art of letter writing. They are getting lessons in language and culture through reading and writing, as well as connections to world issues and geography.
— Photo provided by Mendy Yarborough
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