CHIBI NO GAKKO

A Japanese American Heritage School

Chibi No Gakko is  a Denver community-based program that provides children the opportunity to explore their Japanese American heritage in a fun, "hands on" way through a variety of activities.

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A Japanese American Heritage School

  • Sessions are held every two years-next session 2022

  • Students currently enrolled in grades K-8

  • Teachers are certified through the Colorado Department of Education

  • Youth mentors in grades 9-12 who were previously Chibi No Gakko Students

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ACTIVITIES

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FAMILY HISTORY

Students learn the value of their oral histories and their own history by interviewing family members and writing a personal journal.

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COOKING

Students learn the basics of cooking simple Japanese foods from udon and rice to SPAM musubi and chicken teriyaki. Learning to use a knife to slice, dice, and chop is one of the biggest challenges.

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SONGS, DANCES, & GAMES

Tank Bushi, Aka Tonbo, and Speed Jan-Ken Po are a sample of the folk dances, songs and games students learn as part of their Chibi experience. Traditionally they perform what they've learned at the end-of-session family potluck!

 
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ARTS & CRAFTS

Artistic creativity ranges from the traditional to wildly esoteric when students have made noren, taiko drums, ceramic sushi plates, ceramic tea cups, furoshikis, hagoitas, maneki nekos, darumas and more.

 
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READING & WRITING

Students read about the Japanese American internment through a variety of books~ Baseball Saved Us. Bluejay in the Desert, Journey Home...