Photo-essay: No sweets, cakes or fruits, kindergarten teachers still organized a “flawless” birthday party for our children

In the morning of Sept. 27th, kindergarten teachers at Japanese International School (JIS) organized a birthday party for children born in September. Although there were no sweets or fruits, the teachers still turned it into a warm, meaningful and fun celebration with the participation of kindergarten students.

The birthday celebration in many other kindergarten schools usually involves parents bringing cakes, candies and fruits. However, kindergarten students learning at JIS have their birthday party organized in a completely different, unique and attractive way. What's the secret? Let’s look at the pictures below:

In the morning of Sept. 27th, kindergarten teachers and students in the Bilingual programme held a birthday party for Do Xuan Bach (2-year-old class – Clover) who was born in September. Students in the 3-year-old class sang the "Happy birthday" song for him, and a video presenting his pictures was shown.


Standing in front of the crowd, Bach was shy when being asked by a teacher.

The fake cake in the birthday party looked quite nice.

Bach was given the gift of a funny animal-shaped thing.

He was happy in the teacher's arms.

After the celebration of Bach’s birthday, all the children heard the story “radish harvest".

Teachers used pictures to tell the story plus her attractive body language

After that, the “radish harvest” story was acted out by the children.

The play ended, students and teachers held hands singing in a fun ambience. The birthday party integrated into the lesson was not only fun but also affectionate without any real cake or food.

Also in that morning, kindergarten in International programme held a birthday party for 9 children born in September. This month, the 4-year-old class Sora was in charge of organizing the party.

These are the 9 children who were born in September. Ms. Ai Ikeda was the MC of the celebration.

Both teachers and students in Sora class shared the responsibility when holding this celebration. Choosing the Mid-Autumn festival theme, Sora students divided into 2 teams – cat and mouse – and played the game in which they would sell and buy sticky mooncakes. This activity helps them to familiarise with selling and purchasing something – an essential life skill.

After a successful “trade deal”, both the seller and the buyer said thank you in Japanese. The game was followed by the celebration part for birthday children.

Like in the Bilingual programme, there was only a fake cake in the birthday party but it was beautifully decorated. Students did not have real cake or sweets because they are trained in Japanese method regarding eating on time, and the food must be ensured in terms of quality, food hygiene and safety. In addition, parents bringing gifts and cakes to the classroom may make some other children feel embarrassed if their parents could not do the same. Therefore, teachers wanted to be fair to all students.

Children who were born in September were invited to special seats. One was absent due to illness, so Ms. Ai Ikeda would send her best wishes when she returned to school. She had the students count in Japanese, with the aim to familiarising them with cardinal numbers.​

Birthday children stood up and introduced themselves. This is a way to practice speaking confidently in public.

Some shy students were encouraged by teachers to speak louder.​​​​​

Each birthday card was given personally to students in a kind and respectful manner.

The cards were hand-made with student’s name and picture inside, they were meaningful gifts in the birthday party.

Children showed their birthday cards.

A teacher played the piano while students sang the “Happy birthday” song in Japanese.

Everyone bowed and thanked in Japanese. The party was exciting and students enjoyed it very much. Though there were not sweets, cakes or flowers, the ambiance was still delighted, joyful and fun.

When the party ended, each class lined up and returned to their normal classroom with their teachers. ​​​​

Phuong Chi