Our Koinobori

Dear Moms and Dads,

Roaaaaaaaaaaaaarrr !!!! That’s how we welcomed our friends in the classroom today.  One of our favorite things to play, Dinosaurs, were displayed in the carpet and we held one or two dinosaurs each and stomped around the classroom making a roaring sound. We chose to learn about Dinosaur through a poll last week and are very much looking forward to gaining more knowledge about it.

We also completed our Spring Garden artwork today and it’s a masterpiece! Come look at it in our classroom and you are sure going to love our classic artwork collage with 3D flowers, petals, bumble bees and butterfly. Some of us wrote on birthday cards for our teachers Sayaka, Nimo and Maryna.

We also worked hard to complete our Koinobori craft today. Koinobori means a Koi(fish) flag in Japanese. They are traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Boy’s day on 5th May every year. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honor of children for a good future and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong. We made our Koinobori by drawing fish patterns on a big sheet of paper and then folded it to look like a big fish flag. It is now fluttering in our classroom. We discussed the places where some of us have seen Koinobori and few of us said that we have Koinobori in our house, some said they have seen it in their grandparent’s house and other acknowledge seeing in in public places like Tokyo Tower, National Azabu Supermarket, Roppongi Hills and other places.

We also did a beautiful craft for that ‘special woman’ of our lives and since it’s a secret, we can’t tell you much about it now.  After that, we packed away and ate our snacks. Before going to the park, we had a very interesting discussion on money and jobs. Darren asked us to imagine that we are growing bigger and bigger and are 25 years old now. He then asked us who can give us a house when we are as old as 25? Some of our suggestions were – mummy and daddy, a builder or a postman. He then asked where can we get the money to buy a house? Again, some of us thought maybe we can get the money from the bank, but how can the money get in the bank? One of our friends then suggested that we must earn money by working. Darren then admitted that when he was 5 years old, he wanted to be an Astronaut and go into space or be a Paleontologist and hunt for Dinosaur bones.

Then, Darren asked us what we would like to do when we grew up. Some of us had a clear idea about our choices while some of us were still unsure. Few of us suggested we wanted to be a doctor, a nurse, a veterinarian, a taxi drive, a police car driver or a firefighter. Then we talked about the jobs our parents do. Some of us had a good idea about what our mummies and daddies do, while few of us were unsure. We also got some very funny responses that left us in splits, like, ‘my daddy’s job is to play with me’. This big discussion is again for a special something that we can’t share much about now.


All the teachers and roaring kids in

Flowers Class.