Trains, Birthdays and Sports Day

Choo choo! Today was filled with surprises. 3 in total actually.

First, surprise was picnic at the park. We came to Flowers Class to see the blue bag in front of the trolley and we knew exactly where to put our morning snack.  Before going to the park we played with playdough, geometric shapes and made birthday cards.

When we got to the park we started sports day practice. We practiced our chants but decided as a class that we would like our parents to echo us. The chant goes like this:  Flowers Class and Parents

Pump, pump, pump it up
Pump, pump, pump it up
Pump that Flower’s spirit up
Pump that Flower’s spirit up
Get, get, get it up
Get, get, get it up
Get that Flower’s spirit up
Get that Flower’s spirit up
So keep, keep, keep it up
So keep, keep, keep it up
Keep that Flower’s spirit up
Keep that Flower’s spirit up

YEEEEYYY!!!!!!

 

We’re looking for all your participation on Sports Day next Monday. At the park we practice us chanting and the teachers repeating after us. After that Kai talked to us about what is having good sportsmanship. He asked us if we’ve been watching rugby world cup. Some of us had no idea what rugby was so he explained it to us. After the explanation he asked us, “Can the players do anything they want or do they have to work together?” We all agreed that they worked together. “What about Flowers class?” Kai asked. Mag answered, “We’re a team.” That means we have to work together just like the rugby players. “What is good sportsmanship?” Kai asked. Ke thinks it’s like running, you line up wait until some says “Ready, set, go!” then you go. Yes, it’s important to wait for the referee and listen to the instructions. Kai gave us an example, “What if you’re first in the race should you go to your other friends and make fun of them? What should we do?” Mo said, “You can say good job to the winner.” Kai then asked, “At the end of each rugby game what do the players do with each other?”

Mo said, “They high five each other.”

Ke answered, “Sometimes they hug.”

Ra said, “Sometimes they hug and high five each other.”

Ja responded with, “Maybe they can hug and kiss each other.”

They do this because they respect each other and did the best job that they can. It doesn’t matter who lost or won we can all respect each other. We also learnt that as long as we tried our best and followed the rules we have good sportsmanship.

We went on to play two of the sports day games. We played Lily Pad Hop game where we had two mats. The point is move around but stay on the mat and not touch the floor. We could go anywhere we wanted. Mag, Sh and Sa demonstrated it for us.

The other game was Sack Jumps. Yu, Br and Ma got in the potato sack pulled them tight and jumped around the green area. If we wanted to have a race we could organize it ourselves but we didn’t even need to have a race just jumping around was enough to make us happy. After our snack we made our circular track with our drink bottles and was pumped to run. Before we ran we made sure our bodies and hands were behind the line. “Ready, get set, GO!” We ran around the track four times! Then we ran around the track backwards. Before we knew it we had to get back to Ohana for our second surprise.

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The next surprise wasn’t for us, it was for Shelley. Today was her birthday party! We’ve been trying to have her birthday party since last Friday. Then it moved to Tuesday and Wednesday and finally today! She was a hard person to catch. Gaelle called her now to Buds class to say there was something wrong with the toilet so she has to come look at it. When she entered the room “SURPRISE!!” We sang the happy birthday song and we think she was shock that there wasn’t anything wrong with the toilet. Shelley told us that, she thought we were out all day because it was such a lovely day. She picked a tiara to be the princess for the day and we sang some birthday songs for her. There were 3 flower candles on the cake, Shelley said it fits because she is 63 years old. Ke gave her a card from all of us and she received purple flowers from the teachers. Happy Birthday Shelley!!

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When the birthday party was over we kept our park smocks on and put on our outdoor shoes. Wait where are we going? Kai said it was a surprise but he gave us a hint, “Choo, choo!” … “Train!” We all said. Why is he talking about trains? We walked towards Step Park but this time we went to the temple that’s on the way. We walked up a step incline and voilà! There were miniature trains there! We were greeted by the nice temple priest, train engineer, conductor and staff. One of the trains was electric and the other one was a real steam engine. The conductor had to put coal in the engine so the fire inside could produce energy to move the train. The sound of the steam engine was loud and amazing at the same time. We took turn taking rides on the trains. The teachers rode with us too! We were lucky to have this opportunity to ride the train. Before we left, the nice lady gave us tickets before we left. Arigatogozaimashita!

When we got back to Flowers Class Kai read Working Together book for us. The book was about a group of animals trying to create a carrot juice stand. First they need to use teamwork to get the carrot out of the ground and then they needed to discus with each other about how to open the carrot juice stand. The book was about cooperation. At the end of the book we they team huddles together and gave a cheer and that’s what we did. We put our hands together and said, “1,2,3 cooperation!”

It was amazing spending almost all day out! We love spending time outside and having surprised. Hope you also had a surprising day!

 

XOXO,

Flowers Class Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohana International School