Happy real birthday Koh
We wished Koh “happy birthday” this morning because it is his real birthday day. Today he is actually four years old.It was a lovely morning with activities to start off our day, even though they were shorter than usual. We worked on our large group art work and did some stamping with letters of the alphabet. They were all upper case letters and we
stamped many of them all over the art work. After gymnastics, we worked on it again and this time we did marbling using paint and marbles. We all did it together and held a part of the paper and rolled the marble all over, making sure that it didn’t roll off, onto the floor. This was a bit tricky because we are still learning how to work together as an entire group and
to synchronise raising the sides at the very same
time…..well it was a bit challenging. We enjoyed it a lot and love the patterns that we made on our painting. We did this only for a short while because we noticed that the painting was ripping in some places. Our teachers think that it is best if we do it on the table tomorrow so that we have the support of the table, underneath the painting; and we don’t have to hold it in the air for too long.
We learnt a few new things in our Ninja Game in gymnastics. Miyashita sensei
explained to us that he was throwing a “shuriken” which is a Japanese weapon that Ninja used for throwing and cutting their enemies. So when Miyashita sensei threw his pretend “shuriken” on the floor, we had to jump. When he threw it high, we had to cover our heads. In the next game he asked us “Who is there?” and if it was our mother we had to hold our arms as if we were hugging ourselves and say “yokatta”. He always said “o, o, o…..” which was the initial sound of a word…..either “okasan”, “otosan” or “obake”. If he said
“otosan” or “okasan” then we did the hugging action; if he said ‘obake’ we had to run. We did all our usual gymnastics exercises that we do each week and enjoyed the few additions to our ritual Monday morning classes. Otosan is father, otosan is mother and obake is a ghost. During the morning we also sat at the table and made
self portraits. We each had our own mirror and looked carefully at our faces. We noticed all of our facial features and our teachers were impressed because many of us knew eyebrows, eyelashes and nostrils. You can see our pictures in our workbooks/portfolios and some of them really look like our faces. When you look at yourself in the mirror, you see your reflection which means that you see yourself.
When we went downstairs for snack time, so that our friends from Buds Class could have their lesson in our room, we were really excited because it is an opportunity for us to have music together with the piano. Hisami introduced us to Yumiko. She is Hisami’s assistant when she does her piano classes. She is not a person but she is a person. This may sound
confusing but this is how it feels for us. Yumiko is made out of a transparent plastic bag and her house is a box. She has a straw which is like her breathing apparatus; her life support system our teachers said. The only way that we can see her is when Hisami blows her up. The plastic bag is all scrunched inside the box (her house) and when Hisami blows on the straw, she gets bigger and bigger and suddenly we can see her smiling face on the plastic bag. When our lesson was
over, Hisami had to suck the air in and she collapsed and went inside her box. We like her a lot and she really enjoyed our singing.
We were surprised when we went to the park that there was no one else playing there. We played ‘What’s the time Mr. Wolf’ and we ran around shouting that there was an “emergency”. When our teachers asked us what the emergency was, Koh said: “A volcano” so maybe he
imagined that a volcano had erupted; and Hana said: “The fire truck is there” so maybe she imagined that there was a fire. We did puzzles with our friends at the end of the day and had a wonderful start to the week. Tomorrow is a surprise birthday party for some teachers in the school: “Darren, Maryna and Sayaka are all May babies!” Shhhhhh! Have a great afternoon and see you tomorrow. Love always Shelley, Hisami and Liezel