Happy birthday Luka and Sayonara Lanah
So today marked the end of our week “I am a star” and it also marked a few other milestones. Today is Luka’s actual 4th birthday and we all sang to him; and today is Lanah’s last day at Ohana International School. We really felt the true balance in life today; the joy of Luka’s birthday and the sadness when you say goodbye to friends. We want to say our HUGE “GOOD BYE” to Lanah, her mum Reina, her dad, Daniel and her brothers Sean and Keanu. We will miss
Lanah sooooo much and wish them all a great time in Singapore. We hope that when they return to Japan for a holiday they will come and visit us or still send us some photos so we can keep in touch! Thank you Lanah for being our friend; for bringing fun and laughter into our life in Petals Class with you and for teaching us so many things! Lanah was
sometimes just like a teacher; she reminded us when we were doing something the “wrong” way; she told us what we needed to do, if we hadn’t heard our teachers instructions and so much more. She remembered words of songs and this inspired us to learn more; she laughed at funny things and made some things appear funny even if they were not; she always listened when we were learning things and remembered so many facts as well as information; she brought light and life into the room each day!
Have fun in Singapore Lanah chan and please don’t forget us here in Tokyo!
Luka chan, is now four years old and he was so excited and told us that he has two presents waiting for him to open, at home. He was smiling when we sang “Happy birthday to you”. We love celebrating things with our friends and teachers in our class and want to wish Luka a great birthday weekend with his family and friends.
You can see from some of the pictures here in our journal, that we drew our favourite characters
from movies. Lanah drew Elsa and Minnie Mouse (Shelley made the bow on Minnie Mouse’s head), Hana drew Snow White and Luke drew Benny from the Lego movie. Our teachers were impressed with our ability to copy and we felt really proud when we looked at our drawings and compared them with the pictures of the real characters. We started off our day being camera people and made our very own
cameras. We looked at a real camera and tried to make some of the same things on our pretend cameras. We made a lens, a button to push when you want to take a picture, a button that switches the camera on a off and a few other switches and accessories. We saw on the real camera that there is a place for batteries but we didn’t have a space for batteries on our cameras. Later during circle time, when we were sitting on the mat, we pretended to take photos and said cheese. Shelley asked us why we say cheese and we said because you must say this when you are having your photograph taken. She suggested that we try to say some other words to see, if they work as well. So we said
“smelly socks” and this made us smile a little; it also made us laugh. We also said yoghurt but we didn’t think that the word “yoghurt” makes you smile when you say it. Some words make you laugh especially silly words.
Today we welcomed two new friends who spent the day with us. Zachary, is not really a new friend because he used to be at Ohana International School but his friend Fia, she is new. She was here on holiday from New York. They joined us for the last day of “I am a star” and had fun making
their own cameras, drawing and playing with us. We sang “I’m looking to see who is……” and we sang good morning in many different languages. We counted all the way up to 26 and looked carefully for the card with a two and a six on it. We also checked to see what the weather was like and selected sunny. We were surprised when we woke up from rest time, because the weather had changed. It was not sunny at all, but rather cloudy and rainy. Wishing all of our Petals friends a great weekend and see you on Monday. Love always Shelley, Hisami and Liezel