Yesterday was the culmination of our Japanese adventure. We have decorated and made kimonos and discussed the beauty and current tragedy of Japan.
This group is not by nature calm and quiet and introspective...well, OK, they are only 5 or 6, but still some kids just are calmer natured. This group is best when going and doing.
But, they did great. They learned how to serve during the ceremony and to be grateful guests. They were quiet and respectful and I was proud. Any time I can get them to think of others is a happy moment. Here are the pictures:
Chopsticks that we made kid friendly.
Rice cakes tied with edible "ribbon".
Candy sushi, which they loved! Loved!
Placemats that they made...they like pandas in Japan, too.
Hanging lanterns with cherry blossom designs.
And now for the ceremony...look at their faces and their bodies...ahhh.
It was nearly silent for this part except for the thank yous and you're welcomes...ahh. We had a few 4th grade guests come to observe and they got some treats for being repectful, also.
Then they got to eat and it was still quiet.
A good view of the kimono designs.
The bun, the flower, the chopsticks....
...and the flip flops that gave her llama toes!
Our latest principal of the year came to visit and took off his shoes and showed his white socks.
This guy is a keeper. All of the adults had red kimonos to wear.
So, there you have the whole thing. I bet it is too many pictures for most of you, but I couldn't cut them down any more. Hope you enjoyed! We did.