Second-grade students studied and experienced Japanese culture this spring. A culminating event for families on Monday, April 29th was truly a celebration of collaboration and imagination. On stage, the Japanese story, Peach Boy, blended fantasy, fiction and joy to create an entertaining play, complete with Orff instruments used to make all background music and sounds.
Next, students prepared museum stations in three different rooms in the CE Building allowing families and friends to see, hear and touch their many projects. Ten different topics illustrating Japanese culture were on display. They included clothing, setsubun masks, cherry blossom paintings, carp kites, sushi, scrolls, Mount Fuji, science, tsunami demonstration, pottery, and a tea ceremony.
The evening’s conclusion offered a sneak preview into the Olympic Dances to be held in Tokyo, 2020. Students taught the audience dance movements for looking at the moon, peace, Olympic rings, heart, hugs and kisses, and 2020. Colorful kimonos, hairdos with chopsticks, cumberbuns, and sandals added to the festive dance. Thanks to Mrs. Harshman, Sra. Vanegas, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Elstein, Mr. Pomeroy and Srta. Medina for guiding the learning, to our parents for costumes and support, and to our energetic students whose curious, creative minds brought us all together.
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