Bringing it all back home

During our week’s review during morning circle, it became clear that we have learned a tremendous amount about Peru, Japan, Australia and Mongolia!  One of our kids summarized, "all the countries we learned about are really close and connected to nature."  Spark Explorers discussed ways to bring that connectedness to nature into our lives right … Continue reading Bringing it all back home

Making Zen Water Gardens

Kyle, our guest teacher,  visited us in the yard to teach us the word for “water” in Kanji.  We used ink to try out our calligraphy skills!  Kyle then had us choose our own water carrying vessels, in which we carefully passed water from one friend to another.  We took our vessels and created water … Continue reading Making Zen Water Gardens

The Tanabata Star Festival

Just last month, Japanese children celebrated Tanabata, or the July Star Festival. Families go outside on the night of July 7th to watch the stars Orihime and Hikoboshi (also known as Vega and Altair) meet across the Milky Way, known in Japanese legend as the river Amanogawa. Children write wishes and hang them on the … Continue reading The Tanabata Star Festival