2010年11月5日金曜日

oh what a day

Beautiful crisp, clear, sunny morning today:


I rushed through my morning stuff, got an extra load of washing out even, and then headed down to the school to watch Meg's marathon day. Marathon is a hugely overused word in Japan. They ran three laps of the big playing field. Yup, a real marathon...



Hmmm, that's not Meg running.... Why how observant. No it's not. That's because I took that picture while she was chearing on the boys running. I am not sure why boys and girls can't run at the same time and I am really against un-necessary segregation so I wasn't really thrilled to see that but they had fun cheering each other on and maybe that's the point?

Still I enjoyed seeing them and after the running we did some spur of the moment games with her teacher and the kids had a great time and the mums did their best in their high healed boots and skinny jeans (made me feel so much better for turning up in a jumper, regular jeans and sneakers!)

Meg and her best buddy were supposed to be on opposite teams (see their hats are on opposite colour up) but friendship beat out competition and they were soon hamming it up for the camera.


Raced home from marathon, had lunch, made dinner, got my gear together and headed out for my afternoon classes. Had a ball playing 20 questions with my adult classes (great for practising long and more complicated questions) and then it was the one-week-late Halloween party at the English club I started way back when Meg was 2 years old. They are such great people they let me postpone it a week and cancel class last Friday when MIL was here.

Our Halloween party was Halloween bingo, trick or treat flashcard game (there's a candy card or a spider card hidden under each flashcard. Kids take turns picking up a card, reading it and then turning over the second card to see whether they get trick or treat. They love this game.) Halloween tracing games:


They used the stencils to trace their pictures then raced over to the flashcard table to write out the name of their picture and take another stencil, and group scrabble with Halloween words. They had a great time and at the end all the mums stood around the outside of the room and the kids went through two by two- a big kid and a little one- and just kept saying trick or treat and getting stickers, candy, more stickers and more candy. The kids were thrilled and no-one even mentioned that we were a month late, funny that huh?

It was a really big day but fun and we all got home happy and tired. Happy Friday!

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