Something's never change though. After rollcall (Amy raised her hand at the right place) she was too busy playing some finger tapping game with the girl sitting next to her to stand up when her group stood up.... ahhh well....
Then we moved into the gym with the other 5yo class and they each performed a play. Amy's class was a version of the Gingerbread man about a rice ball that ran away. She was one of the rice balls (there's 32 kids in the class so lots of doubling up on characters) and said her lines no problem.
Then there was a raucous interlude where two classes combined for a grand total of 64 kids each holding a ring with bells on it, a beans-in-a-milk-bottle maracca or a castinet and belting out a few songs. Truly stretched the boundaries of what we know as music.
Then the grade split into two classes again and we watched them perform their chosen skill- string wound spinning tops or cats cradle. The other class had a cracking rhythm going with kids doing the same cats cradle trick going up all at the same time, chorusing out what they were going to do and doing it.
And on the other side of the gym.... Amy's teacher had the kids going up in threes but then they each had to introduce themselves and their trick. And then do their tricks individually. It took a loooong time. And most of them spoke so softly we couldn't hear and the teacher had to repeat everything. All this time the other 29 kidswere sitting there watching. Or being bereted for not sitting there silently and watching as the case may be. Top marks to the teachers for a difficult situation but it really was rather glaring the difference between the two classes. Not sure I'd like to teach under those circumstances!
The Amy dango doing her twirly thing. Notice the line of dango sitting on the steps waiting for their turn. And the little bear there trying to eat her.
The cats cradle string monitor in action.
A whole lotta noise!