Friday, October 06, 2006

What time is it Mr. Wolf??

It's Lunch Time!!!

That seems to have been the theme for me at school this week.

First of all, I played 'What time is it Mr. Wolf?' multiple times in my 3rd and 4th grade classes (we're teaching 'time').

I've also had 3 special lunches this week.

Tuesday was 青空ランチ (blue sky lunch) -all the students and teachers took their lunch trays outside and we ate under a very blue sky!

Thursday was ミニミニ席替え All the 4th graders had gone on a field trip, so their luchroom seats were empty. Instead of leaving them this way, the school invited parents to come and fill the seats and have lunch with us!!

And finally today was お月見 (a moon viewing day) -we in Canada talk about 'the man in the moon' but in Japan they believe you can see rabbits. Tonight is a full moon, unfortunately it's been storming all day and evening, so there will be no lunar viewing enjoyment tonight. Despite this meteorological annoyance we were still able to partake in tsukimi (moon viewing) in the form of dessert today!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Spread the Spookiness

Many of the teachers that I work with have expressed interest in doing a 'trick or treat' lesson in our English classes! But we've hit a snag. We can't give out candy to the students, so we'd like to give them stickers instead! BUT, it's really hard to find Halloween stickers in sufficient amounts here in Japan. SO, I'm sending out a plea to anyone who reads this to please send me some halloween stickers or other small, non-edible goodies that I could hand out to a class of 35 elementary school children.

My mailing address is:

Linea Napier
Sun Heights H-22
Aoki 2519-6

(please don't let it's length frighten you!)

If you're sending stickers in an envelope, the average time from North America is 7-10 days!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Another Weekend in Toga

I went camping again this weekend. Well, I guess some people consider it camping, I'd rather say that I spent the night in a tent. The rest was pretty cushy, including a fridge to store our food and beverages, a sound system (OK, an iPod with speakers, but music nonetheless). and running water. We stayed in a popular camping spot and we rented all the equipment and facilities for the night, all we had to pack was our food and a change of clothes.

My friend Kei set the weekend up for about 15 people, including 2 former JET participants who started JET the same year I did. Amber has just left the JET Programme and is now studying Japanese in Mie-ken. And Brian was a former CIR who left 2 years ago, but is now back in Toyama teaching at the exact same NOVA school that I used to work at!

It was a typical weekend outdoors - frisbee, BBQ, and lots of beer. We managed to get a campfire going later in the evening, which was much appreciated on the cool last-day-of-September weather.

Sunday morning we packed up, had a huge yakisoba meal and then went to the onsen to wash up and soak before heading back to Toyama.

Thanks for the invite Kei, I hope we can do it again next year!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Scary Request

In some of my upcoming elementary school lessons I have to explain and describe Halloween to my students.

The best way to do this is through pictures!

So I need your help!!!

Please send me photos that you have of the following:


Costumes (for children)


Games/Actvities (i.e. Bobbing for Apples)

Trick or Treating

Parties (for children)


and anything else you can think of!!

Please and thank you very muchly!!!

send to