School wrap-up

We’re wrapping up school for the year next week. It’s been busy, fun, challenging, and a little bit strange to settle in here, but overall I think it has gone well. The kids have had a lot of friends come and go, which has been a challenge for them; I guess that’s something they need to get used to in this new life of ours. This year alone, they’ve both lost their first new best friends and then had a hard time getting close to the other kids. Hopefully next year some new students join the school.

As a final celebration, the school put on “International Night” last night, where each class presented a dance or reading about a different culture.

They put up an outdoor stage for the event. Pretty sweet!
They put up an outdoor stage for the event. Pretty sweet!
There's something not quite right with that maple leaf.... at least we were represented!
There’s something not quite right with that maple leaf…. at least we were represented!

Some of the “cultures” were a bit of a stretch… J’s class did Brazilian Samba, even though none of the them are remotely Brazilian. Still, I think it was a smart move on the part of the teachers, because about the only thing you can coordinate a group of 1.5- to 4-year-olds to do is shake stuff.

Check out the video. J is actually pretty good! Enjoy cameo appearances by “the kid who gives up halfway through” and “the kid who spends the whole time eating his homemade maracas.”

B and his class did a 40s swing dance for their performance. Seemed like a bit of a cop-out to me, but they were good and they enjoyed it. B started slow but really got into it after the first minute or so (he’s wearing teal, in the back row, middle). Warning, the song is about to get stuck in your head for the rest of the day, so be prepared!

Daddy & daughter
Daddy & daughter
Post-Swing stardom
Post-Swing stardom

Bring on the summer holidays!

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