The New Rain Blocker 新しい雨よけ

I received a phone call from a lady who used to run her own preschool. She said that she would like to give me some toys. I visited her residence where it used to be a preschool and thankfully received the toys. When I was about to leave, what jumped into my eyes was a nice rain blocker! It was exactly what I wanted for my own classroom. (I wrote about my "innovative" rain blocker in the previous post which is only temporal.) I asked her where she got it, and she said, "My friend, Michael made it for me. I'll give you his number." Immediately, I called him and found out that he was a husband of my friend whom I majored in elementary education with. It's a small world!

Michael came to our school and got all the measurements he needed to make the rain blocker for our classroom. In 4 days, he returned with this beautiful rain blocker and installed it for us!! Because we had a tight budget, he used left over materials, yet it is so beautiful with a bit of transparency material. I can roll it up and down, too. When it's sunny, I can roll it up, so we can have the view and breeze. Thank you so much, Michael!!

I am so grateful that my classroom is slowly yet surely improved by many generous people for sake of the little ones!

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The Story of Stuff ストーリー オブ スタッフ (物の話)

Please watch this educational and informative movie (about 20 min.). It is well made, and it gives us a whole different perspective in our lives.

The following text taken from its website:

"From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever."

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「発想から発送(売り上げ)まで、使用されるにしろ廃棄されるにしろ、私たちの日常の生活に溢れる物たちは、個々の家から世界のコミュニティにまで多大な影響を持っています。しかし、この事実はあまりよく知られていません。「ストーリー オブ スタッフ」は、製造から消費までの流れを約20分の映画の中で、歯切れよく簡潔に説明しています。「ストーリー オブ スタッフ」は多々の社会問題と環境問題の関係を明るみに出すことにより、もっと持続的でより良い世界を作り上げようと私たちに訴えかけています。この映画から何かをあなたは学びとることでしょう。そして笑うでしょう。そして映画は、全ての物の見方を根底から覆すことになるかもしれません。」


My Classroom Extension Project 2 教室拡大工事 2

Wow, I just realize that I did not update my blog even once last month! Well, does it tell you how busy I was? I even did not have time to think about my blog...

Well, I am happy and proud to announce that a new extended classroom is finally completed!! Yay!

The photos show you the progress of the project.




A couple of dads who are carpenters worked hard to finish the rest of the work. I am so thankful for them. Thank you, Michael, Aron, Malte, and Gabriel.


The white parts are where I caulked. I did it after school one day, and I could not think ahead too much back then, so I forgot to bring a glove for myself. I used my own bare finger for about two hours, and it was burning for about a week.


Before 工事前

After 工事後

Yay, it's painted!! A professional painter, Tony painted it for us. Thank you!


This is the insdie.

I never knew what drip edge was until I participated in this classroom extension project. I learned a lot by working on this project. Now, when I drive around, I cannot help to notice drip edges on people's houses. When I become aware of something that I did not think of or did not even know about, all of sudden, those things seem to appear more prominently in my everyday life. Have you experienced that? Therefore, I think that knowledge (education) is treasure. They help me to understand the world and allows me to participate in the world more deeply.


Rusted swing chain.

I asked one dad to exchange it with a new one, and he did with this bright yellow one which matches with the seat. Thank you, Kalon!


This is a temporal rain blocker. This side does not have a wall, and when it rains, rain get in. After I thought over and over what to do with a limited budget, I bought a $15 tarp and hang it like this and put cement blocks at the bottom. Ty helped me to set this up.


Let's see how long this would last.


At any rate, I am grateful more than a word can express that this project has been completed. From the beginning to end, there were only two weeks, but fortunately, there were many parents who happen to have the right skills and heart at the right place for the sake of our children, so it was possible.

The classroom was blessed by these caring parents.