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Park Hunting

We wandered around town on foot this past weekend searching for 2 different parks I saw mentioned several times on local Facebook groups. We succeeded in finding one, but not the other. Weston and Andrew played some catch for a bit and we wandered around some more. We ended up at JR’s for dinner. We’ve eaten there before and enjoyed it. We tried out a Korean dessert cafe afterwards and shared a Strawberry Snowflake Sherbet. It was delicious and huge! We headed home after dinner. Weston was a great sport with minimal complaining about all the previous walking. He got a ride on Andrew’s shoulders for most of the way home. According to Andrew’s FitBit watch that tracks his steps, he walked around 6.5 miles total for the day. Since our morning was spent at home that 6.5 miles was mostly  during our wanderings. We all slept well that night.

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

NEO Mask

I’ve written before that even though we are non command sponsored dependents in Korea, we still are still supported for NEO (noncombatant evacuation operations.) We are required to maintain a NEO binder full of important information should we need to evacuate quickly. We are also required to have gas masks issued to us. Our NEO warden (basically a point of contact for dependents for anything dealing with NEO procedures) recently completed a quarterly check of our NEO binder. That prompted me to check over Weston’s gas mask again and since he wanted to try it on, I snapped a few photos. The children’s masks are not sealed air tight like the adult masks. The children’s masks have a battery pack and fan that continually pump fresh filtered air into the mask and the pressure difference keeps the unfiltered air out. This makes it much easier for the child to breath as their weaker lungs do not have to forcibly suck air through the filter as with the adult masks. There is a belt harness or backpack style harness the fan and filter pack clips on to carry around. For very young children, there’s even a bottle attachment so you could feed them a bottle without having to remove the mask.

Weston thought it was similar to what the astronauts wear.

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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

A Pair of Red Clogs

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Our latest school book was A Pair of Red Clogs. It’s the story of a Japanese girl who accidentally cracks her new wooden clogs while playing a game with friends. She tries to further ruin her new clogs in an effort to convince her mother to purchase a new pair but her conscience gets the better of her. She cleans her clogs instead and vows  never to try to trick her mother again.

During our studies, we discussed the importance of caring for our belongings and cleaning or repairing before buying new. We learned about Japan by finding it on a map and discussing how close Japan is to us here in South Korea. We read several books about Japan and watched several documentary type videos on bullet trains like the Japanese Shinkansen, bamboo, wagashi, which are traditional Japanese sweets, Taiko drums, and the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. The bullet train and Taiko drums were a favorite topic. We practiced writing with the letter Jj for Japan and the number 2. One of the videos we watched talked about bowing and it being a sign of respect. Weston now likes to randomly bow. We enjoyed folding some origami figures. We also made a Japanese fish windsock and cut some craft paper Japanese lanterns. We examined the illustrations in the book and Weston was able to determine that they were made with colored pencils. We also discussed the use of the color yellow to depict lighted windows.

 

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And to top everything off, we ate at Oishi, a local Japanese restaurant and tried out our chopstick skills. Weston declined to try the sushi, but he loved his tempura shrimp. He is a shrimp fiend. He also tried the miso soup and a bite of my fried rice.

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Not quite within our Japanese theme, but still learning – Weston found a book at the library on how to draw airplanes. I showed him how to put a piece of paper over the top to trace them. He loved it and we used it as another fine motor skill activity. We also had some fun chasing rainbows around the house using a prism and a faceted glass ball. It’s amazing what a piece of glass and a flashlight can do.

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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

New Bowling Alley Play Area

Last week the bowling alley installed a new play area by the children’s lanes. It now has a zip line that seems to be a big hit.

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Zip line is on the back wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Yoga Partner

Weston was my exercise and yoga partner this morning.

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Posted by on March 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Papa Piccolo

DSC_1623Our book for this week was Papa Piccolo. It tells the story of a Venetian street cat named Piccolo, who adopts two homeless kittens.

Throughout the week we learned about Italy including the cities of Venice and Rome. We found Italy on a map and talked about how it’s shaped like a boot. We examined Venice on a map and talked about all the canals throughout the city. We watched several travel videos and read several books about Italy. The Trevi Fountain became a favorite famous site. We learned about Venetian masks and made a carnival masks too. We went out for pizza. We practiced the letters “Cc” and “Vv” as well as the numbers 6 and 9. We learned about primary colors and how mixing them creates secondary colors. We put them together into a color wheel. Weston painted several pictures using the primary and secondary colors and even mixed a few tertiary colors too. We learned about cats, big cats like lions and tigers and small cats like house cats. We read several books and watched a short documentary about big cats. Weston is fond of telling us new facts he’s learned at random times. We also talked about Aunt Jessica who lives in Italy near Venice and how we’ll visit her there once we get to our next assignment in England.

 

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Some non school things we did this week were walking with neighbors to Big Jump and playing for several hours, bike riding and soccer playing on base. We visited an off base playground where Weston managed to scrape and smash one knuckle on his hand, which cut our play time a bit short. This week was also a busy week for Andrew at work and he had longer than normal swing shifts so it was just Weston and Mama in the evenings for card games, board games and even a quick trip to the roof to see the full moon one evening.

Park before smashing his finger

Park before smashing his finger

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Shaving Cream Painting

Weston and I tried a new painting technique using shaving cream this week. We squirted shaving cream in a baking pan and then dripped food coloring across the top. We used a straw to swirl the colors around until we liked them. Then we pressed card stock paper down onto the top of the shaving cream, counted slowly to 10 and peeled it up. We counted slowly to 10 again and then used a credit card to scrape off the shaving cream. We put our paintings on our drying rack over night before hanging them up to enjoy.

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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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