Wednesday, May 25, 2011
We met up with some of our friends and were lucky to spend our music lesson with half of local Toronto Indie band, Ohbijou. We did vocal exercises with Casey, Heather + James. We heard their recordings and shared our own songs with them. Casey taught us part of a song that she wrote for a children's compilation that is being put together and sold to help the relief in Japan. We ended our lesson with recording a part for the song. We are so excited to be part of this project!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Today, the kids planted herbs with local gardener Kira. They were totally into it. They talked about how to take care of seeds and plants. They made scarecrows to go in their pots. They also talked about how Kira found the pots on the street and took them so that they could reuse them for this project. Their session ended with feeding food scraps to the worms in the compost bin.
We admired the beautiful cherry blossoms in High Park last week. We talked about how in Japan so many trees are covered in these beautiful flowers right now and people gather and drink tea by the trees. Instead of tea, we shared a ceremonial Chinese coconut bun. We sat for 20 seconds in silence to admire the falling petals then passed the bun around, each taking a piece and passing it on to the person next to us. It was brilliant. Nine children, two adults and one bun, silently sharing. Each person thanked the cherry blossoms as they took their share of coconut bun.
Sharing other delicious treats... one slice of cake and five children. One and a half cookies and ten children (with two going around making sure everyone gets their share).
Saturday, May 07, 2011
playing the tree game - switch 5!
painting on the sidewalk
sharing the "powers"
showing off their painted hands
sitting on Daniel's bike in a new way
rhythm with Daniel