Wow, this was gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!
What a wonderful tool for education~~~
You all know, I have been doing many types of Skype projects.
So, what was so special about this 'Mystery Skype'?
All kids at any time are engaged! There is no time for anyone to be bored, or to behave bad. There is just too much to do, to think, to figure out.
The kids learn NATURALLY about geography, science, society and of course language. There is no: 'Listen carefully, this is the earth and this is the sun and the earth moves...' etc. It all just comes together naturally.
Well, I keep this secret for all those who are or (in autumn) will be joining my "Master Course". It's a treat how magically this all works.
And one more difference to the skype so far:
the language is rather limited, yet very very personal in a way that it is all questions the kids are experts in. They know which big mountain or city is close by, or what is a popular food~the other kids don't know, so they are teachers!
Asking each other about their favorite fruit or pet on the other hand or even about their birthday, is something they forget right after the meeting.
Yes, how to work on this, setting things up, and much much more you will get in my online course;
keep your eyes open for the timing when it reopens~there are already many requests, so we might close it quickly. And after all the feed back I got from members, I am confident enough now to say:
It is a goldmine!
Back to work!
And next week will be the highlight of our summer classes:
Not once, but twice!!!!
We meet with another classroom somewhere in this world.
Ask each other Yes/No questions.
Whoever figures out first is the winner~.
Needless to say, we will be learning so many geographical and social skills, that are never or hardly taught in schools here. Looking forward.
Everything else is a secret! (for now!)
A three-day-trip diving into Japan's Beauty.
We were almost without plan.
The only time of year, except for New Years, that we have 4 days off together.
Honestly tired, my husband as well as myself were tempted to stay at home ~thinking and planning a trip itself is tiring.
However, staying at home would mean, a minimum of housework~and even the minimum is with a house and 5 people a full time job.
And, I know myself, I would be spending my time on the computer, working~so; no way. We need to get out of here!
The only spot decided on was an art park in Gifu prefecture:
Place of reversible destiny!
If you ever want to experience all of your senses upside down, not knowing how to stand on 2 feet anymore~this is the place to go. You might get a bit dizzy, so don't try with a full stomach.
Well, from here, there was practically no plan~except for our idea of sleeping in the car and taking it easy.
As Yoro Waterfall was nearby, here we went!
from here in short:
Ogaki, Gifu, Goda Hachiman, Shirakawa Worldheritage, Hida Furukawa, Hida Takayama, Fukui Prefecture (Ono and Ichijo)
I think, because we had no 'goal' or appointment, for the first time in many years, I was able to see and sense so many things~.
Why do I write this all here, on my English blog? Maybe I can show you a bit how beautiful Japan is, and give you an idea where to go to or where to put your eye on.
What is beauty any way?
I think there is the beauty of nature, rare~stars, flowers, the magic of snow...and of course there is loads of this kind of beauty in Japan.
However, what impressed me most this time was the 'beauty in every day life';
let me share a few more photos and if you like, feel free to put down any comments or questions.
'Koe no katachi' Scenery from the animation movie 'A silent voice' in Gifu
Buckets for fire emergency under house roof; Gifu
Cleaning items; front wall of house in Gifu