I'm back from three days out with the Grade 4 students.
On Friday, we started our adventure at the school. We had a final check of the itinerary at the school before setting off.
Then, it was time to go.
The first thing to do was our opening ceremony. The students exchanged greetings with the campground manager.
Once the formalities were done, it was time to set up camp.
Dinner was next. The students showed their independence by cooking the rice on their own, and then even provided for the teachers!
Of course, every camp is better with a campfire!
Every campfire is made even better with singing and skits.
On Saturday morning we packed up camp early.
Every morning of every Japanese school event has radio taiso!
The students were definitely ready for breakfast by this point!
Now for the main event! A few words to make sure everyone is ready...
...and then it was time to get wet.
Tired, but hungry, not a bite of dinner was left at the end of the day.
Except, it wasn't quite the end. The students got to go on a night walk to learn about the nocturnal forest animals.
The students even got a lesson on night vision as an example of how well nocturnal animals can see.
After the tents, sleeping in a futon never felt better. In fact, the students fell asleep so quickly Saturday night that the teachers didn't have to hurry them to bed at all.
Sunday morning came faster than anyone could have guessed.
Imagine waking up to a lesson on how to fold the sheets!
Another morning meeting to start the day...
Everyone's favorite morning meal, breakfast!
Then we walked to out to our next adventure, finding all sorts of things on the way...
We had time for a Kusunoki class picture before going into the adventure playground.
The students climbed, crawled and swung their way through an hour of adventure.
Our last lunch at the campground after an amazing morning.
The final item on the schedule was to say goodbye to the camp manager, and thank him and the staff for feeding and housing us for three days.
Finally, we boarded the busses and headed for school.
Everyone is safe at home now, and I'm heading off now too for a well deserved nap.
I'd like to say thank you to all of the parents who helped at the river, the staff at Mominoki and Wanpaku no Mori, and finally the students. They worked hard, tried new things, pushed past their fears and what they thought their limits were. They had fun, learned a lot, and had great attitudes through the whole adventure.
Well done Grade 4!