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上智大学文学部英文学科卒業。「子どもは海外で育てる」の夢実現のため、長男5歳の時に渡豪。Monash大学大学院(日本語応用言語学”バイリンガリズム”)修了後、永住権取得。現在はオーストラリア人弁護士と再婚し、上は23歳、下は7歳の男の子ママ。French PoodleのGiles(2017年10月永眠)、Cavoodleの茶々・小町と共に、17年を迎えたメルボルンで主婦暮らしを満喫中♬


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We've beein doing Origami every day this holiday

He had already three marks for the pages which he wanted to work on.
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Making "Roses". As soon as he took this paper out, he went "Ah, Mama's favorite colour" ...You mean, Tiffany Blue? Children hear and absorb more than we can imagine, don't they?
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Roses with pointy leaves - I was very pleased with them
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Playing with him with trains and cars wouldn't be my cup of tea... but doing Origami with him is actually quite fun for me
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In addition to the lovely roses, we made: hamsters (yes, that's what they are...) and a chaterring Penguin
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and rockets and UFOs.
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Today's おやつ (afternoon snack)
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Mama actually made it for dinner but that's OK! He loves mash potato

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Practicing the piano.
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ぬくぬく Komachi-chan likes to be in front of the heater :-)
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More practicing. Nowadays he practices around 1 hour to 1 and half.
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Now on the cushion. Cozy and comfy Komachi-chan
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Finished! Practice makes perfect (though it's not perfect just yet...)
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Scales and chord progressions in 24 keys he first had to struggle a lot are now becoming so much smoother.
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"I, am, coming...." "to get YOU!" Roar!
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I am so grateful that he is always so chirpy and happy when his days are quite full on

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He has mastered to read all Hiraganas last year and is working now on writing them with the correct stroke order.

Today, we covered from あ to こ. This learning product by Kumon is really good. You can write and wipe as many as it requires. The correct order of the strikes are indicated, too. Practicing "う"
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Now on a blank card, again, "う". Very good!
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After practicing writing all 10 Hiraganas, he said "let's play a game!". He laid all the cards in order,
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closed his eyes, and said "pick a card out and I'll guess which one you took!" Ah, I see
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Here you go. After some thought, "く!" Bingo!
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Next. "....え!" Bingo, again!
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We repeated the same game a couple of times and then he shuffled up the cards.
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"Now pick a card again!" This time Hiranagas are not in order.
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"OK! It's ready." This time more thinking required. ...."け!" Well done! Perfect
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This became too easy after a few times, and I was asked to take three cards at the same time.
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Happy learning is good learning. He was having a great time

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Pose to the camera
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・・・って、違うーーー (No---)!Time for the job 3.
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よいしょ、よいしょ。
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Emptying them into the rubbish bins,
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and placing them in the street for a collection.
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Very happily doing お手伝い (jobs)
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Attending to the second job assigned to him by his Papa.
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Yes, compost bin in the garden. For organic gardening, we keep all the food scraps from the kichen and use them in the compost.
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Dumped a container successfully
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Good job! Mama will certainly report to Papa how good you are attending to your jobs

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Certificate :-)

The certificate he's got today
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I've already put it in a frame
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and displayed it on the kitchen counter
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A child's small achievement is Mama's big pleasure

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It was nearly lunch time but...
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a special chocolate for a great swimmer
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Enjoy the last day of the programme tomorrow
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Winter holidays programme day 4.

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The mother of the boy in the same class with my son was amazed and said to me today, "Gee, my son couldn't breathe long enough to go from one end to the other until two days ago but today he is just doing it! Wow!"

I totally agree with her. A holiday programme is just fantastic. They learn and absorb a lot, and as a result, progress so much faster than normal weekly lessons.

Only one more day to go!
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Today, he was assessed again as I was told yesterday.... and has got a certificate to move up to the next level
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Well done. Congratulations to you!
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What a great achievement for such a short time!
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Mama is very, very happy for you and with you (especially when she is not a swimmer herself...)
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Hurray!

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I never run out of the stock of 乾物 (dried seaweed/vegetables).

This morning, I prepared for ひじきご飯 with Hijiki seaweed, fresh shiitake mushrooms and carrots.
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Home made おいしいご飯の素 (special rice mix) done
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Before dinner time, I cooked 玄米雑穀ご飯 (brown rice with other grains) in a 圧力鍋 (pressure cook),
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and mix in the special mix.
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Garnishing with boiled green beans, picked ginger and sprinkles of sesami seeds, ひじきご飯 is ready.
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We enjoyed it with a Tofu steak, grilled/fresh vegetables and miso soup (and some chicken for my son)

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