Sunday, April 14, 2013

Living Things & Earthquakes

Spring is here, and even though we had a bit of a cold snap last week, the weather looks a bit more stable this week.  I hope now that the temperature will continue to rise.

We were shaken awake yesterday by a 6.0 earthquake (epicenter Awaji Island).  This is the first time we've been in this apartment for an earthquake.  The apartment building was built to withstand large quakes, so it is on rollers.  Our 11th floor apartment was rocking and rolling at 5:22 am!  I almost felt sea sick.  The kids slept through it and we're glad there was no major damage and no accompanying tsunami.

At school, Maximo is learning about living things, which has given us some interesting conversations at the dinner table.  We've been talking a lot about life and death and we have been talking about what makes something alive.  Maximo claims that:

"It grows" or
"It has a Mommy" or
"It poops"

Interestingly enough, this criteria actually do identify most things as living or not living.

Here are some pictures from him at school this week:
KA students using iPads at the Tulip Festival on Rokko Island

Maximo's KA Class

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