On Tuesday, our third graders got to experience the joy of paper folding, also known as origami. Kuniko Yamamoto, who is a native of Japan, worked with all 4 of the third grade classes and Mrs. Hedrick’s class during their art special.
The students learned the 3 basic folds for origami, which allowed them to make a variety of items, including dogs, hats and cranes. Kuniko showed the students where Japan is located in comparison to the United States. She also taught them how to say hello in Japanese (Konnichiwa — pronounced “kon-nee-chee-wah”) using the proper body stance (men bow with their hands straight to their sides; women typically bow with their hands in front of them.).
Origami tidbit: An ancient Japanese legend promises that if you make 1000 paper cranes your wish/want will come true.
If you would like to find out more about Kuniko Yamamoto you can visit her website at www.kunikotheater.com.