The school year, like others past, has flown by. We received a grant from Missouri Retired Teachers Association in the amount of $500, which we spent on our Japanese Unit. The unit took the entire first semester. It began with Zen Tangle, put basic art skills, procedures, and understanding into lessons like Koinobori fish kites and Japaneses stab bound books. We ended with an art show at the parent/student/teacher conferences showing off student work displayed inside a Japanese garden.