Hi, my name is Kumi and I live with my family, a German Shepherd, and three cats in swampy areas of Florida. I've been teaching a vast range of people here in the US for the last 28 years after moving from Japan. I enjoy teaching Japanese, Origami, and sometimes Math. This summer, I started gardening and am growing tomatoes, okras, green peppers, corn, and cucumbers. They aren't perfect looking veggies, but are surely delish!
Every time I fold Origami, it reminds me of my childhood memories of going to Origami workshops, making animals and flowers following the instructions on a newly purchased book, and folding a thousand cranes with my friends for someone's success.
Origami art is traditionally enjoyed by children in Japan, but in this modern age, it is a widely accepted art form that is enjoyed by people around the world.
Origami is not only fun but very educational to elementary to middle school-age children. Origami is especially beneficial to children's hand-to-eye coordination, spatial relationships, following directions, and geometric understanding. In today's digital world, I strongly believe children need to be exposed to more hands-on activities.