Saturday, June 30, 2007


Today I was exceptionally genki at work today, especially the kids lessons. This is rather surprising since I got about 3 hours sleep last night. Today I was working at Mukonoso, one station away from Nishinomiya Kitaguchi, but means I couldn't catch the express from Juso, which wasn't really that big a deal.

The first kids lesson was a chibiko lesson, which is for kids between 2 and 4 years old. This was to be my first chibiko lesson. I thought it was going good 20 minutes into the lesson when the kid had not turned up. The kid turned up with 15 minutes to go so I did an expedited version of a lesson. It was really good. Mainly because the kid's mum really got into it. In fact for the first section, the Hello song, the mother knew it better than I did. The kid liked the music time (dancing around with fruit shaped shaker things to make noise). The other highlight was card time (where a few words get introduced to the kids). One of the words was swim, which ended up with us all lying face down on the floor imitating free style swimming. I think it would have been a lot different with a different parent taking part. I think next week I'll probably have the class again and I doubt they'll be 25 minutes late again. I don't know if I'll be able to keep up that level of energy for a whole 40 minutes.

The kinder class I had suggests maybe I can. I was much more boisterous and active than I normally am. Afterwards some of the parents commented that it was a really good lesson and the kids were smiling all the time. I was quite grateful that the next lesson was an empty voice. I played some Tetris and read some of Foundation.

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