Monday, April 10, 2006

Little Crumbsnatchers

Here are some pictures of my preschool kids at good old PROS Language Center. I have a few more students, but only brought the camera (or remembered to get it out, more accurately) on a day when I only teach two. This is Chiaki and Miyu enjoying some free play on a rainy afternoon. It also shows the classroom I use (I have since switched the alphabet posters in the background. They always seemed a little confusing to me: Aa, Bb, Ee?) Here is Chiaki, cracking a crooked smile for the camera. She is an excellent little artist and can already write her name (albeit in simple Japanese). She does tend to block out English speakers after a long day, and when I first started teaching her I asked if maybe she was hard of hearing (Chiaki? Chiaki?? Chi-a-ki?!) She is a very sweet girl though, and very bright. And next is Miyu. She comes to PROS five days a week, so her English is pretty advanced for a 2-year old. She can read 3 letter words and she remembers a lot of the phrases I use in class. Once, during snacktime, she starting singing a little song that went "Sit down properly, sit down properly!" That was pretty funny. She's a lot of fun to have in class, and it's been amazing to see her progress. I hope to have some pictures of the other kids soon!


Blogger Kathy Bender said...

Loved seeing some new blog stuff! Loved seeing what your classroom looks like too - looks pretty similar to ours over here! Know what you mean about kiddos blocking out a teachers voice - I deal with it daily and we are supposedly speaking the language they know! My class did 3 mini plays today - what characters they are! I let them design their own costumes, some even made things for the bottom of their shoes - like anyone would see it!

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Blogger Jake said...

So glad to see what you're both up to, and the girls look adorable.

I just had a friend start teaching in Kawanoe...even more reason to try and visit. :)

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Blogger Craig said...

adorable is an understatement. I teach english in Kawanoe, that is in Shikoku. If you ever want to check out the country beauty then come on down. My youngest is 8 months old, not quite the talker but he does bow to me when we say good bye.

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