I went to Takahama Shogakko (elementary school) today. I taught 7 classes of 40 children and I sang the Hokey Pokey at least 60 times. My voice is husky and deep, my feet are killing me and I'm happily exhausted. The kids are so "genki". I taught 4 classes of 3rd graders. They are so cute and sweet. It was so much fun! I ate lunch with the kids and they all wanted to eat with me! We rocked out to Japanese rock music during lunch. They were very surprised that I was able to use chop sticks. At the end of lunch every child crowded around me and wanted my autograph. So, I signed pieces of paper and notebooks for 40 kids. I can't put into words how happy I am and how much I enjoy working with the kids.
I also taught all of the 6th graders today. Since there are only 6 class periods in the day, I ended up teaching for 30 minutes in each 6th grade class (classes are normally 45 minutes). The 6th grade classes are going to make a presentation to me and the parents on December 2nd on Japanese culture including, ikebana (flower arranging), calligraphy, kimono, Himeji Castle, Japanese food and more. I've asked if Julian could come to the presentation as well, and they seemed thrilled to have him attend. I wish he could come to Sports Day with me.
The next time I go to the elementary school, I will get to sing Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes 60 times!! Below are some pictures from today's lessons.