Yesterday I learned to always have fun songs on hand to sing as back up in the Izumi class. The Izumi clas has about 12 students from gr.1 through 6. They are students with special needs.
Yesterday I taught the grade 5s and the Izumi class. We focussed on Food. So for the Izumi class I mostly focussed on vocabulary since Grammar is a bit beyond the younger kids.
I started the class with a song (The pizza hut song) and we sang it 4 times and then tried it getting faster and until it was too fast.
After singing we did vocab. I had 13 cards and I got the kids to repeat the words after me and then I asked them to tell me what each one is in Japanese and then to tell me in English again. Then we played the key-word game. I choose a key-word, a word we've practiced today, and they kids repeated after me and when I said the key word they kids had to be the first to grab the eraser off the desk. We played about 6 rounds but the youngest kids weren't winning much and they were getting frustrated so I figured it was time to do something else.
So I sang another song with them - a clapping song. The title is "it's not hard I tell you so". We started out really slow and went through each clapping pattern a few times to make sure the kids got it. Then we sang the song about 4 times and each time was a little faster than the last.
At the end of class we went over the new vocab words again one last time. It was different from my normal classes. I think these kids are going to learn a lot of songs! Does anyone have any tips for teaching kids with disabilites? Most of my lessons are foccused mostly on vocab with games and songs. It's also difficult because the kids are all different ages and grades.
My other classes yesterday went great as well. I had to move one of my clsses up because I had to leave school at noon to go to Taira for meetings at the BOE. My last class was scheduled to finish at 12:25 and I had to catch the 12:50 train which would have been cutting it really close.
I caught the 12:50 train to Taira and ended up in the sam car as the JETs from Ueda. We were told at the meeting that all the Junior High ALTs will be able to come back next year but that 7 elementary school ALTs will be cut due to budget cuts. School visits by the BOE will start next week. They will be looking to see how our classes go and how well we are liked at the schools. From that they are going to try and figure out which ALTs to ask back next year. So I'll do my best and hope that I get picked to stay next year.
After the BOE meeting a bunch of us went to Candi's place for a potluck dinner party. There were about 14 of us in total throughout the evening. It was a lot of fun. We went to the grand opening of a new pet shop that opened up right next to Candi's apartment building. I got to hold a baby short haired rabbit. It was so cute! It fit in the palm of my hand. Then Candi asked me if I could interpret for her and help her buy a baby bird. (I forget which kind...but it can learn to talk, it's white with yellow feathers..and this one is an albino so it has red eyes.)
So I spent about 30 minutes asking questions for her and relating the info back to her and she picked her baby up from the shop sometime today. IT's adorable. It's only a month old which is too young to know what sex it is.. I got to hold it and use my fingers as a ladder and it alked around on my sholders. The bird is so young that it has to be fed with a syringe . Add warm water to the bird seed to make a paste and use the syringe to feed it to the bird. It also has a little nest with a "lid" that he has to stay in unless Candi is playing with it or feeding it. She has to feed it 3 times a day four hours apart and since she has to work all day, she has to feed it at night and have it sleep all day. So she has to geed it at 5pm, 9pm and 1am, for the next two weeks. Then she can get a cage for it and start feeding it regular food. And she's going to teach it to talk.
I feel very accomplished as I was able to help with all the info she needed to take care of the bird. It was awesome!
I hung out at Candi's place with everyone until about 8:20 when I headed out for the 25 minute walk to the train station. I caught the 8:50 train home to Izumi. Then I watched Armageddon in Japanese (it was on tv) and I cried again.
Today I spent the morning chatting with friends in Ottawa (ended up spending almost 2 and a half hours on the phone with Matt) and to ninja007
and then I went shopping. Found some plastic drawers to keep all my papers in. On the way home I stopped to play jump rope with some of the kids from school. Their mom came to join us and we talked for a bit. She had a bag of mini tomatos that she had just picked from her garden. I ended up taking them home with me. lol They look really good.
I spent the evening sorting all the papers I had accumulated and put quite a bit into one of the drawers...tomorrow I'm going to clean the floors, and maybe the shower...then I'm going to do the rest of my laundry. But first, I'll be calling my mom and Kirstin. Can't wait to say hi to people I miss!
I'm enjoying my 3 day weekend!