2:45 at kinder is post-nap getting dressed time. I love arriving then. The little kids are so cute all sprawled out not wanting to wake up or wandering around aimlessly wearing nothing but their knickers and holding one sock or very carefully and conscientiously folding their pyjamas. It's all so cute! Oh and I love the conversations we have, too. The stuff little kids want to tell you is just so sweet. "My brother has no teeth because he's a baby." "You wear glasses." "We played skipping ropes today." It's all delivered so seriously.
Today as I was waiting for Amy to get her bag, communication notebook, face towel, toothbrush bag and hat together (a bigger job than you might imagine if you haven't met Amy) I was chatting away about my favourite Precure character with a little girl (they've changed again and now I'm lost!) when a boy across the room yelled out "Hey! Your head looks like the person who was in the newspaper!" Hmmm? My head? I was still pondering this when two or three other kids piped up "She is the head in the paper!! My mum showed me!" The conversation continued:
"Yeah, Amy's mum was in the paper."
"I saw it!"
"My mum said Amy's mum works at the place with the English teachers."
"Yeah, she works over there with the English teachers!"
I stepped in to explain:
"Actually, I am an English teacher."
"No, you speak Japanese."
"You're Amy's mum."
"Yup, I speak Japanese, I'm Amy's mum and I'm an English teacher."
"Tell us some English then!"
"I don't need to teach you English- you already know English."
"Yup. Banana is.... banana! And Melon is..... melon!"
Then different kids started telling me the other English words they knew- apple, dog, cat, elephant, good job, hello, Merry Christmas.
I offered to teach them any word they wanted and a little boy piped up that he wanted to know the word for hoikuen. Agghhhhh, pick an easy one, hey? Preschool? Nursery school? Day care? pah, I'll just go with the word I use- and the easiest to pronounce- kinder.
So as Amy and I finally headed out the door it was to a chorus of "kinder, kinder, kinder! KINDER! Azusagawa kinder!"
Yup, last week my boss sent out another insert in the newspaper.
Guess the advertising is working, hey?