2012年4月21日土曜日

Amy wrote her name!

So what?

Well, as compulsory education doesn't start here until primary school they literally start from zero. The old tabula rasa blank slate educational philosophy and all that.

So at school literacy classes start with the alphabet, right?

Nope.

Before that.

Zig zags and swirls, right?

Nope.

Before that.

They don't even start with how to hold a pencil.

What on earth is before that?

Why the correct posture for sitting when writing of course.

It goes a little like this- feet flat on the floor, back ramrod straight and tummy sucked in. (Because so many 6yo's have guts, right?)

And they practice that.

Repeatedly.

Really.

So it has taken a lot of days of school to work through the steps to finally being able to write our names.

About two weeks in fact...

And so with much tada and tadum!

2 件のコメント:

Azimski さんのコメント...

Heather

As a mother with first-hand experience of education in Japan, now living back in Australia, I read your blog often and enjoy both the content and style enormously. This time, I just had to write and say how much I envy your children being trained to assume the correct posture for writing. I believe that it has enormous benefits, not only for the handwriting that will eventually result, but for its effect on honing both mental and physical capacities - concentration, posture, etc. I wish educators here in Australia would take this seriously, instead of just ignoring the slouching postures of children at their desks.
The funghi was amazing too. I miss all those experiences that my son had ... and that he misses out on here.

Angela Azimi

thefukases さんのコメント...

Hi Angela,

Thanks for writing. I am a bit out of touch with primary education in Australia these days- I was shocked to hear that many schools gave up LOTE education. I thought that was a really great programme. There are plusses and minuses with everything I guess and I still have niggles about the volume of homework they get it certainly does set them up with good study habits and the emphasis on the process as well as output does seem to stand them in good stead!

I'm sure it's a grass is greener thing but I am envious your son gets those long school holidays and shorter school days to boot!