There are some things I know I go on and on about here- the beauty of the mountains, the craziness of my neighbours (although I'm sure they'd say the same about me so it's all in good humour) how great school lunch is and adding to that list- my love for the after-school/ holiday care programme here.
Teaching at an English conversation school is a tricky job for a mum. During the time my kids are at school I am sitting around twiddling my thumbs (well not really but....) come home time and all the kids are let out and.... go to their after school activities which means I get busy. And my kids?
They go to after school care.
The standard and type and level of care varies between cities and towns I know but we are truly blessed here.
Our after school programme ROCKS.
Firstly it's heavily subsidised and dirt cheap. And half price for your second kid.
Second, they are really into organising a programme for the kids. Depending on the day the kids arrive there anytime from 2pm to 4pm. Most days of the week kids don't all arrive at the same time as the little kids get off school earlier than the middle school. Even with all that in the equation they manage to work out a schedule for everyone that includes homework time, outside play, inside active play, inside quiet play, free time, snack time and organised activities that vary depending on the day but include Japanese chess with volunteer teachers, aerobics, rhythm class and seasonal crafts.
A recent addition is 'kodomo kikake' or 'kid organised activities'. Any kid can get a form from the office and fill out a very professional looking 'activity request sheet' that asks them to state the organisers, participant numbers, materials needed, requests for staff assistance, day, date, time and place of the proposed activity. After it gets approval they make a poster to publicise and sign up sheet for their activity and wait for members to join.
Meg and Amy have participated in a number of these projects and now they decided to run their own. I was so proud! My little munchkins the project managers!
decorating their poster
It's a skipping competition
There are a LOT of very detailed instructions as to how the skipathon will go and what will happen if you go out and it's all written with phoenetic reading guides for the little kids to read along.
They were super thrilled that some kids wanted to sign up as they were writing their poster and had to be asked to wait.
Amy is in charge of illustrations.