Today I was sitting at the craft table with some kids and drawing giant butterflies for them to color in. The littlest girl decided that she wanted to cut out her pretty butterfly as a present to her mama. So I handed her the scissors and left her at it, knowing she was perfectly capable … Continue reading Kindergarten Crisis Averted!
So yesterday I was coaching a businesswoman and asked her to describe her workplace. "Do you know this movie, Wolf of Wall Street?" "Hehe, yep." Said with a completely straight face, "It's kind of like that, but without the prostitutes." I might have laughed a little too heartily, but put that on the list of … Continue reading Like that, but…
I have this pronunciation exercise that I do with the vast majority of my "older" students. Most find it extremely helpful, especially when things go like this: Me: Now we're going to focus on the pronunciation of "g" and "k" because it's important to make sure you're saying them correctly and clearly at the end … Continue reading Pronunciation Exercises
In the kindergarten, there is a nursery. In the nursery are 18 children babies that range from 18 months to 3 years old. In this group is Lemon (obviously not her real name), aka Girl Elf Baby. ( I already have a story about Boy Elf Baby here). The nursery children have their own little … Continue reading The Sandbox Friendship Trials
Today I had one of my little ones who is generally very sweet and very quick to learn English, tell me that he is madly in love with me. ("Ich bin in dich verliebt!") He then pulled himself onto my lap and proceeded to shove his hand down my shirt. It's weird having … Continue reading A Show of Affection
Babies are bouncy. Okay, maybe not aaaaall babies, but the majority are surprisingly bouncy. When I say "babies", I'm not thinking of fresh-out-of-the-oven babies, I'm talking about the 1.5-3 year olds that are found in the youngest group of kids in the kindergarten. The majority average about 2, 2.5 years old, but there are a … Continue reading Babies are Bouncy
I had a child come to me crying and stand in the crook of my arm wailing in unintelligible German. I'd like to help the poor guy, but I haven't the slightest clue as to what he's saying. So I ask him to take a deep breath with me so that he can calm down … Continue reading It Starts Young
I had a girl look at me one morning at the kindergarten and just casually say, "You have brown skin." First thought in my head was, "YES! I'VE STILL GOT A TAN!", which was followed by me liking this little girl a little more. Then I listened to the perfect female, Aryan specimen as she … Continue reading Brown Skin
Recently at work, I had a swarm of dinosaurs, aka crawling 4- and 5-year-olds, attack me. They were actually munching on me. And not just 2 or 3 kids dinosaurs, oh no, but 5 or 6! I was sitting at a small table playing a card game with some other students, when all of a … Continue reading Dinosaur Attack!
Yesterday I began my new adventure as the English teacher at an adorable kindergarten and, I won't lie, I'm pretty excited! Mondays are my new "Baby Days", where I spend most of the morning with the youngest group, aged about 1-2 years. While helping out at lunchtime, I watched in fascinated horror as one of … Continue reading There’s a Certain Balance in Teaching