Father's Day

7:27 AM |

Last month, on November 26, Wakaizumi kindergarten celebrated Father's Day. Parents -Fathers especially- are required to visit the school to see what their children do at school. It's the same as saying 'Not only mothers, but also fathers determined the success of (children) education.
The day started with usual stuff of students daily activities. First, they exercised (more like singing and dancing to us) together. Then, fathers and children started marathon running around the school neighboring complex. Mothers? We took pictures :) Next, students went inside the classes and teachers called out the students' names as they usually do everyday. The next one hour was filled with the routine activities that students do everyday, only today they were observed by parents. By this, parents know -at least- how their children are doing at school. Some students needed to be called twice whenever the teacher gave instructions. Some were shy and quiet, some were talkative. We observed that Hikari could follow all the instructions well, although they were given in Japanese. He was not shy, and to our great surprise, he was very independent.
After attendance taking and morning singing ritual in Akagumi class (class of above 3 years old), Hikari and his classmate were ushered to their own class, Momogumi (class of 3 years old). Yea, this class only has TWO students: Hikari and Keita-kun :) In the class, they did activities like playing with color papers and glue, making paper doll, making paper ball, throwing balls to a bucket, etc. What they did (and usually do) basically were playing while exercising their motoric skills.

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After class activities, they went out to play with sand, water, anything that they like. Papa played with them and Mama busily took pictures. We were amazed again to see how Hikari interact with his friend and his teacher. He even used Japanese language (we didn't hear before at home). It was also fun to see how Keita-kun sometimes absorbed Hikari's vocab like besar, apa, ini, itu, etc.

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When, Hikari and Keita-kun were finished with their sand castle, we went inside again to make animals from woods. Papa and Hikari were immediately busy to make a giraffe.

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At the end of the day, Hikari got a handsome giraffe which he showed off to his friends.
His teacher asked, "Hikari-kun, kyo wa do desuka? Tanoshikatta?" (How is it today? Did you have fun)
Hikari answered, "Ung. Tanoshikatta. Matta ashita. Sayonara, Sensei." (Yes. I had fun. See you tomorrow. Bye.)
... and Papa and Mama were just standing there speechless, and beaming.

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