I got to school today, sat at my desk ready to prepare for a lesson when my Korean co-teacher comes up to me and asks me to come to class for a birthday party. For one day each month the kindergarten classes celebrate birthdays in that month. It happened to be two of my Gemini kids: Andrew and Rachael's birthday.
They were dressed in traditional Korean clothes: bright pinks and blues and other colours; enough to make you dizzy. The table was covered in food and presents that classmates have brought in; pizza, chicken, cakes, biscuits, cola, yoghurt, pickles and other things that I didn't try. The helper; Anna, took photos of the children...and me and Raye. It was funny seeing the shorter children standing on a whole pile of text books just so you could get their face in the picture!
They sang happy birthday, blew out the candles and got stuck into the food. Coke got spilt on the floor because the children were too busy talking to their friends to notice the cup was tipping in their hands. I got climbed on; it's a regular occurance...like I'm some giant climbing wall! And I got passed food and told 'eat'.
The whole event leaked into my lesson with them and so in the end we just chanted 'be kind' (it's a set of books their working on), worked on different types of jobs, different foods (which involves me making a fool of myself as i mime, and the kids laughing at me; it's all good) and drew pictures of swings on the board...or in some cases a squiggle that drained my pens. If you let the kids draw on the board...bring plenty of pens coz they think you need to colour in everything.
I wish they did this sort of thing where I was from. So much for health and safety.