On 29th of September, I went to visit the kids who attend to the day care through PPIS, who we will be interacting with for the upcoming year every Friday after school. We divided our group into half, one to ask questions to the teachers of the day care, and the other to interact with the kids and see how much they can speak English and what kinds of learning they do everyday. I was assigned to be in the group which we played with the kids.
When we first said hi to the kids, many ignored us or tried to get away from us, even though we made our eye level at the same height as them, and attempted to be seen kind and friendly by smiling at them. I think they were a little confused and scared since around 20 high school students came into the room all of the sudden. Hence, we started slow, introducing ourselves and asking them questions using hand gestures and such. At first, I did not know what to say to them, since I rarely have a chance to talk to a 3~4 year olds. So I asked some basic questions like “What’s your name? What colour do you like? How old are you? Who likes superman?!”
As the time went by, some kids started opening up, and asked us to read books with them or high-five them. I was very happy and found them more and more adorable as I got to know them. However, some concerns came up as I was playing with them. Few kids did not talk at all, and one boy did not speak one word, so I am wondering if he cannot speak English or he does not like to communicate verbally. But, the teacher at PPIS told us that some were really shy, and she is sure we will be able to see their ‘other side’ as we get to see them more.
Since I was not in the group to ask questions, I do not know the answers to the questions we had previously, but I hope to get to know those in the next meeting.
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