Monday, August 18, 2008

The Universal Language For Kids

The video is one of Simon who is in my Afternoon Kindergarten class. He's adorable. He has trouble sitting still, is usually all over the place, but is so stinkin' cute and funny. I mean, just look at that smile.

Kids are pretty amazing. They can have complete conversations without saying a word. And when they do decide to use their vocal chords, it's usually in the form of screaming. At the top of their lungs. One of the kids in my Morning Kindergarten class isn't just a screamer, he's a screecher. He sounds like a pterodactyl. I've found that most boys that age find it funny to be able to scream higher than the girls can.

Morning Kindergarten has gotten a little harder, since I'm now teaching Gym for 35 minutes 4 times a day, 5 days a week. Then on 3 days a week, I teach it 6 times a day. It's kind of funny; I'm teaching the kids how to do push ups and sit ups so I get in a little bit of exercise too.

But I am teaching Kitchen now, so I do get to eat with the kids random snacks that we make. I didn't think I'd actually like doing Kitchen since I don't usually cook too much anyways, but it's a lot of fun, since the kids are actually interested in food.

It's been a little less than 2 months since I've been here, and I've lost about 8 kg. I've been trying to exercise a bit more, I go on the circle road on my bike almost every night (which is great for me, since I don't get lost on the circle road...) And I've been trying to get in a little hike about three times a week. My favorite hike is the stair hike, which consists of a lot of...stairs. It's the same one which I died on when I first got here, but it's not so bad now.

I'm attempting to eat a little better, but not by much, just oatmeal in the morning and whatever I can get during the day. I really need to start thinking about what I put in my body.

I also really need to start learning Chinese. Just basic, conversational Chinese would be perfect for me. That'll be my goal for the next few months, practicing it everyday. A couple of the other teachers here are doing language exchanges, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

Also, while biking around at night, I always see a group of people doing Tai Chi, so I asked one of the secretaries if she could hook me up with maybe some classes or lessons. We'll see if that pans out. ^_^


Dad said...

Cute kids! Beautiful pictures. Glad you're getting into the cuture. Life is getting more interesting by the day.

Mom said...


Dad and I thought about going to Taiwan to teach English... I am not sure I have the stamina to take care of those kids.... gym 4 times a day, 5 days a week? Awk! I think my bones would ache...but it does sound like a challenge!

Sounds like you are getting stonger... I am glad the stairs are getting easier...8 kilos equals 17.6 pounds!!! in 2 months ... awesome!

I hope you get to do some Tai chi...extremely good for the health.

I love hearing about your experiences.... Thank you for sharing all of this with us.

Love you, Mom

Jacqueline Auna & family said...

Your schedule sounds challenging!! Good job on losing so much weight. That cute kids sure is spirited! I love your posts and am so excited whenever updates pop up on my google reader... Lots of love!

Brad and Hailey said...

Sounds like you are doing great! I could not nor would I want to do the stairs ... more power to you! I started a weight loss competition with a coworker and in two months I have no lost a single pound! It's so sad :( Miss you.

Brad and Hailey said...

That little boy in the video is so cute!