This week at school I got to meet and talk to two of the cutest roly-poly little twin sisters I have ever seen! They are two of the new 1st graders. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to teach first grade yet this year but they also attend the “special” class near the teachers’ room…probably because they have major A.D.D! Their attentions spans are really short…even for 6-year-olds! I really feel for their parents! Hopefully they have a lot of help at home because they are quite the handful! (^o^)
I was coming down the stairs from lunch with the 3rd graders when I first met them. They were standing with their teachers near the teacher’s room and they were showing off for them when one of the girls saw me. She came straight up to me and said “Dare desu ka?” (Who are you?) I laughed because she was just too cute and told her my name. Then she said something to her sister along the lines of “Look! She looks like the 2 thousand (something I didn’t understand) big sister!” (Children often call older kids and teenagers “big sister” or “big brother” … technically I should be called oba-chan (auntie)). I have no idea who they were referring too…and the other teachers were surprised and didn’t seem to understand who or why either. Maybe it was in reference to my weight. (-_-) Here in Japan I have to shop in the Plus-size section even though back home I wear a size 12. LOL!
Anywho! They were completely adorable! They dragged me around and then told be to come to the Tanpopo room with them (Dandelion Room). I followed along and they started riding the rolling white boards around the room. Their teacher seemed fine with it! That was the first time I had spent recess-time indoors!
The next day as I came down from lunch with another 3rd grade class I met some teachers at the foot of the stairs. They asked me if I could hold on for just a bit since the girls were coming with the “grandpa” (their nick-name for the school groundskeeper.) Sure enough they rounded the corner with the “grandpa” in tow. Then they traded off and grabbed me again and had me follow them to the special education classroom. This time I drew some pictures for them on the whiteboards… and I got pwn’d! At 6-years-old they are already better artists than I was at 10 or 11! (Granted I didn’t really start drawing until junior high…) But for 6-year-olds their hand-eye coordination is awesome! One girl’s favorite thing to draw was Doraemon. She draws him very well!
Unfortunately they only had one marker! Which meant I had to swipe it while they weren’t looking to avert any more arguing. This is also where their ADD came in handy because all I had to do was distract them into doing something else…not difficult at all to do with those inclined to being distracted! Distraction is a handy tool I learned while taking care of very young children at church during Sunday School!