For anyone who is considering quitting their job and moving abroad, here are my observations of working as a kindergarten teacher in Japan.
- Someone always cries. Mostly because they miss their mum. Or just another 140850600 other reasons.
- You will sing and dance to 5 little monkeys EVERY SINGLE DAY. However, it is quite a good workout, so you know, swings and roundabouts.
- I tend to make every game a jumping game. In my head, I think it’ll tire them out, in reality it just gets them more pumped.
- Curriculum states to teach a lesson on ‘Different homes around the world’. Making teepee’s counts yeah?
- You will say ‘Who’s standing nicely?’ and ‘Who’s sitting nicely?’ approximately 8 thousand times a day.
- You will learn to hold going to the toilet for 8 hours. If there is no teacher to watch the class for 2 min for you to run to the bathroom, then you’re holding it. Its around this time that jumping to 5 little monkeys gets very tricky.
- Children have a roller coaster of emotions. For example, little girl is so excited to see Teacher Emily and come to class that she picks me some wild flowers from her garden on her walk to school. 4 minutes later, her head is on her desk, she’s wailing that she wants to go home. Classic tuesday morning.
- Expect to come home still singing Circle Time songs. Even though Circle Time is in the morning and you get home at 9pm. A is for Apple A A Apple, B is for Ball B B Ball…
- The curriculum suggests math bingo to review numbers 1-20. I thought ‘Math Bingo? They won’t like that at all!’ I have never been more wrong. They literally loved it.
- Friday afternoon Teachers Choice lesson? That just screams lets make chocolate cornflake cakes and eat heaps of chocolate. Messy children are happy children.
Thank you so much for reading, I love teaching in Japan! I would recommend it to everyone! Please comment with any fun kindergarten tips or any questions on teaching in Japan.