Whew… what a busy day it’s been!
Since it had snowed with full force on Tuesday night, my kindergarten classes on Wednesday morning had to be changed to today. If it had been any other season, they probably would’ve been canceled altogether, but graduation season is getting close and today’s classes were the last ones for this school year. (I’ll explain the Japanese school year in a separate blog soon…)
Anyway, since it was the last time with the kids, I’d told them we’d have “Request Day” today. “Request Day” is just that… they decide what we’re going to do during class, but it has to be something we’d done in English class during the year. (English songs, games, crafts, etc.)
Three 30-minute classes… told them we’d be able to play at least two games during class time.
One class wanted to do “Color Touch” which is a simple game… the teacher calls out a color and the kids run around the room, find the color, touch it and go back to their seats.
Two classes wanted to play “Duck, Duck, Goose” and wanted Roberta-Sensei (sensei = teacher) to join in, too. Needless to say, I was “it” quite a few times!! An almost 42-year-old trying to compete with the energy and speed of 6-year-olds… there’s NO way! 😉
A cute note: There are a few of the kids who can’t remember to say “goose”. So, there were other variations…
- “Duck, duck, moose…”
- “Duck, duck, boots…”
- “Duck, duck, blue…”
- “Duck, duck, goo…”
As far as the second game, it was one that all three classes wanted to play… and one that ALL of my kindergarten students LOVE… Fruit Basket!
I do remember playing Fruit Basket when I was in elementary school. Sure, it was fun, running around, trying to find an open chair when your fruit was called. But I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as my little students do! 🙂
As the person who is “it” stands in the middle of the circle of chairs, thinking of which fruit to call out and the instant before the word comes out of their mouth, all the rest of the little ones sitting on the edge of their seats, not knowing for sure if they’re going to have to run or not. That moment when someone yells, “Fruit Basket!”… the squeals and laughter fill the room and one can’t help but laugh along with them.
Can you tell I love my job? 🙂
I wish I’d taken some video of them today, but the kids wanted me to play, too.
So, I’m curious… what games did everyone like and play in elementary school?