I started out enjoying myself, but feeling quite sure I’d never take on a kindergarten class. I wound up still enjoying myself and considering taking a kindergarten class in August. This mostly depends on whether I can sign a 6-month contract, which would be only one semester. Something to investigate!
A few snapshots: the sweet contrast of serious little Neil and Leah focusing intently on learning their phonics and then running squealing in the playroom to play monster ball, Ivy in the Chang Long middle class holding my hand and petting my arm while asking me questions, constant flattery from the big class at Rong Fu. They called me pretty at least 7 times in two days, and at least two little girls complimented my black flats from Payless with the heels starting to peel. Seriously, 5- and 6-year-olds are shameless!
Even the problems weren’t so big, like Nick and Chavelle in the middle class. Chavelle had a hair-trigger temper and constantly demanded apologies from her classmates, and also had to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes, but was generally sweet and always very quick in terms of English. Nick was slow and distracted at first, and then became clingy and was always poking my butt or leg, but… um, he helped me out in my dream last night? Well, in real life, he too was pretty sweet. I wish I could steal that class from their teacher, but odds are only so-so. I’m more likely to get the first class I ever subbed, which is okay too, I guess.
All in all, I rank kindergarten above middle schoolers and below mid- to higher-elementary schoolers.