Kindergarten Antics

In which I say goodbye to my kindergarten students

I’ve been teaching at two kindergartens, three times a week. One I started way back in October after I came back from Vietnam and the other in January when I came back from New Zealand. I have finished working at both of these schools in the past couple of weeks, as they gear up for performances and the end of school (some kindergartens don’t have a summer break like the other schools however!).

Last week, I finished at Yancuo kindergarten, a 15/20 minute bike ride away from Zhangzhou Aston. I ended with a couple of special things: one, a performance and two, photographs with the eldest class.

The Performance

Unfortunately, I have no pictures from what I did. It was a simple class routine with puppet animals and I finished with I Like The Flowers, complete with actions.

I also got to watch from backstage as there were many other performances on a beautiful summer’s evening; only when the revelry had just finished, did the heavens open, and boy did they open!

Why do Chinese children look so cute?

The Photography session

This was done on my last lesson day with the students. Whilst we were waiting for them all to get into their kindergarten uniform, the tae kwon do instructor and I had a bit of a laugh with the camera (I’ve never spoken to him though!) and also with one of the teachers too.

Then we had class photos:

kindergarten class

All together!

kindergarten class

“You make great armrests!”

I was sad to leave Yancuo – they don’t speak a lot of English there, the teachers I mean, but they’ve always been friendly and communicative with me. They’ve always tried to make conversation and I’ve always felt welcome; they even kept feeding me supper after the classes! I’m going to miss the school security guard and our chats too.

Here’s to the next adventure in 2 months though!

What do you think of these overly cute kindergarten children?

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Author: Bennett

2 years as an expat in China and now doing the same in New Zealand, Bennett sure likes to experience "slow travel!"

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  1. Ahhh I just had to say goodbye to my kindergarten students as well! But thankfully (?), I’ll be seeing them again in the fall, haha. What cuties they are- as all kids are! Loved the photo session you had with them- they all have such different personalities it seems!

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    • Yes, they definitely do. I love them but am ready to get away, haha!

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  2. very sweet, those types of performances are also very popular here in Hawaii with elementary school children…sweet!

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    • Yes, the Chinese love these kinds of things as well – they’re all about the kids getting their matching costumes and make up on!

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  3. AWWW…they are the cutest! What a neat experience!! I love their little uniforms!!

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  4. Cuties! Your post reminded me about my farewell two years back from now when I was working in asylum seekers center in the Netherlands…I was taking care of a group of migrant kids from various countries. With some of them I had no other common language than smiles but we managed to do performances, art exhibitions, treasure hunting and sports. Yay, those were the days!

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    • Indeed Elaine! Don’t know what I’ll do without this cuteness in my life now 😉

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  5. As I was once a very cute little Chinese kid – I can attest that we get our cuteness from our pigtails/ponytails. I’m not sure why but Chinese mothers ALWAYS do the pigtails high on top of our heads! Either that or we get the bowl hair cut…or a combination of both! Oh and yes, we are always forced to perform….no matter what…. LOL Loved your photos!

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    • Agree with those hairstyles – they love the overuse of elastic bands in the youngest children especially… and bowl cuts, well, even my brother got that when he was younger 😉 Always performing too!

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  6. Your constant throwing of peace signs in pictures, cracks me up. The children really are cute. That’s too bad you don’t have any pictures of your performance.

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    • I’m being Chinese – check out my Things You Do In China #7 post 😉 Yeah, I’m sure there are some pics somewhere in the ether…

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  7. LOL – the Peace Signs are everywhere in China! Such cute, lively, fun kids! It’s great to see how kids are really the same everywhere – hamming it up for the camera, loving some dress up time, having fun with their classmates!

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    • They love the peace sign in China! Yes, kids love performing for the camera – so do some adults too 😉

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  8. They are adorable!! Looks like it was a good time teaching them–I think something like that would be fun! Good luck on your next adventure!

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    • It was fun teaching them, but the novelty has definitely worn off after 2 years…plus the next adventure is calling!

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