Thursday, February 22, 2007

Japanese Kindergartens

I have been teaching basic English (numbers, colours, names of animals) at many Japanese nurseries. At all of them, visitors have to remvoe their shoes. Slippers are always provided.

It is a great idea. Nurseries need to be hygienic places for children, and having a no-outdoor shoes rule must help a lot. I once worked as an administrative assistent at a nursery and it was not always as clean as might be desired.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

A Farewell Speech

My fellow short-term worker, Joy, gave her farewell speech to the church today. In her speech she said:

I have learned many things from being in Japan. I have learned that you can keep your home much cleaner if you always take your shoes off.