Today I was shocked to see the activity my co-teacher had picked out for the kids to do. She had seen it in a magazine and thought it was a great activity for the kids to work on their fine motor skills. It definitely used tiny finger movements, but even I was a little confused on how it all worked. A little embarrassing when a five year old is showing you up!
I was amazed at their concentration as they struggled through getting the perfect yarn pattern while strengthening their fine motor skills. I couldn’t imagine doing this back home in an American classroom, the kids would have given up and expressed dismay at how hard it was. It was hard, and not something that would be developmentally appropriate for this age group. But my kids were doing it halfway around the world in Japan with no problems.
Another example of how children are all different, and we shouldn’t treat them as one big group of the same development. I have more to learn in this world too. Teaching is a two way street and I learn from the kids every day. I’m hoping it keeps me spry through old age since I’m constantly adapting to the kids’ needs. Or maybe I will feel older surrounded by young ones all of the time? Time will tell. For now, I may need to work on my fine motor skills. 😉