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Every Friday Evening

 

Every Friday evening a 2 year old boy comes with his mother for a 30 minute English class.

Every Friday evening I blow up a balloon and put it somewhere in the room.

Every Friday evening when he comes in to the room we look for the balloon.

When he finds it I ask him what color it is and then we have the big conversation:

Here you are.
Thank you.”     … as we pass it back and forth.

After that we move on to more extreme stuff like:

– looking for animals in the jungle
– making imaginary cakes with imaginary ingredients 
– examining the contents of magical bags holding treasures like plastic fruit, 2 piece animal puzzles, or things that need to be classified as a certain color

In between these important activities we sings songs:

– about his health (How are you?)
– environmental issues (How’s the weather?)
– public transportation (The Wheels on the Bus),
– monkeys jumping on beds, spiders climbing drainpipes, ducks hiking, …

It’s a quick 30 minutes and I actually look forward to it for some weird reason.

I know his name, but I don’t think he knows mine.

I’m just the balloon man.

 

note: another little kid calls me “Wednesday” because that’s when he has a class.

double note: little kids really need to have a life.

triple note: most kids like me because I’m bigger and very different looking than their parents … like a dinosaur … or something. I can live with that.

quadruple note: most kids like me are probably the same age as me … or older or younger. I know where you live.

quintuple note: finding two meanings in everything is really annoying sometimes.

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notes to myself #128

You end up where you belong … you don’t really fit in, but you still belong somehow.

A Popularity Contest

 

I teach English in Japan: a lot of my students are children.

I have the following 5 toys/games sitting on my desk at work.

Which do you think is the most popular?  (cast your vote now: see below for grand prize)

  1. Cube World: interchangeable cubes with stick-men doing funny things, visiting their neighbours, and doing more funny things. Each has a little game you can play too! Please don’t drop them, they were expensive!

                                            

     2.   Easy Button: press the button and it says “That was easy”. Stepping on it is strictly forbidden!

                                             

     3.   Assorted Wind-Up Toys: wind them up; they flip, spin, hop, crawl, chatter, or march across the table. No, you wind it the other way!

                                            

     4.   Barrel of Monkeys: link the monkeys; 10 pts. for red ones, 5 pts. for blue, 2 pts. for yellow. Link all 12 for the maximum 68 pts. One hand only please!

                                            

     5.   Assorted Fruit and Vegetable Erasers: play “what’s missing?” or just be mesmerized by their amazingness. Some with detachable pieces. Please don’t put them in your mouth.

                                           

Grand Prize: an autographed copy of Kelly Pettit‘s award winning CD “FUEL“!

http://cdbaby.com/cd/kellypettit

http://www.meermusic.com/content/artists/public/digipres.asp?iid=40382

http://www.meermusic.com/

You have one week starting …….NOW!

note: in the event of a tie, winner will be chosen by names in a hat.

double note: Yes this is a shameless plug for my friend, but his music is great!

And just awarded Track of the Month on Fame Games for “She’s just like summer“!

Congrats!!