I am a nerd. And I take it as a compliment when someone says that I'm a nerd. It's what makes me...well...me. And I'm pretty confident in who I am. And, I want to make sure that I am passing this "nerdiness" down to the Monk. He deserves all that knowledge has to give him.
This lesson went WAY better than India. For this, we used Google Translate to look up the colors of the rainbow and translate them from Japanese into English. We also looked at Obento boxes and how people eat their lunches in Japan (which, btw, I am totally getting a bento box lunch box for my school year in the fall!). We looked at Japanese paper lanterns and the art of origami. There seemed to be a lot more interest in Japanese culture. As I reflect on the teaching process that I am trying to accomplish and the learning process of my son, I think that the more interactive, colorful, and hands on the activities are, the more that he is willing to participate. You would think that, as a middle school teacher for 9 months out of the year, that I would be more aware of how kids learn. And I am. I know EXACTLY how middle schoolers learn and process. But, as a mother trying to instruct her 5 year-old, it is much more different than what I do while teaching in middle school. So - ok. I need to keep the activities