That time I hung out with kindergartners every week

I’m going to do a little rewinding from a few months ago when school was still in session and I was spending once a week with 3 kindergarten classes sharing simple English words, phrases, and songs. I spent about 30 minutes in each class between two different kindergarten schools averaging about 70 kids overall each day. Those days were exhausting but lots of fun.

During one of the kindergarten classes in the fall where there were learning some fruits and vegetables in English.
During one of the kindergarten classes in the fall when they were learning some fruits and vegetables in English.

Over the course of the school year they learned their numbers 1-10, colors, fruits, vegetables, animals, basic phrases like good morning and goodnight, and a couple of fun songs – all in English! I was impressed how quickly they picked up the words and phrases. Also, as the course of the school year progressed, I got over being nervous of singing in front of people, mostly with small children though.

I loved when I would arrive to each class and I would hear a whispering chorus of “Doamnasoara Sara! Hello!” (Miss Sara!) through the classroom until the teacher would bring order to the room. Toward the end of the school year I introduced the “Hokey Pokey” song. I loved their laughter as they sang and danced to the song with me.

We're all singing and dancing to the
We’re all singing and dancing to the “Hokey Pokey” song – a crowd favorite.

My host mom was one of the teachers in one of the classes I would visit weekly. This was her final year teaching as she retired this past spring from teaching for many years.

The kids from my host mom's class, the first group I worked with each Wednesday morning.
The kids from my host mom’s class, the first group I worked with each Wednesday morning.

Since it was my host mom’s last year of teaching and the kids in her class were moving onto first grade into another school, she created a whole program for the kids to put on for their families.

My host mom organized a
My host mom organized a hilarious “surprise” skit for the kids during the performance. Another teacher dressed up and played the part of a #2 grade (F) to encourage the kids to work hard for higher grades, #10’s (A).

I was impressed with how much work my host mom put into this performance for the kids. From putting the program together with music she found online and skits she wrote, to creating the bow-ties for the boys and the headbands for the girls. The performance had music, singing, poems, dancing, and skits. I compiled a quick 2 minute video from a few of their dances during the performance. They’re pretty adorable if you ask me. They “rang” the bell to signify the end of the school year and shared some traditional Moldovan dances like the hora and then threw a wildcard in there by Psy (the artist who sang “Gangnam Style”). Enjoy!

In March, I taught the kids a new song for mother’s day and they continued to request it through the rest of the school year. My host mom even incorporated it into the performance that day. They loved this song… they requested every week.

…and then that song would be stuck in my head for days.

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