How can you not feel special when there's a welcome sign just for you?
Another thing that makes teaching at elementary schools different from middle schools is the hands-on games/activities/crafts that we do.
For example, we play "fukuwarai" (福笑い)-- a game where one blindfolded student has to put together a face (like the one on the blackboard above), while another student gives directions. Before playing, I teach them "up," "down," "left," and "right."
Jump ropes are popular at all the schools.
There are also super cute kids at all the elementary schools...
Students of all ages throw up this hand sign and say, "Wish!!!" They tell me a famous Japanese singer named Daigo made that really popular.
Stay tuned for more of my fun elementary school experiences...