On Friday, I got a call from the local elementary school, saying that they had another Japanese family moving in for the last three weeks of school. The family has a first grade boy (Hideki) and a third grade girl (Miyako), and neither child speaks any English. I was actually absolutely delighted to get another chance to work with Japanese students, so I told the school I would help out for a few days. I got permission from my professors to miss class on Monday, and talked to the teachers about their new students, class room rules, curriculum for the rest of the year, ect. I spent most of the weekend translating information packets for the parents.
So, for the past two days, I've been juggling first and third grade, trying to get these kids settled in a little. Hideki and Miyako are absolutely the cutest little things; Miyako is a real sweetheart, and Hideki has a little wicked streak. (He does this thing where he flutters his eyelashes at you as if to say, 'Who ME?') Miyako is also incredibly smart, and talented on the recorder. I was sorry to leave both of them today, but I think they're ready to work without me-- they know the rules, are picking up English, and their classmates are willing to help them out. Besides, their mother has asked me to tutor them over the summer, so I'll be seeing them again.
Unfortunately, at the same time all of this was going on, I've had a take-home midterm and a project to do, both due tomorrow. X_x Right now, I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get things organized. @_@ And I thought things weren't going to get crazy for a few more weeks! ^_~;;;
Anyway, that's where I've been. I still owe Leigh an email, and some feedback for her kick-ass BSG drabble (read it here: 'Being Alive'. Like RIGHT NOW. ^_~). I owe Amber some feedback as well.
(I'm so very sorry!)
A sort of frazzled,