Kaelin wanted to share a little about Korea with her 2nd grade class for Lunar New Year (Sol Nal). I was 'supposed' to go to school to help her on the 3rd, but we got blizzarded out....is that a word? Anyways, the teacher emailed me the next day when they were back in and asked that we come in Monday instead. Kaelin wanted me there to help her out.
Yesterday, we had practice for Chelsi last night, but during the day I took the little kids to Kaelin's class at school to do the Lunar New Year (Sol Nal) presentation we were supposed to do last week. It was canceled because of the blizzard. Yes, blizzard.
Kaelin did great. The teacher gave us pretty much the last hour of the school day. So, Kaelin wrote some things on the board in Hangul, we passed our Won, she wore her hanbok and then we talked about Korean culture. Of course, some of the kids asked about adoption too, so I would quickly answer so we could move on. They would raise their hands so Kaelin could call on them and we could answer their questions. One kid said "Kaelin, you're adopted?!". It was so funny. One kid asked how they kiss in Korea. Oh my! One just wanted to know how old I was. The teacher quickly diverted that one. We brought our pictures from Korea and the kids just loved it all. They asked so many great questions and then they all wanted a Korean name and couldn't understand why Kaelin had a Korean name and English name and they didn't. Hmmm....me thinks this makes her the cool kid. :) Kaelin loved the attention and the time to share. Her teacher was very interested in it all, it seemed. The kids decided I should be a teacher and teach about Korea. So funny! I work with one of the kids' mom and she told me today that he was so excited when he got home yesterday. He told her knows EVERYTHING there is to know about Korea. How funny is that?
It's kind of cool that in such a small rural town we get the opportunity to open up and share another piece of the world with this young minds. At this age they will keep this in mind and carry some of it with them....and you never know where it will take them.