Home Visits 家庭訪問

I am sorry that I have not been updating my blog. No excuse, but I have been super busy!

So, what I have been doing is to prepare myself for the next month. The school starts on September 2nd, the first day with students!

I have been doing home visits with children and their families. It is nice to meet them in person before the school starts.

It might sound strange, but I can already tell that I love the children so much! I cannot wait to work with them.

Some of them gave me flowers and even her favorite unicorn when I visited them.

I pray that I will be a good influence on their lives.

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A Dream Has Come True 夢が叶いました

(Akari 2 and half years old, saying "I am going to follow this path."

My dream has come true!!

I wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl.

I loved taking care of children of my neighbors. I used to live in a large apartment complex where many families lived. Small children used to come and knock on my door shouting, "Akari, can you play with us?" Sometimes I had to decline their sweet request in order to study for tests, but I often could not help to take a break and play with them.

As I mentioned on my blog, I graduated from University of Hawaii with a teaching license. For the past couple of months, I was job hunting, and today, I have a great news to share with you all. I am now officially hired as a teacher!! I was hired at a school called Roots. It provides a unique learning setting, and I am excited to be part of it since I was always interested in learning and being part of some alternative educational settings beside regular school programs.

I will be working with children age from 3 and half to 5 and half years old. I will have about 12 children, and the school begins on September 2nd. During this month (August), I will be preparing for the upcoming school year. I have to create curriculum, set up my classroom, do a home visit with each family of students, and so on.

It is a great feeling to know that my longing dream has come true. I just began to take it in, so part of me still feels like dreaming, though... Well, it is not a dream. I better get on it!

A little girl in the picture grew up and is now starting to walk on the path she has chosen. Thank you all for your support always.

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(Akari 2 and half years old, enjoying the texture of sand while admiring the ocean.)