What I learned in Preschool: Week 1

New beginnings are scary and they happen at all points in our lives.

Even though this was my first full week spent here in Toyohashi, it was only a two day school week with the students. Thursday was the preschool opening ceremony and Friday was spent mostly playing outside. Even though it was an abbreviated week, man oh man, they were still a busy and stressful two days!

But anyway, new beginnings. The incoming youngest class was welcomed into the preschool with many tears, (coming from both parents and children alike) and the new foreign english teachers were welcomed and introduced as well. I’m still not sure if/how I’ll manage this year doing something so completely different than anything I’ve ever done, but I do know that I owe it to myself to try.

This is my new beginning; 2019 is going to be a year full of changes, firsts, and discoveries. Some of the changes came from outside forces, but moving to Japan to start something new was my choice, and I’m not going to let it get the best of me. Sure, I’ve second guessed my sanity more than once, especially while in the grocery stores trying to decide what the mystery meat is in the can I’m holding (side note, I bought it and it’s sitting in my pantry, will open at a later date and report back).

My class of 14 munchkins are starting a new grade in preschool and I’m starting it right alongside them. Most of them are excited but I already know I have a few criers in the group. As long as I don’t become one of them, I’ll learn how to be okay with it. I never liked change growing up, many might argue I still don’t, (ps- they’re right, I still don’t), but here I am completely uprooted and away from all that is familiar. I could’ve gone back to school in the States or changed jobs closer to home, or moved to a new state and done any of those things. But why didn’t any of those options appeal to me?

I don’t 100% know. That’s the big question I’m trying to figure out this year. Why this sort of new beginning? What are my preschoolers going to teach me that I couldn’t find back home? Who will learn more this year, my kiddos or me?

2 thoughts on “What I learned in Preschool: Week 1

  1. Jim

    Allison is one of the bravest people I know. She traveled half way around the world to follow one of her dreams. I will definitely follow her blog, you should too!


  2. madrej8

    One day with a great teacher is better than a thousand days of diligent study. -Japanese Proverb
    It’s cool because you’re students have already had two great days with you 🙂


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