To begin with, they start each morning with the kids walking in a circle doing exercises. This is a very common practice for adults to do as well. You'll see large groups outside of apartment complexes doing the same thing in the evenings.
We then go into the school where they have their morning breakfast/snack. There are no tables. They eat out of metal bowls in chairs, some being fed by the teacher. These are the 3 year old kids, keep in mind.
The children on the chairs in the background were finished and just waiting. No tables, no toys...just waiting.
We then observed "class time" which pretty much consists of singing songs at this age, as well as learning dances. We asked about the tables, which were stacked in a corner. Where do they color, paint, etc? We were told they do not do "work" at that age. Therefore, the tables aren't really needed except for lunch time. And as we saw in the rooms, there were no art supplies, building blocks, etc. It was very unappealing. At least in my opinion.
The common areas, such as the bathroom, was another bit of a shock. There are no doors. There are not separate stalls. Boys and girls do not have separate bathrooms.
|Ironically, despite using the same bathroom, they still line up in a boys line and a girls line.|
So, after visiting the younger children for a bit, we were taken upstairs, where the 5 and six year old kiddos were. There were other lessons going on here. First, we saw an art lesson. The teacher drew four steps on a chalkboard on how to draw an apple tree. The students were then given their own booklets to draw in and judged on how well they followed the steps.
We then saw an English lesson in progress. The children were learning words to say what their parents did for work. They were repeating the English word over and over, as if in a boot camp environment. It was so cookie-cutter.