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Reminisce your childhood memories
on July 30, 2005
This book is a true-life account of the author and so I've classified it under the genre of fiction. This heartwarming story tells of the endearing childhood recollections that of the author Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. Tetsuko Kuroyanagi was nicknamed Totto-chan and this story was set in the era of Japan in World War II.
She was quite a handful as a child, not paying attention in class and disrupting the other students by her quirky actions such as looking out of the window (during class) just to keep a look out for street musicians.
AND, when the street musician did finally passed her class, she gaily invited them to come in to her class much to the annoyance of her teacher. As a result, she was punished, and eventually she was even expelled from that school at *hold your breath* first grade.
So, one can imagine her to be a naughty girl, but what she is really is a curious and creative girl. The headmaster of her NEW school sees that in her because like Totto-chan, the headmaster himself is one creative lad who implemented unorthodox teaching methods for the children.
Just some of the creative teaching methods:
~ children were taught planting by a farmer. Here, the Headmaster also taught the children the value of respecting others by giving credit to the farmer by proudly calling the farmer the student's "farmer teacher"
~ usage of haikus for the students
~ eurythmic whereby children will do their so-called physical fitness leassons with music as accompaniment
~ starting the class with the subjects that the students are comfortable with
In short, this story is a must read for all people irregardless of age, race and gender. Young kids will marvel at the atmosphere of the school and envy Totto-chan for having a wonderful Headmaster who'll do his best to make learning as fun as possible for the students.
For those working adults, this feel good story will make you reminisce yoursweet childhood memories, where life in those days was much simpler sans datelines et al.