In May, All of a sudden, Children in Bee class began to play football. At first it was just a normal game for them, even they often used hands since those balls were too difficult to be controlled by feet.
But more and more, they fell in love with football. Every day they must spend over ten minutes on football, even if just dribble or kick several times, which was like having lunch every day. We began to listen to some Chinese songs about football. They like the “jia you” and drums in those music.
Before long they began to create more than simple play. Teachers had to learn professional training from Youtube. We began to practice pace and rhythm, dribbling and passing.
And then, as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb, we opened the thinking mode of Magnolia. Why we can not take children out to a real stadium, watching a real game or joining a real training?
We focused on the beautiful blue flower in shanghai——Shenhua FC.
We tried to get the connection from shenhua, they offered us an opportunity to go inside Kangqiao base to do a professional children’s football training. When teachers told children this news, they were so excited about big court and first-rank players. For this reason, they seemed to fall in love with football again.
L always said her father was a football fan. She can tell us some basic rules easily. Her dad must tell her before when she was watching him playing.
S said she was learning football after school.
When we took our staff on the bus and fastened our safe belt, we knew dreams may come.
It took us 40 minutes to arrive the base in Kangqiao. The first team were ready to begin their training on that day. However, we were guided to an indoor ground.
There was a coach waiting for us with his smile. After a short introduction, Bees began to learn passing, juggling, dribbling and shooting. They took them seriously. When they saw the coach juggling, almost all of them held their breath.
As a teacher I was so happy to see my children feeling happy in these professional training. At least this is a good beginning. Teacher in kindergarten is a guide of interest.
The one hour and a half training exhausted them. But nobody complain. We enjoyed our lunch on the lawn. The tennis court arise their interest.
After the simple lunch, the first team finished their training. We stayed in the hall waiting for them back. Bees said hello, Bonjour and 你好. Those players, even some of them left their trace in Premier League and The Serie A, who played in Chelsea FC or Internazionale, they were so kind to chat with our children.
We took a picture together and ask them to sign their name on our football. We found some time to walk around the base. They can not stop running in a big playground. At least, child is child. They found a sand box and kept digging some “treasure”.
At 1:30, we cleaned up to set off from the base. All of them had a red face, talking about that special experience.
During the university time, Teacher Eric’s teacher asked me a question. Seven years have passed away. I can still remember this question and the answer i said. “What’ the purpose of education?”——”Dreams come into reality.”
Seven years later, I came to Magnolia. Now I think education is like a tree with thousands of branches. But the trunk should be the real world. Children are dreaming to grow up. In our way, we say they want to get more and more experience from the real world until one day they find they have grown up. Our job is to expand and explore one and another topics which near them but cut by a school gate. Open the door and go outside. Connect the study and the real feeling of the world. It is Magnolia. It is what we want to do and what we’re doing.