Our session with our kindergarten buddies on 3/9 was a very enjoyable experience for us, the ninth graders, and hopefully our kindergarten buddies. Our buddies showed excellent risk-taking skills as they approached us, and played with us after a matter of seconds. Kodai, my buddy was a great example of this as he took the leadership role, and directed me through the session with confidence to a complete stranger like me. I understand that small kids could be shy especially to big people like us, but Kodai took the risk and decided to talk to me as if we had known each other for a long time.
He was also proved himself to be very caring as he guided me throughout the session and on the course explained things to me, such as what to do and how to do it all with care and respect. He was very polite the whole time, but also seemed like he was having fun as he jumped up and down when he beat me at a board game.
He was also a very talented communicator. He spoke Japanese and seemed as though he was only starting to talk English. Although I can speak Japanese as well, he positively spoke in English and seemed as though he was willing to learn. He tried to talk and communicate to me using pictures in books, and signs as a helper. I was able to understand most of what he wanted to say without him actually speaking out loud to me.
Overall, I think I was able to also improve as a communicator since I had to somehow communicate messages to him which he may not understand in English. I too used symbols and pictures to assist me in this session, and felt as though we were able to connect with each other regardless of language barriers, or any language at all.