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first shopping experiences

I made some noble attempts to do some clothing shopping this week and figured out my Korean pant and shoe sizes.  Both of them are really difficult to find and are also uncertain.  The maximum for pants is usually 30, and for shoes 250.  If you find anything in those sizes they’re usually some hideous and cheaply produced style because they don’t want to waste resources on the nicer designs if nobody’s going to buy them.

The sizes don’t always mean consistency, either. One pair of 30 pants can be too tiny and another way too large, and most places don’t let you try on their clothes.  I re-visited Namdaemun market after I had done some traveling around and realized that other districts are selling the same things in their fancy stores for double or triple the prices (sometimes even more), so I went back there and bought some jeans for ten dollars!! Some stuff is so affordable here.  

I haven’t had the confidence to ask random people on the street and subway whether or not I can take their picture when I see remarkable fashion so I’m not ready to try and describe fashion inSeoul.  Women are all extremely fashionable even if there is a range of style and most if it is easy to swallow because it has such a Western/European influence.  
Men’s fashion is a whole new story though and when I try to imagine any guy in the US wearing the things guys wear here, they’d truly stand out.  It makes no difference here of course.  The clothing is frequently very feminine in style and color and you see couples all over the place and think from behind that it’s two girls walking together, but it’s not the case.  You know how your mind kind of categorizes people subconsciously and when someone breaks your expectations your brain gets jarred a little bit?  Anyway sometime I will try to get some pictures and explain what I’m talking about.


Job Train

This train is used to display the different jobs for students in the class as a job chart.  Each child moves up the train one space and the line leader moves to the back.  This worked great for me because the children can look forward to when it is their turn to have a job.  I’ve uploaded two printable PDF versions including links and clouds.  One has labels for the different leaders and one is blank so you can add your own job titles.

train chart

train chart no words

Template for Making a Clock

Materials needed:

  • paper plate
  • brass brad clips
  • gluesticks
  • holepunch

Print the page onto cardstock and have the children cut out all of the pieces.  Glue them onto a paper plate and use a butterfly clip to attach the hands through a hole in the center of the plate.  It’s a great exercise in dexterity with scissors and obviously makes a clock that they can use to begin reading time on an analog clock.

I teach 6-year-olds (that’s korean age– international age 5).  Most kids could do a decent job cutting out the shapes nicely.  I pre-poked holes through the paper plates before i have them to the kids and gave them some time to color on the plates with crayons.  I reminded them to cut out everything first, then wait so we could glue the numbers on together.  Kids who finished early helped others cut and put the paper trash in the recycle box while the other kids finished cutting their numbers.  While everyone was busy cutting I walked around with a hole punch and put a hole in all of their hands.

Then I had the students glue the 12, 6, 3 and 4 along with me.  After that I let them fill in the gaps by themselves and it went pretty well.

We’ve used brads for a few projects so most of them could figure out how to attach the hands on the clock by themselves.