Yesterday, my coworkers and I went along with our kindergarten students to an education center. There, the kids learned about where babies come from, and how they are made. It was an interesting topic, especially since our students are six and seven years old, but they seemed to enjoy it. The instructors were very good, and the explanations, and pictures and videos were completely devoid of any hint of sexuality. It was a very basic, child-appropriate lesson about sperm, eggs, fertilization and child development. The instruction was all in Korean, and while I and my Korean coworkers could understand a lot of what was said, my other foreign coworkers could not. The instructors had generic pictures with removable clothes. Before removing the clothes, the woman would ask, “Where do we remove our clothes?”, and everyone would answer, “In the bathroom, in the bedroom, at the sauna.” And after that, the woman showed some puppets about how a sperm and an egg come together to make a baby.
After the puppet show, we were taken into a room to watch a simple cartoon about the fertilization process and fetal development. Again, this was very basic stuff but they helped the students learn more about the human body. Once the videos were finished, we all went into another room and had some fun trying on sand-bag pregnancy bags. They were aprons with different weights of sand inside to simulate the stages of pregnancy. They kids could also hold a life-sized doll that weighed about the same as a real baby. That was the end of our lesson, and we all just played outside for a while before heading back to school.
One may say it’s “not appropriate” but I think it is. Children are curious about everything, and especially about their bodies. They ask all kinds of questions, and yesterday’s field trip gave them a basic knowledge and vocabulary about the process. Afterwards, my coworkers and I all talked about the trip. We were a bit surprised about the subject but all agreed it was well-done and tasteful. The kids can ask their parents if they have more questions, but for now, they know enough.
Overall, it was a fun and educational experience for all.