October 30, 2007

I have the highest regard of Emma's personality, she is wonderfully social, contagiously happy, unbelievably articulate. She is funny, amusing and loves to be amused. She is the opposite of me and her dad. I love her and everything about her. However, I never think she is anything out of the ordinary. I do not think she is gifted or particularly brilliant.

Not so, no so, not by her teachers. Today we had a parent meeting with her teachers, and after the meeting, I found myself intoxicated by the praises, by the one after another beautiful comments her teachers Down and Bev gave her.

They said, with unbridled enthusiasm:

(I paraphrase in the following)

Oh, Emma is just phenomenal. Her fine motor skills are so good. No kid in her age has reached her level. She can draw very well.

She is very verbal, very articulate. Her English is wonderful, is way above ... plus she has two languages. ... Sometimes there is a glitch because of the two languages, but once we show her the correct way, she quickly takes it in.

Her academic skills is very advanced. We will not be surprised if she learns to read early. She probably will.

She is brilliant. She will be very successful in her life.

She has the predisposition to be a good student. She is very pleasant, does what she is told. Not just in a "well, whatever" but "sure, yes," very positive way. We never have to tell her twice.

She is in a very good place.

She is very happy. She has a very good sense of humor and she knows it. She likes to tell jokes, then she laughs. If you do not laugh, she would look at you, as if saying "why do not you laugh?" "Am I not funny?"

She is very curious. And her desire to learn is such that sometimes it is a little intrusive. She wants to know everything, She always asks: why. Sometimes we have to keep her back a little bit, then she steps back. But you can see the question is written in her face.

She is very social. She is the only one to greet people. She is our unofficial greeter. When people come in, she would look. We say, "this is Emma", and she says "Hello.". She is the only one who does that.

She loves her friends. Her friends love her. She loves Sally. They do not get into each other as much. Both of them are very verbal, that is why sometimes they clash, but they do not do that anymore.

She is in a very good place.

She tells very good stories too.

"Do you have any questions?"

"Oh, sometimes I listen to other kids talk and see them do things, I would think 'oh, Emma has not been there yet'"

"No, no, with Emma, you do not have worry. She is brilliant."

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What parents would not smile in their dreams with a child like this? What parents would not be grateful for a wonderful child like Emma?

What do the teachers say about Emma?

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I have the highest regard of Emma's personality, she is wonderfully social, contagiously happy, unbelievably articulate. She is funny, amusing and loves to be amused. She is the opposite of me and her dad. I love her and everything about her. However, I never think she is anything out of the ordinary. I do not think she is gifted or particularly brilliant.

Not so, no so, not by her teachers. Today we had a parent meeting with her teachers, and after the meeting, I found myself intoxicated by the praises, by the one after another beautiful comments her teachers Down and Bev gave her.

They said, with unbridled enthusiasm:

(I paraphrase in the following)

Oh, Emma is just phenomenal. Her fine motor skills are so good. No kid in her age has reached her level. She can draw very well.

She is very verbal, very articulate. Her English is wonderful, is way above ... plus she has two languages. ... Sometimes there is a glitch because of the two languages, but once we show her the correct way, she quickly takes it in.

Her academic skills is very advanced. We will not be surprised if she learns to read early. She probably will.

She is brilliant. She will be very successful in her life.

She has the predisposition to be a good student. She is very pleasant, does what she is told. Not just in a "well, whatever" but "sure, yes," very positive way. We never have to tell her twice.

She is in a very good place.

She is very happy. She has a very good sense of humor and she knows it. She likes to tell jokes, then she laughs. If you do not laugh, she would look at you, as if saying "why do not you laugh?" "Am I not funny?"

She is very curious. And her desire to learn is such that sometimes it is a little intrusive. She wants to know everything, She always asks: why. Sometimes we have to keep her back a little bit, then she steps back. But you can see the question is written in her face.

She is very social. She is the only one to greet people. She is our unofficial greeter. When people come in, she would look. We say, "this is Emma", and she says "Hello.". She is the only one who does that.

She loves her friends. Her friends love her. She loves Sally. They do not get into each other as much. Both of them are very verbal, that is why sometimes they clash, but they do not do that anymore.

She is in a very good place.

She tells very good stories too.

"Do you have any questions?"

"Oh, sometimes I listen to other kids talk and see them do things, I would think 'oh, Emma has not been there yet'"

"No, no, with Emma, you do not have worry. She is brilliant."

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What parents would not smile in their dreams with a child like this? What parents would not be grateful for a wonderful child like Emma?

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October 24, 2007

An article in The New Yorker reads: "Like many people, I started blogging out of an urgent need to procrastinate. Yet a nagging sense of possibility also drew me in. " I do not have a clue what this guy means, even after I read the whole article to search for a clue. Nonetheless,
I started to reflect on my motive of doing my blog. Out of parental pride? Probably. Just wanted to show off Emma's beautiful baby pictures. To my delight, pride and surprise, the blog just kept growing ... pictures, videos, Emma's doodling, and my mumbo-jumbos.

I wrote down many of the big changes, big events over the four years, Emma's going over to China, Annya's birth, buying a condo. But sometimes I skipped, neglected, out of habitual inertia, laziness or whatever. For example, my parents have come to live with us and Leo's mom has gone for over a month now. To me, it is a big relief, at least finally I am comfortable at my own home again. And I got so much much more help. Annya's life is easier too. She quickly formed a bond with my mom, she loves my mom and my mom loves her so. She carries her (I have to tell her to put Annya down sometimes), play with her and sing to her all the time. She tells me all the little progresses Annya made. "Today, Annya just held me and put her face against mine again and again." Emma was happy too from the first day they came. She jokes and giggles, she even allows my mom to take her to bed. She always have such a good and comfortable time when she is alone at home with my parents. Last week, she was sick and had to stay home, then the third she even complained about going to school. She would rather stay home with my parents! I do not know what magic my parents used.

My parents came to the town

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An article in The New Yorker reads: "Like many people, I started blogging out of an urgent need to procrastinate. Yet a nagging sense of possibility also drew me in. " I do not have a clue what this guy means, even after I read the whole article to search for a clue. Nonetheless,
I started to reflect on my motive of doing my blog. Out of parental pride? Probably. Just wanted to show off Emma's beautiful baby pictures. To my delight, pride and surprise, the blog just kept growing ... pictures, videos, Emma's doodling, and my mumbo-jumbos.

I wrote down many of the big changes, big events over the four years, Emma's going over to China, Annya's birth, buying a condo. But sometimes I skipped, neglected, out of habitual inertia, laziness or whatever. For example, my parents have come to live with us and Leo's mom has gone for over a month now. To me, it is a big relief, at least finally I am comfortable at my own home again. And I got so much much more help. Annya's life is easier too. She quickly formed a bond with my mom, she loves my mom and my mom loves her so. She carries her (I have to tell her to put Annya down sometimes), play with her and sing to her all the time. She tells me all the little progresses Annya made. "Today, Annya just held me and put her face against mine again and again." Emma was happy too from the first day they came. She jokes and giggles, she even allows my mom to take her to bed. She always have such a good and comfortable time when she is alone at home with my parents. Last week, she was sick and had to stay home, then the third she even complained about going to school. She would rather stay home with my parents! I do not know what magic my parents used.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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October 17, 2007

A Gym lesson

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October 15, 2007

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The Investigators are a happy group and we have been having a lot of fun these days. We finished our unit on water, which was a big success, and continue to experiment with water in our water table. Using different cups, funnels, sieves, soap, turkey basters, toys, etc. in the water allows for exploration of the properties of water. Language growth is huge in this area; the children make predictions with their friends about what will happen using different tools in the water and also confirm their hypotheses in the same way.

Another very popular area of play lately is the block area. The children are constantly constructing their own ideas when they are building and talk with each other about how to execute those plans. When the children make bridges and ramps in a pattern and determine which type of block will work best to make the piece stable, they are using pre-math skills. We will be expanding this area due to the need of the children needing more space to construct and build their ideas.

As you already know, we have added a Story Wall to the classroom. This is a literacy activity that allows the children to realize that what they say is important and that print has meaning. The stories are very different from each other; some are actual stories while others are quotes. Regardless, they are all wonderful stories! We will change them every month so you can witness how much they change as the year will go one. They have responded well to this and love when we write down what they say.

The children have also been very much into the marble maze. They have been constructing these amazing structures that require a lot of teamwork and thought about how to make the pieces fit so the marble can travel down to the bottom. The plastic tubes also add another element to their structures. When the children attach them, they make the marbles move faster or slower and the children have been excited trying to figure out how this works. They also use these tubes to make different instruments and have been very creative with how they sound and work, which brings us to our next unit...

Music
The Investigators have always been a group that loves music, whether it is through singing or dancing. We sing finger plays on a daily basis at circle time and the children are always so eager to learn new on. There has also been a lot of discussion of the types of instruments and how they sound. Since they are very interested in music and what the sounds the instruments make, we have decided to focus our next unit on music!

We have many literacy, math, science, and art activities planned, such as having the children create their own music and songs, introduce the names of instruments and what sounds they make, sing finger plays, songs, and chants, and experimenting with different types of instruments, such as percussion, wind, brass, and string. We will also expand into the different types of music and movement. We are looking forward to this and expect the kids to really dive in because there has already been so much discussion about music now that Susan Salidor, the musician, comes in once a week.


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INVESTIGATORS' NEWSLETTER - oct. 2007

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The Investigators are a happy group and we have been having a lot of fun these days. We finished our unit on water, which was a big success, and continue to experiment with water in our water table. Using different cups, funnels, sieves, soap, turkey basters, toys, etc. in the water allows for exploration of the properties of water. Language growth is huge in this area; the children make predictions with their friends about what will happen using different tools in the water and also confirm their hypotheses in the same way.

Another very popular area of play lately is the block area. The children are constantly constructing their own ideas when they are building and talk with each other about how to execute those plans. When the children make bridges and ramps in a pattern and determine which type of block will work best to make the piece stable, they are using pre-math skills. We will be expanding this area due to the need of the children needing more space to construct and build their ideas.

As you already know, we have added a Story Wall to the classroom. This is a literacy activity that allows the children to realize that what they say is important and that print has meaning. The stories are very different from each other; some are actual stories while others are quotes. Regardless, they are all wonderful stories! We will change them every month so you can witness how much they change as the year will go one. They have responded well to this and love when we write down what they say.

The children have also been very much into the marble maze. They have been constructing these amazing structures that require a lot of teamwork and thought about how to make the pieces fit so the marble can travel down to the bottom. The plastic tubes also add another element to their structures. When the children attach them, they make the marbles move faster or slower and the children have been excited trying to figure out how this works. They also use these tubes to make different instruments and have been very creative with how they sound and work, which brings us to our next unit...

Music
The Investigators have always been a group that loves music, whether it is through singing or dancing. We sing finger plays on a daily basis at circle time and the children are always so eager to learn new on. There has also been a lot of discussion of the types of instruments and how they sound. Since they are very interested in music and what the sounds the instruments make, we have decided to focus our next unit on music!

We have many literacy, math, science, and art activities planned, such as having the children create their own music and songs, introduce the names of instruments and what sounds they make, sing finger plays, songs, and chants, and experimenting with different types of instruments, such as percussion, wind, brass, and string. We will also expand into the different types of music and movement. We are looking forward to this and expect the kids to really dive in because there has already been so much discussion about music now that Susan Salidor, the musician, comes in once a week.


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October 11, 2007

So excited. Still, I took sometime to post some of the videos I shot last Saturday.



Out in Washington

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So excited. Still, I took sometime to post some of the videos I shot last Saturday.



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October 10, 2007

I thought I was speaking Chinese

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October 09, 2007

Emma is not my type. I am a quiet, socially-quite-awkward one, though all my family has a vivid memory of what a talktive little child I was. Emma is different, she talks and talks, laughs and laughs everyday and all day long, from morning to evening. Sometimes she is caught by her thoughts (sometimes disjointed, sometimes flowing), and she quickly wanders through one topic to another and does not always make sense. Sometimes she is just silly. Sometimes she is herself, a little girl with abundance of innocence and cuteness, sometimes she is playing someone else, pretend to be a teacher or me or just an adult. Anyway, she talks and talks. She drives me crazy sometimes, especially at her bed time.

So she has made a lot of collectable little talks. But these few weeks, her school pays special attention to them and writes down some of them (some kids talk really funny. Like this one by Tommy. "My mommy says I am a jumping bean. At night, when I jump on the bed, my mom says 'No one beans jumping on the bead") Since they are in writing and put on the story wall, they assume a fair amount of importance. So I decided to be the copy cat, and put whatever is in writing on the web (they do not make much sense though).


Story 1
The S was waiting for the A. The star says "The End". The outside makes it fly. And the arrow says start.

And then when I was walking to the phone in my house and I was talking and it was raining. And somebody's sister was saying "Hello, Hello" and you did not like it and then the phone rang and it was Mary Beth and She said "Is it Emma?" And I talked all by myself and mommy did not even talk.

Story 2:

One day my mommy was cooking dinner., but I did not see anything because I was in the bedroom and was trying to sleep. And the car was driving on somebody's head. The summer .. The birds were hatching eggs. When the eggs start to crack the mama birds went to get some food and they said "where is my mother". When the sun set down and they were all playing on the beach. After the car then the clouds were going the sky the sun was getting up. and the flower on the bicycle was landing on the octopus.

Story 3:

The people were hiding behind the flowers and inside the flowers there were toys. Inside the toys then there was nothing else, there was just candy canes. And inside the candy canes there was trees and a piece of chicken with all the letters on the refrigerator. And a snowman outside.

Story 4:
He's scared with a big sock. And there was ribbon, a Christmas ribbon. By the house there was a rabbit eating a carrot. and there was a lollipop in there and waiting for the pickle.

Emma's stories

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Emma is not my type. I am a quiet, socially-quite-awkward one, though all my family has a vivid memory of what a talktive little child I was. Emma is different, she talks and talks, laughs and laughs everyday and all day long, from morning to evening. Sometimes she is caught by her thoughts (sometimes disjointed, sometimes flowing), and she quickly wanders through one topic to another and does not always make sense. Sometimes she is just silly. Sometimes she is herself, a little girl with abundance of innocence and cuteness, sometimes she is playing someone else, pretend to be a teacher or me or just an adult. Anyway, she talks and talks. She drives me crazy sometimes, especially at her bed time.

So she has made a lot of collectable little talks. But these few weeks, her school pays special attention to them and writes down some of them (some kids talk really funny. Like this one by Tommy. "My mommy says I am a jumping bean. At night, when I jump on the bed, my mom says 'No one beans jumping on the bead") Since they are in writing and put on the story wall, they assume a fair amount of importance. So I decided to be the copy cat, and put whatever is in writing on the web (they do not make much sense though).


Story 1
The S was waiting for the A. The star says "The End". The outside makes it fly. And the arrow says start.

And then when I was walking to the phone in my house and I was talking and it was raining. And somebody's sister was saying "Hello, Hello" and you did not like it and then the phone rang and it was Mary Beth and She said "Is it Emma?" And I talked all by myself and mommy did not even talk.

Story 2:

One day my mommy was cooking dinner., but I did not see anything because I was in the bedroom and was trying to sleep. And the car was driving on somebody's head. The summer .. The birds were hatching eggs. When the eggs start to crack the mama birds went to get some food and they said "where is my mother". When the sun set down and they were all playing on the beach. After the car then the clouds were going the sky the sun was getting up. and the flower on the bicycle was landing on the octopus.

Story 3:

The people were hiding behind the flowers and inside the flowers there were toys. Inside the toys then there was nothing else, there was just candy canes. And inside the candy canes there was trees and a piece of chicken with all the letters on the refrigerator. And a snowman outside.

Story 4:
He's scared with a big sock. And there was ribbon, a Christmas ribbon. By the house there was a rabbit eating a carrot. and there was a lollipop in there and waiting for the pickle.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007
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October 08, 2007

Little sister, big sister

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October 05, 2007

Have not blogged for nearly two weeks. Reasons? Too busy, too busy. When I am busy, my blogs are the first casualties. I wish I had the same discipline with my blogs as with my work. Somehow, when deadlines at work are hanging, I would simply forego anything and stay up at night however long to get my work done. Somehow, there is a 'must', 'absolute' feeling in my head. Not with my blogs, nor with the housework, nor any self-arranged plans. I am that little horse who constantly needs a stick and a carrot to keep me going ... ...

Now the summer is gone, and autumn set in almost unnoticeably. And now Emma's weekends become busy, really busy. Saturday she takes Gymnastics and Ballet class, Sunday she takes Make-believe at the Old Town school. Since she is older, we parents are not required to accompany her any more. We are not even allowed to peek, at least this is the case with her ballet class. But she surely has grown out the mommy-with-me-everywhere phase too (next year will she start to push me away? People say kids start to claim their Independence and distance themselves from parents around 5. Bittersweet). She is so much at ease in her classes and she enjoys them very much. Last Sunday, after she came back from her make-believe class, she even did a little of the 'The ginger bread man' play. "

Busy weekends

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Have not blogged for nearly two weeks. Reasons? Too busy, too busy. When I am busy, my blogs are the first casualties. I wish I had the same discipline with my blogs as with my work. Somehow, when deadlines at work are hanging, I would simply forego anything and stay up at night however long to get my work done. Somehow, there is a 'must', 'absolute' feeling in my head. Not with my blogs, nor with the housework, nor any self-arranged plans. I am that little horse who constantly needs a stick and a carrot to keep me going ... ...

Now the summer is gone, and autumn set in almost unnoticeably. And now Emma's weekends become busy, really busy. Saturday she takes Gymnastics and Ballet class, Sunday she takes Make-believe at the Old Town school. Since she is older, we parents are not required to accompany her any more. We are not even allowed to peek, at least this is the case with her ballet class. But she surely has grown out the mommy-with-me-everywhere phase too (next year will she start to push me away? People say kids start to claim their Independence and distance themselves from parents around 5. Bittersweet). She is so much at ease in her classes and she enjoys them very much. Last Sunday, after she came back from her make-believe class, she even did a little of the 'The ginger bread man' play. "

Friday, October 05, 2007
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