March 24, 2008




There was a little mouse at the house. And he saw the big sunshine. Before she went to bed, she had to get lots of stuff to put in her house because her house was wet. She had to fix her bed and then when she went to sleep, she still had to find some food and, so she put it somewhere and then, when she walks up, she could reach it. And then when she went home again, as soon as she was going to go outside, she got dirty, dirtier and dirtier. And she got dirtier and dirtier and dirtier and dirtier and then she went back to her house and went in the mouse bathroom and went in the mouse tub. She had to take a mouse bath!
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There was a little mouse

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There was a little mouse at the house. And he saw the big sunshine. Before she went to bed, she had to get lots of stuff to put in her house because her house was wet. She had to fix her bed and then when she went to sleep, she still had to find some food and, so she put it somewhere and then, when she walks up, she could reach it. And then when she went home again, as soon as she was going to go outside, she got dirty, dirtier and dirtier. And she got dirtier and dirtier and dirtier and dirtier and then she went back to her house and went in the mouse bathroom and went in the mouse tub. She had to take a mouse bath!

Monday, March 24, 2008
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This from Ding Hong, my sister.

这周只要将门打开,说抱她出去玩,即使她在妈妈的怀里,我们任何人都能将她抱出去.周六周五晚上唐永诗吃了晚饭,都要将妹妹抱出去玩一会,也快要与我亲近了.只要妈妈在边上看,我也能喂她吃喝.还带她坐电动摇篮,我们家的每一个人都爱她、关心她你放心好了。

Week 3.

This is the third week since Annya and my mom and dad has left for Chengdu. Whenever we called home, they would tell me a lot about Annya.

The first week was tough to Annya, she seemed to have permannently attached to my mom, no one could get hold of her. She carefully checked out everyone. She watched intensely every new person in the household, my nephew, my sisters, my in-laws. In week 2, she started to warm up to them, allowing them to take her out to play, to feed her, to play with her, as long as my mom is nearby.

Back to my mom's home territory, food is five times better and fresher. My mom said Annya ate really good, milk, chicken, soy milk fresh from the grinder, fruits ...

Annya sleeps very good. Weaned from breast milk, she now sleeps through without any feedings. My mom sleeps better too.

Most likely she is having a wonderful time. She ah-ahed to me when they put her on the phone, while her toy duck was busy quacking and laying eggs. My dad said that she was so funny she tried to fish eggs out of the duck's tommy.

I think Emma and I have pretty much adjusted to our routine, which is pretty much the same. We go out on weekends, doing a lot of things. On weekday evenings, I read to her, books after books or we read together. With some help, she can finish the pre-reader level books. We read Chinese books too. We do little Arithmetic with our fingers or oranges or gold fish.

Every once in a few days, Emma would say: "Mommy, I miss Annya". Me too. I promised her after Annya came back, we would never leave one another again.

I still could not get her to sleep early or get up early.

Week 3

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This from Ding Hong, my sister.

这周只要将门打开,说抱她出去玩,即使她在妈妈的怀里,我们任何人都能将她抱出去.周六周五晚上唐永诗吃了晚饭,都要将妹妹抱出去玩一会,也快要与我亲近了.只要妈妈在边上看,我也能喂她吃喝.还带她坐电动摇篮,我们家的每一个人都爱她、关心她你放心好了。

Week 3.

This is the third week since Annya and my mom and dad has left for Chengdu. Whenever we called home, they would tell me a lot about Annya.

The first week was tough to Annya, she seemed to have permannently attached to my mom, no one could get hold of her. She carefully checked out everyone. She watched intensely every new person in the household, my nephew, my sisters, my in-laws. In week 2, she started to warm up to them, allowing them to take her out to play, to feed her, to play with her, as long as my mom is nearby.

Back to my mom's home territory, food is five times better and fresher. My mom said Annya ate really good, milk, chicken, soy milk fresh from the grinder, fruits ...

Annya sleeps very good. Weaned from breast milk, she now sleeps through without any feedings. My mom sleeps better too.

Most likely she is having a wonderful time. She ah-ahed to me when they put her on the phone, while her toy duck was busy quacking and laying eggs. My dad said that she was so funny she tried to fish eggs out of the duck's tommy.

I think Emma and I have pretty much adjusted to our routine, which is pretty much the same. We go out on weekends, doing a lot of things. On weekday evenings, I read to her, books after books or we read together. With some help, she can finish the pre-reader level books. We read Chinese books too. We do little Arithmetic with our fingers or oranges or gold fish.

Every once in a few days, Emma would say: "Mommy, I miss Annya". Me too. I promised her after Annya came back, we would never leave one another again.

I still could not get her to sleep early or get up early.

Monday, March 24, 2008
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March 14, 2008

This is my mom when she was a kid

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Friday, March 14, 2008
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March 13, 2008

My parents and Annya have arrived Chengdu. Annya was a terrific baby to travel with. She slept a lot and soundly, she barely cried, she waved effusively byes-byes to everyone with no discrimination, when she got to Chengdu, she coo-ed and babbled and immediately won the affection of everyone.

The class of instigators output newsletter once a month, faster than I post to blog. One more reason to be GUILTY.

Now my parents and Annya are gone, the house got a lot quieter, the once crowded one-bed-room now seems enormous and spare.

However the two days that just Emma and I spent together did not seem as empty, or lonely or bad. We have handled pretty well while adjusting to the quieter reality.

Emma remains very noisy, giggling nonstop. We fill our time with chores and books.

It is a lot quieter, however, with Emma, I am still filled with joy and purpose.

So maybe the life of a single-mom may be manageable at all.

Home alone with Emma

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My parents and Annya have arrived Chengdu. Annya was a terrific baby to travel with. She slept a lot and soundly, she barely cried, she waved effusively byes-byes to everyone with no discrimination, when she got to Chengdu, she coo-ed and babbled and immediately won the affection of everyone.

The class of instigators output newsletter once a month, faster than I post to blog. One more reason to be GUILTY.

Now my parents and Annya are gone, the house got a lot quieter, the once crowded one-bed-room now seems enormous and spare.

However the two days that just Emma and I spent together did not seem as empty, or lonely or bad. We have handled pretty well while adjusting to the quieter reality.

Emma remains very noisy, giggling nonstop. We fill our time with chores and books.

It is a lot quieter, however, with Emma, I am still filled with joy and purpose.

So maybe the life of a single-mom may be manageable at all.

Thursday, March 13, 2008
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Hello everyone! We hope everyone is doing well these days. Life in the Investigators' Room is busy as usual. The Investigators are a very happy group and have been really enjoying themselves these days. The transition from Emily to Betsy has been a relatively smooth one. It was helpful for Betsy to spend time in the room with Emily to get the children used to the change. Emily sent us a postcard from Arizona and we will be mailing her a letter to keep in touch with her.

The Investigators have become little engineers and architects these days. They love working together to build a house, garage, city, etc. and they always have a definite plan in mind when they are building their structures. Their creations are becoming more detailed and they expand on each other's ideas. The blocks provide so many opportunities for math activities, such as measurement, balance, and symmetry, as well as exploration of physical science concepts. Language development is huge in this area, along with the practice of motor skills and problem solving. It's great to see them work together in this area!

We have also been changing the dramatic play area ("housekeeping") more frequently. The children really seem to enjoy taking on different roles in this kind of play and it's helpful for them to work out any issues they may be having. Also, it's just fun! © We changed the house into a firehouse, which they really loved. They were talking about putting put out fires for awhile beforehand and we thought it would be the perfect way for them to pretend to be firefighters.

And we cannot say enough about the water table!! They LOVE to explore and investigate the properties of water. They are constantly using problem-solving skills to figure out how to make bubbles, how to make things sink/float, how to make the water move, etc. We try hard to keep them dry, but the water does tend to get everywhere while they are playing.

We have also completed our Family Unit with a huge success!!! We LOVED learning more about your children and their families and what is important to them. They did a wonderful job "presenting" their things to the class and their friends really enjoyed looking at their pictures and other special things from home. They also enjoyed hearing us read their grandparent/family letters to them. It was a very special experience for everyone (and we loved hearing what all of you were like when you were younger O). We really enjoyed this unit and we hope you did as well!

3_2_1_Blast Off

The Investigators are blasting off to outer space! Our next unit will be all about outer space. It will be very interesting to see how it goes because it such a vast concept, but we are very excited about it (and so are the kids!) and have many math, science, art, and language/literacy activities planned. We will discuss the planets, the sun and moon, stars and constellations, and spaceships. We will also talk about the daily rituals on a spaceship and will get to try real space food! We already have a big stack of library books that they children have been looking at and judging from their excitement about them, we think this will be a lot of fun! Please feel free to bring in any space books you may have at home that we can read to the class.

We also have an "outer space" room in the back of the classroom. There is a spaceship for them to fly in and a space command center where the astronauts can talk to the people back on Earth. They are able to wear space helmets and air tanks for when they land on the moon. So far, this has been a huge area of interest are looking forward to the weeks ahead!
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INVESTIGATORS' NEWSLETTER - March, 2008

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Hello everyone! We hope everyone is doing well these days. Life in the Investigators' Room is busy as usual. The Investigators are a very happy group and have been really enjoying themselves these days. The transition from Emily to Betsy has been a relatively smooth one. It was helpful for Betsy to spend time in the room with Emily to get the children used to the change. Emily sent us a postcard from Arizona and we will be mailing her a letter to keep in touch with her.

The Investigators have become little engineers and architects these days. They love working together to build a house, garage, city, etc. and they always have a definite plan in mind when they are building their structures. Their creations are becoming more detailed and they expand on each other's ideas. The blocks provide so many opportunities for math activities, such as measurement, balance, and symmetry, as well as exploration of physical science concepts. Language development is huge in this area, along with the practice of motor skills and problem solving. It's great to see them work together in this area!

We have also been changing the dramatic play area ("housekeeping") more frequently. The children really seem to enjoy taking on different roles in this kind of play and it's helpful for them to work out any issues they may be having. Also, it's just fun! © We changed the house into a firehouse, which they really loved. They were talking about putting put out fires for awhile beforehand and we thought it would be the perfect way for them to pretend to be firefighters.

And we cannot say enough about the water table!! They LOVE to explore and investigate the properties of water. They are constantly using problem-solving skills to figure out how to make bubbles, how to make things sink/float, how to make the water move, etc. We try hard to keep them dry, but the water does tend to get everywhere while they are playing.

We have also completed our Family Unit with a huge success!!! We LOVED learning more about your children and their families and what is important to them. They did a wonderful job "presenting" their things to the class and their friends really enjoyed looking at their pictures and other special things from home. They also enjoyed hearing us read their grandparent/family letters to them. It was a very special experience for everyone (and we loved hearing what all of you were like when you were younger O). We really enjoyed this unit and we hope you did as well!

3_2_1_Blast Off

The Investigators are blasting off to outer space! Our next unit will be all about outer space. It will be very interesting to see how it goes because it such a vast concept, but we are very excited about it (and so are the kids!) and have many math, science, art, and language/literacy activities planned. We will discuss the planets, the sun and moon, stars and constellations, and spaceships. We will also talk about the daily rituals on a spaceship and will get to try real space food! We already have a big stack of library books that they children have been looking at and judging from their excitement about them, we think this will be a lot of fun! Please feel free to bring in any space books you may have at home that we can read to the class.

We also have an "outer space" room in the back of the classroom. There is a spaceship for them to fly in and a space command center where the astronauts can talk to the people back on Earth. They are able to wear space helmets and air tanks for when they land on the moon. So far, this has been a huge area of interest are looking forward to the weeks ahead!

Thursday, March 13, 2008
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March 11, 2008

My parents left with Annya last night. They won't be back until July or August.

There were no tears, though Emma was saying again and again: "but, mom, I will miss them!", "When will they come back?"

Me too. I miss them already. I wish they could come back tomorrow.

Annya has grown so much. She can wave bye-bye. Last night, she was all smiles waving big bye-byes to us. Her babblings are making more and more sense, she says "mama", "mama", "da-jie" (sister), "bao, bao"( hold me, hold me). She can do some finger plays. In the morning, shortly after she wakes up, she would to climp up to Emma's bed, smiles and laughing and jabbering. Every day when I come back from work, she would kick, scream, hold her hands out for me to hold her. The smiles, the joy on her face are irresistable.

I will miss her so much. I will miss my mom and dad so much.

Family is a such a strange thing. For a long time, the last thing i wanted is to live with or close to my families. But now, this time, living with my parents is the most wonderful thing. So happy and grounded and cozy and content. There are alwys tasty, always ready, always changing hot meals. The dishes are always quick to disappear. With them gone, weekend going-outs will not be as much fun, noisy, busy.

Now I am really alone. Well, not really. Emma is still giggling, non-stop talking. I do not what I would do without her. Still the house is half empty, so empty.

Gone for China

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My parents left with Annya last night. They won't be back until July or August.

There were no tears, though Emma was saying again and again: "but, mom, I will miss them!", "When will they come back?"

Me too. I miss them already. I wish they could come back tomorrow.

Annya has grown so much. She can wave bye-bye. Last night, she was all smiles waving big bye-byes to us. Her babblings are making more and more sense, she says "mama", "mama", "da-jie" (sister), "bao, bao"( hold me, hold me). She can do some finger plays. In the morning, shortly after she wakes up, she would to climp up to Emma's bed, smiles and laughing and jabbering. Every day when I come back from work, she would kick, scream, hold her hands out for me to hold her. The smiles, the joy on her face are irresistable.

I will miss her so much. I will miss my mom and dad so much.

Family is a such a strange thing. For a long time, the last thing i wanted is to live with or close to my families. But now, this time, living with my parents is the most wonderful thing. So happy and grounded and cozy and content. There are alwys tasty, always ready, always changing hot meals. The dishes are always quick to disappear. With them gone, weekend going-outs will not be as much fun, noisy, busy.

Now I am really alone. Well, not really. Emma is still giggling, non-stop talking. I do not what I would do without her. Still the house is half empty, so empty.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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March 04, 2008


The past Sunday, we went to the water tower to buy two pair of shoes for my nephews.

Last week, I took Annya to a doctor (we changed the doctor because my insurance policy changed), she weighed 18 lbs and measured 27 inches (around 50 percentile range)

Emma did a "presentation" about herself, China, and her favorite dress. I wonder how it went.

The weekend before, we went to the Art Institute. Emma sat with other kids and did some fast sketches (she became more and more confident with her drawing). Annya slept through.

The weekend before, we went to the Millennium park, saw the colorful bright ice sculptures, made crafts, watched the wierd shows of the 6 wierd dreams of moon.

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Recalling the past few weeks

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The past Sunday, we went to the water tower to buy two pair of shoes for my nephews.

Last week, I took Annya to a doctor (we changed the doctor because my insurance policy changed), she weighed 18 lbs and measured 27 inches (around 50 percentile range)

Emma did a "presentation" about herself, China, and her favorite dress. I wonder how it went.

The weekend before, we went to the Art Institute. Emma sat with other kids and did some fast sketches (she became more and more confident with her drawing). Annya slept through.

The weekend before, we went to the Millennium park, saw the colorful bright ice sculptures, made crafts, watched the wierd shows of the 6 wierd dreams of moon.

...

Tuesday, March 04, 2008
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