June 19, 2008

Now Emma's class is doing ocean theme. She starts to talk about ocean too.

A mini story: the ocean is deep

There was a family of fishes. And they lived in a castle, a fish castle. And they were safe. One day they went out to swim and some fish in the deep ocean got so happy because they were in the ocean and they had more friends to come. And they all had a tea party.

We are learning about the ocean.

We are learning about the ocean. Our housekeeping became beach. We have inner tubes. We pretend our toys are sea animals. We take off our shoes and sit bare-feet on the sea shore. We get sea shells and we fish.

A butterfly story:

There was a butterfly. The butterfly lived in the sea. Every butterfly stared at her because she lived in the sea. Even the birds started at her because she was living in the sea. Even there was little kids going to school and they were staring at the butterfly too. Even teenagers stared at her too. Even when it was night time everybody stared at the butterfly when it went home. Every fish stared at him too: why does she live in the sea?

The Ocean is deep

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Now Emma's class is doing ocean theme. She starts to talk about ocean too.

A mini story: the ocean is deep

There was a family of fishes. And they lived in a castle, a fish castle. And they were safe. One day they went out to swim and some fish in the deep ocean got so happy because they were in the ocean and they had more friends to come. And they all had a tea party.

We are learning about the ocean.

We are learning about the ocean. Our housekeeping became beach. We have inner tubes. We pretend our toys are sea animals. We take off our shoes and sit bare-feet on the sea shore. We get sea shells and we fish.

A butterfly story:

There was a butterfly. The butterfly lived in the sea. Every butterfly stared at her because she lived in the sea. Even the birds started at her because she was living in the sea. Even there was little kids going to school and they were staring at the butterfly too. Even teenagers stared at her too. Even when it was night time everybody stared at the butterfly when it went home. Every fish stared at him too: why does she live in the sea?

Thursday, June 19, 2008
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Hello everyone! We hope everyone is doing well these days. As most of you know, this is the time of year that children transition into the next classroom. We have welcomed Simon from the Adv. room and have briefly said good-bye to Brody, who has moved to the Exp. room. Over the next couple of months, the other children will also be moving over. We will let you know as soon as we have a date of exac-iy when that will be happening. The transition is usually a very smooth one; they are all very independent and capable and ready to move on. And we usually don't mention it until a week or two before the actual move, that way it alleviates any potential anxiety and they are not waiting as long as they would if they knew way in advance. (For them, time is a very abstract concept). Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

We wrapped up our "Physics and Chemistry" unit a couple weeks ago and are very pleased to see that it was a huge success. The children got so into making ramps and their marble mazes; it was great to see their minds at work. Throughout the day, we would hear their questions and predictions about how to make ramps or to make the marbles and balls move. They really worked on their critical thinking skills. And they also enjoyed changing the property of things, such as mixing colors, painting with different mixtures and textures, and mixing water with different materials. They became quite the scientists this past month!

As a group, we have also come up with a set of Classroom Rules to follow in the classroom. This has been great because it gives the children a sense of ownership of the room. They all had great ideas about things to put down. All of the children contributed to it. We have it posted in the classroom, so come and take a look.

INVESTIGATORS' NEWSLETTER - June 2008

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Hello everyone! We hope everyone is doing well these days. As most of you know, this is the time of year that children transition into the next classroom. We have welcomed Simon from the Adv. room and have briefly said good-bye to Brody, who has moved to the Exp. room. Over the next couple of months, the other children will also be moving over. We will let you know as soon as we have a date of exac-iy when that will be happening. The transition is usually a very smooth one; they are all very independent and capable and ready to move on. And we usually don't mention it until a week or two before the actual move, that way it alleviates any potential anxiety and they are not waiting as long as they would if they knew way in advance. (For them, time is a very abstract concept). Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

We wrapped up our "Physics and Chemistry" unit a couple weeks ago and are very pleased to see that it was a huge success. The children got so into making ramps and their marble mazes; it was great to see their minds at work. Throughout the day, we would hear their questions and predictions about how to make ramps or to make the marbles and balls move. They really worked on their critical thinking skills. And they also enjoyed changing the property of things, such as mixing colors, painting with different mixtures and textures, and mixing water with different materials. They became quite the scientists this past month!

As a group, we have also come up with a set of Classroom Rules to follow in the classroom. This has been great because it gives the children a sense of ownership of the room. They all had great ideas about things to put down. All of the children contributed to it. We have it posted in the classroom, so come and take a look.

Thursday, June 19, 2008
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June 10, 2008

Mornings in spring and summer fill the room with bright light. They generally fill me with delight. When I get up, Emma is always still in her little dreams. The blanket on one side of the bed, she on the other, curled up. I love looking at her, her tender, sweet innocence and beauty.

Then I filled the room with loud radio, then she wakes up. If she do not see me, she would shout: M-O-M-M-Y! Or she will run out to find me, still in her diaper.

That starts a new day. In the morning we are generally happy, though sometimes I lose my temper because it takes way too long for her to get herself dressed. We grab some food, we go out to school and work. Most of the time I carry her on my shoulder, she spread her bread crumbs on my hair.

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Notable events:

After a gymnastics show, Emma completed her gymnastics "training".

Half of our flowers have died. Do not know why. Emma put in the flower pot some of the seeds she picked up on the sidewalk. Wow, they thrive like weeds. We do not know what to do with them. Our tomatos seem to be doing well.

Last Saturday, we went to see Kung Fu Panda. We liked it. Emma is a Chinese girl.

She still have no clue the difference between china and sichuan, she could not understand why Jamie was a Chinese girl, but not a SiChuanese girl.

I bought a yogurt maker. Now we can make delicious yourt.

Evenings and nights are still short and short, I do not know where we lose our time, but our reading time are significantly less. It is just somehow when we finally start reading, it is already so late.

We are so looking forward to grandparents and Emma to come to be with us.

In the morning

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Mornings in spring and summer fill the room with bright light. They generally fill me with delight. When I get up, Emma is always still in her little dreams. The blanket on one side of the bed, she on the other, curled up. I love looking at her, her tender, sweet innocence and beauty.

Then I filled the room with loud radio, then she wakes up. If she do not see me, she would shout: M-O-M-M-Y! Or she will run out to find me, still in her diaper.

That starts a new day. In the morning we are generally happy, though sometimes I lose my temper because it takes way too long for her to get herself dressed. We grab some food, we go out to school and work. Most of the time I carry her on my shoulder, she spread her bread crumbs on my hair.

...

Notable events:

After a gymnastics show, Emma completed her gymnastics "training".

Half of our flowers have died. Do not know why. Emma put in the flower pot some of the seeds she picked up on the sidewalk. Wow, they thrive like weeds. We do not know what to do with them. Our tomatos seem to be doing well.

Last Saturday, we went to see Kung Fu Panda. We liked it. Emma is a Chinese girl.

She still have no clue the difference between china and sichuan, she could not understand why Jamie was a Chinese girl, but not a SiChuanese girl.

I bought a yogurt maker. Now we can make delicious yourt.

Evenings and nights are still short and short, I do not know where we lose our time, but our reading time are significantly less. It is just somehow when we finally start reading, it is already so late.

We are so looking forward to grandparents and Emma to come to be with us.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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June 05, 2008

By now, Annya is able to say quite a few words. The favorite one is Annya. She says Annya all the time, Annya, Annya. Does she know that this is her name? Does she use it as the equivalent of Aiya? Nobody knows.

I am glad I picked the name for her, it sounds pretty and easy, even though sometimes people pronounce differently. Some people have a very nasal sound, some people put the Annya pretty much as An-nia.

Cannot care that much.

On the home front, Emma and I are trying to be a little more prepared each day. That means we have pick up the Chinese characters that grandma taught Emma. Otherwise, grandma would say: "Emma, how could you return me everything I taught you?" So we try to review those characters everyday.

My sister has promised to gave Emma gifts as she requested: books, beautiful dresses and candies. The candy part made her beaming while trying to hide her delight. "Ah-ya, why my aunt wanted to give me candies? Too much sugar. Not good."

I am difinitely excited: yeah, Annya would be home. Always itching to hold a baby, as if holding her in my arms.

I am surprised that I never felt much of the plight and hardships of a single mom.
annya

Annya, Annya

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By now, Annya is able to say quite a few words. The favorite one is Annya. She says Annya all the time, Annya, Annya. Does she know that this is her name? Does she use it as the equivalent of Aiya? Nobody knows.

I am glad I picked the name for her, it sounds pretty and easy, even though sometimes people pronounce differently. Some people have a very nasal sound, some people put the Annya pretty much as An-nia.

Cannot care that much.

On the home front, Emma and I are trying to be a little more prepared each day. That means we have pick up the Chinese characters that grandma taught Emma. Otherwise, grandma would say: "Emma, how could you return me everything I taught you?" So we try to review those characters everyday.

My sister has promised to gave Emma gifts as she requested: books, beautiful dresses and candies. The candy part made her beaming while trying to hide her delight. "Ah-ya, why my aunt wanted to give me candies? Too much sugar. Not good."

I am difinitely excited: yeah, Annya would be home. Always itching to hold a baby, as if holding her in my arms.

I am surprised that I never felt much of the plight and hardships of a single mom.

Thursday, June 05, 2008
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June 03, 2008

Emma is a born Chinese, as much as my friend's son is a born ABC (America-born-Chinese).

My friend told me that her son cried when he was told that he was a Chinese. No, mommy, I am an American, I am not a Chinese.

Emma is more than happy to be a Chinese. She is always interested in any Asian-looking people. She loves Chinese music, Chinese books, Chinese games, Chinese cartoon TV. She loves looking at Chinese Characters and telling me: mommy, that is Chinese. However, learning Chinese is a different matter, it is tedious and hard work in any measure. When my mom was here, she taught Emma Chinese. In her words, her grandma is a half grandma and a half teacher. Now my mom is gone, she is lagging behind in her Chinese. And she speaks English nonstop.

It is quite intriguing to me, a person's temperament, character, inteligence. I do not understand how Emma identify herself with Chinese so much. I think it is a good thing.

Emma's Chinese Heart

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Emma is a born Chinese, as much as my friend's son is a born ABC (America-born-Chinese).

My friend told me that her son cried when he was told that he was a Chinese. No, mommy, I am an American, I am not a Chinese.

Emma is more than happy to be a Chinese. She is always interested in any Asian-looking people. She loves Chinese music, Chinese books, Chinese games, Chinese cartoon TV. She loves looking at Chinese Characters and telling me: mommy, that is Chinese. However, learning Chinese is a different matter, it is tedious and hard work in any measure. When my mom was here, she taught Emma Chinese. In her words, her grandma is a half grandma and a half teacher. Now my mom is gone, she is lagging behind in her Chinese. And she speaks English nonstop.

It is quite intriguing to me, a person's temperament, character, inteligence. I do not understand how Emma identify herself with Chinese so much. I think it is a good thing.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008
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