April 20, 2009

Giants and Witches seem to want to appear in the darkness in the little mind of Emma. There is no problem during the day. Just don't let the house get dark and everything will be fine. At night time, we need to keep the lights "open" so that a Giant or a mean Witch won't bother us. It is a nice tool to use to get the girls to go to bed. Turn off one light at a time and they will know it is time to retreat into their safe beds. Annya seems to be immune to the darkness. She doesn't understand the theory of a Giant or a Witch. It is a little harder to get her to bed. Hopefully her big sister doesn't tell her about big Giants and evil Witches.

Giants and Witches

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Giants and Witches seem to want to appear in the darkness in the little mind of Emma. There is no problem during the day. Just don't let the house get dark and everything will be fine. At night time, we need to keep the lights "open" so that a Giant or a mean Witch won't bother us. It is a nice tool to use to get the girls to go to bed. Turn off one light at a time and they will know it is time to retreat into their safe beds. Annya seems to be immune to the darkness. She doesn't understand the theory of a Giant or a Witch. It is a little harder to get her to bed. Hopefully her big sister doesn't tell her about big Giants and evil Witches.

Monday, April 20, 2009
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April 08, 2009

On Feb. 27th, Emma was scheduled to take the CPS tests, one for gifted programs, one for classical schools. One is supposedly talent assessment, the other evaluation of your current "academic achievement".

I have always thought she was talented and well-into kindergarten level. Her teachers always give her glowing reviews, and she can just pick a book and read it though (if there are big difficult words, she would read them as "blah-blahs").

She thought she did a good job as well. She came out of the tests beaming, announcing that she was not even shy and she answered questions in a loud voice.

Well, this is probably a lesson that you cannot correctly evaluate yourself.

Anyway, she did not score in the 99 percentile range, she did not score above 130 on the gifted scale. As a result, she was not selected by any of the schools I applied for her.

She was not lucky either. She did not get picked by any of the magnet schools, despite the fact that I live next door to the great Hawthorne ...

Very discouraged, dispirited and puzzled. Kids of my friends are all either gifted or academically advanced. Each one of them cheerful and proud. I just cannot stop thinking, why? In all honesty, Emma is just curious, brilliant, happy and sweet, and she can read books like a kindergartner or first grader ...

The first test, the first setback in life.

The good thing is that Emma has no clue. She is not taking any stress, any blame, any make-up action. She is just as happy and carefree.

She kisses me goodbye every morning in all of her sweetness and cuteness. So I am happy too.

CPS headache

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On Feb. 27th, Emma was scheduled to take the CPS tests, one for gifted programs, one for classical schools. One is supposedly talent assessment, the other evaluation of your current "academic achievement".

I have always thought she was talented and well-into kindergarten level. Her teachers always give her glowing reviews, and she can just pick a book and read it though (if there are big difficult words, she would read them as "blah-blahs").

She thought she did a good job as well. She came out of the tests beaming, announcing that she was not even shy and she answered questions in a loud voice.

Well, this is probably a lesson that you cannot correctly evaluate yourself.

Anyway, she did not score in the 99 percentile range, she did not score above 130 on the gifted scale. As a result, she was not selected by any of the schools I applied for her.

She was not lucky either. She did not get picked by any of the magnet schools, despite the fact that I live next door to the great Hawthorne ...

Very discouraged, dispirited and puzzled. Kids of my friends are all either gifted or academically advanced. Each one of them cheerful and proud. I just cannot stop thinking, why? In all honesty, Emma is just curious, brilliant, happy and sweet, and she can read books like a kindergartner or first grader ...

The first test, the first setback in life.

The good thing is that Emma has no clue. She is not taking any stress, any blame, any make-up action. She is just as happy and carefree.

She kisses me goodbye every morning in all of her sweetness and cuteness. So I am happy too.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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Night one:
Dad when we die, where are we going to go?
We are all going to heaven.
Are we going to live with Jesus?
Yes, we are going to live with Jesus.
Can we come back to Chicago with Jesus?
Yes, you and Jesus can come back to Chicago.

Night two:
Dad, can I talk to you?
Yes.
Come closer Dad.
Ok.
Dad, Mom said not to believe anything you say.
Why?
Mom said that when she dies she is going to come back to Chicago and be with me.
If she wants to come back to Chicago, she can.
How will she then go to Heaven?
Everyone will go to heaven, your Mom is going to be with us for a long time. Don't worry about Heaven.

Death and Heaven

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Night one:
Dad when we die, where are we going to go?
We are all going to heaven.
Are we going to live with Jesus?
Yes, we are going to live with Jesus.
Can we come back to Chicago with Jesus?
Yes, you and Jesus can come back to Chicago.

Night two:
Dad, can I talk to you?
Yes.
Come closer Dad.
Ok.
Dad, Mom said not to believe anything you say.
Why?
Mom said that when she dies she is going to come back to Chicago and be with me.
If she wants to come back to Chicago, she can.
How will she then go to Heaven?
Everyone will go to heaven, your Mom is going to be with us for a long time. Don't worry about Heaven.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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