Monday, November 29
Monday, November 22
Yesterday, the children came together for a baking session organised by their mommies! They are going to bake some home-made food. They have their aprons and even their "home-made" toques!
First, the kids were given plastic knives to cut the fruits into small pieces.
Saturday, November 20
Wednesday, November 17
So Jaimie got to ride, Clement got to shoot, while I sat on the bench, reading "Slumdog Millionaire". It's a very good book, better than the movie!
Saturday, November 13
That's Jaimie in her baby bird make up, taken outside the childcare centre.
The concert was held in the school classroom. It was a simple and cozy affair. Jaimie was with the other performancers in another classroom while we were seated on "baby chairs" along with many other proud and equally anxious parents.
That's our "Baby Bird #3" after donning her cardboard wings.
The concert began at 11am. The graduands marched in to the song "The Saints Came Marching In". They were so cute and so smart! I don't know why but I almost broke into tears when I saw the children came in! Gosh!! And Jaimie wasn't even among them!! What's wrong to my tear ducts!?
Super super cute~~
The play was the second item in the concert. Now I know why Jaimie couldn't tell us what her involvement was BECAUSE she just came out to with the mother bird and 2 other siblings to say "Chirp chirp chirp! Plat plat plat!!", flew round the prince charming twice. And THAT'S IT! I mean, I know it was a minor role but I didn't know it was THAT insignificant! Hahahaha~~~
This was Jaimie waiting at the door to join in the chorus. She wasn't bored. While waiting, she was dancing together with those performing on stage. Muahahahaha~~~~
After the play skit, there were a few other items. The children were simply toooooo cute in their fashion show and during the modern dance to the tune of "Nobody", which is being played like in every children concert.
I am very impressed with the children. They were able to sing, dance, act and even host! The emcees were the K2 children themselves! How nice!
Even though Jaimie played a small role in the concert, I am very glad that she was chosen to perform because participating in a concert is more than just the performance itself. It's teamwork, discipline, hard work, commitment etc which was beyond the textbooks and the classrooms.
Good job, children!!
Thursday, November 11
However, Clement and I still feel that Jaimie has the ability to write this simple character well. We're not asking her to write words with more complex strokes so we should push her a little if she can manage. If she cannot manage even after trying, of course we will not press on.
You see, the problem with Jaimie is that she is very easily distracted. When focused, she can usually do quite well. Perhaps this writing exercise is a good way to get her to learn to concentrate better. But I must admit that the raising voice part is my bad.
I told Jaimie that a lot of aunties saw her writing in the blog and were impressed by her nice writing! She was happy to hear that. I asked if she was willing to continue writing the same word山 and she readily agreed. It was not surprising that she wrote well after yesterday's practice! After writing 4 lines and most of them were good by my standard, I told her to stop and we proceed on to do her favourite colouring activity.
I must say, well done, my girl!!! You wrote well and you concentrated when you write!
My mother in law will probably start to teach her to write her Chinese name soon. I will leave that to the expert while I will continue with building her foundation.
Wednesday, November 10
These 2 pages of Chinese writings were completed in tears and frustration.
“山”is a very simple character with simple strokes to me. I was teaching Jaimie to write it this evening. She had already recognised the word long ago but this was the first time I made her write the word.
She could write “山”, but the strokes were either not of the same length, or of the same width. Being a Chinese teacher, I am quite particular about the fundamentals and the accuracy. The horrible writing Jaimie produced at first was really an eye sore for me and I had to erase them and made her re-write the words. Jaimie had some difficulties in getting the length and the width correct. I understand it could be a hand-eye coordination problem but the Chinese teacher in me was having an internal struggle too. Should I let her pass as long as she knows the strokes? Or should I press for accuracy?
In the end, I decided that accuracy is important. Perhaps she could use this as a practice for her hand-eye coordination too.
In the end, Jaimie produced 2 pages of reasonable and acceptable writing of “山” but it took her about 40mins. I am quite ashamed to say that I kind of lose my patience too and started to raise my voice at her.
But I am really wondering if I am asking too much of a 4.5 year old to write Chinese characters accurately or just let her master the basic strokes of a word at this age?
I really should check with my pre-school teacher friends.
Tuesday, November 9
Monday, November 8
Q: Why is there an insect on every house door?
A: The houses belong to the insects.
Q: Why is one of the houses hanging in the air?
A: Because it is a magic house.
Q: Why are there ladybirds on the cloud?
A: They are moving to another place on clouds.
Q: Why is there an earthworm on the cloud with the ladybirds?
A: Because the ladybirds are having a party and there is a 客人来~
Q: Why is this bee upside down?
A: Because it worked so hard that it had fainted.
Q: Why is this frog in mid air?
A: Because it was jumping.
Q: Why is there an ant on the sun?
A: I don't know.
After creating the garden, Jaimie couldn't wait to create her sea world.
It was a simple and fun art!!