Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday (星期四)

Alrighty. Today we were working again on family members, numbers and colors.

In chinese, each member has a different title.
Mom= Mama
Older brother=Gege
Older sister=Jiejie
Younger brother= Didi
Younger sister=Meimei

You can ask them to tell you the names of each person in your family.

We shared about our own families, some using pictures, others words, as we counted how many of each member. We have a board in the classroom where these pictures will be hung, and should be back to you in two weeks. Your children were all so excited to talk about you. They love you very much :)

It has definitely been a challenge helping them to understand what behaviors are expected and appropriate in the Chinese classroom. I love all these kids and understand it must be very confusing and tiring for them especially right at first, but I know we can get it down so that I am not spending so much time quieting everyone down and getting attention back. It will require lots of practice and building of good habits.

Next week I would love to have a parent in the room for some time both morning and afternoon so each class can have an English speaker present making sure they understand what I'm asking them to do and we can work together to get these good habits down. 

A little p.s. One good website I've found for some useful things on both Chinese language and culture is 

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