Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Today we began talking about patterns. Most were very quick to pick up on the patterns they saw, so keep encouraging them to find, notice, and create patterns with the things they see and use every day.

One concept that was a little hard to get across without speaking English is "dong" or "bu dong". which means understand, or not understand. If you get a chance, talk about this with your child. In class, I want to ask if they "dong" after I explain things. If they do, they'll give a thumbs up and say "dong" . If they're still confused, a thumbs down with a "bu dong".

Beginning next week, I'll send home a list of vocabulary we're using in class that you can practice with your child. They don't have to memorize the list, but it will help you be aware of the sounds you might be hearing and encourage them when they make them.

One little issue we have been having is using the bathrooms too frequently beginning right when school starts. Because it's first grade, I don't want to risk an accident, but it's disruptive of their learning. So if at all possible, try to have them go right before they come so we can make it at least 20 minutes without one having to leave the classroom:) 

Thanks to all the volunteers! And if there is anyone with a child in my afternoon class that can come in the afternoons, we could definitely use your help:)

One other thing. We went to library for the first time today, so you should see a white note from the librarian that needs t be signed and returned to me by next tuesday at the latest. Thanks!

 p.s. You might be interested.....





1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City, Utah 







RECEPTION:  6:00 – 7:00 P.M. 

Hors d’ oeuvres & Refreshments 

Featuring the Utah Chinese Folk Orchestra 


Hosted by: 

Salt Lake County Mayor PETER M. CORROON 

West Valley City Mayor Pro-tem RUSS BROOKS 

Salt Lake City Councilman CARLTON CHRISTENSEN 

 Director General THOMAS CHEN, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in San Francisco 







10:30 A.M. - Noon  “GRANDMA’S HAIRPIN”   Documentary 

12:20 P.M. - 1:10 A.M. “ELEPHANT BOY and ROBOGIRL” Documentary 

1:30 P.M. - 3:10 P.M.   “SUMMER’S TAIL”    Feature film 

3:30 P.M. – 5:35 P.M.  “FOR MORE SUN”    Documentary 

7:45 P.M. – 9:20 P.M.           “THE SHOE FAIRY”    Featured film 

WELCOME:  7:00 P.M. 


Featuring the 


Sil Lum Kung Fu Kwoon Performing Arts Group 


   Salt Lake Chinese Choir 


1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Mrs. Chipman, for this blog and all your extra work that you do to make this program successful! This blog is "hen bang!!" I will look at it everyday to help Tanner at home and to stay informed. If any of the parents have a chance to volunteer you should. I did today and it helped me see some ways I can help my individual child at home and ways to help Mrs. Chipman. Thanks again.
    Lisa Stowe