Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Hundredth day of School!

And groundhog day! And chinese new year! All in all, a great day to be in first grade. Ask your child to count to a hundred for you (in chinese) by 10's, 5's, and for a challenge, 2's. And congratulate them on 100 great days of first grade and being immersed in Chinese.

We are working on making math sentences from stories. So if you can practice telling math stories or having your child make up math stories, then talk about if they could use addition or subtraction to figure it out, it would be great practice.

Example: I finished my juice in three big gulps. You finished yours in six. How many more gulps did it take you to finish?

Also, since within hours it will be the year of the rabbit, here is a little info. First, know that New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in China, and celebrations last for weeks. Families return home, much food is prepared and enjoyed, and emphasis is on a fresh new start, a prosperous year to come, and family ties.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2011 is the Year of the Golden Rabbit, which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animals signs. The Rabbit is a lucky sign. Rabbits are private individuals and a bit introverted. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are reasonably friendly individuals who enjoy the company of a group of good friends. They are good teachers, counselors and communicators, but also need their own space.

According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is a time for negotiation. Don't try to force issues, because if you do you will ultimately fail. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.

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