It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop! -Confucius
Young Artists at Work!
First Grade: In Mandarin this week, we reviewed the previous lesson and continued to read 小羊要吃花兒. The lesson is about the conversations between the lamb and the flower. We made phrases and sentences for 吃, 想, 要, 羊, 青 and 朵. We also practiced“聽寫/dictation” to test first grade character list.
In English we studied our new unit 3 vocabulary words about beaches and how we can describe them. Those words are, tiny, ocean, wonder, stack, finally, and wave. We practiced spelling them, use them correctly in a sentence, and did a sentence exercise using those words to describe the last time we went to the beach. We also read a new story this week. The story is about a young girl who loved the winter, but was at the beach during summer. She thought of a new creative way to make it feel more like winter by building a snowman version out of sand!
Kindergarten: In Mandarin class this week, we read the lesson, 我有十個手指頭. We learned about our left and right hands and practiced writing position words,上, 下, 中, 左, 右 and 手. After a week of practice we are able to recognize and read the characters.
In Tang Shi class, we reviewed the poem that we have learned. We also learned a new Tang poem古朗月行 which described the beautiful moon. We wrote the poem using Chinese calligraphy brushes.
In English this week we read a story about what we can do and what an ant can and cannot do. For example, we can clap our hands but an ant can't and we can hide in the grass and an ant can, too! As you can tell right away, this story involved a lot of tongue twisters! We also began learning about rhyming words and how they worked. For example, sun rhymed with fun, bun, and run.
Second Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we learned 秋、晚、面、亮、掉、拉、最、放、抬、頭、興, from the story about monkeys 猴子 trying to save the moon. They see the reflection of the moon in the well, mistaking that the moon has fallen down. The devastated monkeys join each other in hands to get down to reach the water. When the bottom monkey puts forth his hand to touch the surface, the reflection of the moon disappears. They look up to see the moon again, and it looks like the moon has been put back. We shared with each other creative alternative versions to the story. We learned from the story that we should not judge things merely by appearance, but instead, should learn from the facts. We practiced saying 秋天、晚上、面具、月亮、掉下來、最好、抬頭、頭痛、興趣. The words we learned could be used in 中秋節、晚安、裡面、漂亮、擦掉、拉肚子、最後、放進去、抬起來、頭髮、高興。
In English, we got our new vocabulary words that are related to the feelings about things we care and value. These words are bargain, value, resource, gasp, and sensitive. We practiced spelling them, studying their synonyms and antonyms, and using them correctly in sentences. We also wrote a free write essay consisting of at least five of our words to show how well we could use them correctly. We also worked on some common grammatical errors, like spacing, putting a period at the end of sentence, and using commas correctly to avoid run-on sentences.
Third Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we read a new style poem, 我是一個紅蘋果 I Am a Red Apple. We looked at the rhyming words, 果/窩/我, 渴/樂. We practice using the sentence patterns:...滿..., ...使....
In English, we finished up some of our unit 2 vocabulary words and sentence structures, and began to work on our new unit 3 vocabulary words. We also began writing short stories using words we learned. Through writing multiple short stories we hope to be able to write a lot more than we did when we first started. We also focused on common grammatical errors, like how to use quotes properly, capitalizing the first letter of people's names and states, and we also worked on trying to "sound out" words we don't know how to spell.
Fourth Grade: In Mandarin class, we read the story, 我想請問妳 I Would Like to Ask You. The story tells about the embarrassment of saying the wrong tones in Mandarin. To ask is 問 and to kiss is 吻. They both pronouced as /wen/. The first one is fourth tone and the second one is third tone. If you mixed them up instead of saying I would like to ask you, it would mean, I would like to kiss you. This lesson is very important indeed!
In Enrichment Class this week, we placed the spotlight on seahorses 海馬. We learned how to draw simple lines and shapes to form this creature. We examined pictures and discussed about their patterns and colors. We talked about our favorite ones. We learned a fact about seahorses - male seahorses carry the babies, 生小海馬. When it was time to paint, we were taught to use vibrant colors to reflect the color variations of seahorses.
Kindergarten: In Mandarin class this week, we read the lessons 拍拍手, 一年有機個月. We learned many commonly used adjectives in Chinese to identify an objects including 上, 中, 下, 大, 小. We are half way through the second page of the flashcard booklet. We then played fun games to reinforce these vocabulary. We also recognized more Chinese characters about fruits and learned to write the Chinese characters: 蘋果 apple, 香蕉 banana, etc.
In Tang Shi class, we learned the poem “獨坐敬亭山”. The poem talks about the beautiful view of the mountain and how the author was inspired by the scenery.
First Grade: In Mandarin, we read 小羊要吃花兒 and learned the phrases. 想要、想吃、請假、喜歡吃、重要. We did wonderful job on reciting the text and the usage of each vocabulary in phrases and sentences. We had fun in the "who can recognize these words" game.
Second Grade: In Mandarin class, we learned about mid-autumn festival or the moon festival. It was about a hero 后羿 shooting down nine suns. He later was chosen to become a king. After he became the king, 后羿 did not care about the people. He wanted to stay young forever, so he got two immortal pills, one for him and one for his wife. His wife, 嫦娥 thinking that 后羿 was not a good king. To have 后羿 to be young forever was to have the people suffer forever. 嫦娥 took both pills and flied to the moon. From the lesson, we learned the characters: 秋、井、隻、面、亮、晚、掉; measurements 一隻鳥、兩朵花、一口井, and the four seasons: 春天、夏天、秋天、冬天。
More importantly, we reviewed characters from first grade level characters to prepare for our upcoming assessment at our school. We are reviewing words on colors, emotions, temperature, school, bodily/facial parts, and verbs. 顏色、彩虹、紅橙黃綠藍紫黑灰白色、哭、笑、熱、溫暖、冷、雪人、學校、寫信、快慢、什麼、眼睛、肚、腳、音樂、剛才。
Third Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we read the lessons, 字的對話 Word Conversations and 我們都是天才 We Are All Geniuses. The lessons help us to gain deeper understanding of Chinese word formations. From the lessons we learned to identify the pairs of words that look similar: 考/孝, 第/弟, 去/法, 冒/帽.
Fourth Grade: In Mandarin, we read the lesson, 學哪些語言 Which languages to learn? We discussed about the benefits of learning different languages. Some of the responses are learning different languages can help us to make more friends, communicate with grandparents, and to be able to bargain in China if one knows Chinese. Our fourth graders are pretty good at writing characters but will need work with extending sentences and using varieties of sentence struct
In Enrichment Class this week, we went to the sea again to visit the starfish! We learned starfish in Chinese is "seastar 海星" and we explored some of the other creatures in the sea! We also learned to create different patterns and colors for the starfish and learned to match colors to create a balance and harmony scenery!
Kindergarten: In Chinese we reviewed numbers 1-10 plus 100, 1000. This week we moved on to the lesson 一棵樹上十樣果, A Tree with Ten Fruits. In this lesson, we learned the names of our favorite fruits, apples, banana, pear..etc. We learned a new counting rhymes, "1,2,3 shake your hands, 4,5,6 nod your head, 7,8,9 walk big steps, 10,100,1000 walk in circles."
First Grade: This week we learned another passage from Unit 1, Zhong Zhong Teaching Chinese. We practiced composing and decomposing characters, such as 手+巴=把，八+刀=分，土+也=地. From the activity, we learned more Chinese characters and felt much easier to recognize new words. In addition, we learned “Shengdiao Ge” which was pretty fun to help us to remember the four different tones, "媽媽騎馬,馬慢媽媽罵馬“
Second Grade: In Chinese reviewed the characters learned in previous weeks 是、事、示、半、寫、收、點, and 標點符號、寫信、收到信、以後、果汁、七點半。 We studied the story about an American boy going abroad to learn Mandarin. However, because he forgets to include punctuation marks in his written letter replied to the host family, as a result, the host grandmother misinterprets the letter to mean no meats nor vegetables. She gives John juice and milk every day. In the end, the misunderstanding is cleared up, and everyone has a good laugh. We also challenged ourselves by taking a quiz this Thursday or Friday.
In Wednesday enrichment class, we drew dolphins. Dolphins 海豚 are fun-loving mammals that are just as playful as us! We examined the their features, including the shape of their head, fin, mouth, and tails. We were also introduced to a new watercolor technique: Firstly watering the paper, and then, placing multiple colors while the paper is still wet, therefore, because of the moisture, colors eventually blended into each other, creating a special effect. We had fun playing with our dolphins!
Kindergarten: In the first week, we learned numbers 1 to 10 and the rhymes, Going Up the Mountain to Catch the Tiger.Then we enjoy singing the song call "Where is my Friend?" Also, we read the story about 小小和驢子. Finally we learned to write some simple Chinese characters 1 to 10 and we practiced writing our Chinese names.
First Grade: We learned about Chang Jie 倉頡, the ancient scholar who developed Chinese writing system. We learned to read and write the characters, 牛，鳥，馬，名，字., the characters that came from the pictographs that Cang Jie came up with about five thousand years ago. We introduced ourselves by singing the song “Where is my friend” to get to know new classmates.
Second Grade: In our class, we read a fun story to help us remember why it is important to learn characters! We learned to write 王、文、許、川、半、站，and 中文、也許、許多、河川、一半、半天、站著。 We studied a story of an imagined communication between a caterpillar and its ant friend. The caterpillar writes, "I miss you," but he does not know how to write, therefore, he bites three holes on a loose green leave to represent the idea. When the ant receives the letter, he does not understand the three holes, so he bites three holes in response, representing, "I don't understand." From this story, we learned of the importance of writing characters.
In Wednesday enrichment class,we explored the outer space 太空, and using our minds' eyes to explore the sun, moon, galaxy, milky way, earth, many planets, and spaceships. We painted with vibrant colors. Painting helps us to take a break from busy schooling. We couldn't be happier with our new talents!