September

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

                                                                             ― Dr. Seuss

 

9/22-26

Kindergarten: In Mandarin class this week, we started a new lesson, the "Big Mountain". The lesson is about small people climbing up the big mountain. However,  the top of mountain has "大火/big fire",  they need to climb down the big mountain. Yet, the bottom of mountain has "大水/great flood". Where should they go? 

 

In Tang Shi class this week, we learned a new poem, 雜詩 written by 王維. Here is the English translation: 

 

You came from my hometown, 
So must know what was going on. 
When passing by the silk window, 
Did you see plum blossoms in snow?

 

For English this week, we read a new story called Jill's Jig, which is about a bug that is wearing silly clothing and performing her jig. This story is focused on short "i" words. As a class we also practiced coming up with other short "i", such as win, pig, spin, Jim, and Tim. In addition, we continued practicing our handwriting skills in our journals and sounding out new words by associating the sound of the letters with the actual 

First Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we worked on writing the new characters such as 書包, 真的 and reviewed previous learned characters from last week. We could also respond to Toro Lao Shi's question: "你的書包有什麼東西?“ (What is in your backpack?). Some of us said they had nothing in their backpack. We all laughed.

 

For English this week, we read a new story about Martin Luther King, Jr. Who is most famously known for his "I have a dream" speech. We learned how he was a nice person, who helped people both weak and strong, and how many people considered him a hero. We also worked on our new vocabulary words such as feast, bare, hero, leader, and search. In addition, we also began working on writing a story about our favorite restaurant and why people should go there to try it out.

 

 

Second Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we worked on the characters that have two different pronunciation, such as 種, 還. 空, 都 and applied them in phrases and in sentences. We also practiced writing characters. Tina Laoshi planted mung beans to reinforce the lessons, 種魚 and 房子後面有塊地. The highlights of this week were to play 大風吹 and sing 拔蘿蔔. We were so excited to learn and play!

 

For English this week, we studied our new vocabulary words. Some of our new vocabulary words are, accuse, clever, delicate, and explore. We studied their definitions, their synonyms and antonyms, and how to use them properly in a sentence. We also practiced on how our words are used correctly by reading sentences that contained a missing words and we needed to figure our which of our vocabulary words best fits that sentence. 

 

 

Third Grade: in Mandarin we read the story 摘蘋果 where children pick apples from the 蘋果園 and bake 蘋果餅 for old people. We also learned how to differentiate between words that sound the same but have different writings and meanings: 元,原, and 員。

 

In English, we used words that we learned to write a story. Our favorite story was "The Secret Rapunzel" and the most used words were lashed, establish, baggage, eternal, humid, and worthy.

Fourth Grade: In Mandarin class we learned about the idiom 井低之蛙, which means someone who doesn't know much about the world but feels self-satisfied (自滿). We also learned and reviewed important words such as 珍惜,可惜, 容許, and  將來。

 

In English, we also used our favorite words to write a story. We came up with interesting titles like "The Flying Pencil" and "Goosebumps: In Deep Trouble". Our most used words are assaulted, impressive, strategy, abandoned, and villains.

Enrichment Classes

 

Art: This week we learned to draw horse using Chinese calligraphy brush. The painting composed of simple lines in black ink. With a few strokes our horses became alive!

 

Chess: We became better at remembering the chess rules and thinking faster than the weeks before. Starting next week, we will do chess tournament to find out who is the Chess King and Queen!

 

Abacus: This was our first week with abacus class. Our abacus teacher, Tina Laoshi taught us about the structures of the abacus and the correct sitting and hand movements. We also learn to add the one place value on the lower beads.

9/15-9/18

Kindergarten: In Mandarin class this week, we practiced more on writing and identifying characters. Then we read 小人兒上大山 and learned to write characters such as 火 fire, 水 water. 

 

In Tang Shi class, we reviewed 8 poems that we learned so far. This week we learned 欒家瀨  by 王維. The poem describes the scenery of the raining days in fall. Children are so wonderful at signing and dancing!

 

For English this week, we read another brand new short story called Hop and Stop, which focuses a lot on the short "O" words. We practiced our short "A" and "I" words and being able to differentiate the difference. In addition, we also continued working on sounding out words, and we are moving up to 4 to 6 letter long words.

 

First Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we practiced the lesson of mother bird story through role playing. Students were excited to be mother bird, little flower and other characters in the story. During performance, we became more familiar with the Chinese sentences and characters. We also like to play the flash card bingo games. We need to match the picture and the word together in order to win the game. 

 

For English this week, we reread our story about pineapples, and reviewed more of words such as: bright, chew, flour, and forest. We worked on pronunciation, spelling, and definitions, along with writing a story using the words we learned. Some of the stories we wrote, were about a black cat who likes to bake pancakes, an eskimo who discovers a golden fruit, and a bright star than rains pancakes.

 

 

Second Grade: in Mandarin class this week, we practiced writing the characters such as 公, 豆, 種, 成, 玉, 等 and use them to construct phrases and sentences. We also completed self introduction worksheet and practiced writing characters by looking at pictures. In addition, we sang 王老先生有塊地 Mr. Wang Has a Piece of Land. It was fun!

 

For English this week, we read a new article about the history of King Tut. We learned many new things, such as he was first crowned king when he was 9 and how he was most famously known for the treasures that were found in his tomb. We also practiced on expanding our vocabulary with new words such as, border, certain, clasp, and depart. 

Third Grade: in Mandarin we learned how to use the word 滿in different ways such as 充滿,滿出來,and 坐滿. We also learned the new words 天使 ,店員,and 照相機. We were able to look at a temperature (氣溫) chart for different months and talk about the highest and lowest temperature for certain months.

 

In English,we read the story Spring Training: A New Beginning. We learned new vocabularies such as sponsor, vacant, portion, neglect, and stern. We also used new words like generous, gracious, and sympathetic to describe people. 

 

 

 

Fourth Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we learned how to use the phrases 並且 and 不論 to combine sentences. We were able to identify different warning signs that uses word 注意: 注意落石,注意行人,and 注意兒童。

 

In English, we read the story Sybil Ludington's Ride, who is the person who warned American patriots of an approaching British army. Some new vocabularies we learned are dispute, justify, shrewd, and abandon. Once we understood the meanings of these new words, we were able to identify the synonyms and antonyms for these words.

 

Enrichment: In Art class, we learned to use Chinese Calligraphy brushes to paint watermelons. In Chinese painting, there are fewer strokes. Although it seems it easy, using Chinese calligraphy is not that easy especially when you want the your watermelons to look yummy like ours!

 

Enrichment: In Chess class, we continued to practice how each piece moves and the rules of the chess games.  This week we became better at following the rules of the chess game.
 

Kindergarten: In Mandarin class this week, we practiced more on the story, The Little Shi and the Balloon. We could read the whole story all by ourselves. We are ready for next lesson. In addition, we practice writing and identifying characters for the upcoming assessment.

 

In Tang Shi class, we reviewed the poems that we learned so far. We loved to sing and dance to the tunes of Tang Shi!

 

First Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we practiced the lesson of mother bird story through role playing. Students were excited to be mother bird, little flower and other characters in the story. During performance, we became more familiar with the Chinese sentences and characters. We also like to play the flash card bingo games. We need to match the picture and the word together in order to win the game. 

9/8-9/12

Second Grade: In Mandarin this week we celebrated the moon festival and reviewed the story of HouYi 后羿 & Chang-e 嫦娥. We also had moon cake 月餅 in class. We started reading the story about a cat wishing to plant fish so that he could harvest fish. 種什麼收穫什麼. This taught us that we should find out how things worked before holding unrealistic expectations. We continued to review the characters we've learned, and incorporated them into writing up our own stories.

 

Third Grade: in Mandarin class this week, we read the story on the benefits of eating an apple and learned new words 充滿活力, 幸運, 氣溫, 運動員. 

 

In English, we read the story Diary of a Rising Star. We learned new words such as counsel, stampede, haul, and demonstrate. We also learned some new idioms such as "food for thought" and "egg him on".

 

Fourth Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we focused on words that sound the same but have different meanings: 住,注,同,童,意,易,病,並. We also learned about the three main languages in the world 中文,英文,and 西班牙. Then we talked about what we want to be when we grow up.

 

In English, we read the Russian Folktale, Why Bear Sleeps So Much. We learned new words such as distribute, blunder, solitary, and scuffle.

Enrichment: In Art class, we learned to paint trees and birds in Chinese art style. We studied how to draw tree branches and sparrows using Chinese paints and ink. We learned that black ink is commonly used before applying layers of colors in Chinese art. We learned to "leave blank space 留白," a style that often left blank spaces on the paper after the central objects were drawn.

 

Enrichment: In Chess class. we practiced how each piece moves and the rules of the chess games.

 

 

Kindergarten: In Mandarin class this week, we reviewed the lessons that we have learned so far. We also reviewed characters assessment for identifications and for writing. Then, we began to read the new story, "Little Shi and the Balloon". Lastly, we helped our new student to learn how to introduce themselves.

 

In Tang Shi class, we reviewed the poem that we have learned. We also learned a new Tang Shi poem 相思 It is the poem about red beans that inspire the memory of the love ones at home.

 

In English this week, we read two short stories called Pat and Bugs. Pat is about an ant who loves to play, jump, work, and sleep. Bugs is about how we all like bugs no matter if they are green, black, mean, bad, or like to hide in a rug. We also practiced writing, in which we focused on finger spacing, capital letters, periods, and writing our letters between the top and bottom lines.

September 1-5

First Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we began the lesson, “Bird Mother Can’t Find Her Eggs” by playing guessing game to figure out the animals in this story. We also did role play about the story which we were learning and had fun at the same time. We really enjoyed reading and speaking Chinese. We were also happy to see our progress day by day.

 

In English, due to our short week, we reviewed all of our previous unit vocabulary words. Some of the words we studied were: brave, evening, present, signal, and crowd. We also used this time to catch up and correct any mistakes we may have had on our previous units. We then ended the week with a small game that tested our knowledge of all of our previous three unit vocabulary words and their definitions.

Second Grade: We practiced telling the differences between the position words上面、下面、裡面、外面、前面、後面. We practiced how to make sentences with 就 therefore, 把---放-- take up and place, 最 most. We reviewed the story and the origin of the moon festival and why Chang-E flew to the moon. We enjoyed learning about the moon festival, and we talked to each other about what we especially liked about the moon festival and how we celebrated it at home. We also looked up this year's corresponding date for the moon festival in the lunar calendar 農曆. We learned about lunar calendar 農曆 and the use of it for the ancient Chinese farmers.  We can't wait to have moon cakes!

 

In English, we worked on our new set of Unit 4 vocabulary words. Some of our new words are: passage, shallow, talent, insist, and coward. We also worked really hard on spelling these words this week, as a good majority of them consisted of double letters in them. For example, passage has two "s" next to each other. We then worked together during a class activity where each student had to challenge another student to come up with a sentence using any of our new words, but the trick was the sentence had to make sense and the vocabulary word was used correctly.

 

Third Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we reviewed previous lesson and focused on the key vocabularies on lesson 2. These vocabularies are 照. 溫,使, 運, 員, 充,滿. We practiced writing, making phrases and sentences for these words.

 

In English, we reread Unit 3 article, The Goat Herder and Wild Goats, an Aesop Fable. We focused on the words that have multiple meaning. These are blast, waste, tone, and vanity. 

 

Fourth Grade: In Mandarin class this week, we read Lesson 4, 井底之蛙 The Frog at the bottom of the Well. From the lesson we learned to become humble and not bragging about oneself. We focused on the words: 談, 整, 報, 紙.  We practiced writing and making phrases and sentences for these words.

 

In English, we wrapped up unit 5 working on using the vocabularies to complete the sentences and word study. We also worked words that often confused. These are access/excess, advice/advise, cease/seize. 

 

Enrichment Class: In Art, we painted chameleons 變色龍. First we studied the way chameleons changed colors. We also examined closely their patterns on their bodies, which all made them very fascinating. We all like drawing curious new creature.

 

Enrichment Class: In Chess, we learned the rules of chess game. Although this was our first lesson, we seemed to figure out the how to navigate the game. We all have fun!

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