Thursday I helped chaperone the girls' annual trip to the pumpkin patch. Normally I only have my two girls to keep track of but this time I had a third child, C, in my charge. Kate and Lucy were very excited for me to meet him since he is new to the classroom and, as they put it, "he only speaks Chinese....no English!"
Today, I asked them why they didn't speak in Mandarin to each other and they said they did more at school but that it was "too hard" and they are "too tired" to use it at home. Then they sat down and chatted about the park and candy and who knows what else....all in Mandarin.
A little chat in Chinese 1 from Lisa on Vimeo.
I love how they started playing footsie with each other in this video--they have a lovely easiness, a playful familiarity, with each other that comes out when they aren't fighting for my attention.
A little chat in Chinese 2 from Lisa on Vimeo.