The bus comes at 8:30 and drops at 4:20; pickup and dropoff is literally steps from our front door. That is the easy part for me. And for Lucy who loves the bus. Kate, who gets car sick easily, is not fairing as well. Combine that with her reluctance for change and difficulty with transitions and it's been a bit of a rocky start.
But I digress. Here they are for the first day on Monday.
On the upside of things, they enjoy the new experiences each day brings. They go to music class twice a week and yesterday was art class. Today and tomorrow is library day which Kate is super stoked about as she will finally get her hands on the shelves and shelves of books we saw last week. They also have P.E. everyday which is a tremendous boon to their education. They have recess before school and after lunch where they get to see some of the neighborhood friends who aren't in their classroom. I have found that with all this extra physical activity at school, they don't come home keyed and wired up with a need to burn off extra energy.
Kate has found a lunchroom buddy that she really likes. Both girls told me emphatically that they want to keep bringing their own lunch because "ours is better and you give us more to eat than the cafeteria provides." Although they did say that they really have to focus on eating and not talking because lunch is only 20 minutes long. Lucy said, "the good thing is that we don't have to wait for everyone to be served before we can eat...if we did I'd never finish in time!" (In their Montessori class, part of the grace and courtesy lesson was that you may open your lunch and get it ready but you may not eat until everyone is served.)
Homework made an appearance on the first day which I think surprised us all!
Homework from Chinese Class
Chinese homework and Math homework from Chinese class will come home every Monday. They will always come home in the RED folder and please help your child to put the Chinese homework and Math homework back into the RED folder and bring them back to school the following Monday.
Your child can finish the homework anytime during the week. I will specify the homework on the weekly newsletter which will be sent back home on Mondays as well.
Math homework: The big Math workbook your child brings back home next Monday will stay at home all the time. I will let you know which pages to complete for homework for that week. Please help your child to tear the pages off and remind them to put the pages into the Red folder when he/she finishes them. All the worksheets being used in my class are in Chinese while the homework will be in English. Spending some time with your child on the Math homework will be great, since they can learn the Math expressions in English from you while they learn Math in Chinese at school.
Chinese homework: Chinese homework will be mainly reading and writing.
Reading: We will start Chinese reading centers soon, so we will have a reading sheet for each lesson to practice at school and bring back home after we are done. I encourage you to guide your child to put these reading sheets for each lesson into a folder for repetitive practice throughout the whole year. The recordings of reading sheet & the text reading for each lesson are on my website, so please guide your child to reinforce the reading sheet and text reading for each lesson at home. Besides, the new vocabularies from each lesson have been created on quizlet. They are under the “quizlet” column on my website.
Writing: I always try to make Chinese writing to be a fun experience, so I like to have students learn writing in various ways in the classroom. However, I still feel some practice at home every week is necessary. Three vocabulary sheets will be sent home weekly and are usually the key characters from each lesson.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will always list the homework on the weekly newsletters and the guiding homework checklist. Thanks so much!
I like that they have a week to work on the homework so there isn't the mad rush to do it every single day. They still need decompression time to play and be kids. Kate's favorite thing to do right now is to lay in the hammock, preferably undisturbed, with a pile of books.