Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happy Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat! (Freebie)

Guo Nian Hao! aka Happy New Year!  Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday celebrated in China!  Many local schools take a whole month off to celebrate, visit family, or go on vacation.  Because my school already had 2 weeks off for the Christmas holiday in December, we get another 2 weeks off for Chinese New Year.  I love having this break!  Currently I'm on my second week off from school.  Last week I traveled to Chengdu, the city famous for the nation's beloved iconic animal, the Giant Panda.

Aren't they adorable?!

Couldn't resist only sharing one photo with you!

Every year, my school organizes an event at our school to celebrate our host country-- China.  We call it China day and set up the gymnasium with many different activities students and families can participate in.  We also let the kids dress up in traditional Chinese clothes or wear red.

Here's me and my class with a Sheep mascot. :)
I did many of the same activities I used last year with my current class.  Read my last year's post (CLICK HERE) of different ideas on what I did!

If you're still looking for an easy writing activity for your kids, I have a freebie for this year's Year of the Sheep.  Click on the picture below!
Now I'm heading off to see more fireworks go off in my neighborhood!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

New Year, New Chapters of Life

I'm back out of the dark and ready to start sharing what has been happening in the middle kingdom!  With a new class this year, I ran into much higher demands from my students which set me back on the world of blogging.  I'll definitely need to find time to share all of the things I have been doing inside my classroom and living in China. 

Over Christmas break, I went back to the US to visit my family, boyfriend, and friends.  Literally as I landed in the O'Hare airport in Chicago, I saw my boyfriend and he immediately proposed to me!  When I replay that night, I kept thinking to myself it's just like in the movie Love Actually.  I was shocked since I thought he wouldn't propose until I came back to the states during the summer.  It was an awesome surprised since we were able to spend the rest of my Christmas break celebrating our newly engagement with family and friends. 

 I still can't believe I'm engaged to my new fiance!  I find myself staring at the new bling on my finger!  The long distance is hard but we are thankful and blessed our love is stronger than ever (We've been together for over 7 years!).  Because life is full of transitions, I'm now entering the zone of leaving my life in China well.  When looking at the calendar, I just realized I have about 5 more months living and working in China before I head back into the US to get ready to get married to a WONDERFUL man! 

It's hard to come to realization that from the moment I step onto that plane back to America, I'll always have a piece of me in China, a foot in my old life and another in my new life.  This verse (Genesis 2:24) resonated with me as I'm not only leaving my family to start a new one, I'm leaving my China family and China home as well.

Earlier this week, as I was doing calendar time with my students, it dawned on me that I need to break the ice and tell my current and former students that this is my last year at Tianjin International School.  That I won't be able to see them next year.  Even though it is not the first time I had to say good-bye to a school, students, or teacher friends, it is still painful and sad to say goodbye. 

All the time we make decisions, big ones and small ones.  As I'm getting used to my new BIG decision on leaving my China life and entering a new life of marriage, it's always tough to say goodbye to what was comfortable to me. 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LOrd, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."   -Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Doctor and Me ABC Book (a new ABC book)

What Kindergarten teacher doesn't like a good ABC book in their classroom library?!

Dr. Stephanie Cox, a practicing family doctor in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.  She wrote this fantastic, rhyming book on what children will expect while visiting their doctor.  This book is called My Doctor and Me ABC.  I knew this book would be perfect for my English Language Students who can identify the familiar body parts and medical tools in the illustrations.  This book is great to introducing new vocabulary and easing anxiety and fears of visiting the doctor.

I love how each letter focuses on something important a patient may encounter while talking with the doctor.  Not only does the book teaches new vocabulary but also gives information and meaning to the vocabulary in simple, kid-friendly wording.  For example, "A is for abdomen, better known as your tummy..."

I am so excited to use this book to share the importance of eating well and staying healthy and strong with my little kinders this year.  I know my kids will enjoy the kid-friendly illustrations all year long!  Even living in China, many of the students can relate going to a Chinese doctor versus their home country doctor.  I, myself, never visited a local Chinese doctor, but I heard visiting them is very similar in visiting a doctor in the States.  The waiting rooms can become a bit more crowded and could take up to a whole day waiting to see the doctor (even with an appointment)! 

On a side note, I actually had to go to the hospital last Wednesday to the urgent care to see my doctor (he's from the US since it's an international hospital).  Long story short, I got stung by a mosquito in our ECC Kindergarten garden and I had a BAD allergic reaction from the sting!

Here's my sad and HUGE bump on the lip picture.

This book is great for the littlest of readers and especially for those who are scared or have not been to the doctor's office before.  I highly recommend this book!  This book is available on Amazon by softcover or kindle e-book just under $10.00 (US). 

Thank you Dr. Stephanie Cox for sharing this awesome book with me on the other side of the world!

PS- I did schedule my annual check-up for the year after writing this post! :)