Sunday, September 30, 2007
这孩子发音不准由来已久了。父母姐姐奋力校正，目前为止效果甚微。比如，vanilla 和banana，这俩字，校正了一万遍了。老二急了，“banana, banana, all kinds of banana, why I have to say banana AGAIN?"
今天晚上洗好澡，套上小裤头，老二低头一看，高兴了。嬉皮笑脸跟我说，I am sleeping beauty. (低头一指小裤头上的） She is sleeping 鼻涕。
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
另，今天给老公买了一本cook book，老公看了几分钟，说了，这个周末，我给你整只chicken吃吃。好了，我的任务来了，到哪儿去找只便宜鸡给这位折腾呢？用小的的话说了，那叫做，this is very (s)cary啊。
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
看见我的V8, 小的想喝，我说不行哈，你根本就不喝那个，不能浪费。小祖宗一脸不高兴，Why? Why I can not have it? Because you said that? 我，就是我说的，怎么滴吧？
她爸在热菜，小的一指头就把microware给戳停了。老公赶紧过去，no touchie! no touchie! 小的咚咚咚跑过来抱着我告状，Daddy 欺负 me. I am sad。
菜做好了，不用大人吩咐，小的爬上楼叫姐姐吃饭。姐姐，you come downstairs 吃饭饭，understand? You don't come now. You don't have 饭饭！下~~~来~~~~~now~~~~~!
Friday, September 14, 2007
直到昨天，daily report上说了，我们家的这位，peepee 在potty里两次，一天只用一个diaper，没有accident。我哈哈一笑，嗯，昙花啊，又是。小的估计很不愤，今天又是没有accident。晚上全家出去吃饭，回家的路上，还有差不多5分钟到家的样子。小的问了，Are we going home soon? I need go potty. 赶紧地对着小的唠叨，不要尿啊，千万不要尿啊，我们很快就到家了。忍着哈。
冲进家问，一把我就把小的放到Dora Potty上了，咱们Kathy还就真得peepee在potty里了。我和她爸这叫一个激动啊，抱着小的又唱又跳，连potty带着peepee 我们统统照相留念了。半小时以后，小的又在楼上自己peepee在potty里一次。
Thursday, September 13, 2007
- Four. (想了一会儿). There is no bird on the tree. But there are four birds on the ground.
- Three.- (我哈哈哈哈哈。。。。）No, there are still five apples. Two in your tummy and three outside of your tummy.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
As of this evening, I found that Kathy knows the following,
- Counting objects, not only purely counting from left to right, but she could count the mixed objects separately. For instants, on a page with several cats, dogs and pants, she could count each object separately without error.
- Comparison. Kathy knows big vs. small or little, more vs. less, tall vs. short, hot vs. cold.
- Major Colors.
- Basic Shapes.
- Link two same objects together.
- Link baby and mother animals.
Instead of having her writing her diary everyday, I asked her to write every other day but with more detail on some thing that happens on that specific day. To give her enough time to finish a completed article, she is also allowed not to have to do her writing and reading workbook on the days when she's writing her diary. We started with adding weather. My plan is to let her include some sentences on weather for couple weeks then include the second topic on her thought. By the end of this year, Sarah should be able to write the meaningful couple pages long diaries.
NO RUSH, LET HER TAKE HER TIME. - I will remind me this time to time.
Monday, September 10, 2007
I want to start by saying thank you for your email. I appreciate you informing me of Sarah's accomplishments. Also let me add that it was very nice meeting you also. Please accept my apology for not responding to you sooner but I wanted to gather information regarding Sarah so I could make the best decisions for her. I looked through Sarah's records and spoke to many teachers that have worked with Sarah. Everyone shared positive comments.
After looking at Sarah's records, we will be placing Sarah in a math group that will be taught third grade objectives. We will assess her knowledge on the second grade concepts as well. We want to make sure Sarah has a firm foundation on which to build more complex and abstract math skills. You asked how you could support Sarah at home. I would suggest that Sarah do several things at home. You can pick and choose these concepts. If you believe Sarah has mastered a particular concept, you may want to just review that strategy every few weeks. These are the concepts I would suggest: telling time, elapsed time, counting money and making change, basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills, adding and subtracting numbers up to three digits and with and without regrouping. In addition, I would suggest work on measuring items, talking about attributes of shapes both plane and 3-D, and solving word problems. Make sure Sarah can explain how she solved a problem both orally and in written form. This is just a start of the concepts and can share more as the year progresses. Also, the books that you are speaking of, I believe are the basic books that you find in educational stores. While these are certainly great practice tools, the skills covered in those books are not necessarily as rigorous as MCPS' curriculum. MCPS also requires students to be able to explain their thinking in both oral and written form.
This week, I will begin my Class reading testing. This will allow me to assess Sarah's reading level as well as her comprehension level. This is a test that is mandated by the county and requires both oral and written comprehension skills. Once I have determined Sarah's reading level, I will begin to plan my instruction so I can best serve Sarah's needs. If Sarah needs third grade reading materials, I will be using their texts. At home you can support Sarah by having her read at least 20 minutes a day. The text needs to be on her instructional level in order to best serve her needs. The way to determine this level is to look at texts that she does not know all the words but is not struggling with most of the words. In order for students to practice their reading skills, they need to actively engage in using these strategies. If she reads all the words without using reading strategies, then she is not engaging in text that is challenging enough for her level. Sarah must also be able to demonstrate comprehension in oral and written form. Be sure to ask her about the text and have her elaborate on the text. Again, the practice books aren't hurting Sarah's skills but I am not sure they are challenging her in the way that MCPS requires students to do so.
Ms. Liu, it was great to meet you at Back to School Night and I thank you for your active participation in Sarah's education. I hope I answered all of your questions and if I did not, please do not hesitate to email me again. I look forward to corresponding with you in the future regarding Sarah and her accomplishments.
After reading Sarah’s diaries for two weeks, I am on a mission to help her. The reason is simple; I can not stand that I’d have to take several deep breaths to hold my temper while reading her several “then”, “after that” repeatedly. It is time to stop the free writing and for me to step in to help her.
Not being a good writer myself would definitely hold back the progress. However, a mission is a mission, I am determined. There are several steps that I am planning to take,
Explain to her constantly on how important writing skill is, in term of laying out the thoughts on paper to communicate with others, using the correct terminologies to express the ideas without letting the readers misinterpreted, and more.
Spend quality time together on writing one event per day. Explain the art of language while editing her work.
The last but not the least, give her time to improve, encourage and applause her, lower the standard.
I am looking forward to a six-month evaluation. Hopefully Sarah can write some meaningful short essays then.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
今天早上，小的给自己lunch box里放了一小袋cookies, 一袋juice。怎么装着去的又怎么给装回来了。小人物居然没舍得吃。放学回家把cookie袋子让我打开，吃了两片，人家又给放回lunch box。估计明天又拎着上学了。
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
- You cannot be this sexy.
K: What sexy? Me?
- Yes, 穿好了，不能露出来。
K (伸手就把两边肩带都拉下来了）：Like this sexy?
As of 9/1/07, Sarah weighted 53 lb and Kathy was 33 lb. Both are around 75%.