Thursday 5 February 2009

Chinese day part II

R-kun came for his English lesson yesterday, the first half of the lesson we work on vocab, reading and writing but mainly in the form of games. I noticed last time that R-kun's writing level is way below his reading, so yesterday I introduced writing on the line. First we practiced putting the moveable alphabet on the lines, we did the alphabet and then making sentences. We then went on to write a sentence. R-kun did a great job, Ebi-kun got his letters between the lines but the sizes of the letters were totally random, it will come with time, he is only 3 so I'm not worried, if he is happy to practice writing that is good enough for me.

R-kun is Malay/Japanese and his grandparents on his moms side are Chinese. His mom knew that we had been studying China so she bought along two outfits for the boys to wear and some Chinese snack, which was similar to mochi. So the boys set the table and they had mochi and juice for snack. Ebi-kun has been really good at trying to engage R-kun in conversation by asking him lots of questions.

We are not sure when R-kun will leave yet but it will be a sad day, Ebi-kun gets so excited when R-kun comes to play, they get on great despite there being a 3 year age gap.

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  1. they are adorable in those outfits!

  2. Is the moveable alphabet made from felt? Did you make it yourself, or where did you get it? I'm thinking felt may be a more affordable version for our home. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  3. Hi Amber,
    The moveable alphabet was a bought one. I dropped lucky and managed to buy some Montessori materials from a lady in Japan, even luckier was the fact that there are 2 sets of small letters and a set of capitals in the box!
    The cards with the lines on I made so that they fit the letters we have.
    If you are not too bothered about the colours it is probably cheaper to by a couple of tubs of magnetic letters.

  4. What wonderful outfits! I love the moveable alphabet practicing that you're doing. I am going to need to find a way to practice that without buying the ultra expensive montessori letters. I'll look around and see what I have to work with!


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