Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Little Miss Chatterbox

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My little 3 and a half year-old is full of opinions and is always willing to share them with anyone who wants to listen. We had just returned home from a fun-filled day out - it was the Easter Fare held by her kindy in the morning followed by lunch and scootering in CW malls.

Here, she talks about friends in school, days of the week and butterflies!

More of the "Little Miss" Series here.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Thank you Netmums.com!

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Last month, I submitted a photo for netmum's foodie competition ending 31 Mar. I received an e-mail on Fri that I was one of the runners-up. The prize being a "Feeding Kids" netmum's recipe book but the organisers have kindly given us a £15 Amazon gift voucher (to get the book) instead. The book has sold out on Amazon for now so Celine (from netmums) told me I could wait until they re-stock it or get something else.

Her photo looks familiar? That's because it's from this post. (Yes, taken 2 years ago!)

I love her expression when devouring that fish cake, it looks as though it was REALLY delicious! (Hey, it WAS!)

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Cantonese class : Chinese writing

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Saturdays are busy days for little Shean Wenn. She starts her morning with ballet class at 9am for 35minutes, before a mad dash for us going to the another side of London for her Cantonese Class (not Mandarin). She enjoys her ballet class very much but the same cannot be said about the chinese class. Sometimes, she would cry in the beginning of the class and I can see that she was not very enthusiastic about it at all.

When we first started the class, I told her that she will be going for a Chinese Playgroup. And due to the education system in the UK, a child is not required to sit down & read/write until they are 5-years old (according to the early years education system) so when I said "playgroup", her natural perception was a FUN class where she is allowed to play/jump/sing/tumble-about! So when she attended the chinese class, it was a shock to her to have to sit down quietly for a full hour (60mins) listening to the teacher and writing /doing homework. They break for 20mins for food & drinks before commencing the class again with some games or singing. She is getting used to this class and style now.

After much coaxing & prepping, she no longer finds this class a chore. She is more enthusiastic about her Chinese Class and even chirps to me out of the blue sometimes : "I'm going to practice my Chinese (writing), mummy, because I'm a Chinese!". Ahh.. a good sign, isn't it?

So, since starting her weekly 2-hourly CANTONESE class less than 3 months ago, she has been learning to write come basic Chinese words. Here, she is practicing a few words (chinese Han Yu Pin Yin followed by the meaning in English in brackets) :

Yue (Moon)
Ri (Sun)
Da (Big)
Xiao (Small)
Shan (mountain)
Li (Strong)
Dao (Knife)
Mu (Wood)

And numbers :
4, 5, 6 & 7


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