This period, our lesson them is about sharing the earth with other people. Students should be encouraged to learn the difference existing between different people and different things. They are encouraged to take a right attitude towards the different. Therefore, they can be more open-minded and be respectful to different things.
Teacher Yeh asked kids to draw the things they love on one paper according to different topic. After drawing pictures, Yeh asked them to express their opinions. Students have kinds of likes and opinions. Then Yeh showed the them to the kids. They were very impressed on this topic.
Last week, shapes were taught to students, which was a little bit hard for them to remember. Sometimes I can perform as a teacher to teach students something. I am so happy to do that. Students are active and talktive in Qiu Laoshi’ class. And they are very smart and are good at math.
Last Thursday, we did a Last Day, which we performed just like to teach and study in past days. No electricity, no modern methods, only candles and many traditional teaching methods. Students were interested in this special experience and they could touch more about the past and the nowadays.
Yeh Laoshi is a very experienced teacher. She has a lot of teaching methods and teaching materials. The students are divided into four groups. Every group will do different mission every time. Yeh Laoshi will instruct them how to do the mission before doing. You can know from the picture, students are having a lot of fun. I think the team work helps students a lot.
Last Thursday, some grandparents came to class to share something with us. That day was grandparents’ day. One of the grandparents brought an old camera. It looked a little bit large. And other grandparent brought old Polaroid and took some pictures for students. The old stuffs are very interesting. What’s more? Children were very excited and talked a lot with grandparents about the old life.
Last Friday, the first grade students have a graduation from Chinese language . It means from the day, kids in the first grade only can speak Chinese in the classroom. If they do not try it, when they are speaking English in classroom, the teachers will ask her or him to go to the quiet place to think about what he or she needs to do next. I know it is challenging for them to speak Chinese all the school time even snacks time, but it will be very helpful for students to learn and use the language they are learning.
Last Monday, we have a really good time on Halloween. I believe this is the most interesting holiday I have experienced. I dressed up as a Minion, and students all dressed very cool. They made cookies together in school. The man-made ghosts look so cute. And I got a lot of candies from people.
The two Chinese traditional books are from China. Principal Cam bring it back from China. I am very proud of them. Students all love them.
Last Wednesday, the first grade students went to a field trip. We visited a museum about the past life. People there showed us a lot of past stuff and talked a lot about the historical stories. Students showed a lot of interest in past lifestyle. What impressed me was the old school built in 1872.There were a lot of rules for teachers and students. After visiting, students learned to make candles. Because in the past, people used the candles to light before electricity was invented.
Though it was a chilly day, we all had a lot of fun.
I am so lucky to join Lila. The language ambassadors’ photos are on the wall of LILA school now. Last week, we had an activity that every student was back to his/her last grade class. They talked with their fore teachers and got back their information about school learning. To my surprise, the folders show me what they have learned before. And I found in America school work focus on the process of learning more than the result of learning. Students are taught to learn the process of everything in the first grade. It’s the topic.
My host family and I took part in a baby shower Last Sunday. It’s a lot of fun. Moms and girls sat around and talked a lot about how to take care a new baby well. There are also many games and American food. I enjoyed it.And I learned the culture differences between China and America.
When we were in school this week, there were twice fire drills. Kids were similar to the stuffs. And on this Thursday, they had a fire lesson to teach them how to protect them well when fire is coming. There is a ABCs song for children to remember. And this week,we made pizza at school.Because this is a topic about teaching children how to make pizza. It’s very interesting.
上周日，我和住家参加了他们家儿媳的baby shower，这是美国的一个比较传统的活动，举办在宝宝出生前，他的女性亲戚们会带着给宝宝的礼物来参加。让我惊喜的是，几乎每个人的礼物都包括一本书。可见美国人对教育的重视程度。在中国，没有这样的仪式，但宝宝出生后会有类似交流育儿心得的活动。我觉得baby shower很有趣。
Hi, I am Ying, a senior student in Jilin Normal University, from China. I came to America to do an internship and now I am in LILA co-teaching in a Chinese immersion class. It’s very interesting and I learn a lot every day. I work in school from Monday to Friday and I spend time with my friends doing some traveling and shopping on weekends. People in Minnesota are very nice. I have a good time here! I am very excited to experience more here.