NWCS Spring Week 10 – 05/03/2014

From: NWCS Principal Date: 5/2/2014 7:44 PM

Happy May everyone!

I cannot believe that it is already May! Where did the time go? We had a few days of serious rain and hopefully we get a little break from the rain and see some sun in the next few weeks.

I often wonder how much my twins actually absorb Chinese since they have been going to NWCS since Pre-K. This morning the twins and I took our new puppy for a walk in the woods and I heard this loud unfamiliar sound (to me) repeating for a few seconds then stop. Then it would start again for a few seconds then stop again. The puppy was looking up, I was looking up. My twins said “Mommy, that is a wood pecker! ” I was amazed because I have never seen or heard one before. I always thought it was from some construction workers hammering something … yeah, in the woods too.

When we got home, I downloaded my pictures and wrote down my morning walk in my journal. I wrote about the wood peckers 啄木鳥 and the forest 森林 in Chinese … my older twin son was sitting next to me and reading what I wrote … he said to me “I know those words …”. He went on to say, “… well I am not sure what the first word is, but I think it has something to do with mouth so probably something about eating stuff… ” (the word is PECK 啄) You can imagine my surprise … and he continued “… because it has the radical of mouth 口… and I know the next word too, it is wood or tree (木). “ I was about to give him a hug for being so smart, but he asked “Why are you writing about eating wood?.” (He should’ve stopped while he was ahead”). Before I could answer, my evil son, I mean, my younger son (by 3 minutes) was not pleased that I was so proud of his twin brother, he said “Oh please, what is the big deal … we learned that in the first grade…”. So World War III started in the Thomas house again. “Oh yeah, what word do you remember, smarty pants!” “Oh yes! I remember that in Chinese, 5 trees make a forest! See, how many trees are there in that phrase? 森林! FIVE! ” … my husband chimed in “5 trees makes a forest? I think it take more than that … “I had to stop him … I gave him the hand! Don’t interrupt this beautiful moment. I can’t believe they actually LEARNED and REMEMBERED something. Ah! All the suffering so far was worth it! I better write this down in my journal as these types of moments come few and far between. :-)

See you all tomorrow! Classes start at 9am. Please be on time.

Forgot to mention the contest is on May 10th! Good luck everyone!

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李宜蓉 Eileen Y. Lee
北威校長 NWCS Principal, 2009-2014
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