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感恩节快乐!Happy Thanksgiving :)

Sharing some pictures that we took over our mini thanksgiving celebration in class! We had a great time sharing snacks together and talk about celebrating differences and friendship, as well as learning trading with our pictures. The children were really excited to have snacks together as well as trading their pictures and getting their friend’s pictures! We also got to share what we are doing over thanksgiving break or whose house are we going to go to if we are enjoying Thanksgiving Feast with our families and friends 🙂 Thinking of your families this thanksgiving and especially thankful for each and every one of the Kindergarteners! Have a blessed Thanksgiving to you all!

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Newsletter #11&12

Newsletter #11&12 

This week was also a busy and special week as I wrapped up assessments so that I can share the children’s progress with you this coming Monday and Tuesday. We also had a special visitor, Ruth who is a missionary that lives in China. She brought a picture book that consist photos of life in China and I think it’s such an eye opening experience for the children as they meet someone that was born and raised in Michigan and now lives in China and speaks some Mandarin as well!

It was quite a significant week for us as we switch to a full Mandarin classroom! The children are excited and even though some of them hesitate to speak in Mandarin because they are worried that it doesn’t sound right and/or it will make no sense, but we are encouraging each other to speak more! Please continue to encourage the children to try their best and not to be afraid to try speaking and communicating in Mandarin, it is when they try out the language that learning happens! You can help the children review the tools that can help them communicate as listed below.

Here are the tools that can help them communicate:

1) Words that we already know (describe it, tell me colors/shape/place/etc.) 2) Motions (use your hand: point at it, show it to me 3) Draw it out  4) Try anything BUT NOT speak in English. We have a Mandarin line at our doorway, and the children know – when they cross the line, it means Mandarin is what we should say/hear. Please also help me keep the Mandarin only environment – if you need to speak to me and/or the children in English, the hallway is a good place to go.

Because we have only 2 days next week this week’s newsletter will be combined with next week. I hope and pray that you enjoy your Thanksgiving break with your family, and I look forward to meeting with you this coming Monday and Tuesday!


Thanksgiving Plan: In honor of Thanksgiving we will be trading (like the Pilgrims and Indians did) pictures on November 22nd. Please send in 10 individual pictures of your child to trade with their friends on Tuesday – You may send it in on Monday as well and I can help keep it save till Tuesday! This can be a 4X6 or a wallet photo. Li Laoshi is also going to prepare snack mixes to symbolize sharing and friendships as we celebrate how we are thankful for friendships (and the different gifts that each child bring) to our class. So you do not need to pack snack for November 22nd.


What did we learn and What will we learn?

Mandarin/Language Arts: We are working intentionally to not only try to say the characters as we write them so we remember better, but also trying to understand the meaning through visuals, actions and/or making sentences. We also continue to explore our weekly framework (poetry, word wall words, high frequency words, grammar, read aloud/shared reading, culture). This coming week we take a break from framework and will focus on reviewing things we have learned so far, and week of Nov 28 we resume back to usual framework learning.

Bible: We learned about Moses and talked about how God had a plan for Moses even when he was just a baby! We talk about how Moses was scared and didn’t think he can achieve the job God has given Him, but we know that God will prepare Moses to fulfill His plan. We will continue to talk about Moses’ stories – ten plagues, crossing the red sea, etc.

Memory Verse/Fruit of the Spirit:  We continue to practice our November Bible Memory Verse, and started talking about our November Fruit of the Spirit – Peace. 5你要专心仰赖耶和华, 不可倚靠自己的聪明, 6在你一切所行的事上都 要认定他, 他必指引你 的路。 (箴言 3:5-6)

Math: We continue to explore addition and subtraction, and making sense of the concept. We talk about how adding gives us more, and subtraction is like taking things away. We are learning to see numbers as 5 and then some more, for example 7 is 5 and 2 more. We will continue to explore these concepts and learn to write some more numbers as well.

Exploring God’s World (Sci/SocStu): We started talking more about our earth and the different earth materials. We played a game to see if our hand landed more on water or land on the globe and it landed more on water! We also took a classroom tour to gather some earth materials from outside and we will explore the earth materials the next coming science lessons.

Writing: We continue to talk about how story has a beginning, middle and end. We focus on writing our family book and make sure we include our family members in the book.

Play: The children continue to enjoy play time and learn to problem solve and share along the way! This week I hear quite some Mandarin vocabularies when the children is playing 🙂 I think they are excited about the switch as well!

Featured Friend: 安文廉 Will was featured this week – we learned many things about Will especially as he is one of the new friends that just joined us this year, and Will’s family came and join him for lunch on Friday and shared some of Will’s stories and his favorite book.

Things to Note:

Towel and Water Bottle: Towel and water bottle will be send home the Friday of Week of Nov 28th since next week is a short 2 days week!

Featured Friend: Just a reminder that I send home featured friend pages 2 weeks prior to the week your child is featured, as well as a 1 week reminder email. Please make sure their pages are turned in latest by Friday before the week that they are featured – so I can have time to translate things, because it is part of our Monday morning to go through the book together (It is an opportunity for the children to learn new Mandarin vocabularies that is personally related to their interests! – Please provide drawings for all the things so going through the pages in Mandarin will be easier!) Here is the page of Featured Friend: http://blogs.zcs.org/ssulayman/featured-friend-schedule/

Mandarin Homework&Flashcard: I am not sending home homework and flashcard this coming week. The following week (Nov 28) Homework and flashcard will resume to normal on Framework U2W3 🙂

From the Immersion Coordinator: With the holidays around the corner, many immersion students come in contact with relatives who want them to “say something in Spanish/Mandarin.” As immersion parents, we have seen the uncomfortable look on our children’s faces; to a child, language has a specific purpose and should be in context. Consider prepping your young language learner for this situation by encouraging him/her to share a favorite song, Bible verse, prayer, or memorized phrase such as I like school and my teacher’s name is…” Hopefully, this will allow your child to show off the language without feeling too intimidated by being asked to translate or speak out of context.
Chinese New Year Celebration: 
Greetings Staff and ZCS Mandarin families,We are eagerly anticipating a great celebration for Chinese New Year. This comes up pretty quickly after the Christmas Break, so we thought we’d give you a little advance notice! We will be celebrating on January 14th from 6:30 – 8:30 (or so) at ZCS. We would love to have you and your families join us for dumpling making (and eating) and good conversation. We also can’t wait to “ring” in the new year with the “bubble wrap fireworks,” which are always a highlight. More details will be coming as the date approaches.
We hope you can save the date and join us!
Dana Moeller
Carrie Traver
What’s Coming Up?

Specials: Monday – Spanish, Art, Tuesday – Music, Spanish.

Parent Teacher Conferences: November 21 and 22.

Thanksgiving Chapel: November 21, 10:30AM.

Thanksgiving Celebration: Friendship Snack and Picture Trading

Thankgiving Break: November 23 – 27.

Featured Friend: Alina 何雅明 is featured on the week of November 28!

Love Letters to God Book Order DUE: December 7 (I will be sending home the flying this coming week!)

NO PM busing and NO Hot Lunch: December 9


Prayer Request:

Please continue to pray for adjustments toward the switch – motivation and patience towards learning in another language and attempting to speak it :)  The next couple of weeks can potentially be tough and exhausting, but hopefully soon we will get to see more “clicks” and connections make that the process will be easier 🙂 <For the children to understand it is a part of a learning process that things are challenging at first, and they will make mistakes – which is okay! But they have to try at least :)>

My prayer is that you and your family and friends can enjoy the thanksgiving break – I can’t wait to hear all about it from the children and I am thankful for your children and you!

谢谢!

- 黎老师

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Newsletter #10

Newsletter #10

We started talking about thanksgiving this past week – we talked about the things, the places and the people we are thankful for. I also introduced the children to our sponsor friend this year – each year as a Kindergarten team we get to know a friend (from Grace Community Christian School) and through different ways help support him – prayers, jingle jog, valentine quarters. You will get a sheet with information of our sponsor friend Wayne when Jingle Jog comes up! We got to know him in class this week and talk about ways we can help people that aren’t as fortunate as we are.

We are progressing into a Mandarin Immersed classroom slowly. We are hearing much less English this week (from the children), and the children are starting to give their friends reminders when they hear English spoken in class. NEXT WEEK IS THE BIG WEEK, please keep our class in your prayers as we transition info a full Mandarin Immersed environment! I am confident that the children are ready to take on the next challenge – and they are excited as well! Please talk to the children about the switch and encourage them to try their best and not to be afraid to try speaking and communicating in Mandarin, it is when they try out the language that learning happens! You can help the children review the tools that can help them communicate as listed below.

Here are the tools that can help them communicate:

1) Words that we already know (describe it, tell me colors/shape/place/etc.) 2) Motions (use your hand: point at it, show it to me 3) Draw it out  4) Try anything BUT NOT speak in English. We have a Mandarin line at our doorway, and the children know – when they cross the line, it means Mandarin is what we should say/hear. Please also help me keep the Mandarin only environment – if you need to speak to me and/or the children in English, the hallway is a good place to go.


Thanksgiving Plan: In honor of Thanksgiving we will be trading (like the Pilgrims and Indians did) pictures on November 22nd. Please send in 10 individual pictures of your child to trade with their friends. This can be a 4X6 or a wallet photo. Li Laoshi is also going to prepare snack mixes to symbolize sharing and friendships as we celebrate how we are thankful for friendships (and the different gifts that each child bring) to our class. So you do not need to pack snack for November 22nd.


What did we learn and What will we learn?

Mandarin/Language Arts: We are working on looking and recognizing words, as well as saying the stroke out loud when writing characters to help us to see what different strokes make up the characters. We explored how to ask questions and worked hard on learning how to write our family members vocabularies this week. You can pull out the family members flashcard and have the children show you how to write it or use the paper with the list of family members that was just sent home on Friday.

Bible: We continue to talk about the story of Joseph, and we talked about how God is always with Joseph all through his challenges and that it is a part of God’s plan that Joseph faced those challenges – and he was reunited with his family at the end. It also ties into our bible Memory Verse for November, which is about trusting the Lord and lean not on our own understanding. We will start talking about Moses’ stories this coming week.

Memory Verse/Fruit of the Spirit:  We are practicing our November Bible Memory Verse, and started talking about our November Fruit of the Spirit – Peace. 5你要专心仰赖耶和华, 不可倚靠自己的聪明, 6在你一切所行的事上都 要认定他, 他必指引你 的路。 (箴言 3:5-6)

Math: We continue to explore addition and subtraction, and making sense of the concept. We talk about how adding gives us more, and subtraction is like taking things away. We started learning how to write number 6, and started counting up by 5s. We are learning to see numbers as 5 and then some more, for example 7 is 5 and 2 more.

Exploring God’s World (Sci/SocStu): We wrapped up our Social Studies unit talking about how big the world is yet God takes care of each and everyone of us! We are going to start a new unit of Science, which is on My Earth. This week – I gave the children a preview by discussing about our Earth (and comparing if there is more water or land) on this Earth.

Writing: We finished writing our classroom book and we will be writing about our family members (as the children continue to write their Grandparents Day story as well!) I hope the children was able to teach you some Mandarin with the classroom book.

Play: We talked about how we can tell our friends/teacher to look at the things we made in Mandarin, and we also learned phrases to say that is gentle when we want someone to stop something that they are doing. As the children play this week – I hear some of our friends say some Mandarin vocabularies that they know as they play, which is so exciting!

Featured Friend: 程浩宇 Easton was featured this week – we learned many things we don’t necessarily about Easton before and Easton’s mom came in to join him for lunch on Monday :)

Things to Note:

Towel and Water Bottle: Towel and water bottle were sent home this week. Please clean them and send them back to school tomorrow!

Featured Friend: Just a reminder that I send home featured friend pages 2 weeks prior to the week your child is featured, as well as a 1 week reminder email. Please make sure their pages are turned in latest by Friday before the week that they are featured – so I can have time to translate things, because it is part of our Monday morning to go through the book together (It is an opportunity for the children to learn new Mandarin vocabularies that is personally related to their interests! – Please provide drawings for all the things so going through the pages in Mandarin will be easier!) Here is the page of Featured Friend: http://blogs.zcs.org/ssulayman/featured-friend-schedule/

Mandarin Homework&Flashcard: Homework this week consists the word wall words for U2W2, and flashcard is on high frequency words as well as some animals. As we step further into the framework, I wanted you to be aware that soon enough I am going to assess their producing and recognizing of the Word Wall Words and High Frequency Characters at the end of the week, and if they are not able to do it then we would need extra practices that will potentially take some recess time.

Parent Teacher Conferences: I look forward to sitting down with you and celebrate your child as well as talking about their progress :) Please sign up for your time (15 minutes slot) if you have not already!

**Report Cards: Please note that Kindergarteners do not receive report cards until January. Please look for more information and instructions on viewing when that time comes.**

Chinese New Year Celebration: 
Greetings Staff and ZCS Mandarin families,We are eagerly anticipating a great celebration for Chinese New Year. This comes up pretty quickly after the Christmas Break, so we thought we’d give you a little advance notice! We will be celebrating on January 14th from 6:30 – 8:30 (or so) at ZCS. We would love to have you and your families join us for dumpling making (and eating) and good conversation. We also can’t wait to “ring” in the new year with the “bubble wrap fireworks,” which are always a highlight. More details will be coming as the date approaches.
We hope you can save the date and join us!
Dana Moeller
Carrie Traver
From the Immersion Coordinator:
What/who is add.a.lingua?
add.a.lingua is an independent business that provides support and curricular frameworks to schools with immersion programs. Being housed in Zeeland Christian, they lease office space and have a classroom in our school. While our immersion program and their business grew up together working hard to develop the Spanish and Mandarin skills of our students, they now work with 17 other schools across the country as well. They provide us with valuable research-based recommendations and feedback. We are thrilled to have them present in our school and to serve as a model school for them. Occasionally, they will be present in our classrooms observing, leading tours, or filming our students (with parent permission!).
add.a.lingua has launched a new resource for immersion parents and you will want to check it out! Please visit addalingua.com and scroll down to the box that invites parents to learn more. After registering, you will find brief yet excellent information regarding immersion education.

What’s Coming Up?

Specials: Monday – Spanish, Art, Tuesday – Music, Spanish, Wednesday – Library, PE, Thursday – Spanish.

Parent Teacher Conferences: November 21 and 22.

Thanksgiving Chapel: All ZCS students, parents, grandparents and friends are invited to give thanks to the Lord on November 21st, 10:30AM.

Thanksgiving Celebration: We will be eating snack together as a class that and picture trading on Nov 22nd AM!

NO PM busing and NO Hot Lunch: December 9

Featured Friend: Our featured friend this coming week is 安文廉 Will, and he will be featured on the week of November 14th!

Prayer Request:

Please continue to pray for adjustments toward the switch – motivation and patience towards learning in another language and attempting to speak it :)  The next couple of weeks can potentially be tough and exhausting, but hopefully soon we will get to see more “clicks” and connections make that the process will be easier 🙂 <For the children to understand it is a part of a learning process that things are challenging at first, and they will make mistakes – which is okay! But they have to try at least :)>

谢谢!

- 黎老师

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Newsletter #9

Newsletter #9

Grandparents Day was so great! It was such a blessing to worship together and welcome your parents into our classroom! I enjoyed watching the kids interact with some of the most special people in their lives. Please relay my thanks to the grands and it was such a pleasure meeting them 🙂 Pictures will be coming home in a couple of weeks!

The next couple of weeks are BIG weeks! We are transitioning into the BIG switch – which means communication ALL in Mandarin (to teacher and friends!)  We have a Mandarin line at our doorway, and the children know – when they cross the line, it means Mandarin is what we should say/hear. The date when we switch is on November 14th!! Next week is going to be a trial week where we try to switch but some English would still be okay, and the following week – IT’S ALL IN MANDARIN! (snack, lunch time included, and Mandarin Play time will probably start around January). We have our individual and classroom language incentive going and I can feel that it is motivating the children to try more Mandarin 🙂

We are doing a lot of news/story sharing and this week we started to attempt to share stories without using English. We tried to use words that we already know, describe things as well as drawing and motion. We were working really hard to figure out that a friend said he was swimming in the swimming pool – and though it took a really long time to figure out what he was trying to tell us, we managed to work through it WITHOUT english. I think that is also the moment that the children realizes that it’s hard, but it’s possible to learn and say what things are in Mandarin without using English! That also help us filled our classroom language incentive jar so we will be having our first Mandarin Celebration tomorrow!

Here are the tools that can help them communicate:

1) Words that we already know (describe it, tell me colors/shape/place/etc.) 2) Motions (use your hand: point at it, show it to me 3) Draw it out  4) Try anything BUT NOT speak in English. We have a Mandarin line at our doorway, and the children know – when they cross the line, it means Mandarin is what we should say/hear. Please also help me keep the Mandarin only environment – if you need to speak to me and/or the children in English, the hallway is a good place to go.

What did we learn and What will we learn?

Mandarin/Language Arts: We are working on looking and recognizing words, as well as saying the stroke out loud when writing characters to help us to see what different strokes make up the characters. We are also starting to work on writing our Mandarin names on our work – Please continue to help them practice their name when you have time as well. The first couple of weeks we focus on learning to understand what we hear in Mandarin, and now we are working intentionally on looking at characters, remembering them and understanding them at the same time. We have practiced teaching all the strokes in the stroke booklet (Feel free to use it as a resource to help your child practice strokes to get them more and more familiar with Mandarin characters!)

Bible: We continue to talk about the story of Joseph, and we talked about how God is always with Joseph all through his challenges and that it is a part of God’s plan that Joseph faced those challenges – and he was reunited with his family at the end. It also ties into our bible Memory Verse for November, which is about trusting the Lord and lean not on our own understanding.

Memory Verse/Fruit of the Spirit:  We are starting to learn the November Bible Memory Verse, and will be talking about our November Fruit of the Spirit – Peace.

5你要专心仰赖耶和华, 不可倚靠自己的聪明, 6在你一切所行的事上都 要认定他, 他必指引你 的路。 (箴言 3:5-6)

Math: We started practicing counting by 5s, and practice addition problems and subtraction problems using our fingers. This week during math centers we focus on doing shapes with play doh, writing numbers and drawing things out, as well as taking unit 1 test. We will explore numbers 6-10 this coming week and continue to get familiar with the concept of addition and subtraction.

Exploring God’s World (Sci/SocStu): We reviewed our school map as we talk about how we are bringing our guests around during Grandparents Day. We continue tor review maps, directions and talking about our world while we are learning about us being a part of the world!

Writing: We continue to learn the relationship of numbers+measure marker+noun+period. We will continue to work on our classroom book “What do I see in my classroom”, and hopefully soon the children will be able to share the book with you.

Play: This week, I intentionally model and have the children practice common phrases we will often use/encounter when we play. We will continue to have mini lessons (while learning vocabularies as well as problem solving, and exploring creativity) through play!

Things to Note:

Parent Teacher Conferences (21st/22nd of Nov): Parent Teacher conferences sign up starts on November 4th-November 16th through an online signup system.

As you are signing up for conferences, please be aware that various administrative and support staff are also available during conferences. If you have questions regarding the immersion program, you are able to sign up for a time to meet with our program coordinator, Jodi Pierce. You will see her name on the list of teachers and can sign up for a time with her in the same way you would sign up for a time with a teacher.

**Report Cards: Please note that Kindergarteners do not receive report cards until January. Please look for more information and instructions on viewing when that time comes.**

If you haven’t return the Parent Teacher Conference Questionnaire to me, I would really appreciate it if you return it to me tomorrow so I can have enough time to prepare fully for our conversation coming up soon!

Wishlist Page: Please visit this page throughout the year for more ideas/suggestions. There are two things on the list now. The children are really into building and legos so if you have some that you can donate it will be great (they really don’t have to be new or in a set)! If you happen to have old baking pans (that are deeper) that you can donate, we will take them as well – we will learn that we can practice characters through writing in sand and/or corn starch.

Framework: As we step further into the framework, I wanted you to be aware that soon enough I am going to assess their producing and recognizing of the Word Wall Words and High Frequency Characters at the end of the week, and if they are not able to do it then we would need extra practices that will potentially take some recess time.

Featured Friend: Featured Friend is starting this week! Just a reminder that I send home featured friend pages 2 weeks prior to the week your child is featured, as well as a 1 week reminder email. Please make sure their pages are turned in latest by Friday before the week that they are featured – so I can have time to translate things, because it is part of our Monday morning to go through the book together (It is an opportunity for the children to learn new Mandarin vocabularies that is personally related to their interests! – Please provide drawings for all the things so going through the pages in Mandarin will be easier!) Here is the page of Featured Friend: http://blogs.zcs.org/ssulayman/featured-friend-schedule/

Mandarin Homework&Flashcard: Homework this week consists the word wall words for U2W1, and flashcard is on high frequency words as well as some animals.

From the Immersion coordinator:
add.a.lingua has launched a new resource for immersion parents and you will want to check it out! Please visit addalingua.com and scroll down to the box that invites parents to learn more. After registering, you will find brief yet excellent information regarding immersion education.

Chinese New Year Celebration: 

Greetings Staff and ZCS Mandarin families,
We are eagerly anticipating a great celebration for Chinese New Year. This comes up pretty quickly after the Christmas Break, so we thought we’d give you a little advance notice! We will be celebrating on January 14th from 6:30 – 8:30 (or so) at ZCS. We would love to have you and your families join us for dumpling making (and eating) and good conversation. We also can’t wait to “ring” in the new year with the “bubble wrap fireworks,” which are always a highlight. More details will be coming as the date approaches.
We hope you can save the date and join us!
Dana Moeller
Carrie Traver

What’s Coming Up?

Specials: Monday – Spanish, Art, Tuesday – Music, Spanish, Wednesday – Library, PE, Thursday – Spanish.

Featured Friend: Our first featured friend is 程浩宇 easton, and he will be featured on the week of November 7th!

Picture Retake Day: November 10, Thursday.

NO PM Busing or Hot Lunch: November 9 and 10.

NO AM/PM Busing or Hot Lunch: November 11.

Parent Teacher Conferences: November 21 and 22.

Thanksgiving Plan: In honor of Thanksgiving we will be trading (like the Pilgrims and Indians did) pictures on November 22nd. Please send in 10 individual pictures of your child to trade with their friends. This can be a 4X6 or a wallet photo.

Thanksgiving Chapel: All ZCS students, parents, grandparents and friends are invited to give thanks to the Lord on November 21st, 9AM.

NO PM busing and NO Hot Lunch: December 9

Prayer Request:

Please continue to pray for adjustments toward the switch – motivation and patience towards learning in another language and attempting to speak it 🙂 <For the children to understand it is a part of a learning process that things are challenging at first, and they will make mistakes – which is okay! But they have to try, and keep trying :)> Please continue to pray for friendships that are developing in our class as well as with other friends out of class! Your children are getting more and more familiar with friends in and out of class, and are constantly learning how to use kind words and gentle hands, starting to learn to be considerate of others and problem solving.

谢谢!

- 黎老师