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Play n Learn Saturday Chinese ''School'­'

Initial meetup agenda:


From 10:00 to 12:00:

In the library meeting room. It is a very large meeting room with tables, chairs, podium, whiteboard, and a kitchen! So bring your baby food, playmat, toys, or anythingelse can keep your lil' one(s) calm.

Christina gives a mini presentation on "school" running ideas. Babies play... Parents share ideas and discuss about difficulties and solutions. Babies continue to play... Create a "school" Play N Learn schedule together. Babies still playing... Brain storm parent activities and responsibilities.

From 12:00 to 4:00:

If the weather cooperates, we can go eat, go to a park or playground. You don't have to stay late, just play by ear.

 

Please tell your friends about this event!

 

Hi everyone! I am Christina, a first time mommy to my 7 months old son. I live in Tyson's Corner and work full time in Rosslyn. I am a native Chinese speaker. I work in the foreign language training field and my hubby has been learning Chinese for 7 years. We are trying our best to keep a Chinese speaking only environment at home to make sure I don't lose my native proficiency, and also to help my hubby to get better Chinese, most importantly, to make sure our kid or future kids speak good Chinese and understand the culture! And it's going to be tough here in the US, I know!

I plan to creat a mini Saturday home Chinese school for my son in the future with a ''play n learn'' curriculum include toy time, painting, story time, singing, cartoon, even math and cultural classes like poem and calligraphy! Oh, of course I will also take him to playgrounds, picnics and, I am not a Tiger Mom, for sure I will promote creativity, but all have to be in Chinese only! Yes, I have to. Because I want my son to be native in Chinese.

I believe I can handle to teach all of those to the kids. If you have the same family goal, please join me! Let's help each other to creat our own mini Chinese school for the kids.

I am also thinking that, while the kids are playing, parents could have nice chats and activities together.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I like this 'Plan n Learn' idea. I missed it. Can someone set up another one?

    June 9, 2013

  • Cindy

    My baby is really mischievous! I should've taken a little bit more time to know everyone! Somehow I was not even able to sit still for a second as my eyes were on him all the time. I think Christina's idea is really good and I know implementation can be challenging in the beginning, however, I think we can just get it started without setting up a full curriculum. If we set the goal too high, it might hinder us to even take the first step. Anyhow, kids learn when they are having fun. They love to eat and play. Maybe find a subject they are interested  can be a good way to start the curriculum. 

    May 23, 2013

    • Yiman S.

      Dale is absolutely ultra active :). But yea, I agree, let make it casual and fun for them!

      May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, it was nice meeting those that I was able to talk to, and it would have been nice to meet more of you.

    I'm going to rift off of all these ideas and try to have a weekday "play pod" as Shihying put it. ;) I put up a few playdates.

    We can try to have a short circle time, a snack, and then put the toys in the center of the room for playtime. We can go over basics like numbers, colors and the themed toys, etc. Everyone can bring a few toys to share for playtime (but keep the themed ones hidden for circle time activity). Some parents can bring a fruit or healthy snack and small plates/napkins. Feel free to bring ideas, any other toys, books, music/music player, flash cards and items to share. Hopefully parents can take turns hosting and leading. This will have to be a collaborative effort.

    To start we have a dad that will help lead. I'll try to coordinate various playdates as my schedule (some Tu and F), library availability, and you, allows.

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Judy

    I'm so sorry! Something unexpectedly came up. I hope to see you all next time.

    May 18, 2013

  • Patti

    Due to an unexpected emergency, I can't make it today. Hope you all have a good time.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea! I want to find a Chinese speaking day-care in downtown DC near my apt for a long time, but I had no luck so far :( So I think weekly or even daily play-date small group is a great idea! Too bad I live far away from VA or MD, I would suggest that parents can take turns to host this kind of events, so we can make sure everyone can join the small group within their own travel distance. I'd love to meet everyone this weekend to talk about ideas.

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Jingwen

    Does anyone have any experience of finding a Chinese-speaking day care in Fairfax/Vienna area? I think I saw someone here post that before. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    2 · May 16, 2013

  • Angela

    I will only be able to attend the first hour, but looking forward to meeting other families.

    May 15, 2013

  • HY

    Christina, those are great goals. I'm looking forward to meeting you and your family!

    May 13, 2013

  • Lin

    Great idea Christina! We are busy on this day but would love to attend future sessions. How often do you plan on having this?

    May 3, 2013

    • Nina L.

      Thanks for starting one. It sounds like a great idea. I will be out of town the next couple weekends, but I will definite love to paricipate after I am back from my trip.

      May 12, 2013

  • Christine

    Hi Christina! This sounds great. I have a son (born July 2012) and would be interested in this. Unfortunately we will be out of town this weekend, but look forward to future chinese learning events.

    May 9, 2013

  • Patti

    Christina, thanks for the update of the event. May I know the meeting room number? I assume it has many meeting rooms in that library, like meeting room 1, meeting room 2,etc. Also, I wonder if any husband would join. I want my husband to join, but he may find it’s difficult for him to hear our fast speed Chinese talking. If some English speaker husbands would join, it will be great! Thanks!

    May 8, 2013

  • Patti

    Cindy, I totally agree with you. I start worrying about my son’s Chinese level onece he goes to preschool in the future if teachers only teach kids English. My husband is American, too. Sometimes, I get a little tired of speaking English all day long with him. There are not many Chinese people in my area. I really hope I have chances to speak my own language with friends.

    May 6, 2013

  • Cindy

    Hi Christina, I really like your idea. Considering the hardship to teach a foreign language in a cross culture family, I do very much agree that we need to have a group like this to create the opportunity for our babies to grow up learning our ancestor's culture. I am looking forward to meeting you as I also grow up in Nanjing with a American husband. In addition, I have some experience teaching kids Chinese and currently working in the school system.

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Patti

    Christina, I like your idea, but I don’t know how long is good for children because of the meal and nap time. I once had a big goal for my 2-year-old son, wanted to teach him some Chinese characters or read books for him. But he only stayed with me for several minutes and then went play. I think we need to meet for at least 2 times then we can figure out a good plan for the “Project”. Also, better try different venues. Have you visited some Chinese and English bilingual preschools or heard about Language Stars Free Mandarin lesson?

    May 4, 2013

  • Cindy

    I am a native Chinese speaker and I also want to make sure my 17 month old baby boy learns Chinese. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will it be taught in Cantonese or Mandarin?

    May 3, 2013

  • Huey-Tyng

    My daughter is 3 months old, so 10-4 is too long for her. I would love to come and meet with you all for a little while though.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    P.S. I recently started writing Chinese stories for Nick. He loves them because I write him into the stories as a character. I will bring some to share with everybody.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dear Christina,
    Thanks so much for the invitation. This is a great idea. We would also be happy to host sometimes (though we live in northwest DC, so everybody would have to drive here). Nick is two and a half and has a Chinese nanny, so he is fluent in Chinese.
    What can we bring?
    Best,
    Sylvia (Wen Si)

    May 3, 2013

  • Patti

    I love your idea a lot, Christina! I would love to come by on May 18 as long as we don't have something urgent on that day. We live in Reston. Maybe arrive there between 10:30am-11am. Is that ok?

    May 3, 2013

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