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Goals for the Mama – 4/18

April 27, 2014

Goal 1: Confidence/ Character Building
– Tried to play with the other children at easter egg hunt
– Climbed up and down rocky paths by himself while his parents watch in consternation as he was close to the cliff
– Went to look at new apartment surroundings to get him used to the idea of moving.

Goal 2: Chinese
– Started talking to him in Chinese again. Have been lapsing back to English. He understands  大, 小, 热, 冷, 高, 矮
– Started putting in Chinese audio books in his quiet time playlist

Goal 3: Math
– Completed space themed patterns

Goal 4: Reading
– Unscrambled planet names by sounding it out. Used magnetic letters I picked up from the library sale.

Goal 5: Fine motor skills
– Built lots and lots of Lasy vehicles/ robots and knick knacks. He still needs me to take some parts off some times but some of those parts give me trouble too.


Goals for the Mama – 4/11

April 18, 2014

Goal 1: Confidence/ Character Building
– Cycled to the park nearby
– Helped me make watermelon popsicles
– Had a picnic at the park
– Attended his friend’s party at the park and enjoyed himself playing
– Had to give him another time out. He was hitting me when feeling angry or frustrated and started throwing his toys too. He had been having little outbursts the whole morning which he managed to held back many times, so this is probably the final eruption since we are in the comfort of our home. Being sleepy from waking up too early in the morning didn’t help at all.

Goal 2: Chinese

Goal 3: Math
– Counted and found matching items (like clocks) in his counting book
– Compared two pictures on the book and told me what was different about them

Goal 4: Reading
– Sounded out some words while reading

Goal 5: Fine motor skills
– Decorated cards for his classmates.  He dictated and I wrote the message and I got him to sign his name at the end by holding his hand.
– Lots more cars being cut out

Goals for the Mama – 4/4

April 11, 2014

I missed last week’s update but most of it was what we did in spring break so I’ll put whatever I still remember in here too.

Goal 1: Confidence/ Character Building

– Rode on his tricycle down many ramps at the park and at a ramp near our house. Ended up falling down both times but was brave  and managed to endure it. He has a cute tiny clawmark like scab on his nose now, which looks like a little kitten scratched his nose.

– Had quite a few tantrums last week when he didn’t get his way and tried to hit us or deliberately defy us. E.g. throwing things on the floor after I told him not to. So he got a time-out for both of those occasions. Doesn’t quite understand the concept of timeout yet so he was mainly sitting in my lap so I could restrain him while I try not to speak to him or look at him until he calms down.

– Learned to tie a knot


Goal 2: Chinese

– Asked me why it was so dark one day and I told him “因为外面下雨 (because it’s raining outside)” He understood though he replied in English. I guess understanding comes before communicating >_<

– Listened to chinese music during quiet time. Added some new songs for variety because he seems to pick up words from songs much easier probably due to repetition.

– Watched 巧虎 x4

– Unfortunately, I haven’t found more interesting books to read to him recently. Probably need to work harder on that.

– He corrected his dad when he got 粉红 and 彩虹 confused.


Goal 3: Math


Goal 4: Reading

– Not really related to his literacy skill, but he enjoyed the story time at the library immensely. He was like the typical kid, always wanting to answer all the questions. The next week when we went for story time, he quickly ran off because he was ‘tired of the story’. So it was either the novelty effect or he only likes it for certain books.


Goal 5: Fine motor skills

– Cutting confidently with his scissors. He loves that pair of ‘fire-body’ scissors as he calls it. That’s the only one he looks for now. The others right handed scissors are now ‘mama’s’ scissors. I remembered how apprehensive we were when he started using that new sharp scissors. I was practically hovering over him, warning him not to point the scissors at his own finger when he cuts.

Goals for the Mama – 3/7

March 14, 2014

Goal 1: Confidence/ Character Building
– Climbed up the playground’s rock wall. I’m glad that he even tried especially after the not so successful try at another playground where the foot and handholds were much smaller and slippery.

– Pedaled his tricycle. He can pedal a little bit on his own but not too well yet. I pushed him most of the way to the park though I let go on the easier downward slopes to give him some confidence in his pedaling.

Goal 2: Chinese
– Read 巴巴爸爸的火星,小兔子去散步, 巴巴爸爸建新家, 失落的一角

Goal 3: Math

– Completed the patterns on an activity sheet

Goal 4: Reading
– Read a couple of words in library books when I point it out to him.

Goal 5: Fine motor skills
– Snipped  paper with his scissors

– Cut out even more cars

Goals for the Mama – 2/28

March 8, 2014

Goal 1: Confidence/ Character Building
– Noticed that Calvin has been talking more with the other kids at school. He went up to some boys to ask them what they were doing. The clique just ignored him. I had to wonder if boys in Asian countries have such cliques. In general, even when they get older, the boys I knew were rather easy going and do not have rigid cliques and do not deliberately exclude others. In fact, girls were more likely to do that. Is this a cultural difference? Calvin seemed unfazed. He also went up to another boy who was holding a space book and tried to talk to him about asteroids.

– Calvin enjoys going for show and tell. Last week, he told the other children about e World War II book. This week, it was about the planets. I’ve been trying to stop him from bringing toys (which the teachers discourage). Though for the first show and tell of the year, he was talking about his emergency jeep. I didn’t even know he was going to use it for show and tell. He just asked me to put his yellow bucket in his bag and I said it wouldn’t fit, so he asked me to put the truck in instead.

– He’s been trying hard to stop his upset emotions from showing, or as he called it ‘held it in’. I’m not sure if it’s something I should encourage him. On the one hand, I don’t want him to think he cannot share his sadness but he does get overly upset from small disruptions to his plan. Socially, it’s probably better for him to be able to not show weakness to potential bullies. I praised him for trying hard but also acknowledged that he was upset that I did not have any more popcorn in the bag and then after that we worked out a solution together – make more popcorn!

– He recognize the need to wait for papa and mama to finish what we are saying before interrupting.

– Helped me to sort and pair up socks and put the laundry away.

Goal 2: Chinese
– Read 落叶跳舞,月亮的味道,彩虹色的花, 小步走路,鲁拉鲁先生的院子,失落的一角x2, 蔬菜的化妆舞会
– Watched 巧虎x3
– Asked me what 神气 means in a song then observed that it’s different from 生气

Goal 3: Math
– Counted in two counting books. He can count up to 15 with ease.
– Played a subtraction game by pretending to at up some of the food picture and counting what is left.
– Compared two numbers to see which is bigger e.g. 9 is bigger than 6

Goal 4: Reading
– Learned the difference between past tense and present tense
– I noticed there are some words, especially if they are in big print, that he can read by sight. Like ‘Boom’. I’m still wondering how much he can actually read.
– He spelled his own name with the magnetic letters.

Goal 5: Fine motor skills
– Cut out more car pictures

Goals for the Mama – 2/21

February 27, 2014

Goal 1: Confidence/ Character Building
– Learned to roll up a big sheet of paper
– Learned to wind up the kite string
– Helped me put the wet laundry in the dryer
– Helped to clean up a pee accident so that ‘mama will have less work to do and won’t be too tired’

Goal 2: Chinese
– Read 巴巴爸爸和圣诞礼物,巴巴爸爸搬大树,巴巴爸爸回地球x2, 1只小猪100只狼, 落叶跳舞,吃掉黑暗的怪兽,
– Watched 巧虎
– Downloaded new chinese songs to add to his quiet time music.

Goal 3: Math
– Counting random stuff in books e.g how many arms does the alien have, how many truffula trees are left?
– Comparing snowflakes to see which one is the same and which one different

Goal 4: Reading
– Learning to spell the ‘a’ words with an app called Spellyfish. He’s surprisingly good with it
– Read simple words in familiar books like his baby books that enjoyed a renewed interest recently
– Read the title ‘The Lazy Bear’, at least I think he read it. I don’t remember telling him the name of the book. I’m starting to wonder if he can read better than I imagine, but I don’t want to stress him out by testing him or forcing him to read aloud to me. He does sometimes look through his books during quiet time so if he can read some of them to himself, more power to him. We’d still continue to read to him anyway even though it can be tiring. After he has exhausted papa with a couple of books, he’d say “How about you, mama?”

Goal 5: Fine motor skills
– Cut out lots of car pictures from the magazines. Look at the fine collection below. I’m impressed that he can cut very close to the shape of the pictures that he is cutting out, even though he left a big pile of little magazine scraps all over the carpet.

– Cut out animals for our snow lapbook about animals that hibernate


Goals for the Mama – 2/14

February 20, 2014

Goal 1: Confidence/ Character Building
– Had a good playdate at Cyrus’s house
– Digging in the snow. See Snow Day post for more details
– Sledding at our backyard. See Snow Day post for more details
– Gave out Valentines. Calvin helped to poke the lollipops into the cards.
– Random tidbit but Calvin has been asking repeatedly when he will get a present.

Goal 2: Chinese

– Read 乒乒和乓乓抓大鱼,两棵树, 巴巴爸爸和圣诞礼物,变色龙不变色, 落叶跳舞,11只小猫做苦工 . He hasn’t been asking to read his Chinese books so I’m back to sniping him with them when he’s doing his big business or when he’s having snack. Captive audience for the win!
– Watched 巧虎x4
– Listened to 1.5 hours of kids chinese music during quiet time. It’s amazing but he really remembers the words very well and if I explain them, he will remember what it means later. His pronunciation has improved quite a bit.


Goal 3: Math

Goal 4: Reading

Goal 5: Fine motor skills
– Cut paper (receipts, catalogs etc) into random shapes
– Cut out animals for our Africa Project. Only one casualty this time – one ostrich head.

Goals for the Mama – 2/7

February 13, 2014

Goal 1: Confidence/ Character Building
– Hosted a good play date with Cyrus. They shared toys and took turns very nicely. Looks like they have the most fun playing vehicles together – driving cars down the ramp, building a car store

Goal 2: Chinese

– Read 小布丁爱偷听,巴巴爸爸搬大树, 骑恐龙去上学, 巴巴爸爸的马戏团
– Watched 巧虎x5

Goal 5: Fine motor skills
– Scooping and pouring beans

Goals for the Mama – 1/24

February 1, 2014

Goal 1: Confidence/ Character Building
– Helped to clean up his toys
– Made an invitation card for Cyrus to invite him to our house. He drew the cutest stick figure of Cyrus with legs up like a ‘V’ which he says means that Cyrus is running towards him.
– Told us he played with Cyrus in school today. They played a game called Noise Bingo.
– He entertained himself at the restaurant by playing a ‘step only on the white tile’ game while we finish dinner.

Goal 2: Chinese

– Read 巴巴爸爸的马戏团x3,巴巴爸爸去火星旅行, 落叶跳舞,肚子里的火车站, 巴巴爸爸找巴巴妈妈, 巴巴爸爸建新家x3, 巴巴爸爸回到地球,
– Watched 巧虎x3

Goal 3: Math
– Added things like how many times he gargled, packs of sugar at the restaurant

Goal 4: Reading

Goal 5: Fine motor skills

– Played with beans (burying trains, making pies/ cakes/ ice cream, burying spaceships, running bean factory)

Goals for the Mama – 1/17

January 24, 2014

Goal 1: Confidence Building
– Played around in the snow outside


Say ‘Cheese’

– Played with a tub of snow we brought inside, painting and digging, making snow cones, playing with his trucks in it.

– Learned to put in batteries, lock up his suitcase

Goal 2: Chinese
– Read 小年兽的好爸爸, 巴巴爸爸的学校,巴巴爸爸去火星旅行 x4, 巴巴爸爸的马戏团x2, 巴巴爸爸搬大树, 巴巴爸爸的诞生x2, 巴巴爸爸的圣诞礼物 x2, 巴巴爸爸找巴巴妈妈,巴巴爸爸回地球
After ordering these Babarpapa books from China, they finally arrived after 3 months. I think I was more excited to see them than Calvin since he has no idea that they were even coming.
– Watched 巧虎x4

Goal 3: Math
– Learned and used patterns to decorate paper

Goal 4: Reading
– Practiced spelling with spellyfish

Goal 5: Fine motor skills
– Punched holes with the hole punch. Lousy hole puncher broke after about 20 holes…
– Cut a strip of paper to make his snake. I wanted to make a paper chain snake with him but he had his own ideas and made his own version instead. Definitely a free spirit >.< Surprisingly, he can cut a straight line pretty well. His lefty scissors really help. When I try to use that scissors with my right hand, I keep cutting slightly off the line. That must be how lefties feel using the normal scissors.


Snake that he said he wanted to keep forever!

– Made snow flake paper cuts064