Seriously it took me this long!

Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
Trip End Aug 31, 2012

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Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Saturday, March 10, 2012

So my time in Shanghai, China has been very eventful and exciting but I have not updated anyone back home of what's going on! It's hard to believe that so much time has passed since I came here. I'm half way through my contract and I'm in the process of rapping up what I need to do for my class before I leave.   I absolutely love my kids but my goodness they are exhausting! I take the weekend to relax but I tutor a Korean student on the weekends so relaxing is a thing of the past.  Yesterday I had a rice table that I put in my classroom and my students absolutely loved it but the ayi's ( Chinese maids) weren't so thrilled that there were little rice bits everywhere. I didn't want them upset with me for making such a mess so I took the broom and would sweep around the kids feed as they accidentally poured some out. We were supposed to make pancakes yesterday as well but when you are trying to take care of 15 two and and three year olds sometimes lessons don't pan out like they should.  This week Cheryl and Margaret from CMU's Child Development Lab came to our school to see how they could help and observe the differences of the Chinese education. It was such a relief to talk to someone about our concerns and joys of our class.

They were shocked that my class has students that range from 18 months old to about 3 1/2 years old.My two 18 month old children shouldn't be in my class since all they do is cry I was happy when they said that even though it's developmentally inappropriate for some of the kids to be in my class or even the curriculum in place that I am trying my best to make it work with them. I know that China is more advanced but sometimes I feel that they are taking away their childhood for the sake of being on top educationally.  My Chinese teachers and I had to change our schedule this week to make the day less crazy. I was losing my mind chasing kids down the hallway when we go to nap time or the bathroom. I love them all to death but I know that it would be so much nicer to spend time with them if there were only about 7-8 kids.  I think it is so adorable when they show me what they learned. Every Monday/Wednesday/ Friday are English Days and Tuesday/Thursday are mainly Chinese days with one English lesson. Well in my morning lessons, I read a book after I greet them all and then we do a quick activity and learn a new phrase before we sing our song for our upcoming concert.  My students love anything to do with cars and in the book they would say "Miss Ashten truck" or "Miss Ashten airplane." We have been singing a song lately that goes  "Hurry, Hurry Drive your________" and they choose a thing to drive...Lucas has been choosing dolphin lately and I lose it everytime. YangYang will tell me "airplane" or "police car" and then move his hands like he's driving one. They are so funny! But we were rolling a dice to do a quick numbers lesson and our phrase for yesterday was "Can I do it?" or "I can do it," Shota told me "Miss Ashten...Shota can do it?"  I could talk about them all day. If I could just play with them all day, I would love it! After nap time on Thursday we were in the bounce room downstairs and we were crawling around like tigers. Then we went to get on top of the purple plastic caterpillar and we acted like we were riding in the zoo to see new animals. I pointed across the room and said "Look an elephant" and Myles (Swiss German student) ran across the room and swung his arms. Valentina (other Swiss German student) told me "Myles just got that elephant." Everyday they make me smile and they are the reason I go back to school. It's hard to believe that in less than 6 months I will be leaving them.

In my class I have:
-Valentina and Myles(Swiss German)
-Shota and Keito (Japanese)
-Aston, YangYang, Lucas, Gabriel (Chinese)
-Hugo (French/Japanese)
-Anita (Indonesian/Malaysian)
-Nathan and Rowan (Chinese/French)
-Olivia (Chinese/Filipino)
-Jialin (Taiwanese)
-Jules (Flemmish-Belgium)
-Julian (Korean/French)

My Chinese teachers are Miss Duan and Miss Xu! I couldn't do it without them!

We are from all over the world!

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Z on

Hi Darlin! This is an amazing blog! Im so proud of you! Keep em coming!

I know you've been over there for a while now but it's still so hard to believe you're a whole world away. You are making an amazing impact on those kids, they will never forget the experiences they shared with you.

Lotsa love... Z

Sally on

I am very impressed. Can't wait to read the next blog. Love ya

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