Sunday, June 24, 2012

2.5 years old

Summer is officially here and the day starts with sunrise around 5:30 am and sunset occurs around 10:30 pm. This has somehow influenced Aelig's sleeping habit: she lingers pass 11pm and refuses to go to bed earlier. And when she is awake, she wants to do things with me. When I turn on my computer, she would insist that I play her some YouTube songs or movies. Conclusion: no time to blog!!!

This photo shows her falling asleep on the floor after refusing n times to go to bed.

I have been showing her some 10 minutes short movies such as "The Little Red Cap", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Little Match Girl", "The Monkey and Crabs", "The Wolf and Goats", "Three Little Pigs". Since then she started to form some phrases in Mandarin like "The wolf wants to eat the little red cap", "The wolf wants to eat the goats, the goats are scared", or "The wolf wants to eat Aelig" with her sad face. In French she sometimes threw us words that surprised us: "C'est pas grave" (no big deal), t'inquiètes pas (don't worry)...and she is very eager to go to school.

In early Jun we brought her to her school's open day. She quickly dressed and put on her school bag.

She got attracted to the toys available there.

The little library in the classroom.

The dashboard area.

Sleeping area.

A little kitchen for kids.

She is going to have so much fun at school.

Some snapshots of the daily life:

She wants to help me wash dishes.

The little helper with her red chair.

My dear friend sent her a bag from Australia. She is finally at age to use it. When I showed it to her, she loved it immediately and has been bringing it around since.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Kids activities

Last Friday, several childcare centers in our area had jointly organized an event with several kids activities. I was very impressed and amazed by the efforts and Aelig had spent a great afternoon with other kids.

There were about 10 staffs setting up several stands. Some stands offered classic activities like drawing, painting, art works but some were quite creative. Among them I liked this stand the most: jungle trekking in forest.

Aelig got to jump, climb, jungle trek, run, something she enjoyed very much.

This stand was called "Who are they?". The staff showed a portion of a carton poster and the kids had to guess who were the characters.

Aelig knew nothing about them but she observed how other kids answered and screamed.

This was the first time she tried oil painting. She was intrigued and once the paint was gone, she asked to put more on her hands.

The staff then put her name on top of her hand painting.

A little movie theater showing "Tchoupi" slide show, presented by the staff.

A cinema in a trailer showing short movies.

This was the first time Aelig watched a short film in a cinema. She was very concentrated and asked to watch it again.

The kids had a break on 4pm snack time. They were pampered with ice cream, cake and some candies. Aelig managed to eat the whole ice cream without dirtying her cloth, very impressive.

I have always found this childcare center well located with nice environment. It was located inside a park so three sides were surrounded by trees and one by a parking lot.

When the weather is nice, the kids get to play outside in a safe environment.

With indoor and outdoor activities Aelig could never get bored here.

This is one of the moments that I feel the government has well spent my hard earned money. :-)