Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Shining Stars, Day Three

In the adoption world, it has been said that day 3 is a turning point. I’m not sure if that is true or not, but for the Shining Stars Preschool day 3 was a great day!

The classroom was very organization and structured, with Ms. Li was running through her lesson plans like she had been teaching this class for months. The children are really doing a great job learning to sit in their seats. This is no small task for a group of toddlers who are used to running around all day long wild and free ;o)

Today’s theme was the color red. The children learned to speak the word in Chinese, sign the word in Chinese Sign Language and identify the color of red. Towards the end of the lesson if the child could do at least one of the three lessons they were rewarded with some red lipstick on their lips. Of course they were all winners and received their prize, because all of our children are truly Shining Stars!

In addition to their lesson on red, their day was filled with art, music and of course the day would not be complete without some time to play. To this included learning a new game--London Bridge.

It was another successful day and we cannot say enough wonderful things about our teachers, Ms. Li and Ms. Linda. They are doing a beautiful job with our preschoolers!!

After school was over we went out to dinner with the directors. Much to our surprise the top civil affairs official in Zhanjiang joined us for dinner. This is an extreme honor! I was seated to her left, sandwiched between her and Director Su. This was considered a sign of their respect to ZKO. The local government is extremely appreciative of the support which the ZJ families continue to give to the children who remain in the orphanage.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and that they will be able to convey all of the fun the children are having! Don’t forget to drop us a line…we love hearing from everyone!

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