Hello! My name is Elena and I live in Spain. I'm 6 years old. What are you drawing in the photo? Because I like it.
Hello, my name is Chari and Elena is my oldest girl. I'm trying to raise her and her sister as bilingual kids although their daddy and me aren't English. She loves the idea to write to a girl who lives so far away.
What are you drawing in the photo? Because I like it.
Lulu: I'm writing "UTSUKUSHII SORA" in Japanese, which means "beautiful sky" in English. I had to write this for a contest at school. You could get a certificate if you won, but I didn't get one.
[Adam's note: Calligraphy, with brush and ink, is a traditional art in Japan. Children in elementary school practice this about once a week, and a contest is held annually at New Year's, a traditional time to do calligraphy.]
Thank you for your question, Elena! We hope you study Japanese one day!
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Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9