Lulu: A top that you can spin around--it's made from three pieces of paper.
Roy: A ninja shuriken. It's a little hard to make, but you can throw it at your enemies.
When you think to yourselves (in your mind), do you think in English or Japanese?
Lulu: I usually think in Japanese because I'm thinking in Japanese all day at school. At home, sometimes in Japanese and sometimes in English.
Roy: I think in both. When I'm talking to you and people who speak English, I think in English. With Mommy and other people, I think in Japanese.
Nikoya, have a fun, origami-filled day with your daughter!
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Thank you Lulu & Roy for letting us know your interests!
My daughter says hi to you both, and she too looks forward to playing with you soon. I am going to call her A-chan for the sake of keeping things clear.
A-chan and me were reading their answers, and just when I read out Lulu's hobbies, we looked at each other with a smile and said "same hobbies!". She was so happy that one more person shares her interests !
Ahh...and they are so confident about their hobbies! Smart kids!
And, when I asked A-chan if she knows how to make a crane, top and ninja shuriken, the first thing she asked me was "what's a top?", but when I said it's a "koma" in Japanese, she immediately understood.
There seems to be a gradual fine-tuning process in A-chan's CPU!
Interesting how Lulu and Roy try to make use of both languages to suit the situation. Good job!
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