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### 育儿

I wrote an introduction here a year and a half ago, but things have changed a bit.  So, here is a new one (with some repetition!).

Meet the Family:

Daddy is a hairy whitey with a big nose.  Born and raised in New Zealand, Daddy has been calling China “home” since 2005.  Before moving to China, he spent 10 years studying at the University of Auckland.  After moving to China, he spent three years teaching English at a business university then two years studying at Zhongshan University (story here).  Now, Daddy is a houseband

(2014-01-02 13:40)

### 育儿

I have decided to change to a new site for my blog.  There were several reasons, but mostly it was simply that I finally got around to doing it.

My new blog site is http://homeschoolingwithdad.blog.co.nz/  Let’s just hope that China doesn’t bother to try to block it.

PS: Recently, Sina has made a few changes to its layout.  It seems that they have deleted some of the conversations I had here on some of my posts.  They also seem to have deleted some of my pictures on some of my posts.  Pity :-(

(2013-12-23 17:46)

### 育儿

They must be Chinese cats.  They think it is cold.

(2013-12-23 14:36)

### 育儿

For the past few weeks, we haven’t been doing any formal maths lessons at all.  (We typically work on one book at a time during our daily English “school times”, and at the moment we have been doing an English reading/comprehension book.)

But just because we haven’t been doing formal maths lessons, it doesn’t mean to say that Mulan has been doing no maths at all.

A couple of days ago, as we were finishing our breakfast together, Mulan suddenly asked, “why is it that when we add two odd numbers together we always get an even number?”

So, I replied that even numbers are like pairs of numbers.  When two odd numbers are added together, each of their leftover numbers are t

(2013-12-23 14:07)

### 育儿

I’ll be the first to say when I am not so good at something.  (The fact that I don’t say it much shouldn’t count against the truth of this statement!)

So, I freely admit that I am pretty useless at art.  Even Mulan laughs at my drawings of people.

For a couple of years now, Mama has been suggesting that Mulan go to art classes.  I have resisted.  We have our own equipment, such as paper, crayons, pastels, coloured pencils, chalk, felt pens, paints, scissors, and so on.  Everything is freely available here at home for whenever the girls want to get creative.  And they use it daily.

I just didn’t see the need to pay for something that we can easily do around home, and especially with the g

(2013-12-19 14:39)

### 育儿

Yesterday, Miya rode a bike for the first time.

We went on a half-day outing to the sports mega-shop, Decathlon.  We took our lunch, and ate it just outside the shop in the small kiddie playground.  After eating, the girls played in the playground for a little while.

But the main reason we went to Decathlon was to ride the bikes there.  The shop has a big bike section, with a few aisles of bikes for sale.  They also have several well-used bikes that are freely available for children to ride on, and there is a lined-off area around a couple of the bike aisles, with arrows for directing the traffic.

When we went to Decathlon in the weekend, it was very crowded with children all wanting to ride.  The girls wanted to ride too.

(2013-12-11 11:42)

### 育儿

(2013-12-08 13:39)

### 育儿

Perhaps my first childhood memory of the greater outside world was the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour of New Zealand.

I was not yet six at the time, so I don’t think it made much of an impression on me.  But a little impression was still more than none at all.  (If you don’t know what this tour was all about, then click the Wikipedia link above.)  I remember the excitement when the flour-bombs were dropped from an aeroplane onto the rugby field at the Auckland game.  And I remember the rioting on the TV news.

My impression at the time, and for several years following, was clearly influenced by my interest in sport (and also our family was pro-National/Muldoon).

(2013-12-08 12:13)

### 育儿

Shhh … it’s a secret.  Don’t tell Mulan.

We have bought a Kindle e-reader for Mulan for Christmas.

By our standards, it is a very extravagant present.  It is not the sort of thing we would normally consider buying for the girls.  But we had no choice.  The problem is that Mulan is reading too much, too fast.

Remember how a couple of months ago I told you that Mulan had started reading chapter books?  Well, since then, Mulan has continued to read chapter books.  She has now independently read all the suit

(2013-11-04 12:45)

### 育儿

A few weeks ago, a friend gave us a little radio-looking electronic device.  This radio-looking thing is not just a radio.  In fact, it is not primarily a radio at all.  It has also got a keypad on it, and when you enter four-digit numbers, it plays pre-recorded songs or stories.  There is a little booklet with it that tells us which number to input for which song.  These songs/stories are all in Chinese, and there seems to be thousands of them.

What is interesting about this radio-thing is that it was created for religious reasons.  All the songs and stories are from a particular religion, and are typically devotional in style.  (There are no children-style songs; they are

(2013-11-03 16:15)

### 育儿

I read here that New Zealand will have some new guidelines for sex education for five- to nine-year-olds.

I couldn’t find the guidelines themselves; it seems that they are not yet available.  But the news article listed what Year 1 (five-year-olds) will learn.  These are:

·         Working together as a class to create a safe classroom environment