Saturday, October 26, 2013

Obsessed with Language Learning

What would you do when your child can write better than you can?

K-kun has been writing a fantasy novel right now. He is really into it. His goal is write 80 pages by Christmas. He showed it to me the other day. It was only 3-4 pages (mind you, it's bigger font) but it was pretty good!!

I thought my English writing has been getting better, but this was another realization that I have a long way to go. Similar thing happened when I brought home library books I thought K-kun might enjoy. He looked at the title and said; "Yup, I read it already. You should read it." Whaat?? Who is the parent here??

Miniature origami books I made (originally) for K-kun.
I took the challenge, and the next time when I was sitting in the hospital waiting room with my other son, I started reading. Indeed, it was a wonderful read. The vocabulary was rich; so I thought. So after an hour and half of reading it, I gave it to T-kun, "here you should read it too." (Well, we were at the hospital for long hours that day.) Then I watched him read. I have to say I was pretty disappointed then, that he almost caught up to me only after 30 minutes! I asked him a couple of questions to test his comprehension. His answers were right. 

(Not to sound so defensive, but I used to think I was good at speed reading, lately though, I really take time to enjoy the language when I read.) 

Why I'm writing these experiences here? It's because I want to be better at those things that comes naturally to native speakers of English when growing up using the language. I maybe little obsessed with language learning lately, but it's really fascinating subject to me. I might get disappointed here and there about my progress, but learning about English language is just fascinating. (Oh I said it twice!) The other day, I volunteered to do some invitation-only translating project on the side. It was 4 or 5 years ago when I volunteered for the organization for a translating project that I first really interested in becoming a translator. So it was great to see my progress...mainly it was my confidence level I noticed that has gone up.

So where do I go from here rather than wishing my writing skill miraculously improve? I'm thinking about studying more about proofreading and editing. Just like I was so interested in translating, now reading about proofreading and editing really interests me. 

What subject interests you? 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Origami with Kids (October theme)

October 5th was World Teacher's day. 

I made these bird paper clip holder and book marks for my kids teachers at school. I picked something that kids could make by themselves. I hope these will brighten the teachers' day just even for a day :) I always make something at the end of the school year for teachers, and I don't remember if I ever made something for their teachers besides sending thank-you notes. I hope I can remember next year so I can prepare something with kids. 

Just this past month, I have been seeing great things happening among my children. They have been good influences on each other, and they have been able to do many things without being asked to do. I would have a hard time picking one child for the star of the month this month. I think they all deserve a star. That's how great it has been this month. I hope it continues!

(That gave me an idea... maybe just like they do it at school, they spotlight on kids according to the characteristics that they had been working on that month---I might start looking for the progress that the kids are making in different categories.) 

My kids definitely have wonderful teachers, and I'm so thankful for them. 

Missing one bird on this picture. I have 4 children who go to school this year.

Below is what L-chan and A-chan made with me on the weekend. Pumpkin with witch hat. 
L-chan decided she really wanted to use googly eyes for these, and made it smiley. So it became cute, friendly Jack-O-lantern with baby Jack-O-lantern. You can put small candies inside, too. 

How are you getting ready for Thanksgiving (if you are celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving in October) and Halloween?