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Book That Inspired My Son To Write

My son still remembers the Museum of Natural History in New York City, even though it’s been two years since our last visit. Perhaps that is why he enjoyed the book Dear Dinosaur so much. This is the book that inspired my son to write on his own! Really not a big deal, but kind Read More

Dinosaur Books With Big Text

It’s no secret that kids love dinosaurs. Dinosaur books are not difficult to find, so what’s different about this list of books? These are dinosaur books with big text! My kids can recognize many of the characters in their simpler books but, they rarely read on their own. While reading together I notice most of Read More

Halloween Decorations

Halloween season has arrived! I’m kicking off this holiday with skeleton and bat Halloween decorations. They are quick and easy to DIY and best of all, practically FREE! The skeleton is made using repurposed packing materials. The bat pennant banner is black construction paper. We love playing dress up and have an extensive costume collection Read More

The Problem With Chinese Schools

I should be clear that I am referring to preschools, after school programs, weekend language schools that follow different regulations than primary schools. So what’s the problem with Chinese schools? Below I share my negative experiences with two of the Chinese schools my son has attended. The first incident was at a Mandarin Immersion preschool. Read More

Chinese Bakery Frosting Recipe

My baby turned 3 years old today. She’s been telling everyone, “今天是我的生日快樂 (it’s my happy birthday)!” To celebrate, I baked a cake and cupcakes, both decorated with my Chinese bakery frosting recipe. What I love about this frosting is that it requires very little sugar and is so easy to prepare. Chinese bakery style frosting Read More

Fresh Berry Tartlets with Cream Cheese Custard

Wild blackberries are not hard to find in the Bay Area. My husband’s office is surrounded by wild blackberry bushes, heavy with their plump and shiny fruit. After an hour of berry picking my son came home with bowl full of juicy berries. He ran in the door and excitedly asked me, “Mom, what are Read More

Drumming Activity

Our biggest learning hurdle is keeping my son engaged. He has a very short attention span which is totally normal for kids. This multisensory drumming activity really got the kids excited. They had big smiles the entire time and they effectively learned a character in less than one minute! Last week my son came home Read More

Learning To Tell Time

What does “late” mean? Every morning I race around screaming, “又遲到了! 又遲到了!” It takes my kids half and hour to finish breakfast and another half and hour to change their clothes. There is no sense of urgency on their part. One day in the car on the way to school after a particularly slow morning, Read More

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

My kids love to cook! Or maybe it’s the huge mess they make while doing it. Probably both! I’m preparing for our earlier mornings by exploring make ahead breakfast recipes. Last night we made healthy chocolate zucchini bread and served it this morning with some fresh fruit and cheese for a super quick breakfast. The Read More

Books on Hygiene

My boy, my first born child, 我的臭豆腐, is starting kindergarten next month. Friends, I’m totally spazzing out. In preschool there is a teacher per 6 students. In preschool they all go as a group to wash their hands before they eat. They brush their teeth after lunch. Kindergarten is going to be a free-for-all. I Read More