Kung Fu - My Stage Performance

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Today is the 5th annual ceremony in our Kung Fu center. I was one of the students who performed on stage. The one with the white belt in the first 2 pictures is me. It was a nice experience to go on stage. Our masters then gave extraordinary performances. Lastly there was this amazing "Lion Dance" - we all enjoyed thoroughly. And guess what, next class i will be getting my next belt which is Yellow. Yahoo!

Chart Practice

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These days it has become a routine at home for all 3 of us to play some card games as a family before going to bed. If amma and appa play rummy or if we all play crazy eights or 'go fish' I am the one who keeps the scores and I do the chart too. That reinforces my understanding of charts. And I do this out of passion myself - mom never prompted me to do so. :)
Well, for Today's game session, I won 5 games out of 6 in Crazy eights. That is I pocketed 5/6th of the games - hey there come my fractions!

Fractions again

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We (Appa, Amma and I) were talking casually this morning and out of nowhere we found ourselves talking about fractions! Then slowly one thing led to another and looks like I learnt a little about comparing fractions. Kudos to Appa (dad), as he is the one who made it a point to put it down on paper. The work was little messy so we decided to do a fair copy and scan for upload. We now have plans to do a lapbook on fractions in the near future. Amma said she would allocate some exclusive time for me to do advanced topics apart from our regular club meets. YAY!

Turkey Time

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Our Thanksgiving day project at school is to decorate a turkey picture and mount it on a chart. I used painted wooden spoons and feathers and shiny pipe cleaners and ofcourse crayons to dress up my turkey. I call him "The Clowt". Stop rushing to your dictionary, you won't find it. Now for the meaning.. He looks like a clown and he is a Turkey. So why not call him the "Clownt". Get it?!

Money Matters

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Today in our club, we did a lapbook on Money. It will be a nice reference once completed. As my fellow clubmates are learning money for the first time, it is mostly revision for me. But I like it. Mom is going to add extra elements to my lapbook to match my level.
First we made a shutter fold out of an ordinary file folder.
Then we made 4 accordian books. Each book will have 3 flaps/tabs. On the first tab we pasted the coins (2 for each type - showing head and tail).
On the next tab, we wrote the name of the coin. On the 3rd tab we wrote the value of the coin.
We put a 1 dollar bill in a ziploc and stapled it in such a way that we can flip over the bag to see the other side of the bill.
My fellow clubmates pasted 4 more mini books on the left and right inner folds. Each book will give out clues of a coin on the cover and the answer is written inside the book.
For example:
* for a Penny, the question will be: I am copper and brown..Who am I?
* Nickel: I am thick and fat. Who am I?
* Dime: I am little and thin. Who am I?
* Quarter: I am big and bold. Who am I?
I will be adding these and couple more extra elements to my lapbook to match my level. I have to decorate the front cover. And may be add a money game somewhere in the book. Can't wait for the next session of "Play it! Learn it!" club.

Halloween Parade 2008

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That's me as the Ninja Turtle, Raphael. And there goes my Kung Fu Step.

Chess Lessons

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Mom is giving me Chess lessons at home. I cant wait for the next session. She is not letting me play until I learn a bit more. Waiting is the hard part here. :)

Self Project for Tally marks

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Yesterday, I ended up doing a self project that helped me practice tally marks. Just like that I was drawing horizontal lines using a new ruler that I bought. Then I drew some vertical lines and a grid was formed. That gave me an idea to fill the squares with numbers. I then thought why not represent each number as tally marks. When I was done, it was a 5 by 6 grid with numbers and tally marks from 1 to 30. I can really see a pattern emerging..Mom and I discussed how the ones place in each column has a pattern and counting by 5's etc. We are yet to scan the page. Mom was amused by the fact that this whole project was my very own idea..

Money Game

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Today in our club we played a simple money game. The rules are pretty darn simple. Each player gets a gameboard of his own. He has to decorate the game spaces with a coin of his choice - a Penny or Nickel or Dime or Quarter from a pile of coins. Mom also made it a point that we got to say the value of the coin each time we place it on the board. Here are our pretty boards all decorated with coins - a gold fish with pennies on the scales, a silver fish with dimes on the scales and a nickel/quarter path.