Sunday, August 30, 2009

Some Photos of My Trip to Hong Kong: View From The Peak



To see some photos of my recent trip to Hong Kong (especially views from the peak overlooking the city), click here.

You can also see my 200 most recent photos on Flickr.

Warning: these are not artistic photographs, but rather amateur snapshots. I'm posting them in order to share them with friends and family, but anyone is welcome to take a look.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Four

Often, it's helpful to say something indicating your confidence in the child's ability and willingness to learn:

"When you get older I know you will (whatever it is you expect)."
"Next time you can (restate what is expected in a positive manner)."

This affirms your faith in the child, lets her know that you assume she has the capacity to grow and mature, and transmits your belief in her good intentions.

Friday, August 28, 2009

EFL Game: Line Up True or False

Put a line of tape on the floor and designate one side the "true" side and the other the "false" side. Have all the children stand on the line. Hold up an object or a flashcard and say something about it. The children then have to jump to one side or the other depending on the truth or falsity of your statement. You can play this game in teams. You can keep score by counting points or having the mistaken students sit out until the next game.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Four

Sung to: "Skip To My Lou"

F-o-u-r
F-o-u-r
F-o-u-r
That spells number four


From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Living Simply

Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungy. Do not take as the aim of your life fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.

--The Fifth Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Some Photos of My Trip to Hong Kong: Victoria Harbor



To see a Facebook album of my pictures from Hong Kong (mostly on or around Victoria Harbor), click here.

You can also see my 200 most recent photos on Flickr.

Warning: these are not artistic photographs, but rather amateur snapshots. I'm posting them in order to share them with friends and family, but anyone is welcome to take a look.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Three

Offer a solution:

"Soon you can play with the truck."

One-year-olds can begin to understand "just a minute" and will wait patiently if we always follow through 60 seconds later. Two- and three-year-olds can learn to understand, "I'll tell you when it's your turn," if we always follow through within two or three minutes. This helps children learn how to delay gratification but does not thwart their short-term understanding of time.

Friday, August 21, 2009

EFL Game: Balloon Pass

Have the children sit in a circle. While passing the balloon around, have the children each say an English word. At first it is best if the children just say any random English word that they know, but after a round or two, assign themes to the game.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Three

Sung to: "Skip To My Lou"
T-h-r-e-e
T-h-r-e-e
T-h-r-e-e
That spells number three


From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Awareness of Suffering

Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. Find ways to be with those who are suffering, including personal contact, visits, images, and sounds. By such means, awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world.

--The Fourth Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Taiwan sister county in thoughts of King County residents after typhoon Morakot

From: King County Council Communications
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 14:50:52 -0700
Subject: Taiwan sister county in thoughts of King County residents after typhoon

August 17, 2009

Metropolitan King County Council Chair Dow Constantine issued the following statement regarding the deaths, injuries and property damage last week in Taiwan's Kaohsiung County resulting from Typhoon Morakot. Kaohsiung County and King County (state of Washington) have had a formal sister county relationship since 1977.

"The people of King County are shocked and saddened to learn of the death and devastation caused by Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan and on the Asian coast-and that communities in our sister county of Kaohsiung County were especially hard hit. The people of Kaohsiung County remain in our thoughts and prayers as they work to recover from this disaster."

Seattle's Chong Wa Benevolent Association has established a trust account to aid victims of Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan. Donations can be made at any Bank of America branch or sent to: Taiwan Typhoon Morakot Relief Fund, c/o Bank of America, 2380 80th Ave. SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040. (Account #22413702; Bank of America WA 3-143-01-01).

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Two

State the "but":

"You want to play with the truck, but Jerisa is using it right now."
"You want me to stay with you, but right now I need to (go out, help Jill, serve lunch, etc.)."

This lets the child know that others have needs, too. It teaches perspective taking, and may lead the child to develop the ability to put himself in other people's shoes. It will also gain you the child's respect, for it shows you are fair. And it will make the child feel safe; you are able to keep him safe.

Friday, August 14, 2009

EFL Game: Alphabet Ball Pass

Have your students sit in a circle. Pass a balloon or a ball around the circle while reciting the letters of the alphabet. When a student receives the ball, he or she says the next letter. Once the letters have all been said, try and have the children each recite the letters, but not only their letter, but all the letters previously said. So, the first student would say, "A," and the next would say, "A, B." The third would say, "A, B, C," and so on. You can also try things like beginning with Z and going backwards to A.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Two

Sung to: "Mary had a little lamb"

Number two is t-w-o, t-w-o, t-w-o
Number two is t-w-o
And that spells number two


From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Freedom of Thought

Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education. However, through compassionate dialogue, help others renounce fanaticism and narrowness.

--The Third Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number One

Show that you recognize and accept the reason the child is doing what, in your judgment, is the wrong thing:

"You want to play with the truck but..."
"You want me to stay with you but..."

This validates the legitimacy of the child's desires and illustrates that you are an understanding person. It also is honest from the outset: The adult is wiser, in charge, not afraid to be the leader, and occasionally has priorities other than those of the child.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

EFL Game: Action Race

This is a game that the children absolutely love. Using actions like run, jump, clap, run, and so on, the children race from one point to another.

Have the children split into two teams and sit in two rows on the floor with a chair in front of the first person in line. One student from each team stands up beside his/her chair, and when you yell out an action, e.g. “jump!” the children must then jump all the way to the other side of the room and back to their chair. When the children come back and sit they must say “I can jump!” First student to get to their chair wins a point for their team. I like to give an extra point if they say the sentence properly, too. That way you can even out the points, so everybody wins. This is especially important to the younger kids.

Friday, August 07, 2009

One

Sung to: "Mary had a little lamb"

Number one is o-n-e, o-n-e, o-n-e
Number one is o-n-e
And that spells number one


From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Truth Is Found in Life

Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to be open to receive others' viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.

--The Second Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book
Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The Shorty Method and the Lion's Roar

About a week ago I posted The First Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing. This precept is also known as the Lion's Roar because, according to the Buddhists, it represents the truth spoken loudly and clearly. It basically says not to get tied to any particular doctrine.

After I posted it, I started thinking it was a bit presumptuous (as well as pretentious) to be spouting off about Buddhist precepts when I'm not a Buddhist and my blog was named after my method of bowling.

So I'm going to try to make a connection between The Shorty Method, and The Lion's Roar.

Let's look at the precept in terms of bowling. Everyone has his or her own style of bowling. Last time I went to the bowling alley I watched the other bowlers that were around me. I live in Taiwan, and from my observation, Taiwanese bowlers tend to have highly stylized approaches. One guy started in a low crouch, then as he started forward, he swung his ball back high in the air and then as he released the ball he twisted his hand in such a way as to give the ball a back spin that caused it to make a broad curve as it approached the pins. He got a lot of strikes, but whether he did or not, his face never changed expression; he was a very serious bowler.

Then I observed my friends who were bowling with me. Most of them were much more straight forward, simply walking toward the lane and launching the ball in a more or less straight line. When they knocked down a lot of pins they spun around and laughed or clapped their hands. When they got a gutter ball, they looked sheepish.

Some people I saw obviously didn't know how to bowl very well. They walked up to the line and feebly swung the ball out into the lane where it dropped heavily and then rolled slowly toward the pins, usually ending up in the gutter. These people usually turned around quickly and walked back to their seats without watching to see if they knocked down any pins. They usually looked embarrassed, making me wonder why they chose to go bowling in the first place.

A little while later I heard a loud thump and some loud squealing from a few lanes away. I looked over and saw a small child who had just dumped the ball almost directly into the gutter. He had a look of absolute glee on his face as he ran around the lane. The person in the next lane had to wait a moment until the child's father collected him and got him out of the way.

Of all the bowlers I saw that day, the little child was obviously having the best time. He didn't care about the "correct" way to bowl. He didn't even care which lane his ball went down, or even if it went down any lane at all. He was caught up in the moment of what he was doing. The rest of us were having a good time, but I am sure that each person was hoping that, whether our techniques were "correct" or not, we would knock down as many pins as possible. Not knocking down pins, or feeling self-conscious about our abilities, detracted from the level of joy we experienced. We were bound to the idea that there was a "correct" method, and a "correct" goal to achieve. The little child, not having been socialized into that way of thinking yet, was able to experience almost pure joy at just being there, playing in the moment.