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Robin’s Nest: Food in the Immersion Classroom

Editor’s Note: I have asked Robin, a long-time bilingual educator, to write an occasional column for Hao Mama to provide another perspective for parents considering immersion education or just looking for advice on how to create a bilingual environment at home. Here’s her second installment (Previous installments can be read here):

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ROBIN’S NEST
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.”
- Chinese Proverb

Notes From Inside One Early Childhood Language Immersion Classroom

Food

Lunch and Snack are pleasurable, needed, and important social times for children at school. Everyone comes together to talk with each other and relax. The ritual of eating times comforts children as well as recharges their bodies. These moments also offer ideal important language learning time and communication practice.
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Christoph Niemann and his Character Creations

Those of you who are familiar with the wonderful book The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters, by Christoph Niemann, may enjoy this two-part interview with Niemann about his work.

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In the second part, Niemann tries to create an image out of increasingly complex characters:
 

Robin’s Nest: What is the teacher’s role in a language immersion classroom?

Editor’s Note: I have asked Robin, a long-time bilingual educator, to write an occasional column for Hao Mama to provide another perspective for parents considering immersion education or just looking for advice on how to create a bilingual environment at home. Here’s her second installment (The first installment can be read here):

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ROBIN’S NEST
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.”
- Chinese Proverb

Notes From Inside One Early Childhood Language Immersion Classroom

What is the teacher’s role in a language immersion classroom?

It is ironic that all the non-verbal teaching techniques are the ones that most successfully promote excellent language acquisition in a language immersion program. It will be most helpful to give you some examples of what this means.
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Robin’s Nest: Notes From Inside One Early Childhood Language Immersion Classroom

I have asked Robin, a long-time bilingual educator, to write an occasional column for Hao Mama to provide another perspective for parents considering immersion education or just looking for advice on how to create a bilingual environment at home. Here’s her first installment:

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ROBIN’S NEST
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.”
- Chinese Proverb

Notes From Inside One Early Childhood Language Immersion Classroom

What is an immersion classroom like?

Imagine yourself to be four-years-old. Get down on your knees and enter the classroom. What does it look like to you? Can you navigate yourself around and reach everything and wash your hands or find a book, find the bathroom or take a puzzle out and know where to put it away? Do you see your name? Do you see where you can put your lunch box?Are you attracted to look or touch or discover something in this room? Do you feel safe and happy? Every year as I prepared my classroom for the school year this is what I did. It is the best way to know immediately what the children will sense when they enter.
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