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August 30, 2010

I Love Kung Fu

Well, Monkey wouldn't learn Mandarin, so we made her take Kung Fu classes. As usual, she was hesitant, but this was not negotiable. We made her go to the introductory class.

According to MonkeyDaddy, it went pretty well. Monkey was beaming and laughing the whole time. When she came home, she happily announced that she loved kung fu, and that she was scared before she went but now she loved it.

Monkey learned how to do kicks and punches, and how to deflect an enemy coming at her with a stick and block his punches. That was impressive. Maybe we should all take kung fu. I know Rugrat is ready.

We talked to the daycare lady about what happened to Monkey during the recess last week. She said her kids went through similar things and it was great that we sent her to martial arts classes. It seems that the schools typically don't do a thing when there is bullying going on. They might say zero tolerance, but they don't seem to practice what they preach. Yup, a lawyer would come in handy in this situation. We got a new principal, maybe it will be different. But we want to get our girls ready.

And apparently we are not the only concerned parents. It looks like some of our coworkers are also looking for self defense classes for their children. Well, it is the first week of school after all.

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August 27, 2010

Chinese School

We were going to check out the school tonight, but Monkey is apprehensive.

I think she already has many lessons scheduled or about to be scheduled. Maybe we should wait until she wants to learn?

After all, this is the US, we speak English here.

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August 26, 2010

Lunch Money

Monkey has been bringing her lunch to school.

This evening, she said to her mama, "Mom, did you know we can buy lunch at school too? We don't have to bring our lunches."

"Right," replied MonkeyMama, "You can buy lunch with your money." She pointed at Monkey's piggy bank in her room.

Monkey paused a bit and then said, "I think I will bring my own lunches."

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August 25, 2010

Tae Kwon Do

Maybe Monkey should learn Tae Kwon Do instead of dancing.

Today at recess, there was this boy from the morning kindergarten class last year (K6) who grabbed her neck while she was talking to her best friend. He was a friend of a kid from her kindergarten class. She pushed him away (good). He punched her. She hit him back (good). He punched her again.

Monkey was accompanied by her best friend to get ice from one of the moms working there.


Let's see how it goes. If it continues, we will pay visits at the recess. And of course, a complaint filed at the police department or a phone call to an attorney won't be ruled out in the future.

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August 24, 2010

Second Day

Monkey said her teacher is very funny. She would sing to them. She even has this cool gum ball machine that would dispense bubble gums if you have been good. Monkey is very excited about it.

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August 22, 2010

Sleep Over

Monkey spent the night at her best friend's place. She said they couldn't sleep. They were talking all night, laughing, and giggling.

It is nice to have a best friend.

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August 21, 2010



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August 19, 2010

New Teacher

We found out where Monkey is going next year. She got the most disciplined and academic-oriented teacher of all first graders. We were not sure what to think of it yet. We met her at the picnic, she was friendly and informative.

The only thing we didn't like is that out of her afternoon kindergarten class, only her and her best friend are going to the new class, along with six or seven boys from the same class. We just couldn't believe they sent so few girls to one class.

At least she got her best friend.

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August 14, 2010

Play Date

Monkey has a friend over for a play date. We are going to make small personalized pizzas for lunch. I asked the guest what she would like on her pizza. She said, "Lots of things."

"Oh, do you like vegetables on your pizza?"




"What would you like?"

"Cheese and tomato sauce."

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