Monday, December 14, 2009

Sorry Sorry Sorry

For some reason and not long after PE teacher taught these little turkies Sorry Sorry Sorry dance from Korea, kids in Elephant Class just LOVE it, I mean LOVE it!

The real Sorry Sorry from Korea,

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Aggie's B-day and fun recess!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Friday, September 25, 2009


Friday, September 18, 2009

Fun week on 14-18 of Sep., 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Developmental objectives for children attending Marshall School-Elephant Class

In the Elephant Class

The following are the objectives for the academic year that the daily, weekly and monthly lesson plans are based on. These core objectives are developmentally appropriate for four to five year old children and include the basic skills necessary for a successful transition into kindergarten. Regular staff meetings are held during the year to discuss if the objectives are being met and changes to the lesson plans are implemented if necessary. Discussions are also held to develop alternative activities and strategies if any individual falls outside the normal range of development during the year. The objectives are subdivided into three areas, cognitive, social and motor skill development.

Cognitive development

The child demonstrates the ability to write their first and last name in print, using correct technique in letter formation and without aids such as highlighters, or their name printed out for them to copy from.

The child can correctly identify all of the letters in the alphabet in print (shown non-sequentially).

Correctly identify at least seven shapes.

Correctly identify at least ten colors

Recite in correct sequence the numbers one to fifty

Demonstrate the ability to count up to and down from twelve and understand the concepts of subsets, addition and subtraction of single objects from the total.

Name the four seasons and identify at least two characteristics of each season.

Answer basic questions regarding the content of a story read to them demonstrating an understanding of the plot, characters and story line.

Demonstrate successfully the ability to follow multiple directions for task completion and perform the necessary prerequisites (such as writing their names at the top of the page and getting the necessary supplies) without direction.

Demonstrate the ability to place in the correct sequence routine events depicted in four picture story lines.

Show the pre-literacy skills of sounding out words by letter, recognizing the first letter in a word by sound and utilizing the beginning principles of phonics.

My 6th year at J.H. Moore Marshall with Elephant Class

Wow, it's so hard for me to believe that I've been working at Marshall for 6 years.  Well, I've gotta say that it's a great job and not only I love it but the kids really enjoy learning throgh out our fun curriculum at school.  This new semester has included art, fun with reading and aerobic dancing class.  I personaly love the aerobic dancing class.  Because kids get to move around but also they can develope the big motor skill through the class. Kids LOVE it!  Well, let's check out our little ones at Elephant Class.

This is Tony, a cute and happy boy!        Hi, I am Aggie.

                                                             Hello!  My name is Emma!
Laura is Emma's best friend!
  Hi, I am Carrie!                                             My name is Bentley!    
Hey, this is Summer the sweet heart!      Evan is the happy one!
Sunny is Ian's best friend!                   Ian loves to draw! 
 Minnie'd like to say hi to everyone!                     This is Allen!
Angela is a nice girl in class!                                                            Our happy bunch!     

Having fun in art class.
Totally love it!

Monday, August 08, 2005

2005, Aug. 7th Taipei 20km. Hill Climb

This race was the first real hill climb of the season. Unfortunately, we arrived a little too late to get a good warm up. We did get a chance to get some noodles from a roadside rest area. Of course the fact that the shredded carrots had an odd tint to them didn't phase Chris or Fraser.

Pic. 1 Fraser is teaching Chris how to improve is tan lines during a race. Tyler is laughing at Chris' backward helmet cover.

Fortunately, the race was shortened from
25 km. to 20 km. just before the start (though no one told the foreign riders). Bad luck, in the form of questionable food, plagued Chris at the start through the first half of the race. Needless to say, Chris felt terrible and had a lousy start. It didn't help that Fraser pushed the pace from the start, taking Tyler and 5 other riders with him. During the second half of the race Chris felt much better and managed to pass several riders on his way to a very respectable finish.

Pic. 2 Not yet able to read Chinese, Chris is unable to decipher the signs. Fraser was just confused as to why there were two identical signs one meter apart.

Tyler sat in with the leaders and Fraser got dropped about 3 km. from the finish. Tyler grabbed third place in the final sprint. Fraser took home 5th place. Overall it was nice to see 2 Bianchi riders on the "podium."
Pic. 3 Tyler is third. Fraser shows us his muscle man impression. The rider on the left is unamused with it.

2005, Aug. 7th Taipei Pingling XC Race

This was the second race for the RM (Rocky Mountain) part of the Bianchi RM Cycling team. The race started in the afternoon, about an hour after the organizers said it would start. This misunderstanding lead to Fraser doing his best to imitate a rally racer, much to the consternation of the passengers in the car. Annie repeatedly asked about the missing seatbelts.

Pic. 1 Beefcake prepares for the race by sitting with his dog. The lack of lucky headband would prove disastrous.

It was also a concern for team organiser JoAnne that half of the riders were not at the start area, nor could she reach them by phone. Eventually everyone arrived safely and got in a good warmup.

It was looking like it was going to rain but the rain held off for the race. This was not necessarily a blessing becuase the humidity must have been approaching 98% with no wind. These conditions made the race somewhat uncomfortable.

The organiser decided that the first lap
would be a neutral lap and it was lead by a rider with sandals on a Giant carbon fibre bike. You can see him on the start line in the picture on the right. The race started well with Beefcake and Fraser shooting off the front. Ricecake and Tim (who was riding his beautiful new Rocky Mountain) followed closely behind.

Pic. 2 Tim is more intersted in the sights than the race. Beefcake prepares for the pain. Ricecake hides at the back. Fraser decides he wants to ride helmetless.

Eric started to have problems with his shifting on the first lap but still managed to lead onto the second lap. From there on the eight remaining laps of suffereing were all that was left before the happiness of finishing. Fraser managed to take the lead from Beefcake and never looked back. Beefcake suffered greatly with no granny gear and was, at times, forced to push his bike up the steep hill.

Ricecake was not used to the helmet covers and the heat that they trap. He was riding well until he got heatstroke and had to withdraw. He mentioned that his head was going to explode. Note to Taiwanese race officials: The helmet covers are too hot. Give us 2 jersey numbers and one for the bike in XC races. Road racers should have helmet stickers and jersey numbers.

Pic. 3 Tim flies across the lumpy pavement on his brand new ride.

The race sorted out on the steep climb. A few riders were forced to push their bikes while most just suffered in their smallest gear. The suffereing was made worse by the brutal humidity. By the end of the race it look as though the racers had stopped for a quick swim in the nearby river. Fraser won the race, Beefcake squeezed out a third place and time took home a check for fourth.

Pic. 4 A determined Beefcake with his usual, unusual, flat back riding style.

Overall the race was quite a success. The course was pretty tough due to the climb and fun descent. Now we just have to get that skinny Tim out training on a roadbike. He has the perfect figure to win some hill climb races.

Pic. 5 The winners on the "podium" with checks in hand. Notice the pink headband and the 1000 yard stare.