Last week the 1st graders at BCIS had ECW, “Experience China week”. Each day they toured different sites in Beijing. They learned things about Chinese culture, they ate yummy food and even went on a rickshaw ride. Besides it being a week to explore the city, it was also a week to teach some independence and therefore parents were not allowed to go.Because of that I don’t have a lot of details on what each day was like for them but I have a list of their activities and I have a bunch of photos (thanks to the teachers at BCIS).
Each day Miles came home hungry and tired. At about 7:30 he would ask if it was bedtime yet. His normal bedtime is at about 9:00. He had a great week and each day would tell me in depth what they had seen and done that day.I know when Miles really enjoys something because if it was just a so-so day, his response when I ask “what did you do today” is usually “nothing”. Each day last week though he would talk a mile a minute until he finished telling me about the whole day.
One of the days was spent at a park and they used big Calligraphy brushes which they got wet and then wrote Chinese characters on the cement. It’s something that a lot of older men do in parks around the city. They also made something like a “hackey sack” but it was made out of feathers and washers.
Tuesday (Monday they did activities at the school) the kids went to the “Ethnic Minority Park” and then had a picnic in the park and then did Home sketches. have been studying about different styles and types of homes.
On Wednesday they had Happy land Chinese culture activities at school. They made their kites that day and Miles was sad because there wasn’t enough wind to make them fly. not sure what else they did at school that day so I thought I would just post a bunch of photos of things they made during ECW.
The kids learned how to throw pottery on a wheel and Miles made a cute bowl with his name on it. They also made clay carrots, and some figurines. Miles rabbit looked more like a Gremlin, remember that movie?
Thursday they took a Rickshaw tour of Houhai park and visited with local Chinese families. For lunch they ate at Xiao Wang’s Family restaurant and then played Chinese games at a park. Miles tried broccoli for the first time this day. His teacher Mrs. Kader was really good about getting him to try stir fried rice with broccoli. She told him that he had to try it to see if he would like it. It’s funny because we’ve tried that same approach with him many times but it hasn’t worked with us. It’s funny how other people can get your kids to try something or do something but when we say the same thing, it’s a big “no”. I’m so glad he tried it. Now he loves it and Mark fixed it for him over the weekend.
On Friday they visited a Hutong, called “The Hutong”. They made Jiaozi (dumplings) at a place in the Hutong and Miles loved it. We make Jiaozi at home all the time and he loves making them and more than anything he loves to eat them. We usually buy the skins (the dough part) at a store already made but when Miles and his classmates made Jiaozi they made the dough themselves and rolled it out.What a fun experience for all of them. I really hope Miles doesn’t forget ECW and will always remember the new things he tried and did that week.
I thought that friends and family back in the states and even here in China would enjoy seeing what all Miles did last week. Mark and I were very jealous. It looked like a really fun week. I hope that with all the photos they gave us that Miles can remember what a fun and educational week he had. I hope his teachers and all the helpers have been able to rest. They work so hard at BCIS to make the school days educational and fun for the students. We are very grateful to both the Elementary school and Middle school.