Saturday, February 28, 2015

Why I Teach

The importance of education has always been ingrained and valued in my family for as long as I can remember.  It is the reason why my parents left everything and everyone they knew to immigrate to the United States in 1988 and the reason why my siblings and I are blessed to have the life that we today.

My story began many years ago in Vietnam.  My father was born in the capital city which was once called Saigon. Because of his family circumstances, he had to stop going to school in sixth grade and sold lottery tickets and toys along the roadsides of the city with my grandmother.  My mother on the other hand was from a small, poor village in the Central region.  There was not a school near her house thus, she had to walk for several miles to learn to read from a teacher who taught from his home.  Each lesson was paid for with a small bag of rice. Through imitation, memorization, and determination, she learned to read and write Vietnamese fluently.  As parents to six young children, they struggled financially and with very little education and means, they knew that they had to make drastic changes so that we could have a better life than they did.

Through the goodwill and generosity of the United States, my family was granted Refugee Status and was sponsored by Catholic Charities to immigrate to Kentucky in 1989 after staying at a refugee camp in Bataan, Philippines for ten months.  In Louisville, Kentucky was where I lived most of life and was blessed with the opportunity to attend both public and private schools.  While my parents struggled with the language barrier and were not able to support us as parents of our American peers did, they always pushed us to excel and were always there to celebrate all of our successes.  "You have to work hard in school" were the words that were always echoed in our house.  They knew that education was the way and the only way for us to elevate our lives and build a better future.

While most of my siblings went into the computer and mathematical fields in college, my heart was always drawn to share my time and knowledge with others.  From my volunteer service with my church youth group, I began a deep passion in teaching and helping others succeed as my parents and so many educators have touched and helped me to graduate Baccalaureate from my Catholic high school, Magna Cum Laude with my Bachelor in Arts, and Master in the Art of Teaching at the age of 23.  Eight years into teaching, and I am still very grateful of being able to do what I love everyday. I am even more grateful for all the people who have helped me to become the woman I am today, especially my wonderful parents.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Scoop

 The forecast is calling for some very icy and possibly snowy weather tomorrow, therefore, the anticipation of having a snow day tomorrow is definitely on HIGH ALERT!  If so, this will probably the only snow day that we have this year, since the rest of the week seems warmer....but with Texas weather and those Siberian winds.... Who really knows??? :)

As for now... here is my Sunday Scoop with the Teaching Trio!

3- I have a short training Tuesday morning, so I have to make morning plans for my class.  Hopefully, the training won't take long and I'll be back right in time for Guided Reading and Intervention.  As for the nursery and my closet, there is so much reorganizing and Spring cleaning that needs to be done.  Although it still feels quite wintery out there, especially today, I know it's a task that I need to just get done before spring and the warmer weather are officially here......I'll do it, I'll do it....right after I take a nap maybe... :)

2- Speaking of which, I am still in much need for being able to sleep in and take a nap.  Since the beginning of my pregnancy, I have not been able to sleep through the night and am constantly congested at night.  The toughest part of all is not being able to fall right back to sleep when I get up at night.  Hopefully, the congestion will ease down soon.

1- Lunar/Chinese New Year was this past Thursday!  And since it fell in the work week, it was celebrated during mass today at our Vietnamese Catholic church.  Although it's always super crowded for Lunar New Year celebration, I'm always so happy to be able to share the tradition with my sweet son.  Of course, he was dressed in his traditional costume and received Lucky Money from our priest and close friends.  Below are pictures of mass today.

The weather seems to be so crazy everywhere here in the States.  Hope you are staying nice and warm inside!  Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Hi, friends!  I'm celebrating Chinese New Year with my friends at Who's Who and Who's New!

Click to the button below to see how I integrate this holiday's custom and traditions into my classroom!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

It's the 100th Day of School!

Wow!  I can't believe that we just celebrated the 100th Day of School!  It seems like it was just August yesterday, and now we're in February and very soon, Spring Break and then into summer vacation.

Every year, my team encourages our kids to either wear 100 things or dress like they are 100 years old.  But... WOW!  This year, the kids really blew us away with their creativity!  It was really amazing!

We also had the kids rotate to all six first grade classes to complete different 100th-Day activity.
-Color by Code to the Reveal Secret Message (the number 100)
-Count and Eat 100 Snacks
-Make a 100th Day Bookmark and Read
-Make a 100th Day Crown & Glasses
-Write 100 Sight Words
-Finger Painting 100 Gumballs

Below is the link to 100 Sight Words that you can use to review with your kids throughout the year. Simply, click to the link to download!

The best part was just seeing the kids so excited to be at school and learning!  Have your school celebrated the 100th Day of School?  If so, what was your favorite activity?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Currently

 It's February and here's my Currently!!!

Listening:  I'm sorry, I'm an 80's girl at heart.  Whenever I need to decompress and relax, I need my 80's love songs. I know I'm ol' school, but I just love 80's love songs.

Loving: Spring Break is only 4 weeks away!!! With plans on cruising for the second time as a family, I know that we are going to have such a wonderful, relaxing time.  It has been so hectic and busy, this is definitely a break that our entire family needs...and can I say Babymoon?! :)

Thinking: Thinking of which :), our new Sweet Pea is 14 weeks along today!  Last week we were able to see him/her at the dr.'s office and everything seems to be going great!  Our sweet son is kissing my belly every night and trying so hard to practice being a big brother..... and we can't feel more blessed and excited!  Very soon, we will find out if our Sweet Pea is a he or she.  The dr. did say that the heartrate was 150-160 bpm, so we shall see!!! :)

Wanting: I am definitely wanting warmer weather to come our way.  Enough with the scarves and boots already, can I please bring out my sandals and sundresses? :)

Needing: Since we found out that we are expecting again, a full 8-hour sleep has been on my wishlist for a long time now . As much as I wish I can, I know that this is only the beginning to my sleep deprivation again... but this too shall pass, and of course, it is all worth it.

Pageant Title: I've never been in a pageant before, but if I can have any title, I would love to be Princess of the Sea because I love the ocean.  Maybe it be laying on the beach, sailing on a cruise ship or just enjoying its views, I love traveling and love traveling to see so many different beaches and oceans around the world.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful February!

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