Big Sister in China

December 09, 2012

"Big Sister" ( 姐姐 jiě jie) in China - language immersion in Mandarin

At her Traditional Chinese School in China, they call her "Big Sister" ( 姐姐 jiě jie)  and Mozart thrives on being an older sibling and playing with them. She has grown so fond of them in this past month living with them daily and they adore her. This is just a partial group with a teacher looking on.

Here she captures them in video and photos from her pink ipod at the school field trip we all
took together in the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. We stopped for a snack break and a bunch lined up for some photos. The schoool is such a warm, caring, educational environment and lots of the folks including grandparents, parents and school kids hang out there daily as a community.

The youngest baby was a bit afraid of Mozart at first as he'd never seen a foreigner before. These kids may have seen a few around Beijing, but it is still rare to see a non-Asian in Beijing, so they probably have had no direct contact with a foreigner or been able to converse with one. Thus, it has been a real win/win for all. Mozart gets to immerse in her Mandarin and all of us get to connect in deeper ways and learn more from each other.

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winser zhao

Mozart has a good personality, that all the kids love to play with her. I am glad to see that Mozart enjoys the time with the kids.

Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home

You are such great parents! Mozart is very lucky to have such open minded parents.

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Thanks Winser...we are so grateful that you introduced us to this wonderful school and we'll be writing more about our time there!

She really fell in love with those kids and what a great experience for her to be a big sis!!

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Aw, thanks Izy! She is a pretty lucky kid and it has been our honor and pleasure to raise her the best we can.

We hope her unusual life gives her a good foundation to life and so many happy memories and lessons learned.

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