Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas from Dream Family Mongolia to you!!

December is another month that has flown by so very quickly!  It has been a wonderful month, and as this post's title suggests, Christmas has finally arrived.  See for yourself...
The little Christmas tree...
And the bigger one!
An impromptu concert for friends...
Sharing a story...
A peaceful moment of happy children's play...
Counting down the days...
Christmas crafting!
And some more...

The countdown to our Christmas concert/party and then to Christmas itself!
What is Christmas without a heavenly host?

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:8-14
And child-made "Snickerdoodles"
Now we are not only looking like Christmas, but smelling like it too!
You can never have too many ornaments to hang on that tree.  Pipe cleaners and beads make beautiful чимэглэл (decorations)  J
Our Christmas party is here!
First a little game to get us in the mood...
After performing for their parents the children "hosted" them and shared their home-baked goodies and treats...
What a joy to have SO many parents show up, enjoying themselves, and interacting with their children!!
Just a little more Christmas crafting... we will squeeze in as much as we can!

Happy Christmas- from our family to yours! xx

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Learning about the letter Ж ж

This past week the little ones have been learning about the letter Ж (it's equivelant to our letter J).  Our boys were out sick this week, but the girls had a wonderful time exploring the letter and representing it in their creative endeavours.  We talked about жимс (fruit), reading "The very hungry caterpillar", counting with fruit and making fruit salad.  We made  and decorated жааз (picture frame), and we learned about the really cute and interesting жирх (chipmunk).  The children were delighted in watching some short informational (and amusing) clips on youtube (yay for the good old "information highway"!) and did a wonderful job representing them in their art work (we used oil pastels, and followed a directed line drawing to help think about the shape and size and features of the chipmunk).  A wonderful week full of exploring, thinking, creating, writing, making- and above all having fun in learning!

Exploring жимс (jim-es):
Looking at a recipe (жор) for making yummy fruit salad
Mixing, mixing, mixing...
Making жааз (jaaz):
Discovering жирх (jeerh):
This little video clip absolutey delighted the children.  They asked to watch it again and again!

PS  Snowflake making and the little dolls were also very much enjoyed this week...