Sunday, January 27, 2013

ACCO January 27, 2013

Hi everyone,

The ACCO Winter Term schedule has changed. I've listed the dates below.

ACCO Winter Term Dates:
February 3
February 17
March 3

These dates are also reflected in the updated Schedule tab.

See you next week,

Sunday, January 13, 2013

ACCO January 13, 2013

Ni hao!

ACCO is back in session for the winter term. We had a great first meeting today. The Younger and Middle Kids Groups worked on incorporating Chinese words into a revised game of Rock-Paper-Scissors. The Older Kids learned some T'ai Chi Ch'uan (太極拳), a common precursor to martial arts training often practiced by older Chinese people for its great health benefits. It's similar in principle to morning yoga done here in the States. The Parents experimented with the art of calligraphy, complete with the thin paper, the bamboo brushes, and the ink. Below is my rather unfortunate attempt at the very difficult art form.

Hope everyone had a fun time! See you all in two weeks time.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Welcome back to ACCO 2013!

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a relaxing break. ACCO will start up again tomorrow, Sunday, January 13, in Samuel Phillips Hall at 3:30 p.m. Below are the calendar dates for ACCO this winter term and a compilation of media resources for the parents and kids to peruse and enjoy.

Winter Term Meeting Dates:
January 13
January 27
February 10
February 24
March 10


Fun Movies and TV Shows
Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf (喜羊羊与灰太) – A Chinese animated series about a group of goats and a wolf trying to eat them

A Bite of China (舌尖上的中国) A superb documentary about Chinese food culture.  It is appropriate for all ages.

"I Not Stupid" - Set in Singapore, the characters speak both English and Chinese.  It was both funny and sad and a pretty good depiction of the Tiger-Mom/parent culture.

Big Soldier Little General (大兵小将) Reflects ancient Chinese history; about the warring states; pretty gory.

The Road Home (我的父亲母亲) – Chinese Drama/Romance movie

The Founding of a Republic – About the 1949 Communist victory

1911 - About Sun Yat-sen and the Nationalist victory over Pu-yi and the Qing (starring Jackie Chan!)

To Live (活着) – Historical movie about the effects of the Chinese Civil War, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution

Aftershock(唐山大地震 Movie about the TangShan Earthquake of 1976

Last Train Home – Movie about migrant workers in China.

Online resources
FSI Language Courses- courses developed for foreign languages by the US gov. ( - an online magazine/blog for expats living in the international community in Beijing


Monday, October 15, 2012

ACCO 2012-2013

Hi all,

Welcome back to ACCO 2012-2013!

We just had our third session of this school year yesterday.  The different groups have been dabbling in playing Mahjong, making paper lanterns, eating mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节), and learning pinyin and various seasonal characters.

Somewhere Between, the documentary about four Chinese American adoptees, will be screening on campus at Phillips Academy sometime this school year.  I will update you all when I have more of the details.  I think this screening will be an informative experience for the ACCO volunteers, and I hope you are all able to come and enjoy the movie!

If you are interested, you can find more information here:

Our next meeting date on the calendar is October 28th, but we will not be able to meet on this date due to school policy.  Two other dates in Winter Term and Spring Term will also have to be changed because of this policy.  I will update the calendar on the blog and email you all the new schedule soon.

Feel free to email me about anything at or at

Enjoy the fall!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hello again!

This week, we had yet another fun-filled class. We primarily worked on origami, giving the children a chance to practice the names of some colors and animals. We made everything from flowers to swans and even got to have some healthy treats. Finally, we introduced the children to a song called "Two Tigers," which is a popular children's song in China, that the children will be performing for our final session two weeks from now. I have posted the link below, so I hope they will have a chance to work on it a bit before next class. As always, I had an absolute blast doing crafts and singing with the kids, and I know they did too!

All my best and 谢谢大家!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

你好 Younger Group!

Another fantastic week at ACCO! In light of the Super Bowl, today the group worked on learning sports/football related terms, along with some extra recap vocab such as animals and greetings. Overall, we were pretty productive, employing the use of incentives (pretzels) to help focus the kids, who could get sidetracked away from the lesson (as they should at that age!). But, with everything in the lesson, the kids were kept engaged as much as possible through various activities and games, finally ending the lesson with some long-deserved Sagwa. I hope the kids had a fun time today, even though some of the new words may have been a little ambitious!


Monday, October 17, 2011

你好 once again!

With the Moon Festival Celebration's success, I would just like to say what a great job the children did in their performance. I know from experience at that age how difficult it can be to learn a new song, especially with such little practice time. I am very proud to be the leader of the Younger group after their great performance today. I hope the kids had fun too! Happy Moon Festival and see you next time!