Halloween and holiday money spent | 万圣节及其他节日的花费

Today in class Emma asked how much money people spent on Halloween every year.   So, the class went on doing research on this question.

Here are what the children have found out:

People spent about $6.9 billion on Halloween each year. That’s a lot!   But why do people spent so much money on Halloween?!

The wisest answer among us may actually be children, whose uncluttered minds spoke the following super impressive and honest words (credit to Vickie, our little teacher and author):

If people didn’t spend so much money on Halloween, then we could use all that money to improve buildings, roads, the Navy, Army, Air Force etc.  Plus, why don’t the people save the money for retirement or to just to pay off their college student loan or mortgage.

Later in the class Jonathan asked how much do people spend on other holidays. We started making a list of Holidays and about how much dollars they spend each year.

  • Halloween: 6.9 billion
  • St.Patrick’s day: about 4.6 billion
  • Valentines day: about 19.7 billion
  • Mothers day: about 21.4 billion
  • Fathers day: about 16 billion
  • 4-Day Black Friday Weekend: 5.7 billion
  • Christmas: 465 billion
  • 4th of July: 6.7 billion

That’s a lot of money spent on holidays!!  We will discuss more in the next class.

The white lion | 白狮子

Today in class we talked about the story called “The White Lion”.    The young minds remember and tell that story so well.

The story is about a little white lion.

The story began in a dark night where the white lion and his big brother were waiting for their mother to come back with dinner.  They were small cubs.    The brother of the white lion went to see if their mother was close by.

But a snake bit his brother and ate him.  The little white lion ran as fast as he could from the snake.  He got lost so he just climbed a tree to rest in for the night.  Meanwhile in a village close by villagers were running out of food. The villagers sent a boy to go to the woods to look for food.
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What does not change 10 years from now | 10年后什么东西不变

In class today, the children discuss what will be the same in 10 years. The following is a summary of the top items:
eat, snacks, sleep, exercise, love, get sick, live, die, poo, pee, talk, walk, wear clothes, drink, grow, play, write your name, take a shower, change clothes, wash your clothes, think, write.

Living hand to mouth

The class was reading aloud Twitter cofounder autobiography, Things a Little Bird Told Me, and there were some words “living hand to mouth” about his girlfriend’s parents who are artists.

The teacher asked us if we knew the meaning of this phrase.

“Yes, it means their hands are broken and they paint with their mouth. That is why it is called ‘from hand to mouth’!” 🙂

Magic board meetings

Magic Math Mandarin holds board meetings regularly. Whenever there is a decision that affects all of us or something about how to develop Magic Math Mandarin.

The youngest board member was 6 and now is 7. The next youngest one was 8 and she just turned 9.

During each meeting, everyone must contribute ideas. No matter what the idea is, we discuss and record it.   Everyone must speak up.  Mistakes are encouraged.

Raising smart and tough kids | 培养聪明且坚强的孩子

Children are smart and tough. They don’t need adults driving them to kids’ golf, yoga, or ballet.  And they surely know what are the most important things in life: the difference between needs and wants, be thankful, respectful, loving and helpful.

How helpful and capable are they? They can put assemble treadmills, computers and furnitures.  They enjoy the action more than Lego or computer games because of the usefulness in the accomplishments.   The ability to think on one’s own and the toughness to try to learn to figure things out is very important because the kids will need to be able to do this for most of their lives.
Here are a few more examples of what they have done:

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Painting the kitchen

  • Cook simple meals and they finish their plates.
  • Cake out all the trash and maintain compost.
  • Laundry.
  • Help reparing things around the house.
  •  Simple accounting

Our mottos are:
1. “If I can do it, you can do it too”
2. “You can do it”
3. “You cannot learn just by watching. You have to learn by doing it yourself”
4. “Give me some mistakes please, as long as not intentional”.

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Inside a computer