Saturday, June 26, 2010

China Camp

Every June, Shaelyn attends Heritage Camp (aka - China camp) for a week. This is for kids who are adopted to learn about their heritage. The main groups are China, Korea, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Every day there is a different food for lunch from those countries. They go to music class, language class and spend time in the classroom learning about their heritage. This year, Shaelyn got to paint a parasol, make a cootie catcher from origami paper and learn cats cradle and Chinese jump rope. It is so much fun for her to meet all these other girls who were adopted, just like her. Each year, many of them return to camp and their friendships continue to grow. Some families come from 3 hours away! Typically, I can pick Shaelyn out in a program but not here - the school is packed with so many Chinese girls, I can't always find her. How nice for her to actually be in the majority for once. I would recommend this camp for anyone with internationally adopted kids. She loves it!

Here is Shaelyn with a friend she sees every year at camp.

These are two of Shaelyn's friends. Our families all went to China together.
Here they are in their Chinese clothes, getting ready for the parade of nations.

Learning how to say animal names in Chinese

These girls are practicing the "Lion Dance"

These are the girls in her class, posing with the parasols they painted.


Mari said...

This is such a great program. Glad Shaelyn got to go and enjoy that time!
PS - we've really missed you!

Anonymous said...

I love it! I wonder someday if I'll have a grandbaby with the Asian look. I hope so! Can you imagine, Jenna's big eye in little Korean eye slits. LOL

Such a great program for all of these kids!

"Ni~hao" 你好 That's the only thing I remember in Chinese.

Cheri said...

I'm so glad Shaelyn had so much fun. Such a great thing for them to learn more about their heritage!

nickernoodle said...

So glad to see you back on here! What a great program and the parasols look wonderful!

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Cherdecor said...

Hi Terri, I am glad to see this post tonight. I stumbled upon it.

What a nice program for the little children from China. It looks like they had a lot of fun. It is so nice for Shaelyn to make friends there and to see them year after year.

However, I am so sorry you were not along on the trip. I would love to have met you too!

I hope that you heal quickly and that your strength returns very soon. I am so glad that they took out the cancer so you will not be bothered there again.

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