This afternoon, the girls asked to work on their China Workbooks. They happily listed the things they'd want to tell their birth parents about themselves:
1. I am 8 years old (I know and you know that her birth parents likely know this, but Zoe hasn't figured it out!)
2. I have a Chinese sister.
3. I'm the best reader in my class.
4. I got a Chinese book for Christmas.
5. I'm a good speller.
Maya's lists of important facts to share are scanned above -- she's in a love-to-write phase, and I love to show off her newly-acquired handwriting skills!
And then the questions they'd like to ask their birth parents:
1. Where do you live?
2. Do you have another baby?
3. Do you like me?
Zoe (exceeding the number of lines in the book!):
1. Why did you let me go?
2. Do you have glasses?
3. How old are you?
4. When is your birthday?
5. Are you adopted?
At one point, Zoe began writing a question, and then erased it. She told me, "I was going to ask if they miss me, but I know they do." I love that confidence in her own value!
I still love, love, love the China Workbooks. It's more than just filling in the blanks, it's the chance to talk more about what they're obviously thinking about. And since they're eager to write in the books, it never feels forced.