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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Work From Home Job...VIPKID Teaching Chinese Students Online


In January, I began a new adventure!  Never in a million years did I think that I would work for an online company.  But in an effort to have an open mind, I decided to apply for VIPKID after thinking about it for several months.  I interviewed, and had my mock lesson interview and was hired all online!  VIPKID is a company that matches American teachers with Chinese students for one-to-one tutoring.  It is done completely online!  I filled out all my paperwork, provided tax documents, teaching license and diploma.  After working for VIPKID for two months, I am happy to report I absolutely LOVE it, and I have been paid on time each month!

The Chinese students are amazing!!!  I love getting a small glimpse into their lives all the way around the world in Beijing, China.  All VIPKID teachers wear orange shirts.  It is kind of our uniform and an easy way for the students to identify us.  I have been able to get some of my teaching things out of storage and use them again.  I use A LOT of props in my teaching...puppets, bubbles, foam letters, flashcards, plastic fruit and veggies, board books, posters, white boards, finger puppets, toy vehicles...well...you get the idea.  I began with my virtual classroom set up down stairs, but due to times I was teaching and the longing for a permanent place, I moved into our closet and set up my classroom!

Here is the view you have when walking through the door of our closet.  Usually the computer is on the center of the desk, but I am having to move it up and down the stairs a couple of times a week.  Hopefully I will be able to get a laptop soon so I don't have to move the PC.  My "classroom" was decorated for Valentine's day, but if you glimpsed in today it is decorated for St. Patty's day.
Bella  LOVES all the teacher stuff I have out.  I occasionally will find her in my "office" with her teaching away to imaginary students.  She also likes to leave me notes!


This is my view from my desk when I sit down to teach.  Lots of props around and you can get a glimpse of what the program looks like.  The student will eventually appear in the top box and I will be in the bottom box.  The curriculum is off to the left and is in a PowerPoint format; however, the screen is able to be written on.  Pretty amazing.  In my two months with VIPKID, I have been VERY impressed with the job and opportunity.  If you would like to work for this great company you can apply at VIPKID WEBSITE.  Also you can tell them I sent you by using my referral code if you would like.  MY CODE  https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3266666

This opportunity has been really great for me.  I teach mainly when my kids are in bed for the evening and a couple early mornings.  It's giving me a chance to contribute.  In January, I only taught 6 classes, but in February I taught 31 classes.  I am aiming for 45 classes this month.  As you gain new students, your schedule begins to fill.  You set your own hours...no minimum hours either.  You do need a bachelor's degree and some experience working with children.  A teaching license is helpful but not necessary.  If you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them.  Just send along an email and I will get back to you!



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Week 6 @ the Dahlhouse

*I am a little behind on my updates so instead of abandoning my goal...I'm going to make up some lost time here.
WATCHING the Super Bowl at Mimi and Papa's house!

COMPLETING BIG projects and feeling proud for what he accomplished on his own!

ACCOMPLISHING taking all 4 kids to the dentist on the same day at the same time.  Only one cavity needing a little fix.  ***Look at Bella's headband!!! She kills me!!!  Looks more like a sweatband.  LOL

HELPING Mom do dishes.  Man Cub is always helping....ALL.THE.TIME..
SMASHING Cake at our wonderful friend Brienne's house!  It was everything that I hoped it would be.  Matthew really smashed his cake.  He actually stood up and pushed down on his cake.  It was beautiful!!!









Friday, February 17, 2017

One

How is it possible he is one?  How come time goes by so quickly?  A year has passed and I can hardly believe how time has changed him, how he has developed and grown.  My sweet, squishy baby has had an incredible year and has turned into a busy, funny toddler.  Toddler!!! Seriously.  Babyhood goes by so quickly. 


Dear Matthew,

As your sister Bella has written in her kindergarten journal, "thank you for being born."  I am a better mama for having you.  I am a better person for you being in my life.  What a privilege to care for you, teach you, love you.  Though you only say three words, you have taught me so much this past year.  As a new mama of four, I have had to learn to let go.  Let go of this grand idea of a clean house, let go of some ideas (nursing), let go of trying to control everything.  This past year, I made it a point to always remind myself to be in the moment.  To hold you longer...to linger in the normal day-to-day routine.  I haven't rushed you to reach milestones, but at times couldn't believe that you were reaching them so quickly...like walking at 11 months.  You are my last little baby.  I knew that you would be the moment I found out I was pregnant with you.  We have been celebrating firsts and lasts simultaneously this past year.  I am looking forward to your 1st birthday party...and yes perhaps I have gone over the top a bit...but life is precious...and milestones are meant to be celebrated and my heart is that I just want to celebrate you.  You allowed Luke to have a brother.  You are the baby that Grace wanted and realized that she loves kids.  You are buddy Bella needed and you are silly with her.  You are the completion to my crazy crew and you were a son to your dad.  I can't imagine life without you.  You are my heart outside my body (just
like your brother and sisters before you).  I love you like crazy Man Cub.  Happy, happy first birthday!  We couldn't love you more.

XOXO,
Mom





Thursday, February 9, 2017

Week 5 @ The Dahlhouse


Week 5 @ the Dahlhouse started with a celebration of Luke's decision to be baptized.  He's been wanting to be baptized for awhile and we were very happy to support him on his special day.



LUNCHING to celebrate Luke's baptism at one of our favorite places close to home.  We all heart Mexican food and this little restaurant hits the spot.  PLUS...Sunday the kids meals are priced cheaper.  It's a win-win!
ENJOYING the snuggles of this little guy.  He only stops moving when he is sleeping so I try and squeeze every snuggle in.
TRYING to control the littles while the bigs are being seen by the orthodontist.  Two appts at the same time...8am on a Monday morning!  I sure do know how to kick off the start of a new week.

TEACHING in my closet!!! LOL.  It is the best quiet place I have found to teach all my students in China.  I do have to move our PC into the closet several times a week because I don't have a laptop. Hopefully I will be able to get a laptop in the future.  Meanwhile I move the computer up and down the stairs.

MARVELING at this little one and holding on to every moment I can.  

WORKING on craft projects for Man Cub's first birthday.  I think I am more excited than anyone else!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Week 1 @ The Dahlhouse

WELCOMING the New Year the way most all our days start....with a bottle and puffs...followed by baby cereal and banana.  LOL.  We are so blessed to have this little guy in our lives! 
CELEBRATING The Dahl Family Christmas at Mark's parents.  It was a fun evening and included our traditional grandkids picture on the couch...almost.
OPENING lots of presents from youngest to oldest.  Matthew wasn't really into it, but loved the paper!!!

CELEBRATING our 18th Wedding Anniversary!  Seriously how has it been that long!  I've spent more of my life with him, than without him. 
WATCHING Moana in the movie theatre.  Taking Matthew to the movies was not for the faint of heart.  I tried everything to make it through the movie, but we still ended up in the hallway walking back and forth. 


 WEARING new glasses!!! Finally! 
 WRITING love letters to everyone she can!

LOVING this "letter"!  It reads, "Dear Matthew, Thank you for being born.  Love, Bella."  My thoughts exactly!
ENJOYING every single moment of his infanthood.  It is flying by at record pace.  I want to always remember how he felt, sounded and smelled.  And always baby feet, always.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Week 4 @ The Dahlhouse




I got this idea of a weekly update from my sweet friend Shelly, who blogs all about her family and life adventures over at loganandjack.blogspot.com.  I love how she posts a weekly update.  One of my goals this year is to blog more frequently, but I often will let weeks and months go before returning back to write.  So, even if this is only for my record, I will enjoy writing a weekly update about what is going on around our home.  I hope you don't mind me copying your idea Shelly (you inspire me).  So here we go...my attempt at weekly blog posts about our life.  (I will need to go back and update the first 3 weeks of the year). 

MARVELING at how quickly time goes by.  Another sweet friend, Brienne Morris @ Brienne Kristin Photography took Man Cub's Valentine's day pictures this past week.  Each time I enter her white room, I am reminded of our first meeting, when Matthew was only 1 month old.  I am so thankful for the friendship that was formed.  I truly enjoy our visits over camera flashes and babies crawling on the floor.  Brienne has created such a peaceful place to have your kiddos photographed.  From one month to eleven months...time doesn't stop ticking away. 

LOOKING forward to Matthew's first birthday celebration.  If you ask my older kiddos they will tell you we are having a "BLOW OUT BIRTHDAY BASH!"  And they are so RIGHT!!!  The faster time goes by, the more I am consciously deciding to really enjoy moments and milestones.  Matthew's birthday is what we are calling our "MAN CUB" birthday with buffalo plaid as a theme.  I can't wait to share all about his party!  My brother and sister-in-law are even coming up from California.  I may or may not have been planning for this celebration since Matthew was four months old.  Haha


DESIGNING color-me Valentine's Day cards for my daughter with my Circuits.  I even sold a few sets to some customers.  Bella has been my shadow these days and she is usually my go-to in all things crafty. 

TEACHING at VIPKID.  I was able to create some fun reward systems for my super cute students!  This was a dino puzzle I found second hand.  I glued Velcro to the back of each piece and matched it up with their cut-out.  This helps keep the dinos in place when I am holding up the puzzle so they can see it.  I am really enjoying my time teaching with this program.  And I love I don't have to leave the house.  Currently, I am creating a virtual classroom in my closet. 

CELEBRATING Chinese New Year!  This little one has been enthralled with Chinese New Year and all the traditions that come with it.  She celebrated it in school and then we all went out to Panda Express on the actual Chinese New Year.  This was all her idea!  They were even handing out red envelopes and stickers.  I am so thrilled to see her so happy about learning, and I have learned so much about my students as well!

CARING for this sweet husband of mine.  He threw his back out on Thursday and missed work both Thursday and Friday, which is unheard of for him.  He has worked through all sorts of things.  It is difficult to see someone you love in so much pain.  I helped take him to the doctor, meds, heating pad, food...up and down the stairs.  LOL.  Mark was just so sad he couldn't pick up Matthew, who didn't understand why daddy couldn't play.  I am happy to report Mark is doing much better and back at work. 


I found this quote to be especially inspiring this week as I have began teaching on a part-time basis..."A lack of confidence doesn't have to be the death of your calling."~ Steven Furtick.  I have often contemplated over the last two years if I was ever going back to teaching.  The last several teaching experiences have robbed me of every ounce of confidence I have ever had regarding what kind of teacher I am.  I have always felt teaching was one of my "callings".  It is nice to walk around with the knowledge that regardless of what I feel about my confidence the calling is still there. 




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