Hannah is now beginning to learn to ride a bike without training wheels. We started only a week or so ago. She is doing quite well, but lacks the confidence we all know it takes to learn to ride on her own. Randy, my husband, says she is doing it on her own as he's helping her, but as soon as she knows he lets go, her feet go down. I know that, given a little time, she'll be riding on her own very soon:)
Another favorite activity of Hannah's is bubbles.
Hannah has also now begun regular schooling. Previously she attended preschool at New Day Foster Home where she learned many things including her colors, numbers, matching, worked on some of her fine motor skills, and so many other things. As it became obvious that Hannah was outgrowing preschool and ready to move on to regular schooling, a teacher was hired for her. Currently, she now has one-on-one teaching. Hannah now knows most of her alphabet and is learning to write them as well. She can copy easier upper case letters such as "H,A,T," is learning to write her name and the sound each letter of the alphabet makes. She loves books, blocks, play dough, and is very good at puzzles.
Although she is a bit delayed, she is catching up by leaps and bounds! Currently, she is making 3 1/2 month's progress each month according to the assessment we are using. We are excited at the progress she is making and expect to see her continue especially with a one-on-one teacher.
I should also mention that, although her schooling is in Chinese, she is also learning English as she lives in an English speaking foster family. Though we love her dearly, we know the best thing for Hannah, or any child, is to have a forever family they can call their own. Help spread the word, won't you? We'd love to see Hannah find her forever family. She is listed on CCAI's website as I stated at the beginning of this post.
We are the Rippee family! We manage and are house parents in a home for older orphaned girls in China. It's called the Forever Home, and it is a project of New Day Foster Home. Like all foreign workers at NDFH, we receive no salary for our work, so if you would like to support our family's living expenses, please click the button below to donate through PayPal. Donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about the Forever Home and ways you can directly support this work, please visit New Day Foster Home's website.
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Elise was adopted at the age of 3 years old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Elise is home- schooled and really loves music, cooking, arts and crafts, and enjoys being the big, older sister to the Forever Home girls.
Shawna was adopted at the age of 1 year old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Shawna is home-schooled and is good at piano, arts and crafts, and thoroughly enjoys playing with the Forever Home girls.
Elizabeth was adopted at the age of 10 years old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Elizabeth is home-schooled and loves the outdoors, computers, bike riding, and crafts.
THE FOREVER HOME GIRLS
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We provide this information to give our sponsors and supporters a general idea of the challenges our children face. For prospective adoptive parents, the information on the blog is not intended to be a substitute for a complete and up-to-date referral packet from your adoption agency. Please keep in mind that in our blog posts, we always try to focus on a child's strengths, accomplishments and positive developments, not in an attempt to gloss-over their often serious medical conditions, but in an effort to share a glimpse of their precious personalities.