12 Chinese New Year and Culture Books

12 Chinese New Year and Culture Books

Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar and in Chinese it is called the Lunar New Year 農曆年 or Spring Festival 春節.  This year Chinese New Year begins on February 8th and we are celebrating the year of the Monkey!  I am planning a Chinese New Year cultural presentation for children.  The neighborhood library has asked me for a list of my favorite books about Chinese New Year and culture I would like to share […]

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6 Things I Love About Bilingual Kids…

6 Things I Love About Bilingual Kids...

  Love and laughter are a wonderful part of the bilingual journey. Along the way I’ve discovered these secrets of bilingual kids!   Here are 6 things I love about bilingual kids: 1.  They are curious in two languages. When they see something new they always want to know more about it, what to call it, and why. 2.  Their sense of humor is doubled – at least. They tell jokes in two languages, and even in […]

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Miss Panda Chinese – Chinese New Year Craft and Coloring Pages

Miss Panda Chinese - Chinese New Year Craft and Coloring Pages

“The pine tree and crane herald longevity” Sōng hè yán nián – 松鶴延年 Happy New Year of the Monkey!  The first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year is on February 7 in 2016!  We are going to say good-bye to the Year of the Sheep (also known as Ram) and welcome the arrival of the Year of the Monkey!   Our guest artist for the Chinese New Year coloring pages is Rebecca Yi-Lun Lee 李佾倫, a […]

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Book Review – Real Street Kidz

Multicultural Children's Book Day: Book Review - Real Street Kidz

Multicultural Children’s Book Day: January 27th, 2016 #ReadYourWorld January 27th is Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  The co-creators of Multicultural Children’s Book Day are Mia from PragmaticMom and Valarie from JumpIntoABook.  I (Miss Panda) am delighted to be a part of this wonderful event and help to bring brilliant, diverse books to more homes, classrooms, libraries, and schools.  This year teachers can also join the Classroom Reading Challenge! Today I am sharing the Multicultural Book Series – “Real […]

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Chinese Lunar New Year Guide – tradition, taboos, and celebration

Chinese Lunar New Year Guide - tradition, taboos, and celebration

“Gong Xi!  Gong Xi!”–The Excitement of Chinese New Year The fragrance of Mom’s special stew and the “Ten Vegetarian Delights” fills the kitchen just before Chinese New Year arrives. That’s the first memory that floods into my mind each time someone asks me about the Chinese New Year celebration. In my opinion it’s the best of all Chinese festivals and has been my favorite since I was a little girl.   Growing up with Chinese New Year […]

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Chinese New Year Craft – Make a “Fú 福” Lucky Word Sign

Chinese New Year Craft - Make a "Fú 福" Lucky Word Sign

Chinese people put red banners with lucky words, phrases and sentences on their front doors, as well as their interior doors, to welcome the Chinese Lunar New Year.  These red banners and lucky word signs are called “chūn lián” (春聯). The paper for the banners is always red, while the words are in gold or black.  The Chinese regard red as an auspicious color. Follow along below to see how you can make your own Lucky Word […]

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8 Tips for a Bilingual Year!

8 Tips for a Bilingual Year!

  Happy New Year!  Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year filled with bilingual fun!   As we enter the New Year here are 8 tips to better structure our language learning in the New Year. 1. Daily Breakfast Booster: Listen to the songs, music, or radio channel in your target language.  You can use language albums, YouTube channels, or radio apps to set up a morning routine.  My favorite is the TuneIn app. 2. Daily […]

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Chinese Play Time with Miss Panda: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Chinese Play Time with Miss Panda: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Chinese Play Time with Miss Panda introduces songs and activities to children and parents. Today we are singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in Chinese. You know this song very well and now you can sing it in Chinese. Activity: Party Time! Take out the bells and instruments and have fun! Lyrics in Pinyin, traditional Chinese characters and simplified Chinese characters are listed below.  Please note, the lyrics translation in Chinese is “I” (woˇ ) wish […]

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Meet Angie Drake, Founder of Not Your Average American

Meet Angie Drake, Founder of Not Your Average American

Watch the the expat adventure conversation with Angie Drake, founder of Not Your Average American.  Angie is a prolific traveler and has lived in several countries.  She is a dynamic travel writer and photographer.  Currently, she writes about living and traveling in Ecuador and South America.  Her writing and photos will lead you to experience different cultures, diverse people, and beautiful lands in a brand new way.  Furthermore,  Angie has been an expat homeschool Mom in different […]

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Happy Thanksgiving: Words and Phrases to Know in Chinese

Happy Thanksgiving: Words and Phrases to Know in Chinese

Thanksgiving is coming next week! The holiday season is a great time to introduce fun and exciting new words, phrases, and sentences to children in your target language. My kids and I put together a fun word list every week. We talk about the meaning of each word.  We make sentences and we make up a story using as many new words/phrases as possible.  Then we cook and bake to make our tummies happy while we are […]

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