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8 Bilingual Parenting Tips to Engage Your Bilingual Children in Minority Language Every Day

8 Bilingual Parenting Tips to Engage Your Bilingual Children in Minority Language Every Day

  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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Miss Panda Chinese Play Time: Let’s Sing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas!”

Miss Panda Chinese Play Time: Let's Sing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas!"

Christmas Carols in Mandarin Chinese: 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. Activities: 1. Party Time! Take out the bells and instruments and have fun! 2. Chinese “Merry Christmas” Learning Unit!  Hands-on activity pages with coloring pages, label […]

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Playful Learning Theme: Merry Christmas and Activity Pages

Playful Learning Theme: Merry Christmas and Activity Pages

Are you ready for the holiday season?  With all the Christmas decorations and music here and there on the street and at the stores we are also getting ready to learn more seasonal theme-based Chinese.  The holiday season and winter break are a wonderful time to celebrate our achievement this year.  Our joyful learning continues even when we are on vacation!  I have prepared a Chinese Christmas Learning Unit packed with fun activities and ideas for you […]

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Raising a Bilingual Child? Be Strong and Be Joyful on the Bilingual Parenting Journey

Raising a Bilingual Child? Be Strong and Be Joyful on the Bilingual Parenting Journey

We’ve all heard the adage “hindsight is 20/20.”  Looking back on the early days of when we first set out on our family language-learning journey reveals to me how important it is to change things up and to remain flexible with how we approach the process.  It’s sometimes easy to forget during rough patches, but I have learned that having fun with the kids as they learn is more important than concrete measurements like how many phonetic […]

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Six Steps for Teaching Chinese to Young Learners

Six Steps for Teaching Chinese to Young Learners

Being bilingual or multilingual has so many benefits.  Research shows how easily young children can learn a different language when they are exposed to it, especially when they are immersed in it. We are in an era of raising young global citizens.  Learning a language is learning a culture and it expands a child’s world.  Speak Mandarin Chinese to your child if you are a native Chinese speaker.  Learn Chinese with your child together and speak your […]

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Chinese Paper Cutting Craft (printable) – “Spring” – 春 (chūn)

Chinese Paper Cutting Craft (printable) - "Spring" - 春 (chūn)

Paper cutting is a fun project for children.  Younger kids will need some adult assistance.  Here is a simple paper cutting craft I do with children for the Chinese New Year.  It is a 3D cutout of the Chinese character for “spring.”  This is a craft that you can use to decorate the house or the classroom. Paper Cutting Project:  Chinese character 春 = chūn = spring. What you need: 1. Colored printing papers: Red is always […]

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Miss Panda Chinese – Sing “Eensy Weensy Spider” in Mandarin Chinese!

Miss Panda Chinese - Sing "Eensy Weensy Spider" in Mandarin Chinese!

Let’s sing “Eensy Weensy Spider” together in Mandarin Chinese! This classic children’s favorite will have your child singing Chinese in minutes.   Let’s learn the Chinese phrases together…:   Xiǎo xiǎo zhī zhū… – 小小蜘蛛… – (The) eensy weensy spider… pá shàng le shuǐ guǎn. – 爬上了水管. – went up the water spout. Xià yǔ, xià yǔ… – 下雨, 下雨… Down came the rain… xiǎo zhī zhū diào xià lái. – 小蜘蛛掉下來. – and washed the spider […]

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Fun Spiral Snake Craft Project for the Year of the Snake

Fun Spiral Snake Craft Project for the Year of the Snake

2013 is the Chinese Year of the Snake. Did you know that in Chinese culture the “Year of the Snake” is also known as the “Year of the Little Dragon?!” Here is a Fun Spiral Snake craft you can make at home with your child.  I have created the design for you to print out on stock paper. What you need: 1. Stock paper any color 2. Scissors 3. String 4. Glue 5. Hole punch 6. Sequins […]

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Miss Panda’s Chinese New Year App Recommendations

Miss Panda's Chinese New Year App Recommendations

Apps offer a fun way to learn at home and at school.  The iPad apps listed below are my personal picks for Chinese New Year-themed learning, teaching and fun!  We are always open to new ones so please feel free to share your favorites too! Note: This is not a sponsored post.  These apps are currently on my iPad  for my children and students to use.   2013 Happy Chinese New Year – a cultural game by […]

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Miss Panda’s Happy Chinese Playgroup – “Ni Hao” & “Numbers” Songs

Miss Panda's Happy Chinese Playgroup - "Ni Hao" & "Numbers" Songs

Let’s sing the “Ni Hao” (Hello!) and “Numbers” songs with Miss Panda! (These two songs are also included in the “Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda!” audio CD/MP3 album.) Singing, dancing, and finger play are lots of fun for young children.  Kids enjoy rhythmic patterns and music.  It is a joyful shared experience when we sing with our little ones.  We clap our hands, stomp our feet, jump up and down to express the fun we are […]

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