Craft Time for Language Learning Black Sesame Ladybug

The most amazing time when I teach Chinese to children is when we have activity time, game time, story time, hands-on experiment time, and craft time!  I want to involve the children and provide them constant comprehensible Chinese language input.  I talk a lot in class and I use Chinese to communicate with the little kids.  I speak Chinese constantly and I use the the theme words repeatedly so the young language learners can hear the same

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Chinese Culture for Kids Series: Exploring Chinese Culture with Kids

China, the oldest civilization on earth has so much for us to explore.  The resources that I included here will take us on an adventure with the Chinese language, festivities, food, music, art, architecture, philosophy, traditions, medicine, martial arts, and more.  Here are the tools for you to use in your daily Chinese session at home or at school.  Listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be enhanced with hands-on cultural projects and multimedia experience.  Enjoy! Hello, China

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Chinese Culture for Kids Series: Hungry Ghost Festival and the Ghost Month Meet Halloween and Day of the Dead

The seventh month on the lunar calendar is “ghost month” and it has many taboos such as kids should not swim in the river, wedding should not be held during this time, and moving or buying a house is prohibited.  Even though many young Chinese do not follow these tradition any more there are still many Chinese people do.  With the Halloween getting popular in Chinese culture, the Ghost month now seems more fun for kids than

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Chinese Culture for Kids Series: 七夕Qi Xi – Story about Chinese Valentine’s Day

Chinese culture for kids series:  Chinese Valentine’s Day. Chinese Valentine’s Day is known as “七夕 Qi Xi” in Chinese.  Do you see a bridge formed by “magpies” -xǐ què 喜鵲 (traditional Chinese) | 喜鹊 (simplified Chinese) in the night sky on the day of 七夕 (Qi Xi)?  Is it raining?  七夕 Qi Xi is the evening of the 7th day of the 7th lunar month.  “七夕 Qi Xi” falls on August 28 this year (2017). Qi Xi

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Chinese Culture for Kids Series: The Mid-Autumn Festival, the Moon Fairy, and Mooncakes: Story, Recipe, Song, and Printables

Chinese Culture for kids

The origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival or “Zhōng Qiū Jié” (中秋節) occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month each year (falling in September or October on our familiar solar calendar).  Because this holiday is based on the lunar calendar, where it falls on the solar calendar varies from year to year.  For example, in 2015 the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 27th.  In 2017, it was on October 4th  and

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Chinese for Kids: Solar Eclipse Coloring Page, Task Cards and More

We are excited about Solar Eclipse 2017!  Learning Chinese with total solar eclipse is fun! I hope you find it exciting as you are learning Chinese or teaching Chinese to young learners.  We have prepared some tools for your science observation for this amazing event if you are located in northern American.  Some people will see total solar eclipse and some will see partial solar eclipse.  Where are you located and what are you going to see? 

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Story Time: Good Night, Gorilla and Book Activity for Kids

Welcome to Miss Panda’s Reading Playground Miss Panda is reading Good Night, Gorilla! Chinese edition today. This post has affiliate links. Book Title: Good Night, Gorilla! Author: Peggy Rathmann Language: Chinese edition (Simplified Chinese) Audio: Let’s read Good Night, Gorilla! in Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda.  Let’s help the zookeeper and say “good night!” to all the animals in the zoo.  Do you think the animals are sleepy? Learning theme: This is a story about saying good night

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11 Chinese Songs and Nursery Rhymes for Kids

Chinese for Kids: 11 Chinese songs for kids

Singing Chinese songs for Kids is a fun way to learn Chinese at home!  Research shows that music and songs help language acquisition.  Many Chinese children’s songs are short wth a lot of repetition of simple words.  They go well with movements for our babies and tots and sing along for kids from kinder and up. What you should know about Chinese Kids Songs! Look inside of each Chinese songs and nursery rhymes for kids and pick

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Sing to Learn Chinese: Sorry, My Chinese Is Not Good

Singing a fun song to learn Chinese!  We are singing “Sorry, my Chinese is not good.) by Transition Band. This song is a story about the mistakes the Transition band members made when they first started learning Mandarin Chinese.  It has a catchy tune and it tells that the tones in Chinese are important.  The title of the song is a polite sentence to say to tell people that you are learning Chinese and you are a

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Story Time: Elmer’s Day and Book Activities for Kids

Welcome to Miss Panda’s Reading Playground Miss Panda is reading Elmer’s Day Chinese edition today!  This post has affiliate links. Book Title: Elmer’s Day Author: David McKee Language: English-Chinese edition. Audio: Let’s read Elmer’s Day in Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda.  Follow Elmer the elephant and see what he does today. Learning theme: This is a cute story about Elmer the elephant.  Young readers who are learning about daily activities can relate to this story and share

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