Archive for the Chinese Mini Lessons Category

Chinese Culture Adventure: Dragon Boat Festival – Duān Wǔ Jié 端午節

Dragon Boat Festival falls on the 5th day of the 5th month on the Chinese lunar calendar.  Chinese people call the Dragon Boat Festival – Duan Wǔ Jié 端午節.  It is summer time when the Dragon Boat Festival comes.  Let’s take a look at the Dragon Boat Festival celebration.  We got to see the Dragon Boat Race in person.  Ge Ge and Mei Mei with the whole family took the challenge to participate in the standing the

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Bilingual Kids: Earth Day 地球日

Earth Day is every day!   What can you do as a kid or as a family?  Some kids at the school created water hero, like the one in the picture above to remind themselves they should save water.  It was a creative group project for 4th graders.  There are a lot of fun ways to celebrate Earth Day. Now you can work on one and use some new words. Here is a list of Chinese words,

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Bilingual Kids: Let’s Learn the Color Words in Mandarin Chinese!

Spring is a fun time to learn or review all the color words in Mandarin Chinese!  Have you dyed some Easter eggs?  How about an Easter egg hunt?  Do you know all the colors of the jelly beans?  Have a fun and sweet time learning and repeating all the color words. When we dye the Easter eggs we see all the colors and we can say the names of each color.  What colors do you see in

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Miss Panda’s Picks: Top 18 Chinese Learning Apps for Kids

The mobile devices have become a part of our learning in or out of our home or in the classroom.  I like the flexibility and the variety that apps provide.  Here I have picked over 20 Chinese languagelearning apps that are educational and entertaining for your bilingual child.  This is a 2017 update.  I kept the non-native speaking parents and children in mind when I made the selection.  Many of the Chinese language learning apps have language

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St. Patrick’s Day Phrases in Chinese

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Let’s look at the phrases used on St. Patrick’s day.  Here are the mini lessons with three pictures.    

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Valentine’s Day: LOVE 愛 Aiˋ ㄞˋ Craft Fun with Printables

Song: Treasure My Precious Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here is a song for you and your child – Treasure My Precious! Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  Are you going to make some special cookies?  Are you going to make special cards for your friends?  Miss Panda and Multicultural Kids Blog have a collection of circle toppers in multiple languages for you to choose from and to create your cards.   Here are the printable sets in traditional

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Chinese Culture with Miss Panda: Lion Dance and Dragon Dance

Year of the Rooster

 Picture Chinese Series:  Chinese New Year Special     The Chinese New Year celebration is a 15-day festivity.  With all the Spring Festival cultural events going on around the world this is a great time to locate one and to experience the celebration in person in your area.  If there is nothing similar locally you can join me to see what it is like.  I got a chance to visit Chinatown in Washington DC.  The year of

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Chinese Lunar New Year Guide – Tradition, Taboos, and Celebration

Chinese New Year lucky word, Fu. photo by ©2017 Miss Panda

“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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The 12 Chinese Animal Birth Signs with Printable

Read Learning Unit Description here.   Are you a Monkey? Are you a Chicken/Rooster? Are you a dog?  Are you a pig?  Chinese children ask their friends these questions for fun.  They also use the Animal Birth Signs to figure out how old their friends are.  With the arrival of the Year of the Rooster less than 10 days, we are going to take a look at the fun twelve Chinese Animal Birth Signs . There are

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Learning Tones in Mandarin Chinese

Tones in Chinese

Many parents with no Chinese language background ask me about how to pronounce Chinese words correctly with different tones when learning Mandarin Chinese with the kids together.  There are three steps to follow when you are working on the tones. First, relax and smile!  (Trust me, relax is the key for adults when speak a foreign language.  Smile works like magic and it makes you relaxed.) Second, sing a Chinese children’s song with  your child together!  (Singing

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