Mini Lesson: What is Woody wearing?

Activity Idea Box:  Many young children enjoy dress-up play.  Kids can learn about outfits, accessories, job duties, personality and professions.  It involves imagination and creativity.  Our dress-up chest at home has been popular over the years.  Why don’t you set up one and see how your child would enjoy it.  I hope Woody can help out with the cowboy theme for your next dress-up theme.

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Sing to Learn Chinese: Sing, Rap, Speak Chinese!

Sing, Rap, Speak Chinese! Teaching Children a Foreign Language with Songs and Movement Singing is a joyful way of learning and an effective way to teach languages to children of all ages. Are you ready to try “London Bridge” in Mandarin Chinese with your little one now? Have fun! – 玩得開心 – Wán de kāi xīn! Back in my pre-mommy days I used to teach Chinese children English. When my own children were born I was determined

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Sid Shuffle – Let’s Dance and Rap in Chinese

Let’s learn a dance and rap in Mandarin Chinese!  What a fun way to  start your day with all the movements and direction words and phrases in Chinese!  Watch the video and let’s do the Sid Shuffle with the adorable Ice Age character.  Sid will teach us the moves to the coolest dance craze sweeping the globe.  Watch people from 15 countries do the dance!  Miss Panda is ready!  How about you? First, we will learn the

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Read Around The World Summer Series: Mei Ling’s Hiccups

  No matter where you are you can join Read Around The World Summer Series on Multicultural Kids Blogs.  Here is Miss Panda’s recommendation.  What do you do when you have hiccups?  Read Mei Ling’s Hiccups by David Mills and find out what Mei Ling did. Discover all the great books in this series on Read Around the World Summer Reading Pinterest Board. “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

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10 Great Children’s Books in Chinese

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” ~ Emilie Buchwald  I still remember the days when my son was only a few months old and I was reading “The Good Night Moon” to him in Mandarin Chinese.  He would be on my lap listening and then from time to time he would grab the book and chew on it.  What an adorable scene!   Yes, he was teething at the time! Reading familiar books

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Chinese Culture for Kids Heritage Series: A Celebration of Cultural Heritage with Kids: Taiwan & China

{Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Blog Hop} May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.  We are celebrating cultures and sharing our cultural heritage with children! First, what is cultural heritage? “Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.” – wikipedia For me, my heritage culture is Chinese from Taiwan and China.  I like

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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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Winter Olympics Matching Game Printables

Winter Olympics just started and we are excited to learn about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia!  This is a great time to introduce theme vocabulary about Olympics and winter sports.   I designed two sets of matching games, one for the younger children and one for the older ones.  You can print them on card stock and cut them into cards.  You can play with them when you are watching the game or when you are

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Chinese for Kids Song Series: Traditional Chinese Lunar New Year Songs

As we await the arrival of the Year of the Rooster on January 28th I would like to share some of the traditional Chinese songs performed by several flash mobs.  In the video below we go on a tour to experience the Lunar New Year culture in Taipei, Taiwan. You will see Dí Huà Street, the well-known Lunar New Year Boulevard, where you can purchase almost everything you need for the Chinese New Year. You will also

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Chinese Culture for Kids Craft Series: 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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