Let’s Learn About Animals

Kids big and small love my stuffed animals whenever I bring them to the classroom!  We not only learn the names of the animals but also review the words about face and body parts.  After we have learned about the animals we visit the zoo to see and describe our animal friends.  You can do the same at home.  Review the words in this video for your next trip to the zoo! Ready, set, ROAR!!!  

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Chinese Character Fun: “below”,”to come down”, “next” = 下 (xià)

  Miss Panda’s Chinese Character Series featured Chinese character: 下 (xià). This character means “below”, “to come down”, and “next”. We can use 下 (“xià”) in the following phrases: <imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear:right; float:right; margin-left:1em; margin-bottom:1em”> 下車 – xià chē = to get out of the car 下樓 – xià lóu = to go downstairs 下午 – xià wǔ = afternoon 下星期 – xià xīng qí = next week 下來 – xià lái = to come down Click below to hear how

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Reading time: Elmer’s Day and more Bilingual Books

Reading is a great way to learn more about a language! For the month of August we are reading a set of English – Chinese bilingual books by David McKee.  In them Elmer, the fun-loving patchwork elephant, takes us around to learn about the daily routine, colors, weather, and animal friends. Each of these books uses simple words and short sentences.  Children will love the illustrations in the books and enjoy listening to the stories in both

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Reading Time: "The Sound of Colors" and more – Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Book Picks

  Reading is such a good way to learn about a culture. For the month of May we are exploring stories from the Asian-Pacific region. Do you have a favorite story from any of the Asian-Pacific countries? Share your favorite with us!   The Sound of Colors   The Musubi Man: Hawaii’s Gingerbread Man   Bee-Bim Bop!   Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories   Hush! A Thai Lullaby   Peach Boy and Other Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories  

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – Discover the Diversity of our Cultures

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.  What better time to explore the diversity of our Asian-Pacific cultures? This cultural exploration project can go from now all the way to and through the summer.  Want to know how to say “hello” in Vietnamese, Shanghainese, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese? Do you know where Dim Sum is from? Check out this video to find out these answers and more! Learn More About Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: HARTLYN KIDS: GUEST BLOG:

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Learning about fruit in Chinese

Kids always get so excited when I bring real fruit to the classroom. What a yummy show-and-tell! They smell so good and they look so delicious. You can have your own fun fruit day with your little one at home. Review the words in my video for your next trip to the supermarket! Ready, set, eat some fruit!

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Chinese Character Fun: "Up", "Above" = 上 (Shàng)

Miss Panda’s Chinese Character Series featured Chinese character: 上 (shàng) This word means “up”, “above”; “to go/come up”. We can use 上 shàng in the following phrases: 上車 – shàng chē = to get in the car 上床 – shàng chuáng = to get in bed/to go to sleep 上樓 – shàng lóu = to go upstairs 上學 – shàng xué = to go to school 上衣 – shàng yī = (clothing) top   Click below to

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Sing to Learn Chinese: Sing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Chinese (with Video)!

Are you ready to sing the “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” song in Mandarin Chinese? Watch the video, sing along and do the movements with Jie Jie!  You know this song and the tune very well.  Now let’s try it in Mandarin Chinese! English Lyrics (translation of the Mandarin Chinese version): Head, shoulders, knees, toes Head, shoulders, knees, toes Eyes, ears, nose, and mouth Head, shoulders, knees, toes (x2) Lyrics in Pinyin: Tóu jiānbǎng xīgài jiǎozhǐ tóu

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Reading Time: "Gordon & Li Li – Words for Everyday" and more (Mandarin Chinese for Kids)

The Gordon & Li Li series introduces basic Chinese words to young children. The Elmer’s book series features an adventurous elephant and the short stories keep the attention of the young children.  “In the Snow”, like “At the Beach” (from our last month’s picks) introduces ten Chinese pictogram characters on a walk through a forest on a snowy day. Gordon & Li Li Words for Everyday (Mandarin for kids) [Board Book] Languages: English, pinyin and Chinese characters

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Chinese Character Fun: "Sun" or "Day" = 日 ("Rì")

Miss Panda’s Chinese Character Series featured Chinese character: 日 (Rì). This character means “sun” or “day.” We can use 日 – Rì in the following phrases: <imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear:right; float:right; margin-left:1em; margin-bottom:1em”> 生日 – shēng rì = birthday 日期 – rì qí = date 假日 – chìa rì = holiday 大日子 – dà rì zi = big day 星期日 – xīng qí rì = Sunday 生日快樂 – shēng rì kuài lè = happy birthday Click below to hear

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