Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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 the full article...

Monday, August 27, 2012

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:  ...Read the full article

Monday, August 20, 2012

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 English and Chinese.

Language : English and traditional Chinese characters ONLY (No pinyin or zhuyin (bopomofo).

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Handy Manny - School for Tools in Chinese

Do you have a little one who loves tools in the family?  Here is Handy Manny in Mandarin Chinese.  You might have watched the show in English now let's watch it in Mandarin Chinese. It is a short immersion program for the whole family.  Can you hear the following words or phrases?

Tool -Gōng jù 工具
Light -Shǒu diàn tǒng 手電筒
Flashlight -Dēng 燈
See/look -Kàn 看
Success! - Chéng gōng le! 成功了

Have fun! 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

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

The Story of Chopsticks

Enjoy my book picks of the month and let me know your favorites!

Disclosure: I have no affiliation with the authors or publishers of the books listed here.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

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: Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with Children

HapaMama: Children's Books for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

BiculturalMom: 8 ways to Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Colorín Colorado: APA Celebrations

Fact Monster: Celebrating Asian Contribution to America