As we are heading towards the end of the school year, our last unit will focus on how a country’s national treasures help define their identity in the world. We will use the “Panda – 熊猫” (one of China’s national treasures) as a vehicle to exploring this concept better.
Here is a video clip about pandas that we will use in class to help jump start their inquiry into this unit:
For our current unit, we are once again exploring our colours in Mandarin. This year we are extending our prior knowledge by learning character writing and using them orally in a set sentence structure.
We began our unit with a familiar song on colours and then read an engaging story about a fun loving cat named “Pete the cat: I love my white shoes” 皮皮猫: 我爱我的白鞋子。
Here is the colour song and the image of the story we read together. Look out for more Mandarin colour stories next week as we apply our Mandarin learning in short phrases and sentences.
Welcome back! We are continuing our unit of inquiry we began just before the winter break. Our unit will concentrate on looking at how to use our action word “to play” (玩） in connection with games and toys. We will also explore some traditional/cultural toys of China.
Here are two traditional toys of China
踢毽子 = Chinese Hacky Sack
抖空竹 = Chinese yo-yo
The new song we are learning together in class is also available on the resource page. Please feel free to take a look and sing along.
The Grade 1s are currently finishing up their unit on “Signs and Symbols” this coming week. Each student is creating their own mini “My Chinese Picture Word” dictionary. When completed, each student will have their own dictionary to take home and show their family or friends what they have learned in Mandarin.
Here are some of the final “Picture Words” we have added to our repertoire:
This week we have began investigating signs and symbols in our Mandarin Learning. We are looking more closely at Mandarin characters, specifically “picture words” that we can read and know their meaning just by looking at the character’s formation.
Here are some characters that we are looking at:
We are also looking at how the characters change from how they were first written down a long time ago to how they look now. Below are some quick video clips that help to demonstrate the changes throughout history:
Recently we celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival here at school. A whole day celebration was hosted by the Mandarin Department in the Library on October 4th, where all classes were invited to share in the culture and traditions of the festival. We had students visit the following stations to help them experience the festival:
Story telling (Change and HouYi 嫦娥和后羿）
Arts and Crafts 手工 (Lantern making 灯笼, and paper folding)
Traditional Tea Ceremony 茶艺表演
Traditional Sugar Art presentation 糖人儿表演
Chinese Riddles 猜灯谜
Mooncake Tasting 吃月饼
Below are some video clips on the origins of the festival as well as some photos of the day: