Today is the second day of spring and also the Spring Equinox in Chinese calendar. We learned about the origins and customs of spring equinox. Students did two things: erected fresh eggs and blown eggs.
We introduced Chinese opera masks and what kind of person the colors of masks represent. Each student painted their favorite mask on boiled egg shells.
这堂课接着介绍中国的传统节日 – 元宵节。我们通过讲述两个故事，学习了元宵节挂灯笼习俗的由来。同学们还都自己制作了可爱的动物灯笼。
We continue to introduce China’s traditional festival – The Lantern Festival. Through two folk stories we learned the origin of the custom of hanging lanterns for this festival. Then the students made their own cute animal lanterns.
Combined with the upcoming traditional Chinese festival – The Lantern Festival, we learned about the custom and meaning of the Lantern Festival. The students made Tangyuan, the food that is traditionally eaten during this festival. They finally ate Tangyuan made by themselves! Yummy!
We learned China’s national anthem, flag and emblem, understood the meaning of their design. We made a comparison with those of other countries as well. Students started to learn Chinese paper-cuts.
We learned about Chinese Zodiac and read the story about the Zodiac. Each student made a turntable with the 12 paper zodiac animals glued on it in the right order of the zodiac.
We focused on gunpowder—the fourth of the four great inventions of ancient China. Students learned when and how the invention happened. Given the risk of making gunpowder, we just made a firecracker model pendant.
We focused on printing technology – another one of the four great inventions of ancient China. Students learned about woodblock printing and typography later invented by Bi, Sheng. Students experienced the procedure of typography by making their name with Clay. See, we made it!
We focused on talking about paper making technology, one of the four great inventions of ancient China. Students learned what materials ancient Chinese wrote on before the invention. When, how and with who the invention happened. At last, every student made a piece of real paper!
We introduced the four great inventions of ancient China and focused on the origin and role of the compass. We made a water float compass and Mrs. Li also introduced how to produce a hanging compass. It was a class combining culture and science.
Today’s lesson is about the titles when Chinese people call their family members and relatives, Chinese mother river- Yellow River, and Yangtze River. Students learned how to call their relatives in China; understood the characteristics of the Yellow River and the Yangtze River. They also drew the Yellow River and the Yangtze River on the map and then whiteboard as well.
Today’s lesson is about the descendants of Yandi and Huangdi, legendary forefathers of the Chinese nation. Yandi is also called Shen Nong. We told the story Shen Nong Tasted a Hundred Herbs. In order to let the children experience Shen Nong’s bravery, we prepared and numbered 17 kinds of fruits and vegetables for the students to try. Children are so brave that everyone tasted all of them!
It is fall season and in the Chinese harvest festival is around the corner. We learned this festival and then each student made their own pumpkins, corns, peas, lettuce, carrots, potatoes and eggplants with play doughs. Look how hard they were working and how happy they were with their harvests!