Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is a traditional and very important Chinese holiday. And 2018 is the “Year of the Dog” according to Chinese Zodiac. There are 12 different zodiac animals which are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Which one are you? This holiday is being celebrated with color red which symbolizes happiness, wealth, prosperity and can keep evil spirits away which in return brings good luck. Remember those red Chinese envelopes that contain money? Ready moms, let’s celebrate Chinese New Year this week with our toddlers!
|“CHINESE NEW YEAR THEME” 4th week of February 2018|
|1. Readiness Skill|
|a)Colors||pink, white and red|
|b)Shapes||square and triangle|
|a) Body Parts||fingers, chin|
|b) Animals||hippo, iguana|
|3. Arithmetic||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|4. Writing||trace H and straight line|
|5. Music||Ikea instruments, “Finger Family”|
|6. Social studies||know t-shirt and pants|
|7. Arts and crafts||Chinese Fan|
|8. Physical Ed|
|a)Fine motor||opening lids from different types of containers|
|b)Gross motor||follow the leader (crawl, jump, roll)|
|a) Bible||God made fish and birds/ pray||God made fish and birds/ pray||God made fish and birds/ pray|
|b) Manner||say you’re welcome||say you’re welcome||say you’re welcome|
|c) Personal Care||try to put t-shirt||try to put t-shirt||try to put t-shirt|
|d) Reading at night||I love you mommy and daddy (book of the week)||I love you mommy and daddy (book of the week)||I love you mommy and daddy (book of the week)|
|e) Field Trips weekends||eat in a Chinese Restaurant and trip to Petco|
|f) Snack Ideas||eat something pinkish – strawberry/banana milk smoothie||eat something pinkish – strawberry/banana milk smoothie||eat something pinkish – strawberry/banana milk smoothie|
Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Readiness skill:
For this week, we played color sorting game to learn colors pink, red and white (a little bit beige, we have no real white blocks at home) (Figure A). We also added some colors we learned from the previous week. Since I love using the materials that we already have at home in adddition to my son’s toys for teaching, we used a baking sheet to sort out the different colored blocks. I have cut out constructive papers into small rectangles enough to fit in the bottom of the baking sheet. And then I gave the blocks to my son to match up the colors. To reinforce learning the colors, I first asked my son to identify the color of each construction papers and the blocks before proceeding to our sorting game.
In order to learn triangle and square, I have print outs for each shape and taped those in the window for painting (Figure B). But before allowing him to paint, I first asked my son “this is triangle or square, and what is this shape again?”.
We played with an ABC puzzle from Target (Figure C), since my little boy enjoys doing his puzzles. We always identify the letters first, focusing on this week’s letters H and I, and afterwards name the objects associated with the letters.
Additionally, I taped both the uppercase and lowercase H and I in our window alongside two objects that starts with these letters (Figure D). I used the free printables ABC pack from “thisreadingmama” website. Afterwards, I asked my son to use the print outs for painting.
Here are some ideas for Science:
Before going to bed, I repetitively asked my little one where his fingers and chin. Afterwards, we sang the “Finger Family” nursery rhymes.
We learned the animals hippoppotamus for letter H and iguana for letter I for this week’s curriculum. We used the free printables from thisreadingmama website. After teaching my son which animals are hippoppotamus and iguana, I asked him “so, what is this animal again?” for each of the print outs. Afterwards, we both did the coloring.
Since we are celebrating Chinese New Year, we counted six little chinese fans (Figure F). I used the construction paper to make the tiny fans and taped the numbers 1 to 6 in each one of them.
Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Writing:
For this week, we traced straight lines and letter H with a crayola (Figure 1G and 2G). Since my little boy is still not independent in tracing, I let him more familiar with the straight lines by additionally using playdough (Figure 3G).
Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Music:
My mother in law gave my son an Ikea LATTJO percussion instrument set (Figure H) that we both love. These intruments are simple yet entertaining.
And for nursery rhymes, we were singing “Finger Family”.
Daddy finger, daddy finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do? (bending the thumb)
Mommy finger, Mommy finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do? (bending the index finger)
Brother finger, Brother finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do? (bending the middle finger)
Sister finger, Sister finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?(bending ring finger)
Baby finger, Baby finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do? (bending baby finger)
My goal for social studies part of the curriculum is for my son to become familiar with the things that surround him, mostly around the house. Currently, I am teaching him to independently take off and put on his t-shirt and pants before and after bath respectively. So while we are doing this, we are also naming the t-shirt and pants or shorts. We also name any other clothes that he puts on such as sweater or jacket.
Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Arts and Crafts:
We made a chinese fan with red, pink and white (colors learned on Monday) construction papers (Figure I). We also used a straw as the fan’s handle. But before we began the craft, I first reiterated colors pink, white and red by asking my son “what is the color of the paper” before he started painting (only dots). Afterwards, we folded the papers to create a fan.
Here is a link for making Chinese fans:
Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Physical Education:
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
I collected several leftover containers from the kitchen with different types of lids such as snap cap and screw cap lids (Figure J). These are great ways to support our little one’s hand and finger muscles.
GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
We played “follow the leader” together. I just simply let him mimic what I was doing such as crawling like a caterpillar, jumping like a kangaroo and running like a cheetah.
God made the fish and birds.
In addition to reading the Bible (Figure K), we also went for a trip in Petco. Although we really have no pets right now, we love to go in that store to look at the dogs for adoption. Additionally, we went around the aquarium/fish and the bird section. And on the way home, my son and I tried to remember the animals that we saw and told him that these are made by God.
Manner and Personal Care:
We are continuing to learn this week how to take off and put on his clothes before and after baths respectively. Additionally, he brings his dirty clothes into the laundry basket.
More over, my husband and I are also teaching him how to say “you’re welcome”.
Reading at night:
Our books for this week are “I Love You Daddy” and “I Love You Mommy” (Figure L). Both books are written by Melanie Joyce and Polona Lovsin.
Weekend Field Trips:
In addition to Petco, we also went to a local Lunar New Year Festival. Going to local festivals are great way to celebrate holidays and really soaked in different cultural backgrounds through foods and music. And of course, a good way to introduce different cultural background to our toddlers!
Pinkish Food idea: strawberry-banana milk smoothie
And that is the end of our week’s teaching ideas! Tell me what you think moms!
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