Wednesday, December 15, 2010
You may be wondering...how do you say Santa Clause in Chinese? Well, this is a very important question! Here it is 圣诞老人 sheng4 dan4 lao3 ren2. That's right. You got it. Remember, practice makes perfect.
2nd graders - Please don't forget to work on your vocabulary writing. Here is the list. Go ahead! Dazzle your visiting grandparents and cousins with your lovely Chinese characters
小 xiao3 small
大 da4 big
男 nan2 man
不 bu4 no
百 bai3 100
千 qian1 1000
茶 cha2 tea
3rd graders - I have included some super duper Chinese words for the Winter Break. Here you go...
中国 zhong1 guo2 China
门 men4 door
下 xia4 down
上 shang4 up
天 tian1 sky
你 ni3 you
好 hao3 good
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Ni Hao Chinese Learners! How lovely, lovely the K-2 Chinese students sing. It was like little angels had entered our gym and sang a darling Chinese song. The children have been singing their little hearts out since September learning this tongue twisting song. To remember all those Chinese words took a lot of brain power! It was nice to see all the students and teachers dressed up in their Christmas clothes and nice shoes. The concert was beautiful and the gymnasium looked magical. I was certainly proud of my little students!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Try practicing the following vocabulary at home!
Practice makes perfect!
Can you find a word inside the word to the right? Look carefully and you will see one of your vocabulary words hidden inside the word. This lovely word means Beauty!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Le Jardin Academy had some very special guests this week. Our school was visited by the Kagoshima Fisheries Senior High School in Japan. Our LJA High School students got to experience a thrilling karate demonstration as well as learn about the Kagoshima Fisheries Senior High School and the vessel the students live, learn, and work on. These students are working diligently to become engineers, ship captains, and much more in the technical marine biology field. Our very own Chinese Level I student, 花大姐, speaks fluent Japanese and served as a tour guide and translator during the event. Mr. Allan and the Headmast of Kagoshima Fisheries High School visited the Chinese Department after the presentation and refreshments. The visiting students were certainly friendly and well mannered. Our LJA students got a chance to mingle and get to know a few of the Japanese students.
We are currently scheduling a Saturday afternoon outing to the Dragon Garden Bonsai Nursery (http://dragongardennursery.com/). Students and family members will be treated to an afternoon tour of the lovely nursery deep in the Waimanalo Valley with an accompanying class on creating your very own bonsai. Children (siblings welcome!) will get hands on practice. Families will have the opportunity to purchase their own supplies to build their own bonsai or purchase one already started. Mr. Liu will be our teacher and tour guide. Mr. Liu has published serveral books on the art of bonsai and has lectured all over Asia and the United States on this lovely gardening hobby. A sign up letter will be sent home with your child. Date and time to be announced. $5 per child. Adults are free. Siblings welcome.
Interested in shadow puppetry? Students have been enjoying to speak Chinese with shadow puppets. Almost every morning I find more and more shadow puppet that children lovingly created and carefully left on my desk. Today after character writing practice 2nd grade students were treated to a traditional Chinese puppet show from Youtube. With this video students have a up close view of what happens behind the scenes of a Shadow Puppet Show in China. Want to view it from home? Just go to Youtube.com and search "Chinese shadow theatre - backstage by tpventi. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
LJA Keiki Chinese learners certainly help me out with my puppetry! 小龙 and 小老鼠 created these lovely shadow puppets. I really like they way the artists used color to enhance the shadow! Laoshi did a little snip, snip, snipping with the scissors to create a little more definition with the puppets and then we dove right into a show! 1st graders are starting to learn the words for family members. The dragon is the 哥哥 (ge1 ge big brother) who forgot who he was after bumping his head on the playground. The other animals had to fly into action to help 哥哥 remember who he was and find his way home.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
What curious Chinese learners we have at LJA! This Chinese teacher could not be more proud!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Learning Chinese simply must be all fun and games! Here you see 小朋友 jump, jump, jumping to learn new words. When 老师 （lao3 shi1) says a word, kids have to jump, jump to the correct picture card. And everyone knows how 老师 likes to make it harder and harder! 2nd grade students are having barrels of fun learning new vocabulary. Want to try? Here are a few new words for you to practice at home:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Those crazy high schoolers just don't get enough air-time on this blog! What about 小猫猫 and 大龙？ Both seniors suffer from certifiable cases of the Senior Blues are excellent Chinese speakers! these power-house seniors enjoy memorizing vocabulary, writing thousands of Chinese characters, and especially like daily quizzes! Oh, did I mention they favor Kung Fu movies and Chinese soap operas?
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Speaking of The Great Wall of China. 1st graders have been having a lot of fun learning Chinese geography and hearing stories about Huang Di and all his expeditions around China. Google the city Xian, China and be prepared for a very be learning adventure!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Chinese moon cake is traditionally eaten during Moon Festival. Much like we eat pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Hey, why not try something new and taste a Chinese moon cake this year!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Ni Hao Chinese Learners! Chinese Moon Festival is right around the corner. Our class will be celebrating during the week of September 20. Click on the link above to see some highlight photos of how people in China and around the globe celebrate this lovely holiday!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Second and Third Graders are invited to create their own shadow puppet show using vocabulary...with a little English mixed in. Student shadow puppet shows must be no more than 2 or 3 minutes long.
I noticed the children really love the shadow puppets and wanted to do their own shows. That is when I decided one group (two children per group) could do a puppet show every other class period. So far the children have built their own shadow puppets and have invented immaginative and funny themes for their show.
Performances will begin tomorrow with the debut of Dragon and Dog Make Friends. All shows must be preapproved and prescheduled with laoshi. No show will be approved for performance on the same day. Students must schedule in advance.
First graders are having fun learning good bye, come back, and thank you. Students really enjoy the good bye come back game! What a fun way to learn new vocabulary.
Remember... practice what you know outside the classroom!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Have you ever wanted to write in Chinese? Don't you think Chinese writing is lovely? I certainly do!!