Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy Spring Break

During the Spring Break I hope you find a little time to practice the flashcards below. After the Spring Break look for a new set of digital flashcards that will help you order food at a Chinese restaurant!

Kindergarten is working on a new song about butterflies, dragon flies, and frogs! One class is even learning a fan dance with a short puppet performance to go along with the song.

First grade is working on classroom commands such as leave and come back. They have also been enjoying the story The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf in Chinese. I am always amazed how easily the students can guess the meaning of new words.

Second graders are learning up, down, chair, table and continuing on with writing simple characters.

Most of all...have a nice rest! 再见, 老师

Monday, March 15, 2010

Chinatown Dim Sum

High school Chinese students levels I - IV took an excursion to Chinatown last Thursday. I was amazed at how much teenagers could eat! Lucky the kitchen could keep up with all that dim sum! Students enjoyed taking their Chinese language skills for a test drive with friendly waitresses. After lunch high schoolers got to try their hand at bargaining in the market. If you are looking for good Chinese dim sum try Legends in the Chinatown Culture Plaza 532-1868.

Jake Kruel's (grade 2) dad just returned from Hong Kong with classroom presents. Our favorite Red Kung Fu Dancing Fans have arrived. We now have enough for each child to dance with a red fan. Be looking for your little Chinese speaker to come home with a few new kung fu dance moves!

Mr. Foehr arranged for a lovely lion dance show last week. The Au's Shaolin Martial Arts Lion Dance troupe came to the school to perform, show kids Chinese Kung Fu, and talk about traditional Chinese New Year activities. Kids got to feed the lions red envelopes, and a few lucky students got to play the cymbals and try a few kung fu moves. A good time was had by all! Keiki Chinese Club for the remainder of March. I will be at tech workshops.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

你好学生! Hello Students!
I hope you enjoy learning Chinese with these digital flashcards! Remember...practice, practice, practice what you know.

No Keiki Chinese Club for the month of March. I will be attending a technology workshop on Tuesday afternoons. See you all April 6. Guest artists will teach us how to make a beautiful Chinese flag from paper, scissors, and lots of immagination!

Thursday I am taking the high school students to Chinatown for dim sum. See what you have to look forward to when studying Chinese in high school! Perhaps I will find a good cartoon for you while we are there!

Happy flashcard learning!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Today students enjoyed viewing the pictures from our lion dance parade. Thank you to all the parents who sent in pictures. Be looking out for a special feature on Suhana Liedtke who built the dragon her team used! Wow Suhana! We are proud!

Today 1st grade students got busy learning days of the week by rapping. Some even felt moved by the rap and even added a little dance! Good going learners!

Kindergarten is learning colors. The students made up a funny joke to go home and tell their parents about learning colors in Chinese. Get ready for a good Chinese joke at the dinner table! These K students are really good with their colors.

Our next Keiki Chinese Club meeting will be April 6 with special guest artists Mrs. Jacobs and Wai Jun Jacobs. Theses artist and Chinese language learners will be teaching us how to create beautiful Chinese flags to wave, display, and take home!

No Keiki Chinese for the remainder of March. I will be at a technology workshop on Tuesday afternoons.

Hope you enjoy the picture today! I like to call it Chinese Enthusiasm!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Lion Dancing Slide Show!

Hello Lion Dancers! Enjoy the slide show of our wonderful Lion Dancing Day!
Thank you to all who helped make this very fun day possible!

High School Level I and II students built the puppets, LS students decorated, Red Dragon Society parents helped with chaperoning, Ms. McNeill watched while our little students performed a darling song and dance, teachers warmly welcomed us to their classrooms, administrators sat patiently while our little noise makers stomped around their offices!

What a very happy Chinese New!

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