元宵节快乐!yuánxiāo jié kuàilè! (Happy Lantern Festival)

Lantern Festival, called 元宵节 (yuánxiāo jié) in Chinese, marks the official finale of the two-week Chinese New Year celebration.  Having learned all about CNY traditions and all the auspicious foods we eat to celebrate the occasion, we rolled some 元宵 this morning in our 5th-grade Chinese class, yum!  This CNY also marked the last year with a number of our 8th graders.  As always, we celebrate happy times over food (hot pot!).  I am particularly proud of our 8th graders this year, because they have really become leaders and the big kids who ran a craft-and-games CNY fair for all the lower school kids.  Thank you for your hard work and passion for learning the Chinese language and culture.  我知道你们最喜欢学中文,对不对?Enjoy the fun photos ~

 

中秋节快乐!(Zhōngqiū jié kuàilè)

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival again!  This year, we celebrated the holiday by tasting moon cakes and 柚子 yòuzi, a fruit that is commonly harvested and enjoyed this time of the year.  I remember growing up wearing hats made of their peels as we celebrated this special holiday in Taiwan.  In the same week, our 5th grade Chinese students also had a chance to interact with Yali students who were visiting with our class.  It’s wonderful for the kids to show our Yali friends their joy of learning the Chinese language!

 

端午节快乐 Duānwǔ Jié Kuàilè!

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Each year when the weather turns warm, we are reminded that Dragon Boat Festival is just around the corner.  Each year, the 7th graders make their own satchet, a fragrant pouch that you wear to repel bugs and anything unsavory as they come out from hiding.  In the next couple of weeks we will have more pictures with our students’ works, but for now, here’s my ad hoc DIY video that my 7th graders have been asking for, and they shall get –

春到了 chūn dàole (Spring is here!)

This spring, other than learning to sing “Where is spring?” in 5th grade, we have done a number of hands-on and technology learning activities to celebrate this traditional holiday and change of season.

In the 6th grade, happy chatters in Chinese continue to be heard in a series of interviews, “hi-5s,” chants and songs.  Just like in the 5th grade, we also made Yuanxiao in celebration of the Lantern Festival (on the 15th day of CNY!)

  

 

7th graders see through the new year with games, games and games – all about the furniture that’s missing in the house:)

新年快乐!恭喜发财!xīnnián kuàilè! gōngxǐ fācái! (Happy new year! Good wishes and prosperity!)

Today, January 28, 2017 (first day of first month on the lunar calendar), marks the new year in the Chinese culture. As we start the year of the rooster, we are enjoying a number of learning activities in all of Chinese classes. In 5th grade, we are in the midst of learning about ingredients that go into dumplings, before we try making them next week.  For all the ingredients see Quizlet –
https://quizlet.com/_1zrch1
In 6th grade, we made dumplings together and enjoyed it over lunch:


In 8th grade, we gathered with old friends and enjoyed a hot pot lunch, since we are currently learning about Chinese food and restaurants: