Newsletter| January, 2020

Theme: Winter

Antarctic/ Chinese New Year

Happy New Year!

Can you believe that it is 2020? We hope that you all had a wonderful break.

This month, we are going to learn about WINTER, ANTARCTIC ANIMALS, read books by the author, Litwin Eric, and the Chinese New Year.

 

English Activities

This winter, we don't have enough snow to make a snow man. Why don't we make some snow by ourselves now?

Look at the snow I made! It is white and fluffy.

Do you know the snowflakes are different from one another?

I need to match the mittens first, then, I can choose my favorite one.

Do you know how many snowflakes on this mitten with the blind folder on?

Science experiment: How can animals stay warm with the blubber? What is blubber? Blubber, is a thick, insulating layer of fat beneath the skin that helps to keep body warmth in and the cold of the air or water out. Will a layer of fake blubber—in the form of coconut oil—help you keep from getting cold?

We don't have blubber so we feel cold when we touch ice.

Who lives in the icy cold Antarctic?

Today, we are learning about seal.

Do you know how seal moves? Let's pretend to be a seal!

The emperor penguin is the tallest penguin in the world and it may be 50 inches tall. Are you taller than the emperor penguin? The fairy penguin is the shortest penguin in the world, and it may be 18 inches tall. Are you taller than the fairy penguin?

This is how we trace the sand paper letter.

What is the initial sound of the object you picked?

Let me show you how to write the letters and you can also try it.

What is Megan's Show and Tell? It's "m" for "mommy".

 

Chinese Activities

j q x is a very special group of sounds. When the vowel ü spell with them, the two points on the head will be removed.

Can you guess j-u-ju, is the vowel u or ü?

These are all the Chinese consonants and vowels.

I know more Chinese vocabularies now.

I finally spelled all the words. It's a big work for me.

I'm working on the PINYIN work page.

I like PINYIN work, it helps me to spell a lot of words.

Movable PINYIN spelling work.

Let me checked if I spelled them correctly.

The character I picked is “妈/mom”,妈妈.

I'm making a character booklet.

The Lunar New Year is coming soon. Do you still remember the story of “Nian 年”

I like the Zodiac story. Do you know what the zodiac year is now? It's the year of Rat!

We will get Red Envelops/压岁钱 for the Lunar New Year. Do you know the origin of the red envelope?

To get a red envelop, we need to learn to say Blessing Words/吉祥话.

I' m curious what blessing word I will draw.

Are you ready for the red envelops?

There are many traditional customs in Lunar New Year. Do you know what we will eat for New Year's Eve Reunion Dinner?

There're many traditional Chinese games too.

Pitch-pot(投壶)is a traditional game that requires players to throw sticks from a set distance into a large, sometimes ornate, canister.

Hopscotch(跳房子) is a popular playground game in which players toss a small object into a pattern of rectangles then hop to retrieve the object.