Chinese New Year Curriculum Enriches Students' Lives
 February 19th

I've included a number of lessons for this Chinese New Year curriculum to provide homeschooling students with an opportunity to learn more about the culture and traditions of people who make up one-sixth of the world's population.

The biggest advantage to this curriculum is that students will see similiar values, such as the importance of family and the hope for the future that exists in all of us.

The Year Of The Sheep- Learning About The Chinese Zodiac

2015 is the Year of the Sheep  and whether one believes in astrology or is aware of the characteristics of the animals, learning about the Chinese New Year adds enrichment to a chld's knowledge.

Here is an excellent resource of Chinese books. 



You can see a beautiful and entertaining video by the History Channel on "Things you probably don't know about China" and the Chinese New Year by clicking on the video. The other videos in this sequence are excellent as well. 



Learn To Say "Mother" in Mandarin



This is an excellent free and interactive presentation about how to pronounce Chinese, and specifically the word, "Mother." 

Writing Chinese Character Strokes in Order

Here is a wonderful website addition to this Chinese New Year curriculum that will show you the order of strokes for writing Chinese characters.

Perhaps, you can practice painting these words on a Chinese paper lantern.

Eager to practice more words?

Try these Chinese zodiac characters. 2014 is the year of the horse. What zodiac animal are you? 

History Lessons Of China

Picture of Ancient World IL

You can get this book and read more about China's civilization here. 

China is the oldest continuous civilization today, as it dates back to the Shang Dynasty in 1600 BC.

No Chinese New Year curriculum would be complete without learning more about one of the most famous structures in China -- the Great Wall. While there are many videos about building the Great Wall, I think this short video by the History Channel that deconstructs the Great Wall, it is just as fascinating.

Here are 74 interesting facts about China. Your children can make a memory game by choosing 12 or 24 of these items (or more) and glue them onto index cards.

Or make a memory game of the objects that China has invented. Find photos of these items, cut and paste them onto cards, write the name of the object and match them up. Throughout history all civilizations invent things. To view a list of some of the objects we have today that originated in China, click here. 

Source: http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?historyid=ab25#1498

Chinese New Year Cookies and Math

Here are three opportunities in this short Chinese New Year curriculum unit for your child to practice her fractions, measuring, and multiplication skills. 

First, by measuring ingredients for making the traditional Chinese New Year almond cookie. 

Second, by measuring the cutting marks for making a traditional Chinese paper lantern.

Third, by learning the fun, easy way to Chinese multiply. It requires no memorization. 

The Science of Fireworks 

What Chinese New Year curriculum would be complete if it didn't include fireworks?Here is a professional, 54-minute video about the history of fireworks. 

Here is another article about the history of fireworks. Your teenagers could write a research paper about the economic impact of the fireworks industry in the United States. 




Do you know how to show videos on your television?

These video will be so much more enjoyable with just a simple cable connection to your television. Here's how.

Attach a cable (like the one in the left column that you can buy from Amazon) to your computer and the other to the slot on the back of the TV. The cable only connects in one spot, so you can't miss it.

Then, go to your desktop and right click on your mouse. Hover on Graphic Options, hover on Output to, hover on Extended Desktop, and CLICK on Integrated display and monitor.

For your children who need a science fair project, here is a guide to making your own sundial.

This Chinese New Year curriculum compass project may be a bit complicated for a younger child, but for high school students, making a replica of the Chinese compass will prove an interesting science project about magnetic North.

Science and MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). For years, Chinese food contained MSG. So much so that now you'll usually find a sign at the entrance of most Chinese restaurants that state "No MSG."

Learn more about this controversy. It could make for an interesting research project. If you would like to learn more about writing a research paper. 


Confucius Sayings and Journal Topics

While most of these are directly attributed to Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher and teacher (551 BC - 479 BC), you will discover that there are many equivalent sayings expressed in a slightly different manner. But wisdom is wisdom, no matter who says it. 

As part of the Chinese New Year curriculum, your children could discuss and/or write about these Chinese proverbs. Explain that a proverb is a sentence that expresses wisdom about life. Below are 15, one for each day of this 15-day celebration. 

  • A life with love is happy; a life for love is foolish.
  • War doesn't determine who is right, war determines who is left.
  • A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
  • He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
  • An ambitious horse will never return to its old stable.
  • To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. 
  • Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.
  • Study the past, if you would divine the future.
  • Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire
  • I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
  • When anger rises, think of the consequences.
  • Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. 
  • A conversation with a wise person is worth of ten years' study of books.
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
  • The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

Sources: http://www.guy-sports.com/funny/chinese_jokes.htm

http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Confucius/




Chinese Literature 

Here are some excellent sources of literature for different ages levels that your children may enjoy reading. 

Buy it Now. 


Chinese New Year Art Projects

The last day of the Chinese New Year includes a lantern celebration. There are many websites that show how to make Chinese lanterns that are simple for beginners, My favorites are the tissue paper Chinese lanterns here.

 If you are planning to plant a garden this year, as part of this Chinese New Year curriculum, and in honor of the upcoming spring, you can make a garden sundial with colorful pots and flowers. 


If you would like to visit my other holiday curriculum pages, you can click here. 


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