林老师的教室/Ms. Kelly's Classroom

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Telling Time: 几点了?

The Grade One class made these paper plate clocks to help us how to tell time!

unnamedThe question of the week is 几点了?(jǐdiǎn le), which means “What time is it?”

It’s easy to tell time! The word “点” also means o’clock.

  • 1 o’clock = 一点
  • 2 o’clock = 两点
  • 3 o’clock = 三点
  • 4 o’clock = 四点

And so on! Can you count until 12 o’clock?

The word “半” (bàn) is used for :30.

  • 1:30 = 一点半
  • 2:30 = 两点半
  • 3:30 = 三点半
  • 4:30 = 四点半

Pretty easy, right? What about you? Can you tell the time in Chinese now?

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What Day Is It Today?

The First Graders learned how to say the days of the week. It’s actually easy to remember!

First, let’s learn the word 星期 (xīngqí), which means “week”. 

There are seven days of the week. Let’s start counting, starting with Monday!

  • Monday = 星期一
  • Tuesday = 星期二
  • Wednesday = 星期三
  • Thursday = 星期四
  • Friday = 星期五
  • Saturday = 星期六

Except for Sunday. Sunday is NOT星期七。

  • Sunday = 星期天

Other words we learned for this lesson are:

  • Today = 今天  jīntiān
  • Yesterday =昨天  zuótiān
  • Tomorrow =明天  míngtiān

This is what our friend 丽丽 did for one whole week. What about you? What did you do?


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Happy Chinese New Year!

The Spring Festival is not only a holiday, but also a global Chinese festival. Locally known in the Philippines as the Chinese New Year, it is one of the longest ongoing Chinese traditions in the world.

As you may all know, each lunar year corresponds to a specific animal of the Zodiac. Today is the last day of the Year of the Monkey. Tomorrow, the Year of the Rooster begins!

The students of CISM put on performances to celebrate this day. The Grade One class recited a beautiful poem, “Ti Xi Lin Bi” by Song Dyansty writer, Su Shi. This work is a gentle reminder that despite of all our differences, we can still all live in harmony,


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The Story of Nian


Ever wonder why red is the main color of Chinese New Year, and why people set off fireworks? This story explains this tradition:

A monster named “Nian” lived in the mountains in Ancient China. When there was nothing to eat, Nian would attack the villages to eat whatever it can. This happened each year until the villagers realized that Nian was afraid of three things: the color red, noise, and fire.

The villagers all agreed to hang up red-colored couplets and start a fire in front of each gate. When Nian came down to hunt, it saw all the red and fire and heard the noise, got scared and ran back into the mountains. Nian never came back again.

The people were so happy, and celebrated the next morning. And so the tradition of 过年 (guònián), or celebrating the New Year, was established.

Here are some other versions of “The Story of Nian”:


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The Grade One class discussed about the common pets one may have at home.


 DOG (狗)gǒu Most first-graders said they had a dog at home. Some even have more than a dozen!



 CAT (猫)māo Some said they had cats.



 TURTLE (乌龟)wūguī  Some found turtles cute! (Master Oogway’s name literally means “turtle”.)


 GOLDFISH (金鱼)jīnyú Some liked fishes, and the goldfish is the most popularly kept pet.



 One student said she liked rabbits (兔子) tùzǐ.



And one said he liked snakes (蛇)shé


What about you? What kind of pet would you want?

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Colors Everywhere!

Can you imagine a world without color?

Colors make everything look better, don’t you agree?


First, a review. Most of the first graders already know the basic colors from previous lessons:

  • 红色 (Red)
  • 黄色 (Yellow)
  • 绿色 (Green)
  • 蓝色 (Blue)

Now let’s add more to complete the rainbow of colors! (And then some more!)

  • 橙色 (Orange)
  • 紫色 (Violet)
  • 粉红色 (Pink)
  • 白色 (White)
  • 黑色 (Black)

Some students wanted to know more, since their favorite colors weren’t there!

  • 银色 (Silver)
  • 金色 (Gold)

Other vocabulary words included

  • 喜欢
  • 不喜欢

我喜欢紫色!I like purple! What about you?

Here’s a song about what colors we like and don’t like. We had a blast substituting the lyrics to the colors each student like and dislikes!


What’s YOUR favorite color? 你喜欢什么颜色?

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Yes, I Can!

Our current lesson is on Daily Routines. Now, what can the Grade 1 students do on their own?

The phrase 我会 (wǒ huì) means “I can” in Chinese. We also learned the following phrases:

  • 穿衣服 (wear clothes)
  • 穿鞋子 (wear shoes)
  • 刷牙 (brush teeth)
  • 梳头 (comb hair)

Put them together and you can tell people what you can do!

We also learned this song to remind us what are the things we should do every day (每天)for a happier, healthier you!



What else do you do as part of your daily routine?




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Happy Halloween! The Chinese Vampire-Zombie 僵尸


The Chinese Zombie vs. The Western Zombie

As a Halloween treat, we talked about the most famous of all Chinese monsters, the iconic Jiang Shi 僵尸, or Hopping Chinese Vampire-Zombie.

Accodring to folklore, the Jiang Shi has been “reanimated” by Taoist priests, in order for the corpse to hop their way home. This was because “the relatives of a person who died far away from home could not afford vehicles to have the deceased person’s body transported home for burial. The priests would transport the corpses only at night and would ring bells to notify others in the vicinity of their presence because it was considered bad luck for a living person to set eyes upon a jiangshi.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiangshi)

There are supposedly different stages for a jiangshi — they grow stronger as they suck the qi out of living things. The stronger they are, the more invincible they are.

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I Love to Read! (我爱看书!) and U.N. Day







School is fun! Why? Because here is the place where we read 看书, write 写字, draw 画画儿 and play 玩儿游戏 everyday!

We learned a new song to help remember the vocabulary words.

We also celebrated U.N. Day this October 27. Here are the kids having fun in the Germany and Taiwan workshops.



Writing assignments have been given to the Grade 1 students as a reviewer, so they won’t forget the words during this school break.

See you on November 7, First Graders!

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Hello? Is Xiao Ming At Home?


This chapter focuses on basic phone calls. We learned terms such as:

在家                                    At home
不在家                                Not at home
不客气                                You’re welcome
请问                                    May I ask…?
等一等                                Wait a moment
哪一位?                           Who am I talking to?
你打错电话了                   You’ve dialed the wrong number
没关系                               It’s all right
对不起                               Sorry
你等一会儿再打来          Call again later
我去叫他                          I’ll go call him


The class was then divided into groups, and wrote short telephone conversations depending on which situation they were assigned.


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