With the mid-autumn full moon, end-September is a time for family reunion for the Chinese.
In class, students learnt about the legend of Chang’E before acting it out in groups. They also had fun with the traditional dice game.
Most students had already learnt how to play it, and this year we introduced the origin – yes the dice game is a tradition from Xiamen (a city in China) and not a practice of all Chinese!
Everyone went home with some goodies from the game – what’s not to love about a sure-win lucky draw?
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival notably celebrated by the Chinese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon. The Chinese traditionally eat moon cakes, a rich pastry typically filled with sweet bean paste, during this festival.
Mid – Autumn Festival celebrates three fundamental concepts that are closely connected: Gathering, such as family and friends coming together. It’s said that the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day, which means family reunion. This is the main reason why people think mid-autumn is important.
Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions.
Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future.
Last week, it was the school’s “Mid-Autumn Festival Week,” a week where students are introduced to this Chinese celebration. At the end of the week, the students played a dice game that students thoroughly enjoyed, and this game involves six dice and a China bowl. Students from every grade are having fun with the game, dicing and winning the gifts.
Nursery Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas
Nursery students focused on the topic “Basic greetings, self- introduction and numbers” this month. We learned different words about the topics such as,你好、老师好、早上好、再见、谢谢、不客气、对不起、没关系、你叫什么名字？一、二、三、四、五. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. They were also given opportunity to use these words in class by using sentence patterns and situations discussed in class.
Please find below, the summary of lessons we’ve taken up this month. You are welcome to use this as a reference for reviewing Chinese lessons in preparation for future lessons and for upcoming assessments:
|Topic||Basic Greetings, self introduction and numbers|
Basic greetings: 你好、老师好、早上好、再见、谢谢、不客气、对不起、没关系
Self introduction: 你叫什么名字？
- Easy steps to Chinese for kids 1
- Youtube videos
How fast time flies! We are now on Week 9 of our school year! Kinder classes are having fun and learning a lot from our Mandarin class. Students were able to learn to listen, read, speak and write Mandarin in class. These were our topics for the past few weeks of school:
1. Classroom Rules and Language
2. Basic Greetings and Names (你叫什么名字？；你几岁？你上几年级？) (我叫________. 我四岁. 我上幼儿园.)
3. Basic Chinese Writing Strokes (横,竖,撇,捺,点,提)
4. Polite Expressions (谢谢、不客气、对不起、没关系、请帮我, etc…)
5. Counting and Writing Numbers 1-10. (一到十)
6. Recognition and Writing Family Members using the Chinese language (爸爸、妈妈、姐姐、哥哥、弟弟、妹 妹、爷爷、奶奶、外公、外婆).
7. Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节, 月亮, 满月, 月饼，灯笼，嫦娥，后羿，赏月，水果）
8. Songs and Rhymes (早上好,早安歌,再见歌,上学歌,数字歌,手指家庭,让爱住我家，如果感到开心，静夜思）
Links for Review:
Grade 4-5 ES2 students focused on the topics – Daily Routine, Transportation, Colors and Clothing this month. For this week, we focus on “Clothing”. We are now learning different words such as穿、衣服、衬衫、牛仔裤、裙子、长裤、短裤、外套、校服、汗衫、毛衣、帽子、手套、围巾、袜子、西装。Every Mandarin class, students learned new words, identify them in Chinese characters and pronounce the words correctly. They were also guided to write sentences by using the sentence pattern.
1. Easy steps to Chinese textbook 1
2. Youtube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c24j05_OCAc
CISM Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival!
Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) also known as Chinese Moon Festival is one of the important annual festivals for Chinese people. It is celebrated during the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, this year it falls on September 24 in the Gregorian calendar.
During this festivity, families get together to celebrate this festival with a family dinner. This is also the time where Chinese families reunite with their love ones and appreciates the moon and eat moon cakes. In Chinese culture, the round and bright moon during that day symbolizes togetherness and reunion.
In CISM, the festival is marked by having the traditional dice game, also known as Bo Bing 博饼. This traditional game involves six dice and a China bowl with 63 different prizes for the players. In Chinese Filipino community, the dice game is known as Pua Tiong Chiu. Students from Nursery to Grade 12 were divided into groups and were given a chance to roll the dice and win exciting prizes.