Moon Festival 2013

Moon Festival (中秋节–Mid-Autumn Festival) is a Chinese festival with a long history. It falls on the 15th of August in the lunar calendar each year; in 2013 it is on 19 September. The celebration started from early Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE). Nowadays this festival is widely celebrated by Chinese all around the world. Other countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam also have it. There are 3 meaning for this festival– gathering: such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops; 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.

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Legends:
嫦娥奔月 Chang’e Flying to the Moon
后羿射日 Houyi Shoots the Suns
吴刚伐桂 Wu Gang Chopping Laurel Tree
玉兔捣药 Jade Rabbit Pounding Medicine

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Festival food: Moon cakes

Common Customs: 赏月Moon Worship,吃月饼Eating Moon Cakes,灯会Lanterns,全家团圆Family Reunion.

Useful links:
British Council Moon Festival Pack for Primary (with assembly ideas and teaching materials)

Stories of Houyi and Chang’e

Songs for Moon Festival:
Moon Cake Festival
八月十五月儿圆

Chinese Workshops in School

On 30 January, 3 tutors from Education China were invited to run Chinese workshops for Year 1 and 2  in Hangletan Infant School, Hove.  The school had been teaching about China since the beginning of this term. The children were very excited and keen. They especially enjoyed dragon making, using chopsticks and martial arts. Our tutors had a great time and a good laugh with the children. The school staff were very friendly and supportive. This is the 4th year we work with Hangletan Infant School for this programme.

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Children Workshop: The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is the longest structure in the world made by human and is  included in the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World. Do you know when and how it was built? Why did the Chinese build it? And what do they use it for today? If you want to see it, where do you need to go??

Monthly Chinese themed activities for children in Hove Library run by a group of friendly and experienced Chinese teachers. The activities are designed to improve children’s study abilities while Chinese language, arts and traditional virtues are embedded.

Theme: The Great Wall of China

Venue: Hove Library

Date: Saturday 10th November

Time: 10-11am

Contents: 1) History and facts about the Great Wall of China. 2) Stories about the Great Wall. 3) Travelling to see the Great Wall. 4) Useful Chinese words relevant to the Great Wall

Ability/skill improved: Understanding how people used to live in ancient China.

Cost: £12 per child, £10 each for siblings. Fees include materials.

Suitable for children aged 4-10. For booking, email your child’s name and age to mail@educatioinchina.co.uk Drop-in possible if class not full.

For more details of other sessions, please visit our website: http://www.educationchina.co.uk/Chinese_for_kids.html

Note: Parents of children under 7 can stay with their children if they wish to. Parents of children under 5 are advised to company their children in the class.

Children Workshop: Chinese table manners and chopsticks

Monthly Chinese themed activities for children in Hove Library run by a group of friendly and experienced Chinese teachers.  The activities are designed to improve children’s study abilities while Chinese language, arts and traditional virtues are embedded.

Theme: Chinese table manners and chopsticks

Venue: Hove Library

Date: Saturday 14 July    Time: 10-11am

Contents: 1) Chinese eating habits and table manners for children; 2) Learn how to use chopsticks; 3) Game of chopsticks.

To learn:

1) The concept of Chinese food and eating habits.

2) What ingredients in some popular Chinese dishes.

3) Chinese traditional virtue of respecting the older generations.

3) Chinese words for rice, noodles, tea, chopsticks etc.

Ability/skill improved: Using chopsticks, basic Chinese words for food, to appreciate the older generations.

Cost: Special rate for summer holiday (July and August)  £8 per child. Fees include materials.

Suitable for children aged 4-10.  For booking, email your child’s name and age to mail@educatioinchina.co.uk  Drop-in possible if class not full.

For more details of other sessions, please visit our website: http://www.educationchina.co.uk/Chinese_for_kids.html

Note: Parents of children under 7 can stay with their children if they wish to. Parents of children under 5 are advised to company their children in the class.

Children Calligraphy Lesson Hove Library

Photos of today’s calligraphy lesson in Hove Library! Everyone had a good time as usual. Children’t didn’t want to stop writing! They also learnt a Chinese poem of a 7-year-old boy from 1,380 years ago. This poem is about some geese swimming in a river in Spring! 🙂

The next session is on 14th April, with the theme –Chinese Legends.

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Chinese Art Workshops in Hove Library Session 1

Theme: Chinese Paper Handcrafts
Venue: Hove Library
Time: 10am-11am, Saturday 11 Feb
Contents: 1) To learn about Chinese pandas; 2) Story of pandas; 3) Panda-mask making for younger children, paper panda folding/cutting for older children.
To learn: 1) Knowledge about pandas-where they live, what they eat, how they are preserved in China, what they look like when they are born. 2) Introduction of Chinese Paper Art. 3) Ability: observation skills, concentration, flexibility of hands, being precise, drawing, cutting. 4) Chinese words: panda, baby, to eat, paper.
Fee: £12/child, siblings £10/child. Fees include materials.

Suitable for children aged 4-10.  For booking, email your child’s name and age to mail@educatioinchina.co.uk  Drop-in possible if class not full.

For more details of other sessions, please visit out website: http://www.educationchina.co.uk/Chinese_for_kids.html