Chinese New Year

Year of the Monkey: Chinese New Year Fun

I love Chinese New Year! I first began celebrating this holiday with my kindergartners when I had a student of Chinese descent, simply because her grandparents had a Chinese Restaurant in town and offered to brings us some mini egg rolls. Little did I know that from those small beginnings would grow my desire to say Gung Hay Fat Choy year after year.

Chinese New Year is a great way to discuss customs and cultural diversity and awareness with young children. And as this is the “Year of the Monkey,” celebrating will be hard to resist. 

Make your lesson planning a breeze by using our Cross-Curricular Thematic Unit. Each unit includes an easy to use planning guide for easy lesson planning. Here is an overview of the Chinese unit.

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You might wish to add to the unit by using this original song poster to the tune of "Yankee Doodle," viewing the following youtube video, or by using Nancy Stewart's delightful song.


It's easy to teach important activities when they are incorporated with engaging concepts. I hope these resources will help you celebrate the "Year of the Monkey". Gung hay fat choy!

Chinese New Year Thematic Unit for Kindergarten

I have just finished ordering my red envelopes, chopsticks, and fortune cookies from Oriental Trading as I am getting ready to celebrate Chinese New Year, Kindergarten Style.

I have always loved this holiday! It is so full of culture and packed with learning opportunities. My students always love to practice reading and math skills, Gung Hay Fat Choy style.





I will be using my thematic unit for the bulk of my teaching, as well as adding two Chinese New Year books from my February Guided reading set. 


This set contains two Chinese New Year Guided Readers




I love the song Gung Hay Fat Choy by Nancy Stewart. If you haven’t used her music, check her out now.  

Here is a free poster that has a different version of Gung Hay Fat Choy that is a Kindergarten Kiosk original, enjoy!






So, what are you waiting for, get ready for the year of the horse that will begin January 31st.



Chinese New Year


The Day of the Dragon
 Kathleen's Kindergarten Classroom  -- Blackfoot, Idaho

We are in the final days of The Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese calendar, so we had a day of dragon-based centers today.  




To build literacy skills we read If You Meet a Dragon by Joy Cowley (Wright Group), completed a dragon consonant substitution activity, and played a dragon segmenting game. 



To reinforce greater than/less than as well as review teen numbers, we played Dragon Squeeze. 



Students also designed Chinese dragons.



The Year of the Snake begins on February 10. In the next few days we will make Chinese hats and lanterns and play learning games from the Chinese New Year unit. Gung Hay Fat Choy!


We have a great packet featuring Chinese Themed Activities. Be sure to check it out! 
Gung Hay Fat Choy!