Sunday, 22 January 2012

Daisy comes home and Chinese New Year

Tell, Read, and Sequence-Retell the journey

Question: Who do you think Daisy will meet next?



  • Chinese lanterns

  • Chinese brush painting

  • Basket weaving (Norwegian heart baskets)

  • Lucky/ Wish paper stars (similar to fortune cookies)

  • Set up a egg shop (counting eggs)

  • Draw a market scene

  • Fortune cookies

The author has provided some vocabulary exercises found at:Vocabulary 1
Vocabulary 2
Compound Words
A compound word is two complete words combined to become a new word.  Go through the story and have your child find the compound words:  henhouse, farmhouse, houseboat, overhead, fisherman, something, nighttime. You might use these words for handwriting practice.  Have your child write the two individual words and then the compound word that they can make.
Map of China

Flag of China

Nutrition – Eggs
Are eggs nutritious?  Yes!  Eggs are a good source of protein, the building blocks of the body. They also have a number of other vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin D riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus and potassium.  The yolk contains a higher proportion of the egg's nutrients than the white (the albumen). Eggs are eaten all over the world because they are a relatively inexpensive source of protein.

Banyan Tree
A banyan is a fig that germinates in the cracks of a host tree (or on structures like buildings and bridges). The seeds germinate and send down roots towards the ground. Since the roots may cover or "strangle" the host, banyan trees are sometimes known as "strangling figs". More and more roots grow down forming new trunks, often dozens of them, making it impossible to tell which is the original.

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Author Biography


Tangram Tales: Story Theater Using the Ancient Chinese Puzzle, each child was given a square piece of craft foam and was taught how to cut it into seven geometric pieces.  Children could take their tangrams home in a ziplock bag and use them to tell stories!

Word Origin & History


"producing eggs that are hatched outside the body of the female,"

1646, from L. oviparus, from ovum "egg" (see egg) + stem of parere "to bring forth" (see pare).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Drawing the map of their neighbourhood at age 5.

Another idea for your pioneer day is to have parents/grandparents draw their neighbourhood as they remember it when they were 5 (or 10) years old. You just have to provide paper and markers. The participants start by drawing their home and then add things as they remember them. They can also write little stories as their memory is triggered by drawing the map of their neighbourhood at age 5. It's a great way for family members to share family stories and for children to visualize what their parents early experiences might have been. Children can draw their neighbourhood as they remember it today and also add stories to their drawing.

Family literacy ideas

Large cardboard boxes:   Houses, cars, tunnels, trains, castles, robots, boats, animals
Small cardboard boxes:  Treasure boxes, building blocks (stuffed with newspaper for strength)
Paper towel or toilet paper rolls:  Binoculars, musical shakers, puppets
Buttons cut from old clothing:  Collages, art projects, counting, stringing
Unused cheque books, deposit clips, ledgers:  Creative play
Used wrapping paper, bows:   Collages, artwork
Old clothes, hats, scarves, purses, jewellery:  Dress-up play
Cereal boxes, food boxes:  Playing store, 3-D collages
Bubble wrap:  Cut into squares and make a game of hopscotch
Milk cartons:  Cut opening in one side, hang and use as a bird feeder

Cultural crafts: family colors and family map of their ancestors

In terms of the pioneer craft, if you want to add an element of race and culture to it, how about providing many different shades of skin colour paper (I'm pretty sure you can find this at Michaels) as well as yarn and maybe markers in skin colour shades (Crayola makes "multicultural" skin colour markers and crayons). Encourage families to find colours that match their family members and they can make puppets or pictures.

Another interesting activity would be to have a map of Canada, Alberta and the world and to get families to put stickers wherever their ancestors came from. If the maps are big enough, families can write short notes about "where they are from" or stories about how they got to Canada (or Alberta or Edmonton -- if they are First Nations).