Guest Author - Alissa Moy
January 23rd, 2012 begins celebrations for The Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac. Your preschooler will delight in learning about their zodiac sign, as well as fun facts about China. Please find below an overview of the Chinese Zodiac to read aloud and discuss with your preschooler.
The Chinese Zodiac always garnishes great interest among children. Maybe it is the idea that they have an animal representation. Perhaps it is the appeal of legends and fable that surround many of these creatures of the zodiac. Use the following chart below as a reference for your homeschooler's zodiac sign.
1.The Rat years are:
People born in the Year of the Rat, the first of the Chinese Zodiac signs are
meticulous, hardworking, industrious, charming, and shrewd.
2.The Ox years are:
Those folks born as an "Ox" are dependable, calm, methodical, patient, and
3.The Tiger years are:
Tigers are said to be unpredictable, powerful, daring, and often very humanitarian and generous.
4. The Rabbit years are:
Rabbit's are gracious, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, and artistic.
5.The Dragon years are:
The dragon people are said to be strong, stately, self-assured, proud, noble, and direct.
6.The Snake years are:
Snakes are thought of as wise and deep thinkers. They are also
graceful, soft-spoken, and creative.
7.The Horse years are:
Horses are said to be cheerful, popular, intelligent, flexible, and open- minded.
8.The Ram/Sheep years are:
The Ram or Sheep folks tend to be sincere, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, and gentle.
9.The Monkey years are:
Monkeys are inventors, motivators, problem solvers, improvisers and self- assured.
10.The Rooster years are:
The Rooster people are thought to be neat, organized, scientific, conservative, practical and responsible.
11.The Dog years are:
Dog folks are honest, intelligent, loyal, fair and amicable.
12.The Pig/Boar years are:
The Pig or Boar is known to be honest, gallant, sturdy, thoughtful, and intelligent.
A wonderful way to learn about China with your preschool child is with Ni Hao, Kai-Lan. Kai-Lan is not only appealing to the three through five year old children, she is also a delightful source of knowledge on China and it's amazing history. The dvd "Kai-Lan's Great Trip to China" is a extremely fascinating and fun. Discuss the zodiac with your child, and watch the dvd together to glean knowledge and enjoyment about China's history. You will find it fun, too!
A wonderful craft project is the Golden Chinese Dragon picture from Crayola. You can find the instructions to make this glimmering picture here:
Here are some fun goodies to add some fire your dragon study: