The Year of the Monkey is almost here, and I am excited to tell you about some wonderful Chinese New Year learning activities you can do with your kids to celebrate! What’s great about this packet is that it can be used any year, not just for the Year of the Monkey.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the Chinese New Year Math and Literacy Unit for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own.
Kid World Citizen is a great resource for multicultural activities for the classroom, and her Math and Literacy Unit for Chinese New Year is no exception. Great for homeschoolers, too! It is Common Core aligned, so it is an easy way to tie schoolwork into this incredibly fun holiday!
I reviewed the packet for pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade, and it was just at the right level for my kids. These are not just cute worksheets (though they are cute!): they are real-deal classroom activities that incorporate concepts like skip counting, upper-case/lower-case letter recognition, fine motor skills, storytelling, and listening comprehension. Of course, your kids will just think it’s fun!
I love that the packet is comprehensive in two senses: 1) it includes a wide variety of subjects, from math to reading, and 2) it targets different learning styles, with a mix of worksheets, coloring, crafts, and reading. Even the story can be told with props, to really engage the students.
Of course, throughout it all your students will learn a wealth of information about Chinese New Year, such as important customs and symbols. And because the information is presented in a variety of formats and contexts, it will really stick with them and have greater meaning.
My son and I loved doing the Chinese New Year Math and Literacy Unit from Kid World Citizen together, and I highly recommend it for any classroom or homeschool setting!