Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節 /zhōng qiū jié/) is a time for families to get together.
It’s one of children’s favourite holidays, with lanterns to play with and mooncakes and many other yummy foods to enjoy. On top of that, it’s also a school holiday!
The festive spirit makes it a perfect opportunity to engage children into learning about Chinese culture and traditions.
You can also sharpen your child’s reading skills with this poem below. Confident Readers and up should be able to read the whole poem on their own with ease. We’ve also created a comic image for each verse.
Below are three simple activities that you can play with your child at home.
活動一 高聲朗讀 Read aloud
Ask your child to read the poem out loud. Tell them how very proud of them you are!
Feel free to download the activity sheet (link below). You could also refer to the image above and lay the poem out with the Study Cards. The colour coded cards clearly indicate in which level each character is taught.
活動二 重組句子 Re-construction
Download the activity sheet (Link below. The PDF contains both the traditional and simplified Chinese versions). Print out the poem and cut out the four verses separately. Mix them up. Ask your child to arrange them into correct order.
* Depending on your child’s development, you could point out the punctuation marks used in the poem (comma, semicolon, full stop). These punctuations can serve as hints to the order of the verses.
活動三 詩句/圖片配對 Verse and image matching
Print out the poem and the images. Cut each of them out separately. Ask your child to match the verse to the correct image. (The text in purple underneath the images are solution keys for your reference. For children to do the activity, cut out only the four square images without the text.)
Simple and relevant activities are great ways to allow children to practice what they have learnt.