Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Returning From the Holiday Break
Welcome back! We trust you had a most magical holiday break. As much as we love to extend the merry-making, it's time to get back to work.
This month our theme is "China"! With such a long, rich history, China lends itself to Hogwarts with little Potterfication.
Some of the things we'll be studying this month:
Transfig: Paper lanterns
Dragon Study: Asian Lung
Divination: Reading tea leaves
Muggle Studies: A trip to Chinatown.
Special lesson from Dumbledore: the Phoenix
Chinese New Year (the year of the ox) falls on the 26th of January this year. If you're lucky enough to have a Chinatown near you, find out when they're having their parade, & add that to your calendar. Loud parades not your thing? Don't be sad at missing out, because the celebrations generally last for days - there is sure to be something for your family.
Websites: Chinese New Year, Dragon Study
Books: Happy, Happy Chinese New Year!, The Boy Who Painted Dragons, Made in China: Ideas and Inventions from Ancient China, You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Great Wall of China!
If you follow any of the book links, then scroll down to see Amazon's suggestions, you'll find loads of books on the same topic. We cannot tell you how many amazing books we've stumbled upon this way.
As soon as lessons get completed, we'll have them up for you to use. In the meantime, see what you can come up with on your own. Are your students teeny? If so, focus on Chinese crafts & food. Older kids will enjoy both of those, but will get so much out of all China's history has to offer. Definitely look into all the inventions that hail from China! Perhaps the head of a Chinese Wizarding school could send some lessons? A cultural exchange project?
Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!