CHINESE NEW YEAR

FEBRUARY RHYME


The CHINESE NEW YEAR for 2013 is the YEAR OF THE SNAKE

starting 10 FEBRUARY

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2013 is the Year of the Snake, which begins on February 10 and ends on January 30, 2014. The Snake, also called Junior Dragon, is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs.  Ancient Chinese wisdom says a snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve. People born in the Year of the Snake are keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise. They are great mediators and good at doing business. Therefore, you should have good luck if you were born in the Year of the Snake

Ref: Spring Greeting Cards

 

Ideas to celebrate the 2013 Chinese New Year can be found at the

Butterfly Wings Child Parent Program website

February Rhyme of the Month for 2011 and 2012.  

 

 

The NUMERACY RHYME of the MONTH

relates to PATTERN and is about a SNAKE!

Patterns are things that are arranged following a rule or rules.

Example: the daisy and the butterfly are arranged in a pattern - a repeating pattern.

 

Repeating patterns are everywhere: in fabric designs, buildings in your neighbourhood, in the songs that you sing stories that you read and tell, rhymes that you chant. Any sequence of colours, shapes - actions that repeat twice or more - become a repeating pattern.


Can you see the pattern in this rhyme?

 

A BLACK, SLIPPERY SNAKE
Tune:  "If You're Happy and You Know It"

 

Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.
Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.
Oh I'd slither across the floor and I'd slip under the door
Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.

 

Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.
Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.
Oh I'd slither on the mat and I'd hide from the cat
Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.


Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.
Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.
Oh I'd slither across road and I'd chase after a toad
Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.

 

Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.
Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.
Oh I'd slither through the flowers and then lie here for hours
Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.

 

Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.
Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.
Oh I'd slither through the plants and keep away from ants.
Oh, I wish I was a black, slippery snake.

Ideas for the song can be found on the Kidzone Website.

 

Birth to six months: Chant the rhyme with your child sitting on your lap.  Bounce them (gently) to the beat of the song and pretend to do the actions with your hands – slithering across the floor, slithering through flowers etc.  Sing it with a happy voice and lots of smiles.  You can also hold them tight and dance around the room with them having lots of fun.


Six months to 5+ years: Continue to share this simple chant with your infant, toddler and young child.  Encourage your child to join in with the chant and follow the actions in the rhyme – slithering, hiding, chasing, lying down and keeping away from ants. This will help to increase their language and vocabulary as they are “doing” the actions, singing the actions, hearing the actions and seeing the actions – a multisensory activity.  Make up your own verses to this song – the sillier the better – they just have to rhyme, and the song will then belong to you and your family!!


Early Numeracy – Patterns

 Some Snake Pattern ideas:







There are some great ideas related to repeating patterns at Nurturestore

Below is a silly song about patterns, which you could use to encourage your child to make a simple repeating pattern.  You would require some small items that are red and blue to sing about – lego or counters would do.

 

BLUERED

A song about a repeating pattern

Tune: This old man.

Red, blue, red, blue, red, blue

This is a pattern – it is true

With a blue, red, blue, red, blue, red, blue

This is a pattern just for you!

2013 Gwen Rayner

 

 

 

USING PICTURE BOOKS TO EARLY NUMERACY

 

The Butterfly Wings Team would like to encourage families and early year’s educators to use picture books as a starting point to develop EARLY NUMERACY and to play with mathematical concepts.

We would like to:

BUTTERFLY WINGS RECOMMENDED PICTURE BOOK FOR FEBRUARY is great for PATTERN!!!!!

“SHOES FROM GRANDPA” by Mem Fox


Picture books which can be talked about and shared with very young learners to assist in developing mathematical ideas!

'Jessie, an active girl of nine or so, is growing out of her clothes, and all of the members of her large and loving family get carried away in their eagerness to provide her with a new wardrobe. . . As each of Jessie's relatives gets into the act, the rhythmic cumulative tale builds momentum. . . Finally . . . she tactfully speaks her mind'!

 

The book “Shoes from Grandpa” has a pattern.  Each member of the family gives Jessie an item of clothing – adding on one (a pair of socks and shoes is counted as one) each time.  This can be represented by counting tokens, lego and other items or just use the real item of clothing.  Count how many items of clothes Jessie was given.

 

You can make lots of patterns using socks and shoes – repeating patterns, triangular patterns, circle patterns, putting them into pairs!!

 

Some other ideas related to “Shoes From Grandpa” by Mem Fox.


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“SHOES FROM GRANDPA” IS ONE OF THE BUTTERFLY WINGS “BRINGING PICTURE BOOKS ALIVE” WORKSHOPS.  PLEASE CONTACT THE BUTTERFLY WINGS TEAM IF YOU WOULD LIKE A BRINGING PICTURE BOOKS ALIVE WORKSHOP AT YOUR CENTRE/SCHOOL

The Butterfly Wings Team

hope you enjoy this rhyme of the month!