D is for Dragon Dance

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D is for Dragon Dance

Gong Hay Fat Choy!

In celebration of this holiday, read through D is for Dragon Dance, a Chinese New Year’s Alphabet.

Speech Therapy Ideas:

1. Use this book as a way to learn some great new vocabulary. My children and I found things around the home that related to Chinese culture.

We learned the following words:




Red Envelopes (We were at a wedding this weekend, and the kids scored big time with the red envelopes!)

2. Compare and Contrast Chinese Dragons to European Dragons. I love this activity and have developed an entire month-long speech curriculum on this topic.

3. Make Chinese lanterns. Work on following multi-step directions and retelling directions to another person.

In Asia, Lunar New Year is celebrated all week long (which was very hard for us when we were waiting for our children to come home from Korea, since all paperwork was put on hold that much longer).

Be on the look out for more New Year’s Posts this week, especially after our annual celebration on Friday.

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  1. I honestly can’t begin to tell you how I just love all of the many useful ideas you share on this blog! I always look forward to the books you recommend and I plan to use them in my classroom(…that is when I graduate and get a classroom, lol!)

  2. That looks like a great book … thanks for sharing! And, what wonderful ideas too … you are so creative!

  3. We have that book! My personal favorite? H is for haircut. What is WITH that mohawk? LOL.

  4. I want to get this book!! And now after reading TM’s comment, I want to see the mohawk!!

    Love the ideas:)


  5. What a great book. I have been looking for another alphabet book – the one I bought for Possum (12 years ago) is just getting so boring to me.

  6. There is a wonderful Jan Brett book–I think the title is Daisy Comes Home–not sure that’s it–but the illustrations and vocabulary are wonderful!


  7. VERY cool. I want to read that book! Happy New Year!

  8. According to the Chinese Zodiac, I’m a DRAGON!!! COOOOL!… Those placemats at my Chinese take out place are legit, right?

  9. What great ideas! And what a great mommy you are!
    I’ll have to look for that book.

  10. That’s awesome. We just had our speech therapy session today for my 21 month old. Our goal is for him to learn some “B” words in the next two weeks. I’m not holding my breath (since the only word he’ll say is “chee” for cheese when he sees a camera) but I’m hopeful!

    I tagged you for an award on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I love the idea of comparing and contrasting the dragons. Cavett loves to make the lanterns as well. Great idea having them retell the directions to someone else.

    So creative you are! Thanks for joining Literacy Thursday and your name will be in the drawing!

  12. Great suggestions…my son had a speech delay and went through ECI for speech therapy and my daughter is being evaluated for the same thing tomorrow. Thanks for the great ideas and tips! I’ll have to check out this book.

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