Friday, January 24, 2014

Internet Need I Say More - FREE Chinese New Year Resources And FreeBEE Friday Link Up

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Welcome to day 5 of the 5 day homeschool essentials blog hop. Homeschool essentials will be different for every homeschool family. So make sure you visit the other TOS crew members to see what their essentials are. I hope you enjoy this blog hop series and find some helpful information along the way!

Be sure to stop by everyday this week to find out what our other homeschool essentials are.

Since I created my blog in 2011 I have always been dedicated to sharing FREE resources with homeschool families. One thing that I was very worried about, when we finally realized I was going to be able to quite my job to homeschool, was purchasing curriculum...that was until I realized that we didn't really need to purchase anything at all. For an entire year (prior to us starting to homeschool in the Fall of 2011) I searched the internet and stocked up on tons of FREE resources. Literally everything you NEED can be found on the internet for FREE: craft ideas, worksheets, unit studies, videos, lapbooks, books, fieldtrip ideas and more! So yup the internet is essential to our homeschool. I am even willing to pay a little extra for the faster speed! Combine the internet with your library card (one of our other homeschool essentials) and you have totally FREE curriculum! And so I started compiling freebies on my blog in hopes of helping fellow homeschoolers. Every week I post at least once (generally on FreeBEE Fridays) about free resources. Be sure to also read my article on A Day In The Life Of Our Free Homeschool.

I end my FreeBEE Friday posts with this statement each and every time as a reminder to fellow homeschoolers, "Remember when it comes to FREE resources the internet and a good search engine are your best friend. Oh and a library card!"

So since it is Friday I decided to combine my FreeBEE Friday post with my homeschool essential post...

Chinese New Year FreeBEEs:
January 31st is Chinese New Year and 2014 is the year of the horse. The horse is one of the 12 Chinese zodiac symbols.  If you are a horse you are known to be independent, high energy and always up for adventure. Horses can also be a bit rash and inconsistent.

Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the 1st day of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival. Chinese New Year celebrations  run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. Chinese New year is the longest festival in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. The festival is also a time to honor deities as well as ancestors.  It is a great holiday to learn about with your children. You can cover history, geography, social studies and more.

Worksheets, Crafts, Unit Studies, Lapbooks and More:
-Dragon Craft and 10 More Chinese New Year Crafts from the Nurture Store.
-Pre-K Pages has several fun Chinese New Year crafts.
-Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes has several fun Chinese New Year crafts ideas.

Books & Activities for Chinese New Year

-KC Adventures has a great list of Chinese New Year books, crafts, printables.
-There are some fun resources over at Daria Music for Chinese New Year.
-Chinese New Year activity pack.
-In The Playroom has a fun Chinese New Year craft.

-Be sure to sign up for the Panda Express Chinese New Year program - they will have loads of great resources that they will email to you.
-Afterschool for Smarty Pants has put together an excellent Chinese New Year unit study
-Chinese New Year Lucky Tree craft from Handprint and Footprint Art
-Meet Penny has a great list much like what I have put together here. It includes crafts, videos, books and more.

-Here is another Chinese New Year unit study.
-Chinese Zodiac Lesson.
-A Journey Through Learning Chinese New Year express lapbook (not free but only $1).
-Chinese New Year Activity book from The Do-It-Yourself Mom.
-China lapbook from Homeschool Helper Online.
-ABC Teach has several Chinese New Year printables.

-A really, fun dragon craft (above). We did this one already and my kids had a blast. You can get the download and instructions here at Red Ted Art. We made a few slight changes and used glitter markers, feathers and boas for some added pizzazz.
-And here is another fun dragon craft from Pink Stripey Socks as well as a rattle drum craft.
-Another great Chinese New Year lapbook from The AnnaMatrix
-Chinese New Year coloring pages.
-Chinese New Year math activities.

Also be sure to check out my Chinese New Year Pinterest Board for more fun ideas!


Books/eBooks/Audio Books:
-What We Do All Day has compiled a great list of Chinese Folktale books that you should check out from the library.
-MeMeTales has another great list of Chinese New Year books as well as some craft ideas too.

-Primary Games has several fun Chinese New Years computer games. has a fun Chinese New Year's Night game.
-Head over to Nick Jr to play Hoho's Chinese New Year Coin Catch game.

Don't forget to search for some Chinese New Year celebrations in your area.

Here are a couple really awesome ideas for my Georgia readers.
-January 31, 2014 Daoist New Year ceremony.
-January 31 2014 Chinese New Year - Year of the Horse music celebration - FREE.
-February 1, 2014 Chinese Lunar New Year Festival.

The year of the Horse!

-February 1, 2014 Shaolin Institute New Year Celebration - FREE - we went to this last year and it was fabulous!
-January 31,2014 - February 6, 2014 Doc Chey's 15 Days of Chinese New Year.

Welcome to a New Year of FreeBEEs. Every Friday I will share a great list of educational FreeBEE resources. PLUS...there's the added bonus of this being a monthly link up...where you can showcase your freebie posts or discover more amazing freebies from my blogging friends. The blogger link up will start on the first Friday of every month and end on the first day of the following month. Each month there will be a new link up. Link up anything that is educational and FREE including GIVEAWAYS!

I hope you find these resources useful. If you ever have any questions feel free to leave me a comment or email me. Also be sure to follow my FB page where I post FreeBEEs daily.

If you have homeschool FreeBEEs to share
please link up at the bottom of this post!
You can copy the button from my right sidebar to share
somewhere on your blog.

Link up: FreeBEE Fridays with Kathy's Cluttered Mind.

Remember when it comes to FREE resources the internet and a good search engine are your best friend. Oh and a library card!

What is essential in your homeschool?


Lisa M. said...

That's such a great point! And another reason I'm stepping OUT of my boxed curriculum for next year! I want to enjoy trying all sorts of things!

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