Monday, 28 July 2014

Mandarin lesson: Writing characters and revision

When you write calligraphy you use a mao bi (brush). You use three fingers and hold it vertically above the paper. You hold your arm parallel above the paper and you can use your other hand to hold the paper. There are five different strokes that you write to make different characters. Here is a photo of the strokes: 
The next photo shows them being used in characters. Can you find the different strokes in each character? 
Here are photos of us practising. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Matariki lesson

Today we had matua Henderson come in and talk to us about Matariki. Matariki becomes visible in the pre-dawn sky looking north-east towards the end of May. It becomes more clearly visible in the following weeks, rising further and further towards the south once the shortest day is past. Matariki can be seen rising just before dawn in the last few days of May or the beginning of June every year. Matariki celebrations usually begin on the day of the first new moon following its rising.

Tapu-a-nuku for harvest from the ground
Tapu-a-rangi for harvest from the sky
Waiti for harvest from the water
Waita for harvest from the sea

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