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Chinese Calligraphy

on March 23, 2013

This week we are studying Ancient China in The Story of the World. Some of the highlights of our reading included: how the Great Wall of China was built, the Chinese were the first ancient people to use the process of printing, and an amazing description of an underground city built as a tomb for the First Emperor of China. The boys were impressed with the idea that there may be crossbows set to automatically fire to protect the tomb.

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They tried their hands at painting some Chinese characters.

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At first, they used the characters in the book as a guide. This is man and woman (below). Others they drew were forest, fire, field and horse.

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Then, they decided to get their Yu-Gi-Oh cards out because they also have characters on them for some of the elements.

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My 4 year old joined us, but he made up his own characters. 😉

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While they enjoyed their painting, I think they can appreciate why the printing process was developed.

 

What are you studying in history?

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2 responses to “Chinese Calligraphy

  1. Stephanie says:

    Their characters look really great! The more they drew them the more awesome they became. My 7 year old would love trying her hand at this. We will have to do it one day! Also thanks for the tip on the Write it, Build it, Read it i in the following post. I hadn’t heard of it but my interest has been peaked. Great blog!

    • Thank you! They really enjoyed this activity. We are going to try some Chinese landscapes this week. You’ll have to let me know how the Read! Build! Write! works for you. I just printed off some more themes for use in future weeks.

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