My school is full of cultural diversity- we have a fair mix of children who descend from India, China, and Taiwan. One of my Taiwanese children is an especially interactive child and is always attempting to teach me how to say things in Chinese. I’m not fluent in anything besides English but he does a great job!
Anyway, said child brought in a few books about the Chinese New Year, prompting Cara and I to do a unit on the celebration, which began on February 14th.
The first book Adam brought in was a simple story about the holiday- we whipped through it in one circle time.
This is the second book Adam shared with us; it had pages dedicated to the different animals of the New Year (2010 is the Year of the Tiger), the food they prepare, celebrations, etc. We’ve read parts as a class but the book is available to the kids if they want to look through it.
In addition, we made Chinese lanterns (this isn’t one that we made but it’s the same idea, I forgot to take a picture!)
and created a “Happy Chinese New Year” wall complete with signs in Chinese and good luck envelopes for all the kiddos.
The last Chinese New Year related craft we attempted is tangrams. I got the idea from this website and the kids are LOVING it. It’s a puzzle but in the end becomes an animal or object they can identify- something they find fun! I think we’ll keep this work on the shelves for a long time to come. :-)
So, that’s how we celebrated Chinese New Year this week- in only three school days, too!