Chinese New Year Celebration 2014

This past week we wrapped up our study of the Chinese New Year.  This year was the Year of the Horse.  Throughout our study, we read some Chinese stories, explored tangrams, learn to count to 10 in Chinese, talked about Chinese inventions, ate with chopsticks, and concluded with a lantern parade through the school.  We enjoyed our lessons and learned many new things about China and the Chinese New Year.

Enjoy some pictures from our unit.  At the end of this post is a video of a Chinese Fan Dance that 4R learned in music class during our unit.  I think they did a lovely job!

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Chinese New Year- Lantern Parade

Today was the last day of our Chinese New Year unit.  We celebrated with some awesome cupcakes (thanks to Isaac’s mom!) and a lantern parade around the school.  It took us a few days to prepare for our parade.  We made dragon masks, Chinese hats, dragon puppets, and fish lanterns!

We paraded through the school, visiting different classes along the way.  We shared some facts about the Chinese New Year and wished everyone “Kung Hey Fat Choi!”

Also, during music class over the last two weeks, our class has been learning a Chinese fan dance.  Yesterday was their final performance, so I stopped in to check it out.  (Check out the video below!)

Enjoy these pictures of our celebration, as well as the dance video!  Kung Hey Fat Choi!!  🙂

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Chinese New Year- Chopstick Day

Today was an exciting day in our study of the Chinese New Year.  We have already made paper lanterns, talked about how rice and silk are made, and read a few Chinese folk tales.  But today we learned how to eat with chopsticks.  A very valuable lesson for anyone learning about the Chinese culture.

We first practiced with fruit snacks and goldfish crackers (which were harder than they looked!), and then moved on to bigger and yummier things.  One of our room parents brought in noodles and chicken, both of which were delicious!  I borrowed a rice cooker to make sticky steamed rice, and another family made “sushi” out of rice crispy treats and fruit roll ups.  Quite the delicious spread!

The students were then given the option to take their chopsticks to lunch if they wanted.  (I chose today because of the popcorn chicken meal we were having at lunch…seemed chopstick appropriate.)

Enjoy these pictures from our day today.  Some are of us practicing, and some are at lunchtime.  (Watch out for the chopstick cheaters!)

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Um, yummy!

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Practice makes perfect!

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They’ve got it down!  They can even pick up trash with their chopsticks!

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Now trying it with real food!

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Boots: a clever chopstick holster for carrying to the lunchroom.

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Trying it with our lunches!

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Cheater!

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Yogurt?  Impressive!

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Such fun times!  🙂