Gong Xi Fa Cai! Let’s welcome the New Year!

With the Chinese New Year around the corner, the Love Penguins got busy to welcome the festival.

To understand more about the symbols that are seen during the Chinese, we read books about Chinese New Year like “Bringing In the New Year” by Grace Lin and “Lanterns and Firecrackers” by Jonny Zucker.  We also watched a video to learn more how the symbols came about and the legend of Nian Monster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlK2i476PPg&t=1s

First, we made our firecrackers.

Listening to their laughter, who would have thought that making firecrackers together would be so much fun!

To scare away Nian Monster, we made our drums.

Making the drums were just as fun as using them while singing “Xin Nian Hao”.

To watch the video, download: IMG_7876-2kznun3

The Love Penguins were introduced to the art of Papier Mache’ when we made our class dragon. Everyone contributed by making a part of the dragon’s body re-purposing boxes of tissue.

After putting on the finishing touches, we connected each of the boxes to make a long, beautiful and colorful dragon!

Chinese Dragons are mythical creatures that are known for their kindness. Our kind dragon not only welcomed the new year but it now also welcomes every visitor to our class!

To welcome the New Year, we also tried our hands in Calligraphy!

We also invited Ms. Cici to teach us this amazing ancient art. We gave it our best shot!

To wrap up the exciting week of preparing for the New Year, the Early Primary levels celebrated with an amazing assembly at the Sports Field for some dancing and singing. The Lion Dancers came to celebrate with us too!

The best part of the day was when families joined us after the celebration for nibbles of delicious home-made Chinese treats! Thank you all for coming!

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