This week we read a lot of books about Chinese New Year. We read both stories and non fiction (real facts) books about this holiday. We learned a song called The Lion Dance Song which is sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb.
Four of our students asked the following questions:
Did you get a red envelope today?
What kinds of games do you play on Chinese New Year?
What do you have for your feast?
What do you do on Chinese New Year?
We enjoyed seeing the faces on our young learners when they heard something that we had read about this week. The students were shocked to see and talk with other k students who are celebrating this holiday. We also made some connections. Diwali is a holiday hat involves cleaning and preparing as does Chinese New Year. We know many holidays have big feasts. We learned some of the children received foil wrapped chocolate coins in their red envelope. We learned that the children can also wear other colours and not just red outfits as shown in our books. The k children spoke to us in Cantonese and in Mandarin. It was so lovely to expose the students to different languages. One child asked if they were speaking French because that is the only other language he hears at school.
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