We did something this past week that has never happened in Rm. 202–or in any classroom I’ve taught in: celebrated Chinese New Year! Our friend Baron’s mom, Mrs. Eyrick, was born in Taiwan, and offered to come share some of their Chinese culture with us. It was perfect because we both got to see a little more about our friend and his family, and also, it fit in with our Social Studies unit right now. Match made in heaven!
She showed up a little early and got busy decorating with some traditional Chinese New Year symbols and colors. We learned that red and gold are important, as they stand for life and fortune. Mrs. Eyrick brought us a dragon, lanterns (realized I didn’t get any pictures of those! :(), some fish as well as decoration for our door and a big Happy New Year sign. So festive!
We sat down together on the rainbow rug and she told us all about the history of Chinese New Year, and how the Western Hemisphere (where we live) bases their calendar on the sun, and how the Eastern Hemisphere (where China is) bases their calendar on the moon (lunar) phases. She explained the Chinese Zodiac, and told us how friends in China celebrate this happy time.
She even brought us a treat! She shared traditional Chinese New Year “lucky” food–clementines–and gave each kiddo a lucky red envelope. It had real money inside!! We also got to enjoy some other Chinese tasty treats together.
What a great afternoon and a fabulous celebration! Thanks, Mrs. Eyrick, for coming to teach us about your culture. 🙂