Sunday, January 26, 2014

The week of Chinese New Year

In the run up to Chinese New Year (Friday 31st January) I thought Bee should have the opportunity to learn all about this special occasion in the Chinese Calender. This year is the year of the horse.

Last week we paid a visit to the local library and looked at lots of Chinese New Year books. Isabella chose a book titled, Happy New Year! (Kung-hasi Fa-ts'ai!) by Demi. It gives an overview of the animals in the Chinese zodiac, traditions and activity ideas for parents/caregivers.


We also could take home this beautiful dragon for four weeks! Which we used to support the festival.
We plan to use this puppet during story telling and in Bee's puppet theater.


The Dragon also goes perfectly with one of Bee's favorite books, The Pet Dragon, by Christoph Niemann. I love the way he uses Chinese symbols for words within the illustrations. It has a great story about a little girl who searches for her pet dragon. Bee loves going through the book and pointing to the symbols she knows, developing her understanding of foreign languages, diversity and knowledge of the world. Well worth a read!


This week we will be carrying out activities relating to this festival. Stay tuned for some fun and exciting crafts and games.

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