In the Michelangelo Over 2’s room we were very busy learning about the Chinese New Year this week. First of all, we learnt how to say hello in Chinese language (ni hao), and then we talked about the Chinese New Year celebrations. We also watched a video about decorations, celebrations and dragon dance. We discussed the facts and beliefs of Chinese people, i.e about the full moon and round food for good luck, how everything needs to be red and yellow (or gold) for the New Year celebration, about the Zodiac symbol chart, and that this year is the Year of the Monkey. Kids also got a chance to see the dragon dance, Fu decoration and the red envelopes for money. We tried to find our own lucky animal according to the Zodiac chart and we talked about what that animal represents. All kids got a chance to taste Chinese snacks which were round like a full moon, and we all enjoyed them.
During arts and crafts we did lots of drawing and painting. We painted the red Chinese flag with yellow stars, filled our favorite colour in the Monkey picture and the Zodiac chart. We all had fun hanging on the monkey bars and pretended to be monkeys. During story time we read about the country of China and stories “Monkey’s Tricks” and “You are too small” (about a rat who wanted to help).
During our cooking class we made pancakes for “Pancake Tuesday”. We also talked to the kids about how Chinese people believe that round food (such as pancakes) brings good luck when eaten on special occasions. All kids enjoyed pancakes with fruit!
On Tuesday we had fun during Happy Feet and Ginger Sports on Wednesday.
Have a nice weekend!
- Ms. Sam and her team