Happy Chinese New Year! I was born in 1974 which would make me a tiger based on the generic charts. But, since I was born on the 7th of the January, before Chinese New Year occured that year, I'm really an Ox along with the majority of folks born in 1973 including my dh. So, it looks like it is my year. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
This morning, I spent 2 hours in Noah's 2nd grade class sharing a bit about Chinese language and CNY. I taught them about the 4 tones in Mandarin, how to count to 10, read a counting story in Chinese and taught them to sing Shi Ge Xiao Peng You (10 Little Friends-to the tune of 10 Little Indians-from the same book.) Next, they colored a Kitchen God while I read a fable about him from Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats then they ate marshmallows with chopsticks. (There is a peanut allergy in the room, or we would have eaten something more authentic.) Then, they made paper lanterns and we read The Dragon Dance.
It was an action-packed 2 hours. I'm looking forward to Noah's critique later this afternoon. If I had it to do over again, I'd skip the language part and just focus on the holiday. Hopefully, they had a good time.
Tonight, we're eating Chinese and having family night. Happy Chinese New Year to you and yours wherever you may be!