Saturday, February 4, 2012
Gong Hey Fat Choy!
Happy New Year! in Chinese (Cantonese).
Last week, the children of The Greenwood Tree ushered in the Lunar New Year. Welcome, Year of the Dragon. Seedlings 1 and 2 celebrated by painting a massive dragon in red and gold. The Saplings created a massive feast which included hand stuffed dumplings. Root children decorated a dragon mask, slipped under a piece of red fabric with noisy tambourines to parade the dragon through the halls of the school.
Teacher Maria offered the Root children and accompanying parents special insight into Chinese New Year celebrations and culture. Maria spent two years living and teaching English in China in the 1990s. As Root children teacher, she brings a wealth of early education experience, ease, and fluidity to the weekly Root children class rhythms. Did I mention her gorgeous singing voice?