We made paper lanterns out of construction paper. This was quite an exercise in cutting and following directions. Every year's group of students does some tasks quite skillfully and some with great difficulty. This year's group just cant seem to get the hand of cutting folded paper to make multiples. We've been practicing this skill a lot lately since I know this is something they'll do quite a bit in kindergarten. I had to pull out the tape to fix a few that cut way too far, but that's okay. The purpose was the cutting practice and not a perfect lantern. We hung them around our room for decoration.
We talked a bit about dragons and how the western culture thinks of them as evil, fire breathing creatures and how the Chinese culture reveres them for power, strength and luck.
We read a few books about Chinese New Year that furthered our understanding of Gung Hay Fat Choy traditions.
I have been teaching early childhood for about 20 years. I love what I do---it's the best job in the world!!! Where else can you go to work each day and do art, play games, have snack and get hugs regularly AND get paid for it?! I love to share ideas with other teachers and see what they are doing in their classrooms. Teaching is the best profession---we love to share!