One of the things I loved about growing up moving around the world was that I was able to learn about countries and cultures different from my own. My kids have not had a lot of opportunity to travel the world (yet, at least), but Silicon Valley is home to an incredibly multicultural community! Johnny’s kindergarten class’s Chinese New Year dragon parade is an excellent example of how this diversity is celebrated!
Johnny’s kindergarten teacher is incredible. She had 22 kindergarten students calmly decorating gingerbread houses before Christmas, and last week she had them outfitted as dragons, each taking a turn carrying the dragon head in their Chinese New Year Dragon Parade. Johnny was so proud when it was his turn!
The kids got to keep their costumes. Emma has been wearing Johnny’s all weekend, and they have been pretending that she is a dragon! The dragon head gets re-used every year, and it is very ornate! I especially loved the CD scales!
My favorite part of this event was seeing how the older kids in the school reacted to the kindergarteners’ parade! They all came out of their classrooms to watch, and cheered and clapped. Such appreciation for the event, and for these young students!
2014 After School Party HOSTS
The Educators’ Spin On It
Afterschool for Smarty Pants
Boy Mama Teacher Mama
Coffee Cups and Crayons
Little Wonders’ Days
Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
The Measured Mom
This Reading Mama
What Do We Do All Day
There were all sorts of exciting Chinese New Year activities linked up last week – check them out:
- Chinese New Year drum craft for kids from Gift of Curiosity
- 17 Ways to Learn About the Chinese New Year from The Educators’ Spin On It
- Chinese New Year Activities for Kids in Grades K-3 from The Measured Mom
- Montessori-Inspired Chinese New Year Activities from Living Montessori Now
- Great Chinese New Year Activities for Kids, Chinese New Year Inspired Snake Activities and Chinese New Year Muffin Tin Meal from JDaniel4’s Mom
- Chinese New Year Activities and Resources from Boy Mama Teacher Mama
- Chinese New Year Yoga from Kids Yoga Stories
- Chinese New Year at the After School Linkup from Afterschool for Smarty Pants
- Top Ten Things to do for Chinese New Year and Chinese Paper Cutting from Marie’s Pastiche
- Chinese New Year Crafts and Activities for Kids and Chinese New Year Crafts and Books from Pragmatic Mom
- Chinese New Year Unit with Free Printables from The Pinay Homeschooler
My favorite non-Chinese New Year craft was this Rainbow Loom Upcycling project from Green Issues by Agy. Use your rainbow loom to weave an old t-shirt into something new. So cool!
What fun and learning has your family enjoyed?