As I mentioned in a previous post, the kids and I are doing a history unit on ancient China right now to overlap with the Chinese New Year. Just thought I'd share some of the highlights of our studies! :)
We learned that one way to decorate for the Chinese New Year is to place hang prints of important symbols on your doors to represent what you wish to receive in the coming year. The boys both chose dragons, which are a symbol of power!
We borrowed a number of great books from the library to enhance our studies. (Love love love the library!!!) Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats is chock full of art projects, stories, history and recipes!
We read the story of The Kitchen God, who stuffed his face so full of melon candies (the result of a carefully devised plan on the part of the humans) he was rendered unable to any speak ill as he reported to the Jade Emperor. The kids loved this so much that they couldn't stop making goofy puffed-cheek faces!
The book Great Ancient China Projects is a wonderful book chock full of projects and information on ancient China!
Perhaps the kid's favorite activity we've done so far has been the tradition of Lai See; a red envelope given to children the first evening of the Chinese New Year usually containing money or other treats. (Luke said, "Ooo, maybe I'll get A HUNDRED DOLLARS in mine!" Ha-ha-ha. Funny kid.) :)
These are some of the things we've enjoyed so far. More to come! :)