Kindergarten New Year’s Celebrations

Posted on February 15th, 2014 by erineder

The Allendale Columbia kindergarteners spent time in January talking about New Year’s in several forms. We kicked off the year by discussing what a resolution meant and making our own New Year’s resolutions to put up on our kindergarten bulletin board. The kids wrote their resolutions on paper party hats and drew their faces underneath, then attached paper “noisemakers” to finish the look. The resolutions ran the gamut of “I will be nicer to my brother” to “I will eat healthy food.”  We hope they are upholding all of their resolutions!

At the end of January, our thoughts turned to the Lunar New Year celebrated in Korea. One of our parents graciously agreed to come in to talk about Korean customs and to tell us how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in Korea, as well as locally here in Rochester. She brought in wonderful items to share with the kids and the children all received a ‘goodie bag’ with chopsticks, a paper fan, and a bookmark.

On the first day of Chinese New Year we had another parent come to talk to us. We learned about the Chinese Zodiac and other interesting facts about this holiday. The children also received red envelopes with Chinese money inside. What fun!

To prepare for Chinese New Year, we read books, learned to count to ten in Chinese, did math using Chinese numbers, learned a New Year song in music, made paper dragons, wrote about Chinese New Year, and built a Chinese New Year bulletin board.

A special snack of Mandarin oranges, steamed rice, and fortune cookies was a fun way to celebrate Chinese New Year at school. We also paraded a Chinese dragon at each of the school’s lunch periods.

The older kids really got a kick out of our Chinese Dragon Dance!  Here’s a little video

We wish everyone a happy new year!!!


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