Saturday, January 25th, marked the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, China’s biggest holiday, which is celebrated throughout the world.
2020 is the year of the Rat
According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal as well as one of five elements, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, sets the astrology for the year.
Many of the classrooms hosted parent visitors who gave wonderful presentations on Chinese New Year. They read stories, talked about Chinese customs and ways of celebrating the New Year, and the importance of the color red. They made crafts, and cooked Chinese dumplings with the children. Many of the children dressed in traditional clothing. It was a wonderful way to experience this holiday and culture.
Vincent’s mother, Weifeng Li, came to Lower Elementary to teach the children about Chinese culture and how they celebrate the New Year. The students painted masks for the New Year.
Primary students in the Sunflower Room welcomed many visitors for a Chinese New Year celebration. They listened to a story about the holiday and enjoyed making (and eating) dumplings!
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.