Chinese New Year celebration lasts fifteen days. I continued with teaching Chinese New Year information with the Mustangs and Heros. We talked about the dragons scaring away bad luck and bad thoughts and bringing in good luck. We learned how to say the Chinese words, “Gong hay fat choy,” meaning, “May you prosper.” I wrote “Happy new year” and the numbers in Chinese and the students were in awe of all the lines and squiggle that make up the characters. Based on their excitement, I will be teaching them how to write some Chinese characters next week! G. Mustangs even wrote a Chinese character that she saw in a book and I told her it meant “earth.” I am glad that I am able to share my 12 years of Chinese school and Chinese cultural background with my students.
The Seals, Mustangs, and Heros embodied the year of the dragon by dancing, breathing, and flying as dragons with rainbow ribbons. This mythical creature is so powerful and the students were creative in their movement: tip-toeing, stomping, walking, sleeping, spinning, and walking backward. The students used the ribbon as tails, fire-breathing, and wings.