Chinese New Year in ECLC 1

Chinese New Year in ECLC 1Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! With such a culturally rich environment it is important to learn about each others celebrations and that is what we have been doing in ECLC for Chinese New Year.

In ECLC 1 we introduced Chinese New Year by watching a small clip about the story of Nian. This was to show the children the reasons behind the different activities we were going to complete over the week and give meaning to their learning. For children who did not previously know about Chinese New Year this also gave them something to make links to later and draw vocabulary from.

Chinese New Year in ECLC 1When doing activities for such a young age they all have to be very hands on and have the children always actively involved. In ECLC 1A we made dumplings and the children were very hands on with the cooking. While one of the teachers was cutting the cabbage the children each had a plastic knife to cut a little bit themselves. Some children helped mix the ingredients and then each child also got to help with putting the dumplings together. They were given rolling pins and some dough to experiment with. They each had a spoon, which they used to put some of the mixture on their wrap and then they were encouraged to try folding it themselves. With a little help from the teachers the dumplings were completed and cooked and then of course the children got to help with the eating. Most really enjoyed eating them.

Chinese New Year in ECLC 1For the end of the Chinese celebration week ECLC had a parade where all the classes got to show case their wonderful creations. The children played a big part in deciding what they wanted to do for the parade and how they would make this. In ECLC 1A the class decided that they wanted a lion to do the lion dance. They helped in deciding how the lion would be put together and added each item themselves.

Chinese New Year in ECLC 1In the parade we had dragons, lanterns, fire crackers, lions, lovely Chinese outfits, bright smiles, music and families and friends. It was such a great turnout. To end the afternoon we had Chinese music which the children, teachers, families and friends danced to.

We hope everyone has a great start to the new year.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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