Chinese New Year in ECLC 1
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.
When 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.
For 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.
In 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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