Chinese New Year fell on Saturday, January 28 this year and ISP's Grade 6 and 7 Chinese class made sure to celebrate it. The students began by learning about the Chinese New Year legend and making their own Chinese book about it. Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese zodiac, a twelve-year calendar with one of the twelve animals assigned to each year. The students watched a video about the story of these 12 zodiac animals, before interpreting the story themselves in a role play and making their own zodiac animal wheel to play with together.
We also tried our hands at some traditional Chinese crafts, such as paper-cutting, making lanterns and writing "福" (FU) to wish each other good luck. The students also had the opportunity to practice Chinese calligraphy, learning some of the rules of the writing style and developing some basic skills for themselves. It's not easy to write with a soft brush and we discovered that it's important to be calm, focused and patient in order to write properly – a belief reinforced by traditional Chinese philosophy.
The Grade 6 and 7 students created three posters about Chinese New Year, focusing on the traditions, legend and the important Chinese Zodiac Story. We displayed these poster in school to share our learning with others and wish everyone at ISP a very happy New Year of the Rooster.
Last but not the least, every student received a lucky red envelope, just as children are accustomed to receiving red envelopes from the older generation in China, as a way of wishing good health and luck for the coming new year.
Happy New Year!
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