Happy new year, happy new year, happy new year to you all, we are singing, we are dancing, happy new year to your all…
With the New Year’s singing, welcome to BIS-Early Years, where you can feel the strong festive atmosphere. Each of our classes is a big family, and each family has its own unique way of welcoming the New Year and celebrating the Spring Festival. Quickly come with us and feel it.
Family I: Toddler A
We start from telling stories to help children understand the origin of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals and did the art extension activity “Painting the Zodiac Masks”.
Family II: Toddler B
Collaborative Artwork – Chinese Dragon
The toddlers enjoyed a wonderful dragon dance performance with the teacher and started their own creation of the dragon.
Sugar-Coated Haw – A Traditional Chinese Snack
We can’t resist the temptation of sugar-coated haw, can you? Since the children were so interested about it, why don’t we make it with our hands?
Family III: EY3A
Children were very interested in beautiful fireworks that appear everywhere during Spring Festival. They were guided by the teachers to create their own firework with some open materials.
Through the activity, children can not only feel the beauty of fireworks and experience the happiness of the festival through this activity but can also be motivated to develop their imagination and creativity. In addition, it helps children establish safety awareness.
Family IV: EY4
A Good Harvest Every Year
When it comes to Chinese New Year, apart from dumplings and glutinous rice balls, the traditional food that is indispensable to our dinner table is ‘fish’. Because Chinese character of ‘fish’ pronounce ‘yu’ and it is homophonic with another character ‘yu’, which means ‘surplus’. That is a good wish from people for the coming year. Knowing that fish has such a beautiful meaning, the smart children of EY4 decided to make some ‘fish’ with recycled goods to decorate our classroom in order to create a bit of festive atmosphere.
Family V: EY3B
Explore the customs of the Spring Festival through traditional Chinese culture
As the Spring Festival is approaching, the children are full of curiosity about this traditional Chinese festival and jointly explored the theme of Spring Festival customs. After a collective discussion, we decided to start with traditional Chinese culture.
From ancient times to the present, Chinese calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting occupy an important position in Chinese traditional culture.
Through the calligraphy and painting, as well as the independent exploration, the children got to know the Four Treasures of the Study and their use, while at the same time they obtained different information and feelings.
So how does Chinese calligraphy, which represents traditional Chinese culture, play a role in the traditional customs of the Spring Festival?
The children have found the answer through books related to Spring Festival customs and different inquiry tables, so let them tell everyone.
In order to add a festive atmosphere to our classrooms, we decided to complete and post the Spring Festival couplets and the word “Fu” together after discussion. The children carefully copied Chinese characters with the assistance and guidance of the teacher. While effectively improving their pen control abilities and concentration, the children expressed the blessings and wishes of the New Year.
In an IB school, we celebrate traditional festivals in a unique way, respecting tradition and pursuing innovation. As teachers, we will not instill plain ideas or simply tell them an answer, but rather will create an environment that encourages children to explore and discover. While helping children to develop IB learner profiles, we become their exploration partners. In the new year, we believe there will be more beautiful things and surprises worth discovering.
Wish you all a pleasant and fulfilling holiday.