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I love holidays. Not just the “normal” ones like Christmas, Easter etc. I also appreciate the unique ones that give me and my family glimpses of other traditions and cultures. Chinese New Year is one of those kinds of holidays.
Unlike our New Year celebrations, Chinese New Year is never on a fixed date because it is based on the lunar calendar. 2018 is the year of the Dog and that is because the Zodiac signs play an integral part in Chinese culture, and can be used to determine your fortune for the year, marriage compatibility, career fit, best times to have a baby, and so much more.
Food, holiday and books are always amazing ways to introduce kids to new multicultural and diverse learning opportunities so, thanks to Twitter and Pinterest, I’ve found some pretty amazing ways to use the Chinese New Year to enjoy all three.
To continue on preparing to celebrate #LunarNewYear in #classroom, download a printable #bunting #template to color w/ #kids featuring a New Year’s greeting in Korean. Add decorative flags with #puppies and #FortunePouch. #elemchat #edchat #elementary https://t.co/kuuUzm5gb7 pic.twitter.com/miwF6Dgrlf
— Aram Kim (@StudioAram) February 7, 2018
🎉 Not long until Chinese New Year. Let’s embrace the festival with picture books for preschoolers and up.
— Filza (@mammafilz) February 9, 2018
— Rebecca Flansburg (@BeckyFlansburg) February 14, 2018
— Gift Of Curiosity (@GiftOfCuriosity) January 22, 2018
— PragmaticMom (@pragmaticmom) February 5, 2018
#ReadYourWorld New Review: Two picture books that offer young readers in window to Chinese culture https://t.co/g3WBtmiSos Reminder: 1/27/2018 is Multicultural Children’s Book Day @artsylliu @chuauthor Join us! pic.twitter.com/lK1GTokvSJ
— Alex Baugh 📚🐘 (@randomlyreading) January 27, 2018
This was not on Twitter, but too cute to resist! Paper Roll Dragon Craft | Fire Breathing Dragon from One Little Project.
I was honestly shocked how little I could find in the way of book lists and crafts. Am I looking in the wrong spots?
Happy Lunar New Year!
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