Celebrating The Year Of The Dog

On Monday 19th February 2018, the Busy Bee and "Eichhörchen" groups returned from their half term holiday to start a project on Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Dog and in accordance with Chinese traditions, we prepared for the celebrations by tidying up the classroom. Millions of people celebrate Chinese New Year across the planet and we looked closely at all the different ways it is marked. It became clear very quickly that good luck was a very important part of the festivities. The colours red and orange are supposed to bring good luck to a household, so red food, signs and clothes are everywhere.

The two groups also created a lion dance accompanied by a percussion orchestra. In the classroom, the role play corners were transformed into Chinese restaurants which chopsticks and Chinese crockery aplenty. The children learned about the origins of the Chinese New Year story and how the years were named after different animals.

On Thursday 8th March the two groups travelled across Munich to visit the Chinese Pagoda in the "Englischer Garten". We have learned so many new things during this topic: how to write Chinese numbers, which animal belongs to the year of our birth and how to say Happy New Year in Chinese. Kung Hei Fat Choi!