Time to finish off Chinese New Year… Zander and Gavin each finished up their studies with writing out some of the things they learned about the celebration on pages with year of the snake themed borders. They also each drew their own special cobra… the instructions were found on Art for Kids as a special Chinese New Year offering. Added to each picture is the Chinese characters for Snake. Not a bad finishing touch.
I lucked out and came across TWO shows for the boys to watch the night before. The movie Mulan (which they then drew something in their journals about) and a FoodNetwork special on making a full out Chinese New Year meal. We learned a few interesting things from that second show:
- fish in Mandarin is the same words as abundance
- dumplings symbolize wealth
- roast chicken symbolizes togetherness and prosperity
- long noodles symbolize longevity
Emanuel got creative with the Legos… He made his very own McDonald’s counter… giant M and all.
I attempted the heart shaped cupcakes with a less than amazing result… still yummy but NOT heart shaped. With lovely whipped icing everyone was content with them anyway.
The weather has worked in our favour BOTH days what with the storm warning over and all the lovely snow that resulted from it. So the kids have been out enjoying, shoveling, getting wet… I had to throw all the gear into the dryer after Tuesday’s fun in the sun… so much melt off from the roof!
I have to share a sort of dinosaur related video that Trinity and Emanuel assure me is AWESOME!
Tuesday was right into Valentines Day with all the worksheets and hearts and colouring.
We also made our monthly poster – I am having the kids make one a month for the whole year. I write out the name of the month and then each kid draws something they see or do that month!
Since it was Shrove Tuesday I gave pancakes a try again on the gas stove with much better results! At least the kids were pleased.
Not a bad work up to Valentine’s Day… and a completing of something special from Chinese New Year.