|Lucky Money Envelopes|
Lucky money is placed in special red envelopes and given as gifts for the new year. If you order certain chocolates, you can even receive some special lucky money envelopes for the Year of the Horse with your order. You do have to fill the envelopes yourself.
Some of our friends visited Malaysia earlier in January where the Chinese New Year celebration had already begun. Here's a photo from their visit showing the incredible decor:
|Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Malaysia|
During the Chinese New Year celebration, parades complete with dancers and dragons are commonplace. So is the color red. Let your students help decorate your classroom with streams of red paper decorations. Hang them from your doorway and from the ceiling.
If you have students who speak languages other than English in your classroom, let them make flashcards for numbers in their own language as well as in English. Post them around your room or hang them mobile-style (one - dos - un - eins - 1) from your windows or ceiling. Here's an example of some Chinese writing.
Confucius was a Chinese philosopher born in 551 B.C. You can read his 499 sayings in 21 languages including Chinese and English at http://www.confucius.org/main01.htm Here are a few of his wise sayings:
"Do not be concerned about others not appreciating you.
Be concerned about your not appreciating others."
"Exploring the old and deducing the new makes a teacher."
"Action takes precedence over words." (What saying does this sound like? "Actions speak louder than words.")
Then let your students write some of their own sayings, Confucius style.
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