February 9, 2016 — A visitor from the World Awareness Children’s Museum brought Chinese New Year traditions into Kirstin Preuss’ kindergarten classroom today.
Moira Oppenheim’s visit helped students learn about the various elements of a family’s New Year celebrations in China—and try some of them on for size!
Students were able to put on kid-sized dragon costume shirts and other traditional Chinese clothing brought to Kensington from the Museum collection. They matched a series of printed design cards to the needlework in the clothing as they learned about the fabrics.
At another of the program’s exploration stations, students practiced using chopsticks to serve themselves food at a Chinese family dinner table. Each child practiced pinching a set of red chopsticks around felt food items of fish, dumplings, long green vegetables, and other items. Swirls of yarn were used as noodles.
Artwork was the focus of two other stations, which involved students searching for patterns in Chinese paintings, and coloring their own dragon.
Ms. Oppenheim taught students a song about the traditions of preparing for the New Year, and brought a dragon costume, lanterns, noisemakers, fans, and “firecrackers” for each child to hold in a dragon parade through the school hallway.
GO! The World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls is an interactive, hands-on museum chartered by the New York State Education Department and Board of Regents. The organization’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster understanding and appreciation of worldwide cultural diversity.