During February, we’re focusing on Chinese culture and all that it has to offer. At Rock & Roll Daycare, we are constantly introducing our students to different countries and their customs. We believe it’s important for children of all ages to learn as much as they can about different cultures, especially at a young age. By doing so using our Montessori method, children are getting the best of both worlds.
Teaching Children About Chinese New Year
It’s fitting to teach about Chinese culture in February as Chinese New Year falls on February 12th. During our classes, we’re going to not only be teaching about the New Year but also looking at different activities and music that is specific to China.
One of the interesting things about teaching children about Chinese New Year is telling them that there is an animal associated with each year. Legend has it that the Jade Emperor wanted to choose 12 animals to be his guards. He sent an immortal being to tell everyone that the quicker each one went through the Heavenly Gate, the higher ranked they would become. This established the Chinese Zodiac and the order of each animal.
Here are some fun facts about Chinese New Year you can share with your kids at home:
2021 is the year of the ox. The ox is the second sign of the zodiac, making it second into the Heavenly Gate.
Chinese New Year is also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. It’s the most important festival in China.
Chinese New Year is a 16-day long celebration. It starts on Chinese New Year’s Eve and ends with the Lantern Festival.
Chinese New Year is a different date each year because it’s based on the Lunar New Year.
Fun Activities to Teach About the Chinese Culture
To make learning fun, lessons need to be hands-on, especially for little ones. At Rock & Roll Daycare, we incorporate many fun ways for kids to learn about Chinese culture. We offer activities to teach about the zodiac signs. Since they are all animal-based, they can be even more appealing to small children.
Besides hands-on activities like the one above. We also love to incorporate music in each lesson. As with any culture, China has many songs special to its culture.
When children are learning about Chinese music, they’re also learning beats and rhythms that they can use in all types of music.
You also can’t forget art! China has some wonderful images that children can learn about. They can draw, color, or simply connect the dots. Whatever activity it is, they’re learning and having fun at the same time.
We enjoy immersing our students in different cultures and opening new doors to them. If you want to learn more about our variety of programs at Rock and Roll Daycare, call us at 857-259-5211.