Musings on Montessori and life from a teacher/guide/directress
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Chinese New Year
We had a great event at our school in honor of the Chinese New Year. It included a silent auction, Chinese dinner, face painting, balloon art, crafts, dancing, a Lion Dance, games, and more. We had a dedicated core of volunteers, both parents and staff that made this event happen. As the children and families entered, the child received a bag with a snack and a passport. They needed to visit twelve activities represented by the Chinese Zodiac (craft and game activities) to get their passport stamped. The activities included: Tiger Bowling (2010 is the Year of the Tiger), Red Envelope making, Lantern making, Tiger Bean Bag toss, Plum Blossom making, Mask making, Photo Booth, Pin the Tiger on China, Chopstick Challenge, Koi Pond (typically Japanese, but originated in China), Firecracker Ring Toss, and one more I can't remember! Our night ended with the Parade of Lanterns, led by a child who was determined to make it happen!
I am a Montessori teacher who just completed my 10th year. I feel lucky to have found a calling that incorporates so many of my interests: music, theater, art, literature, and sports. I adore singing, tennis, and gardening. I have three fabulous children ranging in age from 14-21 (all Montessori-educated). Montessori opened up the world for me. I found out I love practical life and making beautiful things, which I have dubbed "Jane Austen Time."