Lunar New Year at School

This past week I had the opportunity to visit Viola's school to celebrate the lunar new year!  Her teachers and I had planned a fun day of wrapping dumplings, making a Chinese rattle/drum, and dancing to some Chinese New Years music.  To be honest I was a little nervous at first--all those repressed memories of in-class presentations from my childhood came flooding back.  But once the day started, all the nerves melted away and we had a great time celebrating the new year.  And while I always had respect for Viola's teachers and what they did, after spending a few hours with the class, I cannot stress enough how fantastic they are!  Thank you for letting me spend the morning with you all!

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After a fun time wrapping dumplings (which unfortunately I could not photograph since my hands were full of raw meat), the kids start crafting while the dumplings cooked.  Decorating Chinese drums in celebration of the year of the goat!

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Dumplings are ready! The kids are finally able to taste the fruits of their labor.  And surprisingly most of them ate them!

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...And then there's my daughter who ate at least 4

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