I talked to Katherine's class about Chinese New Year today.
When I started the Chinese New Year events, I was just trying to expose the kids in my school to a different culture. I never realized how good it would be for Katherine, too. Katherine loves having me visit her room (I'm sure that will change someday...). Chinese New Year has been a good way to affirm her history without making her the center of unwanted attention. And because of my visits, Katherine has become the envy of everyone 8 and under at her school. She gets to wear those fabulous silk clothes. She has real Chinese things in her house. She has a cool lion puppet. She knows how to use chopsticks. She has a Chinese name. She gets to watch a real dragon dance. Her whole family celebrates Chinese New Year. At least for today, she is a star.
Today we looked at hong bao (red envelopes) and some of Katherine's silk clothes. Then we read a story about dragons and made dragon puppets. The kids thought it was grand. And Katherine? She was one happy girl.