I adapted this lantern from
as a reading activity, in which we read Gung Hay Fat Choy,
and compared the Chinese New Year with the U.S. New Year.
|A few activities we worked on this week|
2. That said, this week is overly full! It's Chinese New Year, the beginning of Mardi Gras, when I always teach about the French influence on the New Orleans area, and Valentine's Day. Also, right around the corner is St. Patrick's Day, when I teach about Ireland and the Irish influence on our country. That sounds like the same random thing, but here's the difference: St. Patrick's Day is my birthday, and my family really is Irish!
|small picture...huge box|
4. I hosted the first (ever) dance at our school Friday night. A co-teacher and I are the student council advisers; and the kids came up with the idea of a fourth and fifth grade dance as a fundraiser. After getting it approved by our principal, I found out it was the first time our school had ever had a dance. We had a BLAST planning, decorating, and boogieing down! Even the clean-up was kinda fun, and, ya'll, I don't even clean my own house! My fifth grader, I have to say, was the prettiest girl there, but I might be biased!
5. I'm on a diet, for the second year in a row, and finally bought my first size XL pair of pants, shirt, sweater, and skirts this week! I'm not sure how many people would be excited to be wearing an extra large, but I am ecstatic...I can shop in "regular" stores and buy "regular person" clothes. This is big, because designers don't want their clothes on overweight women, I guess, and my mom and I have joked for years that if you're fat, you must be supposed to be six feet tall and have horrible taste, too. Things have changed, and society has become more forgiving, with better clothing available for the average woman (whose size is 16, by the way), but I was still pretty dang excited to buy some really pretty things in a really nice boutique, without just having to walk by wishing!
Have a great weekend!