In the Classroom: Getting Ready for the New Year

This week's post is going to be short and sweet.  Chinese New Year officially starts next Saturday, February 10 and we want to help you get your classroom ready.  The Chinese believe that in order to start your year off right, you need to clean out last year's debris. In preparation for the New Year, the Chinese clean their homes from top to bottom. They often adorn each room with flowers (like peonies and chrysanthemums) and fruit (like clementines) and they hang decorations of good luck around their homes.  Some people even buy new clothes and get their hair cut!  So here's your assignment: Sometime before the end of next week, set aside 15 minutes and have your students help you "clean house."  This will help you start off the new year on the right foot.

-Laura Touhey


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