This year I wanted to try something new. Many kids at my school and others make fun of the Asian students calling them names or in some way poking fun at their culture, language and lifestyle. I hate this. I love to learn from other cultures and I want the kids to learn to respect where people come from, their culture and learn from it as well. There are so many aspects of other cultures that these kids have adopted already without paying tribute to the origin. So, for February I created a Chinese New Year English Board Poster. In Spain this holiday is celebrated by many because there is a large Chinese immigrant population here. I know by my apartment there were fireworks going off and in Parla they sent off Chinese lanterns to bring in the New Year.
For the year of the horse I created a large horse silhouette, below it I showed the snake slinking away as last year’s news but he left wishing the kids good luck in the New Year. I also posted interactive flaps the kids could lift to find out what their sign was or learn the history of Chinese New Year. I hope some kids liked it. At least, I know they liked the horse stickers because the lil buggers stole them.