Using their fine motor skills and lots of determination, second graders at Bayville Primary School learned to use chopsticks as they ate a traditional Chinese snack to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

The students also used their creative skills to make Chinese lanterns and other crafts for the celebration. As they ate their oranges, rice and fortune cookies, they donned handmade Chinese hats, which were replicas of the typical hats worn by Chinese farmers.  

Second graders celebrate a variety of holidays as a way to learn about cultures from around the world. “Incorporating tradition into the celebrations of the holidays from various cultures allows children to have fun while learning,” said Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus. “They think they’re having a party, but they can now tell you all about various aspects of Chinese culture.”