When we announced that we were going to China to adopt Sarah, we talked with Abby's teachers about doing the Flat Panda blog to show the other children in the class more about China. Her teachers loved the idea and even went a step further in doing a small unit studying China. They had a map of China on the wall and talked about Chinese culture and history while we were gone. Then, when we got back, they had scheduled a "China Day" to celebrate. I got to go with Abby on China Day and we shared with the class about our trip and showed them some of the things we bought while we were there. The class made Chinese yo-yos and a dragon. During snack time, they served rice and noodles. All the kids seemed to like the food. I also brought the Panda Bear cakes from the shower. The kids really liked that! The black icing turned their teeth and lips black. Oops. Then, we had a dragon dance with the dragon heads that the teachers made. The children snaked around the room. Here's her whole class. Later, they invited the Three-Year-Old class to come join them to see the end of the dragon dance. Here is Abby's friend, Mia. She is in the Three's class. One of the teachers had brought in a Chinese language CD. She played the song "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes." During the intro, the voice was speaking Chinese and Abby told one of her friends, "I understand it perfectly."
It was so nice to be able to share this adventure with Abby's friends. I know Abby thoroughly enjoyed herself!