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New Year Pop Up Card

It’s 2016! What better way to celebrate the New Year than with fireworks. Fireworks, originally made in China, are now a way for people all around the world to join in the festivities for the new year. The first use of fireworks were in China in the 7th Century. They were used to scare away evil spirits. The invention of fireworks was probably an accident when black powder was thrown into fire. The chemical reactions from certain powders produce colors and resembled flowers. This is why in Japanese and Chinese the English translation is ‘fire flower’. Because of the beauty of fireworks, this culture from China has spread across the world. Especially in America, we are quite fond of using fireworks to celebrate. In fact the first use of fireworks in the United States were on July 4th, 1777. To this day we continue to use fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. Americans began using fireworks to celebrate New Years was brought by the first immigrants of China. In today’s modern age, we have shared many cultures within America and fireworks during New Year’s Eve and Day is a favorite of Americans. Even in school, we always have some kind of interesting craft to make during this time whether it’s using straws to blow paint to look like fireworks or making your own cracker to use to ring in the new year.

For this craft we made a pop up card. A pop up card is basically a card in which you open that pops up at you. For this we used paint, construction paper, crayons and a fork!

Start off with glue, a geometric printout and black construction paper.

Glue the print out onto the black construction paper and cut out the outside.

Fold all the lines printed onto the the white side of the pop up firework.

Fold everything closed and glue sides onto opposite sides of a card.

Once the glue dries open the card and…

Ta-da! Decorate with the prong ends of the fork to make firework images. Also decorate with crayons or anything else you have on hand.

Let’s see how the kids did!

 

Scratching the paint with the prongs also produces good results.

That's not how you use a fork!

They have to think about how to make the patterns look nice!

The kids really enjoyed painting with such a strange tool. They are used to painting with paintbrushes, but it was great for them to learn that you can use just about any medium to make art! I hope you try this at home as well. Not only forks but with all kinds of materials! Let’s be creative!

Sunrise Culture – Celebrating Christmas, the Western way!

Sunrise Culture – Celebrating Christmas, the Western way!

 

As Sunrise is indeed an International school, we feel it best to not only celebrate holidays from around the world, but also to incorporate these traditions into our lesson plans. As Christmas is one of the most popular, well known, and widely celebrated holidays in the world; we enjoy teaching the children not only about how we can celebrate this holiday, but also about its history and origins.

One of the most recognizable symbols of Christmas is of course the Christmas tree. All of our classes had an opportunity to experience setting up and decorating our two Sunrise Christmas trees, learning about their meanings and about the ornaments, tinsel, and star.

 

 

Tinsel garland is draped across the tree in order to replicate the appearance of freshly fallen snow!

 

 

Our two completed Christmas trees along with the Butterfly class and its teachers!

 

 

Once the children have learned about Santa Claus and his origins through class lessons, we introduced another time tested tradition that is the writing of a letter to Santa Claus. Here we can see one of our students practicing their writing skills while also writing the very own message to Santa!

 

 

A normal letter might be lacking in pizzazz we decided to make our letters extra special with handmade decorations and adornments!

 

 

Similarly to most schools in the West, no Christmas celebration would be complete without having a Christmas Party. Here we can see our Little Caterpillar class decorating Christmas tree cards for our Red vs. Green “Flip-the-Card” game!

 

 

One of our methods of teaching includes the use of song and presentation, our classes had the opportunity to make festive hats, learn traditional Christmas holiday songs, and then present them to their fellow classmates! Here we can see the Caterpillar class singing “Little Snowflake” to the Butterfly class.

 

 

While the Butterfly class was able to sing a medley of “Winter Wonderland” & “Let It Snow”, along with “Happy Christmas” to the Caterpillar class.

 

 

Of course, no Christmas party would be the same without a visit from Santa Claus himself, bringing cheer and presents for all the good Sunrise boys and girls. Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunrise Science – The Planets and the Stars!

Sunrise Science – The Planets and the Stars!

 

At Sunrise we teach beyond the textbook! Our students are always interested in space, so, taking a hint from them, we learned not only the names of the planets, but we learned about different constellations too! Then we let our creativity flow and made our own planets.

 

 

First, we made sure they had a good base by learning the names of the different planets, the order in which we see them and they talked about the different characteristics of each planet as well. They loved learning about Saturn’s rings!

 

The kids then drew their favorite planet. Can you guess which one this is?

 

Then they put their planet into space and added comets, stars and spacemen!

It all adds up to a beautiful galaxy!

Our older kids also tried to learn about constellations. But of course, the best way to understand constellations is to see them with your eyes. With no actual telescope we had to improvise…so we made “telescopes”.

 

 

We made some telescopes out of rolls of paper, decorated them and then put on some blue paper. The special point is the blue paper. Constellations that you know and love were painstakingly poked out by our teachers. The kids were able to learn what constellations are and got to experience “looking” at them!

We also foster creativity at Sunrise! With all the fun we were having with planets, it was natural that kids would want to create their own. The kids decorated one half of a circle with wet paint, folded it over, and voila! A planet!

 

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