Four children came in to share a cultural or family tradition with the rest of us. Isaya and his father shared a traditional song often sung at celebratory times in Kenya. It was a call and response song in Swahili, called Jambo Bwana. You can click on the link to hear it (you must do this directly from this blog).
Then Jiajia shared a traditional outfit that is worn on very special occasions in Korea. Her mom told us a story of Chinese New Year, and how we must display the color red and have loud noises in order to keep us safe from evil. We made paper firecrackers that look very pretty hanging in our room, and now we can rest assured all will be well.
Maya did an excellent job teaching us to make a balloon with origami paper. I was very excited - this is one of the few things I can now make!
And, finally, what could be a better end to a sweet and fun morning than milk and cookies? Marcel brought in some peppermint sandwich cookies, special napkins, plates, and cups, and plenty of cold milk.