The first graders at IAA have been learning about the seven continents of the world, and have recently been learning about the continent and culture of Asia- with a focus on China. The children will explore and engage in the art forms of this culture, particularly, the meaning of the dragon in Chinese folklore. 2012 just happens to be the year of the dragon. In honor of this the children are building 3-dimensional dragons that will dance down the halls of IAA in celebration of the Chinese New year.
In Asian culture the dragon is a powerful mythological symbol bringing luck wherever it roams. It’s somewhat like the superhero of Asia. In China, students who work creatively, work passionately, work hard, and are persistent are compared to the dragon. IAA first graders certainly are mighty fine dragons.
“It is one thing to read about dragons, but another to meet them.” Ursula Le Guin
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