Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Dragon dances through the street!Those words mean “Have a prosperous and good New Year!”  Chinese New Year began January 26th on the 1st new moon of the year and celebrations will continue for 15 days until the 1st full moon.   This is the year of the Ox.  People born in this year are believed to be strong, patient, hard workers; they make others feel confident in themselves.  They can also be stubborn… an Ox! 

Chinese New Year is celebrated with special fireworks, parades and many family reunions. Special foods are prepared that have symbolic meaning to the Asian people.  Shrimp represent happiness; a whole fish symbolizes abundance.  Noodles that are uncut represent long life. 

Red and gold  are favorite colors for Chinese New Year and have meaning. Many people think that wearing red on that day will bring them a joyful future.  During this holiday people also give each other red and gold envelopes with money in them.

At the end of the 15 days of celebration there is a special parade. A dragon appears at the end of the parade, strolling through the street. He is the symbol of strength and goodness.  It is a way of wishing everyone peace and good luck for the coming year.

Blog Tamers, click on the link on the right that says “Find your Chinese Zodiac Animal”.  Find the animal for the year you were born. Then come back to this site. Click on “comment” to tell what qualities you have that were listed for your animal and tell which ones you disagree with that were listed for your zodiac animal.

Photo copied from

Knowledge Is Power!

Blog Tamers, did you know…..Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was the first doctor to do open heart surgery, more than 100 years ago in Chicago’s Provident Hospital? He was also African American!  You can read about him in your Open Court reader, right?

Here’s another African American doctor you should know…..Dr. Dr. Benjamin CarsonBenjamin Carson! In 1987, he became the first doctor to operate to separate conjoined twins…and both twins lived!

Blog Tamers, click on “comment” below and write to compare and contrast these two doctors: how are they they alike and how are they different?  Also, Blog Tamers, why do you think “Knowledge is Power”?

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams photo from
Dr. Benjamin Carson’s photo from:

Barack Obama's Inauguration Day

On January 20th President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. Throngs of people visited Washington D. C. to witness the event and to celebrate this historic day. After he was sworn in, he made his inaugural address to the people of the United States to restate his plans for America and to remind Americans that there is much work to be done by all of us to lift up our country. Afterwards,  there was a parade, and later that night thousands of people attended  balls in celebration of the new president.

Blog tamers, why do you think it was important for Barack Obama to be president?

Image copied from

Which Dog Should the President Get His Daughters?

Boys and girls,

Barack Obama promised his girls a dog when the vote was over and you get a chance to say which dog you like for the President’s children!  Look to the right and click on Scholastic News. Scroll down to find the picture of the dogs they’re thinking about. Click on the article and read. Then click on Blog It to write your opinion about which kind of dog you think they should get. You might even suggest a kind of dog they haven’t thought about! Don’t forget to say why you think it might be a good choice!