Kindergarten classes learn about Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
September 9, 2022 – Teachers at Laura Reeves Primary brought the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to the classroom.
Saturday, September 10, 2022 marked the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival for many people across the globe, especially among Asian cultures. Since that day fell on a non-school day, the Friday before, Mrs. Valencia and Mrs. Pyne invited Mrs. Yijie Fontaine to share her knowledge and experience of the festival with their classes.
Students were engrossed while learning about the legend of how the "lady in the moon holding a rabbit" came to be. They loved making their own "mooncakes" out of playdough and tracing the Chinese lettering Mrs. Fontaine wrote on their lantern craft.
One student event returned to school on Monday and told Mrs. Pyne, "I saw the lady holding the rabbit in the moon!"
This lesson not only followed TEKS: Social Studies 113.1.b.11-12 and Science 112.11.b.8.c., but it also gave students a hands-on experience and look into different cultures and the moon.
According to China Highlights, the Mid-Autumn Festival, Zhongqiu Jie (中秋节) in Chinese, is also called the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It is the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year. It is also celebrated by many other Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
In China, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a celebration of the rice harvest and many fruits. Ceremonies are held both to give thanks for the harvest and to encourage the harvest-giving light to return again in the coming year.