During the last week of teaching in China, I had one last party with each of my six grade 2 classes. Group 2A decided to go all out, so they brought cooked food for a picnic style party. We cleared the chairs to one side, and lay newspaper all over the floor. They all sat down with numerous bowls of cooked food, and we shared a big meal together. One of the mothers and two Chinese teachers joined the party too. My co-teacher, Cathy, had her mother make TONS of Dumplings and we shared that too. She even made a separate container for Justin 🙂
These boys were excited to get the picnic party started.
Food in a plastic bag – Of course! The kids kept trying to feed me what they had brought, so I ended up trying a little bit of everything!
Half way into the party I put a movie on for them.
Me and my co-teacher, Cathy.
Some mothers sent fruits salads as well.
Bob, what a cute little guy!
Cathy fed us all dumplings.
Hmm.. I got a box of Ferrero Rocher
My Chinese co-teachers were enjoying the party just as much as the kids.
All eyes on the TV!!
Lo mai gai (mostly a southern Chinese food). Glutinous rice filled with chicken, Chinese mushrooms, Chinese sausage, scallions and sometimes dried shrimp. The ball of rice is then wrapped in a dried lotus leaf and steamed.
I used to make this when I lived in South Korea (it is called Kimbap). It was a staple snack there. One of my student’s mothers made a number of them for us to share.
The students were so happy to be sharing and trying each others foods.
A stewed mushroom dish.
Cathy took to feeding everyone, including me and the other teachers.
Kevin’s mother made chicken wings and these were extremely popular.
As you can see, we each had our plates/ bowls filled with tons of different foods.
One of the boys brought a whole canister of warm Egg and Tomato Stew.
Fried tofu balls and chicken strips.
hehehe… stealing from someone’s bag of food 😉
Cucumber and glass noodle soup.
This is the mother of one of my students.
She made loads of side dishes.
Eggs, beans, cucumber, and glass noodles.
This was delicious!!!
I was playing the “Lion King” for them and they were glued to the screen.
We didn’t even hear the bell when it rang, so I was surprised when Justin walked into my class. He was even more surprised to see what was going on. I had never had a party like this before. The teachers and students had my room cleaned up in a manner of minutes, and they left me TONS of food to eat.
I had so many bowls of food when 2A left, and I was stuffed, so I gave all of it to the next class for their party.
These students sleep at the school during the week so they usually cannot bring any food to parties. For this reason, they were overjoyed when I started feeding them cooked food and snacks.
Looking at these pictures makes me miss my students a lot, because we had a great year together. These kids had so much love to give, and it made me feel so happy to teach them. After a year I felt like I didn’t want to leave them. I certainly grew attached to many of my students, and I wish that I could have continued teaching them.