《声音》启明星专刊 VOICES for Daystar Academy VOICES Spring/Summer Edition 2019 - Page 21

ES SANLITUN CORNER into Chinese Units of Inquiry (UOI), which are cross curricular and based in Science and Social Studies standards. For example, grade 3 students explored ideas surrounding “Cultural Diffusion”, which led them to visit the Beijing School of Opera, where they learned about Chinese drama and were left with a deep impression the richness and depth of Chinese cultural. When the students returned to school, they created informative posters to show their understanding and love of Beijing Opera. The students were then divided into groups to explore the different elements of Chinese culture, to research China in the past and present, and to search for and identify the imprints and impact of Chinese culture around the world. In calligraphy class in grades 3 and 4, the students listen to instrumental Chinese music and practice the calligraphy, which helps them to cultivate the inner characteristics of being quiet, humble, and respectful in Chinese culture through rituals and practices. Outside of the Chinese language arts classrooms, students also explore more deeply into other aspects of the culture. In art classes, students have the opportunity to learn about traditional Chinese art forms such as making traditional lanterns and creating colored ink paintings. In music class, students observe and learn about Chinese dance and musical instruments. And during recess, the teachers and the students play traditional Chinese games. All of these experiences bring the power of Chinese culture to life for students and provide them with concrete examples in to which they can connect. Understanding Traditional Chinese Culture Festivals through Cultural Experiences We can learn many things in school, but to truly understand them we must first experience them. Participating in various school activities is an important way for students to come into contact with and absorb traditional Chinese culture. Daystar attaches great importance to traditional cultural experiences in hopes that students will develop a broad and open mind, that respects Chinese tradition and as well as the cultural diversity of the world through participating in these experiences. Throughout the year students experience events such as the Dragon Boat Festival, made zongzi and told the story of Quyuan; before the Mid-Autumn Festival, students made moon cakes and heard the story of Chang’e running to the moon; for the Spring Festival, students experience an engaging array of activities including writing spring couplets, watching the traditional Lion Dance and learning how to make hand pulled noodles. These rich and colorful experiences allow students to personally experience the cultural. Not only do they have a broader and more meaningful understanding of the history of these traditions, but they also appreciate Chinese culture in new ways. Rooted in the diverse Sanlitun community, traditional Chinese culture is not only present in the classrooms, but is also evident in every corner of campus life. Daystar’s learning journey is not only about acquiring knowledge, but also about developing a well-rounded child that understands and appreciates diverse cultures and traditions! 19