All the students at West Street Elementary School learned a Chinese song, “I Love My Family,” taught by CIAU faculty Jessica Liu. The students created gestures that describe their fathers, mothers, and other family members with the help of Jessica. Moreover, the students learned how to count from one to ten in Chinese. Some of them can even count from one to one hundred. They have also learned addition up to ten in Chinese. During the last two weeks, Jessica introduced them to the way Chinese people celebrate Christmas and taught the song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in Chinese. Some kindergarten students performed the song at PAWS night.
The Chinese instruction at North Street Elementary School, led by CIAU faculty Jeff Yin and Olivia Wang, is combined into the school’s educational curriculum. From November to December, third graders learned the scientificmethod, colors, Chinese pictography, and Peking Opera through various activities. Fourth graders had discussions on peace, the Constitution, and law in the history of Native Americans, with some famous Chinese historical figures being introduced at the same time. The fifth graders discussed the themes of fairness and human rights through a comparison between America and China, which provided the students with a better understanding of Chinese history and the current situation of social justice, in addition to the concept of human rights in China. Moreover, both fourth and fifth graders learned Halloween and household vocabularies in Chinese.
Students are performing the Chinese song at PAWS night at West Street Elementary School
Students at North Street Elementary School are designing their dreamhouse