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Play in Young Children

The Chinese New Year just ended last Friday (26 Feb) and it is regrettable that we were not able to celebrate in school. However it was still essential to understand this important Chinese Festival so we had some online cultural lessons. The younger groups learned about Lunar New Year traditions and well-wishes. Year 2 had a chance to do a virtual “Lo-Hei” and you can see how excited they were, ready with their chopsticks. Most of the students were great at shouting out “huat-ah” meaning “prosperity to all '' which really rounds up the session in the right mood. Despite our distance learning, we can still unite together in hearts we put our sincerity together in learning and celebrating. The older groups learned more about the meaning and symbolism of customs and food through crafts and quiz games. Year 5 had fun doing virtual tours of Chinatowns in San Francisco and Singapore. 

Although we have been holding online lessons since school started for the second semester, it is remarkable that the students are adapting well and showing learning progress with their commitment and hard work. All year levels have started on Chapter 9. I am especially happy to see the Year 1 participating well during online lessons and they are getting used to the Google meet functions. Some of them could even share screens and change their backgrounds. All these provide a chance to engage in Mandarin Conversations especially during the Lunar New Year period.

I take special pride in mentioning Year 4 as they keep up with the learning progress. When put in small groups, the students are able to work together as a team and coordinate well among themselves. I look forward to them taking more ownership of their learning. Another group is Year 6! They have shown some improvements in their writing and they attribute it to online typing. Maybe we could let them do the essay writing on the computer. With this ponder, we find that the end of the MCO period is coming soon. I can’t wait to have everyone back in school sharing our joys, sighs and laughter in person.


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