Lessons From China

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From learning traditional phrases to interesting facts about the country’s geography, Academy Elementary School third-grade students were immersed in studying China during a Go China workshop presented by Patricia Shih.

During the workshop, the students learned aspects of the country’s history, language, music, art, geography and culture. The students learned how to speak 99 Chinese words, the significance of the Chinese New Year and which colors and animals were symbolic of the emperor and empress. Additionally, the students had the chance to view Ms. Shih’s extensive collection of artifacts, including puppets from a Chinese opera, instruments and clothing. As the Chinese New Year was approaching, the program concluded with several students leading their classmates in music, while others performed a traditional dragon dance.