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Geneva North Street School District (2018.03-04)

To help students learn more about Chinese culture, Wanda Wang designed Chinese calligraphy classes in March. She showed pictures of the four tools: rice paper, ink, ink-stone, and writing brush, and encouraged students to read their names aloud with the help of Pinyin (Chinese words written with letters that Westerners can sound out). Then she showed the children what these four things really are. She let them touch and feel Chinese rice paper and asked the students about the differences between rice paper and the ordinary paper they usually use. To demonstrate how to make ink with the ink-stone and ink block, Ms. Wang first made an example herself and then invited the students to try one by one.  Ms. Wang also gave each of the students a pen brush, a piece of practice paper, and a small cup of clear water. Then Ms. Wang showed how to write with a pen brush: holding the middle of the stick, use the wrist to control the brush. She wrote 朋友(péng yǒu, which means friends) and 春天(chūn tiān, which means spring) on the paper for students to follow.  Most students were quite interested in doing this. They also wrote 一二三四五六七八九十(yī èr sān sì wǔ liù qī bā jiǔ shí),which are the words for numbers one to ten.  After these dried, they tried writing again. When class was over, some students asked, “Can we do it again next class?” and some even suggested that Ms. Wang set up a Chinese calligraphy club.

Ms. Wanda instructing students in preparing ink

Students take turns making ink

Slime is very popular among students in the school and even in Mandarin class. Miss Hao showed students to use slime to make Chinese characters, and the students loved it. They had fun, and at the same time, they practiced Chinese characters.