During PICLC’s Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day Week, we give our children not only happiness, but also an enlightenment about reunion, history and culture.
National Day, presenting gifts to the motherland in their own way
聆听 · 关于祖国的故事
listening to stories about the motherland
The children sat around the teacher, listening to stories about the motherland.
They saw magnificent mountains and rivers, visited famous historical sites, listened to traditional music, experienced local customs, and tasted delicious food from different regions…
Curiosity and longing filled the children’s eyes, as if they were immersed in a painting of China, full of history, culture, and diversity.
Perhaps they don’t yet understand the depth of ancient history or the vastness of Chinese culture, but through subtle influence and countless exposures, the children’s hearts will plant a seed. When this seed sprouts, they will feel the life philosophy, moral standards, and wisdom embedded in Chinese culture, and they will feel proud and confident because of it.
制作 · 关于祖国的标识
Making symbols of the motherland
When the children carefully place the golden five-pointed star on the red board, it comes to life, creating a warm and adorable scene. Their innocent and simple way of loving the motherland is just like this.
They also become architectural masters, meticulously constructing their own version of the Great Wall using LEGO bricks. Each placement of a brick fills them with immense pride and satisfaction.
When a child says, “I want to be a pilot when I grow up,” we feel immense joy and pride. They may not understand the perseverance and hardships required to become a pilot or what being a pilot represents, but we firmly believe that the tiny flame in their hearts has already begun to ignite.
歌唱 · 将深深的热爱唱给祖国
Singing love for the motherland
当然，为祖国庆生，孩子们除了听、做，还唱诵了《歌唱祖国》《踏山河》时，稚嫩的歌声如同清新的风，吹遍了校园的每个角落，那些源于内心深处的，难以言表的情感，都融入了每一句歌词、每一个音符中。Of course, besides listening and creating, the children also sang “Ode to the Motherland” and “Crossing Mountains and Rivers”. Their sweet voices were like a refreshing wind, blowing through every corner of the school. The indescribable emotions from deep within them were integrated into every lyric and note.
Perhaps one day in the future, the power brought by these songs will become guiding lights on the children’s life paths.
Mid-Autumn Festival, the most direct perception of traditional culture
If National Day is noisy and joyful, then Mid-Autumn Festival is peaceful and warm.
Through poetry, the children first get to know traditional culture.
They chant “Moonlight, Moonlight” and recite “Quiet Night Thoughts,” as if they have traveled back to the Tang and Song dynasties, sending greetings to the ancients. Their young, clear voices are full of power.
In the poems, they begin to understand the meaning of “May we all live long and share the beauty of the moon from a thousand miles apart,” and they learn that every festival brings the longing for family. This is the most direct and profound perception of traditional culture for the children.
Blending tradition and modernity
The best way to understand traditional culture is to connect it with real life. From hand-printing jade rabbits to making lanterns, and baking mooncakes, each process is a fusion of tradition and modernity.
These activities not only allow the children to experience the charm of traditional culture but also give them a sense of identity through firsthand experience.
Of course, the connections do not stop there. The children also eagerly listened to the story of Chang’e flying to the moon and learned about modern human exploration of the moon. They admired the greatness of astronaut Yang Liwei and aspired to have the opportunity to explore the unknown universe in the future, experiencing a different kind of wonder.
PICLC hopes that every activity in traditional festivals is a creation and inheritance, and every understanding and emotion is recognition and respect for traditional culture.
The innocence showcase.
We also organized a fashion show specifically for the children, showcasing their interpretation of traditional culture.
On the stage, the children wore Hanfu, as if they had traveled back to ancient times. They were full of curiosity and delight in experiencing this unique cultural event. They might still be a little naive, but as they showcased the beauty of Hanfu, they unconsciously infused their own personalities into it.
They may not be the most perfect performers, but through their unique perspectives and creativity, they demonstrated their understanding and respect for traditional culture during the fashion show.
Feeling culture through play
The “learning and fun” of the Mid-Autumn Festival also had many colorful games waiting for the children:
How to have a moon rabbit just like Chang’e? The most enjoyable way is definitely the ring toss. The children gently tossed the rings, aiming for the moon rabbit. When they hit the target, they laughed with joy. If they missed, they sighed, but their cuteness was extreme.
They balanced autumn oranges on their heads, carefully moving forward in order to deliver them to the finish line. Finally, oranges and laughter flew together!
The traditional celebration activity of beating drums during the Mid-Autumn Festival took on a new form at PICLC. The children blindfolded themselves and relied on the sound of drums to find their way. Will they bump into people? Will they stray from the path?
Nobody knows, but we do know that the children possess their own judgment and the courage to move forward
Pitching and shooting arrows fascinated the children. They calmly observed the target, analyzed the distance, concentrated on aiming, and then resolutely released their strength. Every successful throw brought endless cheers, and hitting the target was accompanied by bursts of applause.
Perhaps many years later, the children may no longer remember the specific scenes, but they will certainly remember the profound heritage of Chinese culture, allowing them to better understand and recognize their cultural roots.
Write this at the end
In conclusion, as a treasure of the Chinese people, Chinese culture carries a long history, wisdom, and values. Under the influence of traditional culture, children not only have the opportunity to access outstanding literature, art, and thoughts, but they also understand their identity and cultural belonging.
At PICLC, whether it is a traditional Chinese festival or a Western one, guided and encouraged by teachers, children have the opportunity to learn about themselves, others, and the world. Because we believe that every experience, every encounter with diverse cultures, allows children to learn and grow, is the best education