Chinese Assembly in Infant

El Chino es la segunda lengua extranjera curricular de Yago School, donde los alumnos empiezan a aprenderla ya desde muy tempranas edades.

Los caracteres chinos son una parte importante del aprendizaje de este país asiático. Los caracteres chinos han evolucionado durante miles de años en la civilización china, teniendo una rica historia y herencia. La caligrafía es el arte más clásico de su escritura. Y con el objetivo de que los niños entiendan mejor el idioma chino y estimulen su entusiasmo por aprenderlos desde Infantil, nuestros alumnos aprendieron con sus profesoras los primeros trazos de la escritura de este gran país.

De esta manera, los niños de Infant 5 pudieron empezar a entender que el chino en realidad está compuesto de caracteres chinos, y que el “pinyin” escrito con letras es solo una herramienta para que los principiantes lo lean.

En el aula, Ms Shulin los ayudó a traducir sus nombres al chino con caracteres positivos y simples, y luego observaron y entendieron las palabras por sí mismos, y usaron un pincel de escritura para realizar un ejercicio de imitación en papel rojo. Todos mostraron un gran interés.

Los niños de Infant 4 tienen aún algunas habilidades inmaduras como sostener la pluma. Pero se atrevieron a escribir un carácter chino con cinco trazos, lè 乐, que significa felicidad y alegría. Los niños conocían esta palabra porque la utilizan en la canción de cumpleaños feliz que todos los niños saben cantar.

Casi todos los niños terminaron su trabajo estupendamente, y finalmente Ms Shulin les puso un sello especial grabado con la palabra “perseverancia”, como el caracter de nuestros niños que se esfuerzan, no temen las dificultades e intentan mejorar con valentía.

Por eso el viernes, todos nuestros niños de Infant se reunieron para celebrar la Chinese Assembly. Vieron un video corto animado, donde los niños aprendieron que el origen de los caracteres chinos fue una evolución de las pictografías. Los demás profesores ingleses y españoles quisieron probar a escribir caracteres. Ms Elena y Ms Doreen subieron al escenario para escribir sus nombres en chino con un pincel. Al final de la asamblea, Ms Shulin, la profesora de chino en Infant mostró un pequeño video que había editado para mostrar a todos el excelente trabajo de los niños en chino de esta semana.

Chinese characters are an important part of Chinese learning. For thousands of years in Chinese civilization, Chinese characters have evolved and evolved countless times. Chinese characters have a rich history and heritage. Calligraphy is the most classic art of Chinese character writing.  In order to let the children understand better the Chinese language and stimulate their enthusiasm for learning Chinese characters from an early age, in the Chinese class of our early years department this week, our children followed the teacher for a preliminary exploration of Chinese character writing.

Five-year-olds can already understand that Chinese is actually composed of Chinese characters, and the pinyin written by letters is only a tool for beginners to read.  In the classroom, the teacher helped them translate their Chinese names with simple positive Chinese characters, and then they observed and understood these words by themselves, and used a writing brush to perform an imitation exercise on red paper. All kids have showed great interest. 

Four-year-olds are still in the stage of immature pen-holding skills and still challenge a Chinese character with five strokes, lè 乐,which means happiness and joy. We also have this words in the birthday song that every child knows to sing. All the children completed their work excellently, and when they finished writing, the teacher stamped a special calligraphy seal on their work, that was engraved with the word “qiē ér bù shě锲而不舍” which means perseverance, just like our children who are not afraid of difficulties and challenges bravely.

On Friday afternoon, all our infantil children gathered at the concert hall to celebrate our Chinese assembly of the week.  By watching an short animated video, the children learned that the earliest origin of Chinese characters actually evolved from pictographs.  When the ancients invented these symbols, they actually reduced the impressions and graphics into characters after observing the external image of things. Afterwards, the children took the knowledge and simple Chinese characters learned in the short film and played a small game to look for pictures and characters.  They need to use the ancient people’s method to observe the objects on the pictures, exert their associations, and find the corresponding one of the six Chinese characters.  The children showed great enthusiasm to participate, especially the five-year-olds, and their rich imagination helped them quickly win applause.  Then, eight students from fourth grade showed us calligraphy at the assembly site.  They wrote eight meaningful Chinese characters, and explained the meaning to the children at the scene. rén 仁 means benevolence, zhuō 卓 means outstanding , ān安 means peace and secure , kāng 康 means well-being, fú 福 means good fortune. lè 乐 means joy, shàn 善 means kindness and ēn恩es gratitud. This week is also a celebration of Thanksgiving.  The meaning of these Chinese characters also echoes the theme of Thanksgiving. This activity also made teachers at the scene eager to try. Ms.Elena and Ms.Doreen came to the stage to challenge to write their Chinese names with a brush. At the end of the assembly, Ms.Shulin played a small video edited by her, showing the children’s excellent performance in the cultural activity of Chinese class.