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We’ve just wrapped up another fun Mandarin Play holiday program!
Over the three days, the children aged 5-10 worked together to come up with a play plot, script and props, while Qiubo was there to facilitate!
They also had fun playing games in Mandarin and hearing the books they brought from home read in Mandarin too.
The children renamed their holiday program group as the Crazy Pineapples, and their storyline for the play went like this:
- There was a group of horses and snakes
- The snakes kept chasing after the horses and chased them all home
- Once the horses were at home, they found out the snakes had stolen all their food
- The cleverest snake then throw in a bomb to their house
- The horses chased after the snakes, and chased them into a lake
- The snakes drowned and died, apart from one snake, who escaped and threw raspberries (the fruits) at the horses
- The horses were allergic to the raspberries!
- They had to dance it out to get rid of the allergic reaction (they danced to a popular Mandarin children’s song)
- Then they all fell asleep, woke up and found out it was all a dream.
Some snapshots of the “paperwork” are below!
The polls in our recent email newsletter didn’t quite work out (apologies!), so here it is again for those that wanted to complete it 🙂 Thanks for the input!
Short evaluation reports will be given to your child at their last class this term, so please watch out for those in school bags. We are also wondering what you think about reports?
Due to the increased student numbers, we are looking at possibly splitting up the classes into a 3 & under group (early session), and a 3-5 group (later session) if parents feel like the age ranges are too wide. This would affect the class times that you can attend. We think the age ranges seem to work well so far but what do you think?
Do you find people trialling classes disruptive for you and your children? Have you trialled a class before? We would appreciate feedback on how we can provide an opportunity for people to test the waters, yet be more settled and less distracting for current students, families and teachers. One idea is holding an open day in the school holidays to avoid affecting actual classes.
What do you think about trial students being able to attend term classes?
Do you think you would use a Ni Hao Children’s Community mobile phone app?
Last updated on 28 January 2018
Families have indicated that the writing element has been missing from our fun classes, so we have decided to add this component in a way that’s connected to the conversational language learning. Children are also more likely to respond well to writing in class with their classmates, than want to do it at home, and when things are relevant to what they are doing.
The children have also enjoyed the social language times in 2017 (and rarely want to stop class!), so all School Kids classes will be including some time for this as well. It will be a well-rounded mix of active learning!
This means that the 70-minute classes will be a carefully planned combination of
- Conversational language class lessons
- Short writing elements, related to the conversational material taught in class, as well as revising older lessons to keep the language alive!
- Writing sheets will be provided each week, and children will need a manilla folder (foolscap size) and metal fastener to store the sheets for the year. The folders will stay with the teacher until end of term, when they can be brought home over the holidays, and then brought back to continue with the next term.
- Social language activities in the same style as our Language Sports and Mandarin Kids Club.
Note: If you are looking for a general, lighter session of Mandarin Chinese learning for your child, we are also offering a short 30 minute session at After School Care venues. Please contact your After School Care provider and let them know you’re interested in the service and refer them to Ni Hao Children’s Community. You can also provide them with this flyer: Services for afterschool care and holiday programme providers
…but wait! there’s more! Here is a refreshed summary of the programmes we offer! We’re trying to streamline the service we are offering so that there are just 3 clear options / less confusing / more focus for us on what we need to deliver to the families:
Here’s the first cut of the new 2018 schedule! You’ll notice the times have changed for the school aged kids classes – it’s 70 minutes long (really?!) and it’s still going to be fun!
We’ve taken on parents feedback and are now going to introduce writing in a fun, relevant way! We are also taking on the children’s feedback/responses and going to have our language sports / Mandarin kids club activities at each class as the kids really enjoy having these! It creates a really fun and social language use/practice opportunity. More details about this as we get things together.. the website is slowly being updated too..
We will be moving the Monday afternoon classes from the St Francis De Sales school library to the room 7 in the St Francis De Sales school. If you enter the school from the main door (pass the reception), you will find the room 7 is in your left front and opposite to the school library.
We’re happy to have started sessions for both classrooms at Capital Montessori School this week – and feedback from the teachers (and our teacher Lizzie!) is that the children loved it! One of the classes, Kowhai, also did a special Maori welcome song and farewell song for Lizzie, which she really appreciated! 🙂
We’ll be letting enrolled families know about their class end of term party over the coming week… meanwhile, here’s a funny teaser for what’s to come… 😉
Come along and join us when Capital E and Ni Hao Children’s Community host a fun and interactive session using music, rhymes, songs, and activities to introduce the Mandarin language and celebrate Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Rooster!
WHEN & WHERE
- When: Wednesday 1st February 2017
- Time: 10am – 11am
- Where: Capital E Central, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
- Price: Free, no bookings required
- This is suitable for children under the age of 5.
Capital E is also hosting other Chinese New Year related activities during the week – click here for more details.