During the season where Osmanthus blooms, we welcomed the annual Mid-Autumn Festival. To put the "deep cultivation of mother language culture" into practice, teachers and students of all grades in the primary school have combined traditional festival customs and cultural connotations to carry out various thematic explorations.
Chinese and English teachers blended the beauty of Chinese traditions, such as respect, harmony, and mutual love, into the classroom. By encouraging children to use their brain, mouth, and hands, they experienced, created and shared the beauty of the festival in their eyes. In the assembly, teachers and children explored the origins and customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The educational beauty and warmth of traditional festivals flashed throughout the campus. I shared with the G1 children the topic of “Why celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, how we can spend the holidays, and how to be a better Chinese.” Despite being young, the children have good ideas and gave wonderful suggestions on how to enjoy the holiday by relating to their lives. They also learned the importance of "respecting each other and being grateful to others" by "teaching English teachers to speak Chinese greetings." The G2 children shared the different tastes and meanings of the mooncakes with their teachers and friends while singing Su Shi’s poem "Prelude to Water Melody" to realize the optimistic life attitude and good wishes for life behind the popular Mid-Autumn Festival poetry. Linking to Think Series project, the G3 teachers and students jointly created the Mid-Autumn Festival poetry and paintings, and wrote the true feelings in hand-made holiday cards, and sent messages to family members and friends to convey the warmth and true feelings of the family. The G4 team experienced the theme activities of “Hand-painted Mid-Autumn Festival, Casual Talk about the Festival.” Teachers encouraged each student to use art and emotion as a language, to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival, write Mid-Autumn Festival stories, and make Mid-Autumn Lanterns. The G5 students explored the topics of their interests, such as traditional customs, Mid-Autumn cuisine, historical stories, cultural celebrations, etc., in combination with bilingual Think Series project and created bilingual festival pictorials, which were displayed in the corridors, and attracted lots of passers-by to stop and appreciate.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a festival hoping for a happy reunion, and it is an opportunity to convey warmth to each other. We hope that children can better experience the roots of Chinese culture in the influence of festival culture, and learn to share, cooperate, be grateful and respectful.