1. Traditional Opera Hand Puppet Art

Hand puppet art is also known as glove puppet show. The lively shows of puppet art were always the most popular in traditional opera’s history. Today, the kids can also relive the past experience in the classroom. They will be able to learn the history of the puppet show, see all the props used, and hear about all the interesting myths of Chinese culture. The teachers will also lead the students to perform easy hand puppet show, learn the basic saying, as well as experience interactions on stage and off stage.

 

2. Chinese Festival – Chinese New Year Eve

Happy Chinese New Year! As one year ends and a new one begins, families and friends reunite to observe this most important Chinese festival. Different regions have their own traditions for celebrating New Year Eve, however they all have one thing in common: they are centered on blessings and well-wishes for one's friends and family. This will also be the focus of the course, where students will make a  firecracker shaped of piggy bank and learn to appreciate New Year scrolls.

 

3. Folk Sports – Kung Fu Animal & Archery

Kung Fu animal is a form of physical exercise. According to legend, a famous doctor of the Han Dynasty invented motions mimicking those of the tiger, the deer, the bear, the monkey, and the bird, inciting children's interests in the method. Another form of exercise involves bows and arrows, which were ancient men's primary weapons for hunting and fighting. Archery has developed over the years, and it now teaches concentration and focus in addition to developing fitness. By guiding students through these two sports, instructors will not only cultivate their interest in exercise but will also help them improve their chi.

 

4. Folk Dance – Taiwanese Aboriginal Dance & Stool Dance

Dance has always been part of people's expression of culture. Taiwanese aboriginal people dance to rejoice in the harvest, mingling in a celebration full of vitality and life. Similarly, the stool dance, which involves dancers pounding a rhythm against a wooden stool. This class will introduce the two dances and discuss the related customs and local cultures, allowing students to experience the fun and excitement for themselves.

 

5. Art of Architecture – Traditional House

The simple elegance of the arch, the magnificent and stately palaces, the exquisite water pavilions… Chinese architecture not only includes a wide variety of styles, each style also has its own characteristics and cultural importance. Through the use of multimedia, teachers will introduce different styles of buildings, the study of fengshui, and the relationship between seniority and place in the home.

 

6. Scientific Inventions – Culture of Tofu

Eating tofu? That’s right! Tofu is a must-have delicacy for the Chinese culture! It’s cheap, tasty, and can be made into Dried Tofu, Dried Tofu Bean Curd, Douhua, and other delicious types. The students during class will not only learn the origin of tofu, but also recognize the different types of tofu. They will hear the legends and myths for each of the different types and experience the make of it! Best of all, they will be able to taste the end result of tofu!

 

7. Traditional Crafts – Chinese Knot

Since a hundred thousand years ago, when people first started using bone needles to thread knots, knots have been a part of the Chinese way of life. The simplest tied knots slowly evolved into beautiful decorations, all of which hold a different meaning. This class will introduce students to Chinese knots and their history, evolution, and use, show them a variety of decorative knots, and allow them to make their own simple Chinese knot.