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Learning Chinese through drawing

School News May 31, 2021
Learning Chinese through drawing

Among the young children in primary, especially those in grade one, imagery thinking takes an important role in their learning. Young children are especially interested in intuitive things. They like bright colours, they like to draw and paint every day. We could even say that the children form up their cognition of the world through a small pen, the seeds of innovation are sprouting in the lovely pictures. We attach importance to painting and drawing in grade one Chinese teaching at Wycombe Abbey, which also conforms to the prominent feature of "curriculum integration" in the new curriculum teaching reform.

Drawing in character learning

Literacy is the most important thing in Chinese teaching in lower grades. This is the basis of reading. The curriculum standards have significantly increased the literacy requirements for children in the first grade. How to make children more literate and to be more active has become a difficult point in the teaching process. We grasped the pictographic characteristics of Chinese characters, visualized Chinese characters, inspiring children to use their imagination, try their best to remember Chinese characters in paintings. This will not only help memorize the shape of the characters, but also understand the specific meaning of the new characters.

Drawing in text learning

The content selected in the new textbook is close to children’s lives, full of joy, and equipped with illustrations. The vivid images during learning are very helpful for children to understand the content of the text. However, it is impossible to cover all the specific phrases. Our paintings helps fill this gap. Especially when studying the literacy text "Ancient vs. Modern", almost every phrase in the text is an amazing picture, such as "severe cold", "severe heat", "coolness in autumn", "gentle and drizzle", "warm spring with flowers", etc. In this way, vivid works were born under the pens of the children.

Drawing in extended activities

Knowing children’s love of drawing and painting, we have integrated more language development activities into the form of painting, from the "one sentence diary" during the holiday to the "idiom story corner" which is expected to span the entire term, children draw what they think, tell what they paint, perceive the story behind the idiom from the picture, understand the content of the story, accumulate over time, turn passive acceptance into active exploration, and continue to develop in a pleasant atmosphere.