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"YingHua in Beijing" Summer Program Announcement

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by Luo,Lifeng on 2008-07-19

Dear Parents,
Today's weather was great! I don't remember seeing any blue sky today, but it's definitely cool enough. The highest temperature was 30 Celsius or 86 F. The breeze was great while we were in the Summer Palace ...
We will not have any morning exercises through the end of the summer program. We got up at 7 a.m. and left at 8:30 a.m. heading to the Capital Museum.
Using worksheets successfully to help students focus on learning during field trips now seems to be a unique element of "YingHua in Beijing" summer program.
The students understood that the purpose of using these worksheets was for them to learn better - not for adding additional criteria for them to get better grades, etc. These questions in the worksheets serve as "hooks" for the students to pay attention. As a result, they learned much more than what these questions were asking.
Throughout the exhibit halls, it is easy to spot the YiB students - not only because they wore the special t-shirts but also because they were literately the ONLY visitors constantly asking the volunteer guide questions and writing on the worksheets profusely. It is not uncommon to see other visitors asking our students about their worksheet questions out of curiosity.
Can you answer all these questions? Do you want to recommend any good questions?
We had lunch at a buffet place that was very clean. The bathroom was very clean as well. Jack ate a lot of watermelon!
We then entered the Summer Palace! Because the students had some time to find out the names of the key features, they are much more engaged and interested.
It was not uncommon to see our students diligently filling out the worksheets whenever they got a chance - waiting for others to go to the bathroom or waiting for others to take pictures. Their focuses and attention were contagious. Almost every kid (especially those 11 years old and above) learned very attentively. When we got to the Long Corridor, the "showcase" started! 
These kids walked down the Long Corridor searching for their own favorite "18" paintings. They had already written down the names of these paintings. Now they only needed to find them and have their partners sign their worksheets once they found one. 
Kids loved this activity! They had studied these stories so every finding became a great celebration of accomplishment. Many tourists asked our kids about the stories behind some of the paintings. So the "showcase" became an "oral examination" testing their ability to retell a story in Chinese!!
We then took the Dragon Boat to get to the Southern Island, walked over the 17-arch Bridge.
The dinner was at a Thai place. It's really great!
Students came back at 6:30 p.m. and started reviewing for tomorrow's assessments.
So much for today!



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