KINGSTON, NJ - Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is an important occasion for people of Chinese heritage throughout the world during the turn of the traditional lunisolar calendar. To celebrate this major holiday, YingHua International School (YHIS) prepares an array of amazing performances and many activities to share with the school families and members of the larger community every year. 

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Princeton High School, children from 2-years-old to 7th grade gave performances from dancing, singing to skits at the school’s 11th annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The event started with an exciting dragon dance performed by the parents.  Next, audiences were impressed by student MC’s introducing every program with poise and confidence in both Chinese and English. 

Some of the performances encompassed the student’s inquiry-based curriculum to enforce their learning. Kindergarten children have been learning about light and shadow in their recent science unit, so they used glow-in-the-dark sticks at their Chopstick Dance that nicely surprised the audience. 

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Inquiry-based learning is a student-centered, teacher-guided learning process where students are actively engaged in asking essential questions and seeking answers through the acquisition of process and tools. A Chinese ancient proverb states, “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand”. The latter part of the statement is the essence of inquiry-based teaching.  Culture is an important topic for inquiry at YHIS, which students fully explore in the authentic context of many important celebrations such as the Chinese New Year.          

Clearly, students at YHIS are well rounded, with many talents.  At the celebration, they danced, sang, and played musical instruments, and spoke at least two languages of significance fluently. To the local community audiences, this was not only an authentic cultural celebration but an eye-opening experience.     

YingHua International School, founded in 2007, is an English-Chinese immersion school in the Greater Princeton area that offers International Baccalaureate accredited programs to a diverse student body from 2 years-old through grade 8. 

For more information about YingHua International School of Princeton, including its Summer Camp, Parent & Me classes, afterschool enrichment classes, pre-school, elementary school, and middle school, please call (609) 375-8015 or email info@yhis.org