As recounted in last week’s Immersed, The New Century School takes advantage of the 2-week holiday many Chinese have in the weeks leading up to Chinese New Year by hosting special programs and inviting various groups to TNCS. For the Year of the Dog, first came a group of 15 university students, eager to take home innovative education ideas, followed by three 3rd-grade students and their parents.
The purpose behind this second visit was some cultural exchange—immersion in an English-speaking classroom for the Chinese students for 2 weeks, and a chance for TNCS students to practice conversation skills in Mandarin with their visiting friends Myra, Tony, and Michael.
The outgoing and adaptable trio meshed immediately with their new schoolmates and were welcomed into Mrs. Sharma’s 3rd-/4th-grade homeroom with open arms. It must be said that having the visitors in class for 2 weeks meant that TNCS students got a bit of a holiday as well, getting to go on four field trips during that time!
First up was the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in honor of February being Black History Month.
Next the students visited ANG Pottery in Fell’s Point and saw a master at work, then crafted their own masterworks.
This was followed a few days later by bowling at Patterson Bowling Center.
The Port Discovery Children’s Museum was last, as appropriate, featuring Year of the Dog exhibits (among others).
Meanwhile, lots of fun things happened during school time as well, like making tacos with Chef Danielle!
Even after the school day ended, the visitors were made to feel a special part of the TNCS community, as TNCS families welcomed them into their homes for dinner. . .
. . . or for a musical interlude during an unexpected snow day!
Their stay culminated with a farewell and awards ceremony held at TNCS, as their proud parents watched.
TNCS students were sad to see them go, but plans are in the works for keeping in touch with Myra, Tony, and Michael, who will always remember TNCS!