Jiqian School was formally established in May 2015 and is currently affiliated with the Canadian Classical Culture and Education Foundation, a non-profit charity organization. The school is committed to the practice and development of the concept of children’s reading education in Chinese and Western cultures, as well as the overseas promotion of classic Chinese culture and the improvement of the level of Chinese education in North America. Jiqian School was formally established in May 2015 and is currently affiliated with the Canadian Classical Culture and Education Foundation, a non-profit charity organization. The school is committed to the practice and development of the concept of children’s reading education in Chinese and Western cultures, as well as the overseas promotion of classic Chinese culture and the improvement of the level of Chinese education in North America.
Other than its weekend reading classes, Jiqian School holds holiday intensive reading programs (winter camps and summer camps). Every year’s summer camp has each own theme and reading material, and includes various interest classes, life education, and field trips.
Scripture education is an excellent solution for overseas Chinese education and develops a beneficial reading atmosphere for children. Through the traditional learning method of reading the classics, children can learn Chinese with half the effort during the golden age of memory development, and directly experience and absorb the essence of Chinese culture. At the same time, they can also learn famous Western classics and understand some aspects of Western civilization. Excellent content—inexhaustible and inexhaustible spiritual treasures—are stored in life, laying the foundation for a lifetime of refined and intelligent personality.
From July 6, 2020 to July 24, 2020, CFCCE held a three-week Chinese online summer camp of “The Book of Songs” and “Three Character Classic”. Classmates, parents, and teachers from Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and other places all actively participated in the activity, and it was very rewarding for one and a half hours a day. The children learned ten popular and beautiful poems from the “Book of Songs”, the source of Chinese poetry. They also learned the catchy, all-encompassing and popular children’s traditional enlightenment textbook “Three Character Classic”, as well as parts related to the “Three Character Classic” and HSK level three Chinese characters.
After nearly half a year of intensive preparations, Jiqian academy’s 2019 “filial piety” themed Summer Camp officially kicked off on July 2. This summer camp is based on “The Book of Filial Piety” as the main theme of reading and explaining. The “Book of Filial Piety” describes “filial piety” and the methods and steps to promote it that emperors, princes, princes, officials, scholars, and common people should observe. The purpose of governing the family, governing officials, and governing the country is fully explained. It is hoped that by guiding the children to learn the spirit of filial piety, they can understand their parents’ good intentions, enhance parent-child relationship, and learn to be considerate about others.
2018 Summer Camp “Tao De Jing” Intensive Reading camp lasted from July 2 to August 17. In order to achieve a better teaching effect, teachers from New York, Taiwan, and Toronto gathered together to learn, prepare and teach together. In the classics reading section, the teachers helped the children read and recite the entire 81 chapters of the Tao Te Jing seventy or eighty times. Some chapters can already be memorized by the children. Teacher Yunxiang also explained the key words and sentences in a simple and interesting way, filling the children of curiosity and yearning for this classic full of oriental wisdom. I hope that they will have a deeper understanding of Tao Te Jing as they grow older.
From July 3rd to July 14th, 2017, the Jiqian School Intensive Scripture Reading Summer Camp was successfully held. A total of 26 children participated. Among them, we are especially grateful to the parents for their enthusiastic support and all teachers and volunteers for their dedication. The children completed the Three-Character Classics together 100 in the past two weeks, though they did not realize that they were catchy at first, through continuous self-breakthrough, even memorized them by the end. Students also learned to read and practiced writing. Through the guidance of the teachers, the children also learn to be filial and grateful, learn to be considerate of their parents’ hard work, and learn how to help with housework to reduce the burden on their parents. We threw a party to celebrate finishing reading the three-character classics 100 times!
In response to the voices of many parents, Jiqian School organized the first classics reading summer camp from July 6th to July 31st, a total of four weeks. On the first day of the first week, we welcomed this special group of children with great joy. Their ages range from only 4 and a half years old to 13 years old. The children study for three hours a day and finished reading many chapters in “The Great Learning”, “The Doctrine of the Mean” and “Selected English Classics” in four weeks. In addition to reading, there are fitness classes or life education classes every day. Everyone does exercises, watch performances, draw, do arts and crafts, etc., and learn traditional culture and life skills while having fun. They also attended classical culture day at GEBIS Toronto. Thank you to the volunteers, teachers and parents for their devotion, and congratulations to the children for their hard work!