The 2013 Tan Yan Kee Library Summer Class was held from April 2 to June 2, 2013 with an overwhelming response from participants and parents alike.
Activities included Chinese History and Chinese Literature classes. The scope of these classes ranged from learning, reading, storytelling, and understanding Chinese History and Idioms; learning, understanding, and appreciating Chinese Tang poetry; singing Chinese inspirational and mother’s day songs; art activities such as drawing, coloring, doll-making, mother’s day greeting cards; composition writing; acting in short plays, storytelling, reporting, narrating poems, and song interpretation; learning and improving Mandarin and Fookien.
Culminating events were the Mother’s Day Celebration during which the children narrated, sang, and did song interpretation and the 2013 Summer Class Graduation rites on June 9 where short plays, storytelling, reporting, narration, singing, and song interpretation were done both in Mandarin and Foookien.
Parents’ feedback showed that they were particularly happy with their children’s improved proficiency in the Chinese language and had acquired a deeper understanding of Chinese history, culture, and values. Students, on the other hand, said they earned new friends from different schools, enjoyed reading Chinese storybooks and comics as well as learning new songs and crafts.
Teachers Aniceto Cham, Leslie Anne Cham, Merlyline Ham, and Diane Hung,, who were brought in to conduct the summer class, felt that the students left an impression of excitement and anticipation.
The TYK Library personnel are Florentina Go, Ellamae Valenzuela, and Lan Chen Chiu.