以『欣賞生命、尊重他人』 為基本宗旨的龍林學苑［生命智慧義工培訓課程］已經進行四週了, 學員們表現優異，除了認識此課程的目標和內涵，了解多元智慧的理論，以便用最理想的態度與技巧協助其他孩子學習之外，也從許多影片學習了如何欣賞生命, 並尊重他人。
三月份的「生命智慧義工培訓課程」將利用四個星期六（3/9, 16, 23, 30）舉辦，時間是星期六上午10~12點，內容包括：人生觀、價值觀、多元智能……等的生命智慧課程，以培養孩子 『面對挫折、經營關係、學會拒絕』 的能力，歡迎 6~8年級學生參加。
- 你如何向朋友或社區介紹中國新年？How do you introduce Chinese New Year to a friend or community?
In order to fully and effectively explain a tradition like Chinese New Year, one must first understand how to explain in general. First, the beginning of an explanation on any subject should be able to instantly pique the audience’s interest, and give them a good reason to pay attention and commit the information to mind. In the case of Chinese New Year, one might present its history, and possibly tell your friend or community the ancient chinese legend of the monster 年, and how it was the start of many Chinese New Year customs. It may also be worth giving a brief explanation of the science behind the Lunar Year, around which the traditional Chinese calendar is based. After this, one might continue to talk about Chinese values and their impact on our tradition, and also give them a sense of its more ceremonial purpose in Chinese history. One should also explain that in the modern world, a world where change is rapid, and where Chinese families are often separated due to academics, work, and other obligations, Chinese New Year and other timeless customs are what maintain a strong familial bond, even within the most extended of families. Adding further detail, such as personal anecdotes, can give one’s audience an even better idea of the importance and impact of Chinese New Year on Chinese families. In the end, however, there is no proven method for conveying the meaning of Chinese New Year. The goal of one’s explanation is to ultimately leave the audience with a sense of respect and admiration for Chinese New Year traditions and Chinese customs as a whole. And while the things outlined in this paragraph may be helpful, one should simply remember to encourage the sharing of culture that leads to a meaningful and inspiring conversation.
I would love to introduce some of my friends to Chinese New Year, more commonly known as Lunar New Year being celebrated in various Asian cultures. Every year, there is a showcase at Lakeforest Mall, and I have been performing there for the past two years. I think this is a great way to show others in our community how we celebrate our New Year, with Lion Dance, Kung Fu Fan, Guqin and much, much more. There is also the bonus of Red Envelopes for kids, filled with money and other goodies. I also love to build the yearly lanterns based on the zodiac for the New Year, and it would be a good idea to hand them out to friends and coworkers. Bringing them to a party or gathering such as Lakeforest Mall and asking them to wear lots of red while explaining its lucky meaning would be a healthy first step, with more to come afterwards.
- 被霸凌的時候，我們應該怎麼辦？What should we do when we are bullied?
There are many levels of bullying; maybe name calling, but it can be escalated when the bully decides to verbally assault the victim everyday. First, it would be a good idea to look at the situation from the bully’s point of view. Why are they harassing another person? Are they jealous, upset, emotionally unstable? After this is assessed, next steps can be taken. In our school, the victim can write another student up and they can request a mindful counseling session to resolve their conflict without any ‘bad vibes’ or consequences. If this method works, the victim will have found a great way to end the bullying. Many people recommend ignoring the bully, and telling a trusted adult, but as kids all know, that method usually does not work. The bully may be upset that the victim snitched or told on them and harass them even more. If it is hard for the victim to stand up and fight back in a non-violent way such as reasoning out with the bully, then maybe the victim could ask for friends to back them up. If this is not a strong option, someone with more authority than the trusted adult, maybe a school administrator if this occurs on public school property, would be able to provide more support. Finally, as long as the victim does not give in to the bully and let the bully feel as if they are a bigger, better person, the victim should be fine when this unhealthy situation ends.
Depending on what level of bullying, from name calling to physical abuse, it’s important to be the bigger person and not let the situation get out of hand. It is best to ignore (if it is mild bullying) and not talk to the bully or bully them back. However, we should not let them take advantage of the victim again. Sometimes, a person is bullied because of the lack of confidence. We should help someone raise their confidence enough to let them know when they are being bullied and how to stop it in a mannerly way. If it is harmful bullying, such as physical abuse, it is best to tell someone with a large authority or someone you can trust to help you. By telling someone with authority, they can help stop the bully. However, sometimes the person with a large platform cannot help you. There are many times where people will not listen to the victim, therefore it is important to tell someone you trust.
Ａ）龍林華語春令營 Dragon Spring Camp （實用中文，說唱藝術，生命智慧）
四月17, 18, 19, 22/ (共四天, 8:30am-5:30pm)
Ｂ）龍林雙語夏令營 Dragon Summer Camp – 上午英文，下午中文 (8:30am-5:30pm)
龍林夏令營自六月17日開始至八月30日結束， 以中英雙語方式進行（上午英文，下午中文），內容包括： 中英文口才培訓、說唱藝術、童話與童玩、從電影卡通學中文、 詩詞吟唱、中英文展示技巧、生命智慧、戶外參訪…等。 龍林學苑地點：112 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850。詢問：240-460-4594（請留言。我們會盡快給您打電話），網址：www.dragonworldschool.com。