GOLDEN DRAGON CHINESE KUNG FU AND CULTURE INSTITUTE

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Please call 858-597-0287 for the newest information on Golden Dragon After-school Program.

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Golden Dragon Chinese Kung-fu and Culture Institute, commonly referred to as Golden Dragon has provided excellent After School Programs, Summer School Camps, and classes to improve student’s academic performance in grades K-12, since 2003. In a world that is increasingly interdependent, building a global perspective as well as an appreciation and understanding of other cultures; is a valuable educational goal that contributes to the future success of our students.  We combine teaching with many great qualities of Chinese culture and Kung-fu discipline to allow students to successfully achieve self-confidence, self-discipline and self-motivation. We believe that the best way to achieve this goal is to provide a caring and safe environment in which students are monitored and taught with discipline by experienced & supportive teachers.

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At Golden Dragon, we strive for excellence in everything we do. Our students are continuously enriched and challenged through innovative curriculum that promotes cultural exploration, artistic expression, language expansion, and academic development.

Students benefit from a lifelong love of learning in a family-oriented environment and from a diverse teaching staff who deliver a multitude of academic and art programs that meet the needs of each individual student.

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The Golden Dragon after school program supports our students’ natural curiosity and desire to make sense of their world by surrounding them with a rich array of stimulating learning experiences in academics, physical education and the fine and performing arts. Purposeful, well-integrated cultural lessons and activities encountered throughout their elementary years (K-6) give them the confidence, competence and independence necessary for success in the Middle and Upper Schools.
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Cultural Classes offered include:

  • Kung Fu
  • Chinese Language (different levels)
  • Abacus/Mental Math
  • Drawing/Watercolor
  • Chinese Dance
  • Table Tennis

Other Classes offerred:

  • English (Public Speaking & Writing)
  • Mathematics
  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music (Piano, Violin, Flute)
  • Chess for Strategic Thinking

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Cultural Enrichment Classes offered:

Kung Fu 

Benefits of Wushu. Physically, Wushu improves muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. It emphasizes superb control of one’s body, utilizing coordination, balance, power and relaxation.

In the Golden Dragon After School Program, the most basic stances, punches, and kicks provide instruction to help our students increase strength and flexibility, while advanced movements and aerial techniques teach speed, coordination, and explosive power. Many students state that Wushu has put them in the best shape of their life, and many people also find Wushu an excellent way to stay fit and lose excess pounds. Students who train in Wushu are well-equipped for all other types of sports and martial arts training.

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Chinese Language (different levels)

The study of the Chinese language can open opportunities in the fields related to Chinese politics, economy, history, and archaeology. The study of Chinese means to also study a culture of people from China. The study of Chinese literature and culture may help us to bridge the cultural gap, by improving our understanding of Chinese counterparts, and to create a platform of knowledge and understanding with them that is crucial for effective communication.

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At Golden Dragon, we provide Chinese Language instruction for listening, speaking, reading and writing for beginning to advanced levels. Our Chinese Writing and Speaking clubs provide an environment where students can exchange their ideas in Chinese and improve their language skills.

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Shenmo Mental Math (Abacus)

Shenmo Mental Mathematics is a short name from the formal name of Shenmo Abacus Calculation and Mental Mathematics, which is also called Abacus and Brain Rapid Calculation. Its function is to translate Arabic numbers into Abacus beads in the brain and follow the rules of Abacas Calculation to complete different calculations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  One of the most obvious features is that Mental Mathematics has perfectly combined Chinese traditional abacus calculation and figurative memory to get the calculation outcome based on brain pictures (playing abacus in your mind). The calculation speed has been proven to compete with computers. Abacus Calculation and Mental Mathematics, based on the traditional abacus calculation has been a revolution in the abacus history. It explores the abacus’s new functions while developing intelligence for education purposes. Mental Mathematics is a good way to explore human being’s potentials and train children to gain the abilities of quick reaction.

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Four benefits of Mental Mathematics:

1. Both the left and right sides of brain can be developed in balance because of using both hands to use an abacus.

2. The abilities of observation, memorizing, imagination, thinking and concentration can be effectively trained because of involvement of eyes, ears, hands and the brain at the same time.

3. To develop good learning habits: either quiet or active.

4. Dramatically improve children’s calculating abilities.

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Drawing, Water Color and Chinese Painting

Students use Art as a unique form of thinking that allows the opportunity to envision, setting of goals, determining methods, identifying alternatives, evaluating, revising, solving problems, imagination, working collaboratively, and applying self-discipline.

As students create their own Art using various media, they make connections, relationships, and applications that convey meaning. Students are required to critically assess and communicate the aesthetic value of works of art from historical and cultural perspectives as they learn to be visually literate. Art helps children discover the joy of creating. Chinese Art, and in particular, Chinese painting is highly regarded around the world. Chinese painting can be traced to six thousand years ago in the Neolithic Age when the Chinese started using brushes in their paintings. Chinese paintings can be classified as landscapes, figure paintings and flower-and-bird paintings. In traditional Chinese painting, Chinese landscape painting embodies a major category, depicting nature, especially mountains and bodies of water. Landscapes have traditionally been the favorite of the Chinese because they show the poetry inherent in nature. Consequently, many famous paintings are landscapes.

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At Golden Dragon, we expose students to a full range of aesthetic and intellectual pedagogy of arts. Students investigate various types of media including charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, graphite, aqueous media, oil, and acrylic paint. Through research, experimentation, and critique, they master drawing and painting skills and begin to address art’s relationship to contemporary issues and ideas.

 

Chinese Dance

Chinese dance dates back over 5,000 years to the Royal Court dances of the semi-divine culture of the Zhou, Tang, and Song Dynasties, where the character of the nation was expressed through dance, incorporating movements influenced by folk stories, historic figures and classic myths and legends, and expressing society’s respect for morality, compassion, loyalty, wisdom, and trustworthiness. Ancient Chinese chose dance as an art form to pay respect to Heaven and the divine, to appreciate the universe and life, and to praise kindness and virtue. Chinese dance requires the dancers to undergo strict physical training. Actions and movements called “body techniques” need to be accurate and precise, and every action, movement and look needs to follow the preset rules of Chinese dance. More importantly, a dancer’s spiritual realm will be reflected in his or her performance so the dancer must have good mental cultivation to be able to “let the movements be led by spirit.” Therefore, the performers not only need to solidly master the techniques of Chinese dance, but also perfect their moral character and willpower in order to portray the fundamental inner meaning of the Chinese culture imparted by the divine.

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The Golden Dragon is committed to promoting the art of classic Chinese dances as well as Latin dances for all students . It is important to inspire and enrich our students with this art form along with cultivating proper posture, music awareness, and coordination.

 

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Table Tennis 
Table Tennis can be classified as a major sport worldwide, with millions of participants, major tournaments (with its own superstars), and many other aspects that make a sport truly a class of its own. As a sport that emphasizes endurance and reflexes above simple size and strength, people of all ages and genders can play on an equal field.

Playing Table Tennis requires having great hand-eye coordination.  It’s the back-and-forth sport with a ball that travels up to 100 miles per hour. At Golden Dragon we teach students how to become an excellent table tennis player. We also teach students how to handle the pressure, and make them understand the same importance of success and failure. The habits developed early by playing Table Tennis will influence a child’s ability for the rest of their life.

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English Curriculum

Public Speaking curriculum at Golden Dragon cultivates imaginative, critical for thoughtful speakers and listeners, readers and writers. This class ensures that every child is appropriately challenged and guided through individual, small-group and all-class lessons.  Reading seminars include: guided reading books, class novels, picture books and countless other sources allow teachers to address the particular reading needs of their students and to inspire them to think broadly in a variety of ways on a range of topics.

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In our English Writing class, strong emphasis is placed on expression through writing, engaging our students as writers of stories, response journals, poems, narratives, expository pieces and as scientific reporters. From the start, students are taught the skills and process of writing, learning to draft, revise, edit and publish their own work.

 

Mathematics Curriculum

Golden Dragon Mathematics Program(Singapore Math)emphasizes mastery of basic mathematical concepts, number sense and problem solving. Math concepts are presented in a context meaningful to the students moving from concrete objects to pictorial representations to abstract algorithms. Students build mathematical meaning and fluency to provide a solid conceptual foundation for problem solving.

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Throughout the grades at elementary schools, students should continue to develop proficiency with the Common Standards for Mathematical Practice.

At Golden Dragon we combines the strengths of Chinese and American math teachers. Our American Math teachers provide our learners with training on math problem-solving, however, our Chinese Math teachers focus on the consolidation of their knowledge and daily improvement on the Math practice. Our goal is to well prepare our learners for their academic development on Math.

 

 

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Vocal Music

Children learn to listen and imitate sounds, building the discrimination needed to differentiate. The understanding of tone color, rhythm, melody, pitch matching, as well as sense of pitch (high/low) all furnish the foundation of later work in the technicality of music composition and expression. Understanding of language, music knowledge, love of singing, harmonious movement, interest for music, and influencing the sensitivity through various music genres are all part Vocal music gives students the experience in the study and performance of a diverse repertoire of vocal/choral music. The class includes instruction in proper vocal technique, musicianship skills, and the cultural and historical context of choral literature. Students learn to read and perform from printed music. In addition to daily choral singing, students reinforce vocabulary to the elements of music. Students are exposed to a variety of music styles, and singing in a multitude of languages.

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Instrumental Music

In our Music Classes, students are taught to read complex rhythms, use correct articulation techniques, and proper phrasing, and to play Piano and other instruments using correct physical posture. Students build on their understanding of music theory and terminology, and they use dynamics to make their music more interesting. Eventually, they are able to play from sheet music rather than just the band book, and they can read more sophisticated music, including sixteenth notes, dotted notes, and syncopation.

Students are taught to play melodies and accompaniments from a diverse repertoire of music from diverse cultures, and they can improvise simple rhythmic and melodic patterns with their instruments. They are able to critique musical performances with specific criteria and understand what makes a performance a work of art.

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Chess

Countless research and studies have shown over the years that chess does indeed strengthen a child’s mental clarity, fortitude, stability, and overall health. In this technologically driven world, playing chess helps aid in the synthesis and growth of certain areas in the brain and mind where many children can benefit as they grow older. At Golden Dragon, we encourage and teach students to learn by playing chess. It not only exercises both sides of their brains but also increases their creativity and problem-solving skills. We encourage students to play chess in order to improve their memory, reading skills and concentration. It also teaches planning and foresight.

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