Tao in Action

Helping the youth in our communities

Tao Calligraphy and Tao practices are offering students support for developing their creativity and intelligence and for experiencing inner peace and greater self-confidence. Tao Calligraphy gives them an opportunity to connect with their hearts and souls and balance their emotions. 

There are several ongoing initiatives sharing Tao Practices for the benefit of our youth and children. The two projects presented here show how Tao Calligraphy can benefit high school students, even those who may sometimes be hard to reach, and how Tao Calligraphy can be helpful and supportive with younger children in a Montessori School.

Master Rosamund Palmer Shares What Happened in the Classrooms.

Central Tech, Toronto

Master Teacher Mabel Lee came into my 11th grade classroom of Central Tech High School in Toronto in June of 2016. This is a high needs school in which many of the students live in challenging environments and circumstances. Exams were coming up and among other things, students can become very anxious, worried and even depressed during this time. I shared with the staff that Tao Calligraphy could be good for reducing such stress.

I then spoke to the head of art who also decided that her students could benefit from a Tao Calligraphy Teacher coming into her 9th grade classroom. On this occasion, two other Master Tao Calligraphy Teachers taught the students to write Da Ai.

The head art teacher says she would love to have the Master Calligraphy teachers come in again to teach their students Tao Calligraphy.

Tao Calligraphy in a Montessori Summer School Program

In April of 2017, Master Calligraphy Teacher, Nadia (Nadezhda) Rose of Phoenix, Arizona offered her services as a Tao Calligraphy Teacher to local Chinese schools. A month later, a Chinese Montessori school responded and Master Nadia conducted a complimentary introductory class. Based on this, they invited her to officially teach Tao Calligraphy in their summer school program for two age groups: ages 2 up to 5 years, and 5 – 12 years old.
Master Nadia was thrilled. It was an exceptional opportunity to spread the love and light of Tao Calligraphy, especially since many of the students were already learning the traditional Chinese calligraphy, which is the basis for the Yi Bi Zi, cursive style of writing that forms Tao Calligraphy.

Master Nadia eagerly took on the assignment which involved three, 2-hour classes a week for both groups in July and August of 2017. She decided to teach them to write Da Ai – Greatest Love.

Children 2 to 5 Years Old

 

Since the younger ones were too young to write Tao Calligraphy, she innovatively created coloring materials of the Tao Calligraphy Da Ai with concepts and words that represented love to the children, such as hearts and puppies. She wrote the word “love” in traditional Chinese and in Tao Calligraphy’s Yi Bi Zi style. They loved it!

She also had the children trace the Tao Calligraphy. She found that this calmed them quite a bit and helped them also to focus and properly switch gears when necessary. While these young ones were already quite well behaved, the Tao Calligraphy lessons gave them an expanded way to learn calligraphy and truly nourished and supported their happiness.

Children 5 to 12 Years Old

Master Nadia also came three times a week to teach the older students to write Da Ai in Yi Bi Zi. It took one month for them to learn to write the different parts of Da Ai and then another month to flow them together, practice and refine their calligraphy writing to be able to pass their Tao Calligraphy writing test. Yes! They all worked hard to pass at a standard of 80%! This required that they all take turns writing their calligraphy in front of the room, receiving corrections, tracing more and practicing more and writing again. They had to write their final exams on real rice paper, with brush and ink!


The students gave it their full attention. The parents and teachers were very pleased with the outcomes – seeing the children become more focused, softer and more cooperative. In fact, two siblings that did not get along at all (and often had to be separated) somehow resolved their differences through the practice of Tao Calligraphy.
The teacher, who is Chinese, was quite complimentary of the entire experience. She has often asked Master Nadia to have the students trace Tao Calligraphy more since it seemed to have a positive impact on the children, and she happily introduced Master Nadia to many of the parents.

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