2017 06-23

An international approach to teaching

 

International education:

Educational reforms are happening on a large scale in schools all across the world. It’s a global world and schools are trying to have an all-inclusive approach to education – both in the primary and secondary level of education. The teaching process, the examination process, everything is getting altered to suit the global need. Singapore private secondary schools and different parts of the world are adopting it.

Every child from every country is a global citizen. Hence the education system should be such that if a child for some reason shifts from one country to another, there should not be any difficulty in getting a hang of the education system in the new country.

Here are some criteria of an international educational system:

  • International education is such that it enables a citizen to be adaptable to different cultures, learning processes and languages.
  • This kind of education is inclusive in nature that makes the student aware of his or her own culture as well as the different cultures around them. In this process they also become aware of their own identity.
  • The students are encouraged to recognize each other and there is a holistic growth of value system.
  • International education encourages a student to be curious. It us this spirit of enquiry that helps them to discover new things.
  • International education is imparted in a manner that encourages students to acquire more knowledge and train themselves to be able to imbibe new values individually and in a group. They are also taught to apply this knowledge and skills across a wide range of subjects and areas.
  • The students truly become a global citizen. International approach is taken to answer local needs.
  • Even the teaching process becomes more inclusive, adaptive and flexible in an international education system.
  • The assessments that take place are of international standard so that everyone has one standard benchmark of assessment.

Inclusive teaching process:

Private secondary school in Singapore and different parts of the world have already adopted an international style of teaching. One feature of such teaching is having a multilingual curriculum. Education is imparted in the official language and in the native language. Sometimes other foreign language training are also encouraged among students.

Apart from this, the teachers have a different approach to teaching. They tend to have a more holistic approach where  they are more adaptable and flexible in their teaching process.

 

2017 06-20

The importance of multilingual teaching in secondary education

 

Why multilingual education?

Language is the most potent torchbearer of any culture. It acts like the bridge between different cultures. Language plays a very vital and often complex role in education. Due to the complex nature of education, often questions have been raised whether education should be imparted in a single language or whether primary and private secondary schools should impart their education in multiple languages.

There has been a sharp rise in bilingual education. From the elementary stages, students are being imparted education in two languages. Education is imparted in the official language that often happens to be in English in many countries and also in the native language. If the native language happens to be more than one then the students are given a choice to choose from. By the time the student reaches middle school, they are proficient in both the languages.

Benefits of multilingual education:

It has been proven that multilingual education is the call of the day and that there are every reasons that private school in Singapore and other parts of the world start imparting multilingual education. Here are some benefits of multilingual education:

It has proven through research and study that multilingualism has enabled children to develop a better and superior reading and writing skills.

Children who are linguistically versatile tend to have an overall better social, academic and analytical skills as compared to their monolingual peers.

Knowing more than one single language makes children and young adults more adaptable to different environment. Thus they tend to be more at ease in any environment than their peers. This natural flexibility and adaptability to different environments naturally give them a better sense of confidence and self-esteem. They tend to suffer less from anxiety and stress disorder.

Language is a vital part of any culture. Those children who know more than one language tend to be more respectful, inclusive and tolerant towards other cultures.

Children with multilingual capabilities tend to be one step ahead of their monolingual peers. This is because they understand grammatical and syntactical structures better and more easily. Also, they can easily differentiate between sounds, word, order, stress, rhythm, intonation. For languages that are similar, they tend to pick them up faster.

Last but not the least career prospects are far more in case you are proficient in more than one language.

 

2017 06-07

How to Select the Right International School?

When it is about choosing a school most of the parents look for the same fundamental things for their kids. Parents want their children to learn in a safe environment, be happy, make friends and learn the right things. They also want their offspring to be aware of themselves as well as the world that us around them. Moreover, parents also want that their kids should have the best future beyond their childhood.

You will agree that schools have a very big role to play in shaping the personality of your kids and lead them towards an optimistic future. Hence it is not surprising when parents like you have the all important question in your mind ‘which school’?  In fact, many parents feel quite overwhelmed with the responsibility of such a decision. This is a scenario that is more commonly found in the increasing population of globally expatriate and mobile families who are far away from their home countries and face the difficult choice of which international schools to choose.

As they step out of their planes, the first question that haunts a majority of the parents is whether their children’s future will be alright in the new country or not. The answer to this question is, of course, a ‘yes’. International education, in fact, has been a good experience for many young expat couples who land at a new country from diverse cultures and backgrounds. A reputable international school Singapore or in some other country has offered new and innovative techniques of learning while providing access yo helpful resources and thus offering fresh chances to know new tales as well as perspectives on complicated international issues.

But, how can you be sure that the school you are choosing is the right one for your kids! It is always recommended to visit the shortlisted international school first, parents are encouraged to ask some of the questions mentioned below when they visit the school.

Teachers

  • Were the teachers friendly, supportive and available when you visited the school?
  • What is the percentage of schools who gave advanced degrees!
  • Is the school supportive of their staff’s professional development so that the teachers can pick up and implement ‘best practices?
  • Does the school recruit only certified teachers?

Curriculum of the school

  • Has the school adopted a child-centered educational approach?
  • Is the curriculum challenging enough to develop the love of learning in each child?
  • What are the co-curricular activities child-centered at the school?
  • Are the courses comprehensive enough to meet the needs of your children?

2017 03-08

Preparing Your Child for Nursery School

It can be quite a daunting task to prepare your little ones for their nursery schools. However, there are things that you can do as a parent to help your kid getting ready. But, you should also realize the fact that all kids will not develop at the same age. Moreover, your kid may not get ready as per your wish irrespective of whatever you may do or say. A crucial starting point can be training your kids with their potty.

Check out some of the following ways to physically prepare your kids for a nursery school.

Give them potty training

There are many nursery schools that expect your little one to be potty trained at home. This is truer when your kid is around 4-year-old or more. However, of your kid is below four, you need not give them full potty training. But that does not mean that partial training will be unwelcome.

Teach them about bathroom breaks

* You should make your little one learn how to take bathroom breaks by making him sit on the potty throughout the day. Make sure that your child is not sitting on the toilet with their diaper on. Irrespective of girls or boys, all should begin sitting down. But, later on, boys will practice it standing.

* Make an attempt that your child sits for about 30 minutes after having their meals since it is more likely that children will go there more often then.

* It is sensible to make sure that your child takes a break if it appears that they need to go there. Your kids’ body posture or actions often make that obvious.

* Take your child to the washroom when you observe such actions. Finally, when your child does go in the potty, you need to ensure that your excitement shows on your face so that they understand the idea.

* As a fun reward for your child, you can let them flush a toilet.

Make your style one familiar with dressing skills

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It is true that your child’s teacher will help them in tying their shoes or going up a zipper when they are in the nursery school . However, a teacher has limited time as they have to attend to the various needs of the other kids too. So the faster your kid learns to be self-sufficient, better it is for them. It will be fun if you teach the how to dress up through games.

An example of this could be to ask your child how fast they can complete dressing up and tying their shoes. You can then ask them whether they can better their own times or not. Finally, you can show your thrill for all such skills where they did well.

* Allow your kid to practice tying their shoes that could be attached to a blackboard.

* How about finding some toys which will help your little one to work on Velcro, zippers, and buttons?

How Can High-Quality Early Childhood Care Help Preschoolers

A good quality education can have various short-term as well as long-term benefits for the child. Most people usually give more importance to higher school education as well as college education. However, before all of that it is important that the child have a good basic education and foundation. The early years in a child’s life are the learning years, preschools in singapore provide high-quality education which can benefit the child throughout life.

Many children have to life in unsafe conditions and have fewer resources. If all children are able to get the same high quality care in preschools they will be able to improve their life and also find a place that they feel safe.

High-quality early childhood care can have positive effects on the child’s cognitive and social development. The children who have this show signs of more complex play, they have a more secure relationship with adults and children and are able to trust more. These children also score higher in their ability to think and learn languages. The quality of education has direct effects on the academic success of the child, their ability to adjust to school and reduce behavioural problems. Greater success during preschool can predict better grades in higher classes.

Higher quality schools can help kids excel not only in academics but also help learn the basic rules and ways of society. This helps the children socialize and form better relationships. Better socializing skills can help the child be a part of society and as they grow they are able to fit in better and are able to improve society.

Getting back to the academic importance of high quality early childhood education, the strength of a building is always in its foundation. In the same way a quality foundation in preschools will result in better education throughout the child’s life. It is also seen that those who got higher grades in schools were more likely to go to college and get a higher education. As higher grades in school is directly related to the quality of education that the child receives in the younger years this also reflects in the college and the higher education that the child will receive as they grow.

All these points show that having higher quality education in the formative years results in the child growing into a better and more established adult later in life. Hence the child will grow to be a happy adult and an invaluable part of society.

The Top Skills Your Preschooler Will Learn In Kindergarten

As a parent, you may feel that your kid will spend a year in the kindergarten school, just playing but in reality, your kids can labor hard and can learn about various things in a kindergarten within a short span of time. Kindergarten schools allow your kids to get used to a specific routine, which may come quite handy for your kids’ higher grades and a perfect place to make new pals. Teachers of kindergarten centers and other places will also convince you that it is an important year for building the foundation of learning for your little ones.

Here some of the top skills your preschooler will learn in a kindergarten school.

Reading

You will find that the year spent by your little one in a kindergarten will help your child to develop his reading skills and literacy. Initially, for some months, your child will pick up how to recognize simple printed words. These will include his own name as well as their classmates’ names. Rhyming, word recognition, phonemic awareness, letter-sound correspondence are some of those areas where your kid’s knowledge will expand in this one year. By the time they complete one year in the kindergarten, some of the kindergartners can even pick up reading skills.

Mathematical skills

There can be some kids who may know more than what will be taught in kindergarten. They attend a kindergarten with the knowledge of counting, recognizing numbers up to 10, sort objects and more. But there will be others who will not be aware of such skills. You need not worry if your child falls in the second category since all these skills will be taught in the kindergarten this year. Your kindergartener will learn the concepts of basic addition, subtraction, ordinal numbers, recognizing and creating patterns and sorting using different types of characteristics. The teachers give your kids visual props like counting bears, cubes, and buttons to pick up these skills. When they complete one year in kindergarten, they should be capable if naming a calendar’s components and how many days a week we made of how many weeks make a month and so on. They will be also able to identify numbers up to one hundred even if they are not in a proper order and can even count from 1 to 100.

Science

Teachers in kindergarten will cover topics, which will be meaningful for the student. The science topics that will be taught to your kids are applicable in daily life. Your child can know about hygienic health habits, which also include nutrition. They will be also taught the basics of dental hygiene. They will be also taught about the five different senses.

2017 02-27

The Benefits Of Promoting Activity Both Physically And Mentally For Young Students