Business Class is now officially open! We’re also launching Business Week on February 10, so stay tuned for that announcement.
But before that... We found it important to start the conversation with why Business Class is such an important part of our curriculum - and why we’re so passionate about teaching kids about the world of business.
Financial Literacy is the first and most important lesson we teach our students. We want them to understand that money is a finite but useful tool that provides both value and opportunities, but can only be acquired through hard and smart work.
We teach them the difference between wants and needs and how to save and spend wisely.
In class, they learn about the production of goods and that resources come from nature so we should always be mindful and recycle what we can. We also teach them about marketing and advertising and how those can impact their financial decisions.
They also find ways to grow their capital by "working" at home - parents give them chores and they are paid, which they'll put together as their working capital.
Business Class at Child’s SPACE is a perfect application of our championship of integrated learning! Not only does it reinforce traditional skills like math, science and language, but also the relationships and associations between them when practiced in the real world.
When earning their capital at home for example, students practice negotiation and minor accounting – how many chores do I need to do to earn 20 pesos? This also helps them understand the weight of the value of money.
The best part is that they also learn the value of generosity – part of their profit from working at home and from what they earn during Business Week will go to our Family Missions as our way to give back to the community.
Parents, the skills that today’s economy demands are vastly different. We need more problem-solvers, creative thinkers, innovators, and challengers. We believe that traditional education should be augmented to well-equip our children for what lies ahead.
This article from entrepreneur.com defines business in education as teaching:
"- not only the capacity to start companies but also to think creatively and ambitiously."
We say it all the time ourselves:
The children are the future.
We need to prepare our children to not just survive but thrive and even shape our future.
Dear parents, the future is so awesome - especially for our children. The past few decades have brought us so much progress and discovery, and opportunities to help others and make the world beautiful. Wouldn’t it be best to prepare our kids to conquer it?
Until the next post!
PS. Stay tuned for news on the upcoming the upcoming event, Business Week - where our students put their skills to the test!
All of us have high expectations of our children - and we can admit that most of the time, we think they are the brightest, most talented, and most well-behaved child we've ever met.
There are a few problems with that. First, our high expectations rub off on our children and they start being afraid of making mistakes. Second, when they encounter a tough challenge, it’s easier for them to give up.
These problems are part of what we call a "Fixed Mindset" - the idea that if we aren't inherently good at something, we just don't have the talent for it.
If we allow this thinking to continue, it could negatively impact our children's growth! They'll start an activity with unrealistic expectations and are more likely to quit halfway if they get stuck.
Even worse, they'll start shying away from situations where they could "fail" and stay in their comfort zone.
But that's not how we grow... We only grow when we make mistakes, overcome challenges and learn from our experiences.
That kind of thinking is part of a healthy "Growth Mindset". It's when we understand that we're not going to be great at something at the beginning, but after practicing for a while and learning through trial and error, our skills are going to improve.
Dear parents, it's easy for us to go overboard with praising our children and it's in our nature to shield them from the pain of mistakes. But it's also our job to make sure they grow into healthy, determined and mentally tough individuals that are prepared to take on the challenges of real life.
Here are some encouraging quotes for you to share with them:
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. - Albert Einstein
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. - Henry Ford
The Apollo rocket, on its way to the moon, is only on course 2-3% of the time. 97% of its journey, it veers off course and has to find its way back. But still, it reaches the moon. - Anonymous
Remember parents, only God is perfect.
Until the next post!
I bet you’ve heard this one before:
My New Year’s Resolution is to be more organized!
Being and staying organized is an awesome habit to have - but oftentimes, it’s a hard one to keep. Still, we all know the benefits, like that we have more time, we get less overwhelmed, and most importantly, are able to focus on what we need to do during the day.
A great way to stay consistent with your habits is to get an accountability buddy… And who better to buddy up with than with your kids? Children learn by example, and it has the added bonus of helping you be more mindful about your own habits.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
Checklists are a great tool to keep tasks organized and save some brain energy for more important things! It’s also a great way to teach your children how to plan the day ahead. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin always plans the next day in his journal? Here are some examples that your child can put:
Prepare everything you need the night before
Another great habit to help you stay organized is to prepare everything you need when you wake up tomorrow. Teach your child to pack their bag and prepare their school uniform for the next day. When they wake up, they get ready for school in a shorter time and don’t feel rushed or pressured - which we all know, is when we forget stuff at home.
Have a designated area for everything
The closet is your first challenge! Let your child sort their clothes into separate piles for going out clothes and pambahay clothes and make this a habit. You can use plastic boxes for bags or simply hang them in one place. Toys should always be packed-up in boxes after play time.
It’s also a great practice for a child to clear their desk after homework and return their pencils to their case and books into their bag so they don’t forget them at home.
Once a week clean up
Part of developing an organizing habit is forgiving yourself when you make the occasional slip up! You and your child can take a few minutes a week cleaning up and reorganizing your things.
Everytime you buy new clothes, give one away
Wouldn’t it be great if we could not only save space in our closets but also help our brothers and sisters? This is a great habit that teaches your child the value of generosity and not being greedy or possessive.
That’s it for now dear parents - I’m sure there are so many more ways we can all stay organized. What’s important is that responsibility and accountability is learned and practiced while your children grow up, and we could probably use the practice ourselves sometimes!
I hope this gave you some cools ideas - do you have your own way of staying organized with your child? Why not talk about them in the comments below?
Until the next post, and goodluck!
We’d like to share a poem by Rachel Lucacsko:
We've been learning for a while,
In fact 100 days.
We can spell, read and write.
We can count in many ways.
We've had fun and made good friends,
But it isn't over yet!
Let's keep going, going, going...
And see how smart we can get!
Last January 7, 2020, we had our annual 100 Days of Kinder event. While we normally hold this event during December, classes were cancelled so we had to postpone - well, it’s a great start to our 2020, at least. Our students proudly showed off each of their collections to their fellow classmates, upperclassmen and their parents.
There were rows of toy cars, tables full of action figures and even a mini library! You'd see happy meal toys, a collection of bouncy balls and an aspiring zookeeper presenting his awesome animal figurines They were excited, we the teachers were excited - even the upperclassmen were excited! Since the Grade 6 batch had their own 100 Days when they were younger, it’s something the whole school looks forward to. What a cool tradition, right?
And what a day! And what a hundred days it has been as well. Parents, your kids have been working hard - learning new skills, practicing their maths and language, and working together to achieve great things.
We're always so excited for this event as a way to teach our kids the value of collecting items - to be proud of their interests, and to see how each and every one of us can be different from each other but still work together. It was the perfect chance to not only take part in their classmate’s interests but also to practice their presentation skills.
But the most important thing that we learned is that we should also work hard for others. Last December as part of the 100 Days event, we had a food sale on campus - all the proceeds went to Kuya Romnick, Ate Lala and our helpers in school. We also launched a school drive for 100 pairs of footwear that we could donate. Dear parents, we're so proud to say that it was a total success!
We can't wait to hold this event again next year - and for the many activities we can look forward to this 2020.
Thank you dear parents for your continued support. We hope you had fun reading this school year's 100 Days of Kinder.
Until the next post!
We'd like to share this quote with you:
"The creation of a thousand forests begins with a single acorn."
We hope you've been having a great week thus far! We had a spontaneous planting activity last Wednesday, the 8th of January with our preschoolers under the masterful guidance of our local green thumb, Kuya Romnick, also in charge of security and maintenance.
What sparked this activity was a discussion on nature and gardening the other day - and just like that we were planting tomatoes and flowers in the school garden at 8am in the morning.
In 40-50 days, they'll discover the literal fruits of their labor - which is what we'd like to discuss today.
An activity as simple as gardening for 30 minutes taught our children a lot of takeaways.
Sense of community and cooperation
First, it built a sense of community and teamwork not only between classmates but also Kuya Romnick! We can do great things if we work together.
Scientific ability and care for the environment
Not only did they learn how to plant, but they learned about how the sun, the water and the soil work together to help the tomatoes grow - and how nature works hard to provide us with food and beauty from God.
Responsibility and observation skills
They'll be watching out for their tomatoes until they produce fruit 40-50 days later. In the meantime, they'll be watering them and watching the plants' progress until they mature.
As they tilled the dirt and planted the seeds, they were able to feel the soil between their fingers and the various other plants in the garden. They also got a good amount of vitamin D while working under the sun - not to mention the vitamins they got from eating vegetables!
Parents, if you can take 30 minutes a day doing something engaging with your children - like gardening - there's so many different things they can learn that they can apply in other areas of their life. Not to mention it's a fun bonding activity!
We hope you got some useful takeaways from this article and enjoyed a quick look at your child's typical school week.
Stay tuned for more exciting posts - our next one will be about the 100 Days of Kinder.
Are you familiar with this conversation?
“I don’t want to do x. Why should I?”
“Because mommy said so!”
“Because I said so!”
Tired of the power struggle?
We’re holding a parenting seminar on Positive Discipline on January 18, led by Teacher Kara Marchadesch, one of our teachers and a certified Positive Discipline coach.
In preparation for the event, we wanted to give you an introduction to the principle of Positive Discipline and why it’s an effective way to nurture an attitude of respect and cooperation, and understanding why we shouldn’t do certain things. Why not make it more positive and say why we should do certain things in a positive way?
The practice boils down to changing the perception of the word discipline from “punishment” to “teaching.”
Here are 3 key ideas to better understand the concept:
Finally, here are some examples of a better way to say “no”, “don’t do that”, or “that’s bad”:
“I understand that you want to watch TV for another hour, but you’ll have a hard time waking up tomorrow morning.”
“I know those candies are your favorite, but too much of it will give you a tummy ache.”
“What you said really hurt your friend’s feelings. Wouldn’t you feel better if you go over to him and apologize?”
Not only will you foster long-term cooperative attitude, but it’s a lot less exhausting than having a back and forth that ends with no real winner. It’s also much better than bribing your child with a toy or pizza for dinner (hint: this also becomes both exhausting and expensive real quick.)
The seminar will go much more in-depth on the topic and we’ll make sure to update you with another post after the event.
Let’s do a save the date: January 18, Saturday, 9am to 12 noon
We hope to see you there!
We’ve just moved into 2020 – a brand new decade! I’m sure you’re familiar with the New Year’s Resolutions and why they’re important. So why not bring your child into the activities?
Not only is it a great chance for bonding, but it also establishes the importance of goal-setting - especially for older kids.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Read together every day.
Studies show that even 8 or 9 year olds still benefit from being read to – it’s also a great way to explore new concepts that they don’t always encounter in their day-to-day activities like character relationships, internal struggles, and the grey area between right and wrong.
They’ll also be channeling their imagination to visualize stories – who knows, maybe you have an author-in-the-making!
Play together outdoors at least once a week.
Much as it’s not easy for many families, going out has tons of benefits. Children get to explore their environment, observe all kinds of people and animals, develop their physical abilities and gain self-confidence. Honestly, we could use the exercise.
Children learn by example – if you want them to develop a habit of prayer, doing it together goes a long way. It’s also very meaningful to show them your personal gratitudes so they earn to always be thankful for each morning, every meal and all the blessings they receive. Fun fact: Did you know that focusing on gratitude helps with anxiety?
Write a journal.
Sit down together once a week and write in your own journals. Journaling allows them to reflect on their thoughts and actions for the past week. It's also good handwriting practice. For example, we write the things that we’re grateful for. They can also use it to set small goals for the upcoming week and see their progress.
Do a household activity together once a week – like cooking or cleaning.
You want to teach your child the value of responsibility and train their life skills early on not only for practical uses but also because it fosters a feeling of self-confidence. Doing it together makes the "chore" more fun.
Remember parents, consistency is key! Think of resolutions that would benefit not only your child but you as well – grow together, encourage each other and find joy in each other’s small wins.