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.
We praise and thank the Lord for this day.
Dear First Communicants,
Congratulations! We, your parents, guardians, family, teachers and friends are so happy with this important spiritual milestone today, you have received Jesus through the Holy Communion. It is the best day to be joyful and excited, Jesus is in you and Jesus lives in you. Please cherish this day as you grow and share God's love to others.
God has entrusted to us these children to be bearers of His love. As a family, let us start making this beautiful journey of faith with a thankful heart & strong commitment to pursue a deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ together and through His mother, Mary. Let us all pray more often and go to mass to celebrate our life with Jesus Christ through the Holy Eucharist.
Thank you Teacher Cecilia and all the teachers for being the second parent to our children, I am echoing what Mommy Jenny shared during our parent's day this year that Child's Space is an answered prayer. You have been a great instrument in molding our children to be good Christians and making them closer to Jesus Christ, their true teacher.
Thank you Father Iwao, you are God's gift to our children. Forever we will be grateful for saying Yes to be their catechist to prepare them to receive Christ today. You bring fun and joy while planting the seed of faith in them & leading them to holiness.
Thank you also to our dear choir Hangad. Heaven is rejoicing with your angelic voices. Thank you for being part of this celebration and for making it extra special with your beautiful songs.
As we go on with our celebration today, I would like to share this beautiful message I read in the booklet Bea received from her lola last Christmas, it is a message of Pope Saint John Paul II to the First Communicants. It may also serve as a reminder & refresher to all of us present here...
Dear First Communicants,
There is no church in the world
as beautiful and holy as you.
I lovely embrace all of you
who for the first time receive
Christ in your heart.
There is no church in the world
as beautiful and holy as you,
who are now a living
Tabernacle of God.
I pray that nothing will ever
take away the gifts brought
by Jesus into your hearts.
Open the doors to Christ.
Be not afraid to welcome Christ!
Be not afraid
Open wide the door of
your hearts to Christ!
--- Saint John Paul II
God is good! God bless us all!
Progressive schools in the Philippines, and likewise abroad, are still a small but strong community of educational institutions that practice teaching differently from others. They are not as known to the general public, and our goal is to provide information for parents who are interested in learning more.
A quick history:
Progressive education was born in the 1800s, a century where American democracy was just starting to make big progress. One of the concerns of progressivism was the quality of life of children, and many fought for free education and an altogether brighter future for the next generations.
It was during this time that the father of progressive education, John Dewey, first established his Laboratory School in the University of Chicago. He and his colleagues started developing new methods and curriculum that encouraged exploration, investigation and real-world situations. This system was very different from existing institutions where order, obedience and authority were the most important factors.
Some common terms you’ll be encountering:
This is a way to teach students about breaking down barriers between subjects and making learning more meaningful and holistic. This method focuses on flexibly teaching lessons that can have different disciplines mingling to solve a problem.
Experiential learning literally means allowing students to learn through hands-on experience, rather than cooped up in a classroom. Instead of just reading about insects, students actually go out and observe nature while processing what they studied about it in class.
This technique focuses on having students fuel their curiosity and come up with their own questions, which leads them to formulate their own theories by collecting evidence from research and experience-- this helps build early problem-solving skills.