Is Homework Necessary during the Winter Break?

Christmas is coming and the winter break for schools has already begun. In the midst of shopping, present-wrapping and decorating, one question in the minds of parents of school age children is: should we be leaving time for school work? Should the holidays be about rest and recreation, or should they also be about revision. Some parents view winter break as a time for children to relax and have fun away from the academic responsibilities of a classroom. Other parents worry that time away from the classroom may cause academic regression due to a lack of schedule.


Fancy a Skate? Beijing's Newest (and Largest) Ice Skating Park Opens Tomorrow

When Wukesong Ice World unveiled its multipurpose outdoor ice arena last Thursday, droves of skaters arrived with the hopes of lacing up and having fun on its gleaming sheets of fun. However, it was so attractive that the facility couldn’t handle the crowds, so it took one step backward and closed ... and now due to reopen tomorrow.

Diehards hoping to practice their gold medal worthy triple axel, mellow couples and families looking to hold their loved ones’ hands as they glide along, will be awed at the new “Ice World.”

Anchored by a panoramic 1,800 square meter ice rink, the new center also features a 600-sqm square for “ice bumper cars”, a 10-meter high ice slide, and a winding, 150-meter long “fun channel.”

There’s also a coffee shop, a European-style hand-made candy shop and Mexican and American fast food on site.


BIBA Students Shine at Winter Concert

Last Friday, Beijing International Bilingual School (BIBA) celebrated the school’s annual winter concert. Students from kindergarten to Grade 10 participated in the event after months of planning and rehearsals.  For the second year in a row, BIBA held its winter concert at the Beijing Concert Hall featuring singing and music performances, art, and stage shows.


LAYman's Chronicles: Mindful Parenting

As an expat parent in Beijing, I’ve read books on parenting, attended lectures on learning and development, trained in Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.), and listened to “experts” and armchair know-it-alls argue the benefits of one parenting style or another. Yet despite all this, my fallback during times of stress tends to be whatever I learned growing up from my own parents. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as I think my parents did a rather exceptional job of raising three boys. The fact that all three of us survived childhood is proof of that, as we did not make the job of parenting easy. Still, when I heard about Kevin Fong’s workshop on Mindful Parenting, I was intrigued.


Season’s Feastings: Easy-to-follow recipes for classic holiday fare, Part 3

With special thanks to the Siemens Beijing Direct Brand Shop. This is the second part of a three part series. The first featured how to make Mulling Spices, the second featured Sugar Cookies The true charm of the holiday season is in the homespun and personal. Homemade food in particular has an unmatched charm and joyfulness to it. Each of these delicious and simple recipes are multi-functional; both the fragrant mulling spices and sweet sugar cookies can be given as unique gifts, while a traditional Hanukkah staple, potato latkes can also make for a filling festive brunch or serve as a hearty party canapé if made smaller.


More Kids to Get Free Subway Rides as of Dec 28

Great news for families who travel by subway: though subway rates are going up on December 28, the minimum height for kids' fares will be raised which means under 1.3 meters will be free. Under the current system, kids over 1.2 meters need to pay.

December 28 is the new Christmas day as more good tidings are expected as several kid-friendly spots will be coming on line when the network expands. Family-friendly spots previously unreachable by subway that will be on line include the northwest corner of Chaoyang Park and Solana Mall (Line 14's Zaoying 枣营 station); Indigo Mall (Line 14's Jiangtai 将台 station); and the Happy Valley Amusement Park (Line 7's Huanlegu 欢乐谷 station).


Check Out The Partial List of the beijingkids BISE 2015 Exhibitors

January is a stressful time for not only students, but also parents. After all, this is when applications for the coming school year need to be finalized, and when parents must choose which of Beijings many educational options will be the best fit for their little ones. 

Such a crucial decision can be overwhelming, to say the least. Most families are daunted and exasperated by the process of researching our citys schools, filling out applications, and finding time to visit the campuses to see if they will suit their childrens needs. 

Fortunately, you and yours can breathe easier this year, because many of Beijings top schools are coming to you. Those scattered around town education institutions will gather at the beijingkids' Beijing International School Expo (BISE) 2015 at the Kerry Hotel Beijing on January 24-25 from 10am-4pm. Families can peruse the booths, learn more about what these schools have to offer, and pose questions to each campusrepresentatives. 


Shunyi Happenings: Christmas Brunch, Comic Book Workshop, Ski Club, and Chinese Culture

Tis’ the season to indulge, so why not treat yourself and the family to a festive brunch. Enjoy a Christmas food buffet, champagne and wine for you, with activities and games for the kids. Encourage children’s interest in books and reading, with a winter program looking at comic books, graphic novels, and cityscapes. You don’t have to travel out of Shunyi for your kids to enjoy ski lessons. If you’re planning on a ski trip in the New Year, give the kids a head start with a five week after school ski club. If you want to learn how to create, make, and decorate traditional Chinese New Year decorations, sign up for some Chinese culture art activity lessons.


Season’s Feastings: Easy-to-follow recipes for classic holiday fare, Part 2

With special thanks to the Siemens Beijing Direct Brand Shop. This is the second part of a three part series. The first featured how to make Mulling Spices

The true charm of the holiday season is in the homespun and personal. Homemade food in particular has an unmatched charm and joyfulness to it. Each of these delicious and simple recipes are multi-functional; both the fragrant mulling spices and sweet sugar cookies can be given as unique gifts, while a traditional Hanukkah staple, potato latkes can also make for a filling festive brunch or serve as a hearty party canapé if made smaller.


Season’s Feastings: Easy-to-follow recipes for classic holiday fare, Part 1

With special thanks to the Siemens Beijing Direct Brand Shop. This is the first part of a three part series.

The true charm of the holiday season is in the homespun and personal. Homemade food in particular has an unmatched charm and joyfulness to it. Each of these delicious and simple recipes are multi-functional; both the fragrant mulling spices and sweet sugar cookies can be given as unique gifts, while a traditional Hanukkah staple, potato latkes can also make for a filling festive brunch or serve as a hearty party canapé if made smaller.


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