Shunyi Happenings: ISB Charity Fashion Show, From Harrow to Harvard, Parent Effectiveness Training

Welcome back! To get back into the rhythm of things, here’s a slew of upcoming events in Shunyi:

ISB Charity Fashion Show 2015
The International School of Beijing (ISB) will be hosting its annual charity fashion show on Saturday March 7 from 6-9pm. Completely student-run, the show will be held in the school’s theater and is one of ISB’s most popular annual events. The show’s objective is to raise funds and awareness for local charities while showcasing the students’ original creations. This year’s event will raise money for the Love and Hope Center in Beijing to provide job and education opportunities for impoverished students. RMB 100, RMB 50 (students). For more information on, contact 183 0149 9845 or kathrynjun07@yahoo.com.


Class Acts: Charting the right course for success - Multiple Intelligences

When it comes to choosing a school, nothing is more important than finding the right fit for your child. With so many schools in Beijing, having a good understanding of a school’s curriculum can help parents narrow down their choices. In this feature, we outline nine different types of curricula and chatted with Beijing parents and students about the strengths of each. From IB to homeschooling, we invite you to sit down and study up.

Multiple Intelligences
Harvard University professor Dr. Howard Gardner first proposed the Multiple Intelligences theory in his 1983 book Frames of Mind. He wrote that humans are made up of multiple intelligences, the main eight intelligences being linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intra-personal, and naturalist.


Learning Outside of the Classroom

 

The Nursery and Reception classes, from my daughter’s school, recently had an excursion to the Lama Temple (雍和宮, Yōng hé gong). I went along as a parent helper, and it brought back fond memories of my own school field trips when I was a young girl. Field trips are one of the things school children look forward to during their school life and the experiences and memories from them are extremely durable. One thing that surprised me before the trip was the number of parents who felt the children were too young to really benefit from an excursion. I am a firm believer that learning outside the confines of the classroom is vital in supporting the development of a healthy and active lifestyle, and a well-planned trip will only enhance children’s learning.


Class Acts: Charting the right course for success - Hybrid Curriculum

When it comes to choosing a school, nothing is more important than finding the right fit for your child. With so many schools in Beijing, having a good understanding of a school’s curriculum can help parents narrow down their choices. In this feature, we outline nine different types of curricula and chatted with Beijing parents and students about the strengths of each. From IB to homeschooling, we invite you to sit down and study up.

Hybrid Curriculum
In Beijing, some schools have based their curriculum on a “hybrid” model of education. A hybrid curriculum typically combines the best practices of Chinese and Western education, sometimes integrating elements of IB, the English National Curriculum, or American Common Core standards. To be clear, schools with hybrid programs don't exclusively offer one or multiple types of curricula, but merge them to form a cohesive learning model. The ideal program incorporates different education practices, drawing on what works well from each model to develop a unique curriculum for that particular school. Often, schools with hybrid programs can be distinguished by their greater emphasis on bilingualism and Chinese culture.


From Our Archives: Gongti

While nightclubs litter the Gongti area, it still remains a great family-friendly destination during the light of day. Kite flyers can be found at the north entrance of Workers’ Stadium in the summer and the stadium itself has hosted crowds of enthusiastic fans cheering for the local team Beijing Guoan Football Club. If you’re looking for an easy-to-plan afternoon, the Workers’ Stadium is your giant playground. Browse a wide selection of French films and books, say hello to marine life at Blue Zoo Beijing and get the family into some healthy bowling competition at Gongti 100. From hot dogs and pizza to crepes and croissants, there’s also plenty of kid-friendly fare to keep the clan energized for the day’s activities.


From Our Archives: Fitness Together - Sports to keep you active when chilly weather sets in

 

If you worry that the cooler days might turn you into a couch potato, never fear – there are many opportunities for your entire family to remain active all winter long. Venture outdoors for skiing and ice skating, or go for an invigorating bike ride. Indoor activities also abound: Scale a rock wall, take an exercise class, or go for a swim. Just keep moving!


Taking the Fun out of Birthdays

 

The parents of a 5-year-old schoolboy in the UK were recently invoiced for failing to attend a school friend’s birthday party. The dad found a brown envelope with a £15.95 (RMB 153) “no show fee” left in their son’s schoolbag sent by his classmate’s mother. She claimed that the boy's failure to attend her child’s birthday party had left her out-of-pocket, and that his parents should have informed her that their son would not be attending the party. The invoice amount was the cost of one child to attend the party that was held at a ski and snow board facility. The kid in question didn’t attend the party because he went to visit his grandparents that day instead. Whilst his parents understand that their no-show wasn’t in good manners, they felt the act of invoicing them was unnecessary and in really bad taste.


Class Acts: Charting the right course for success - The English National Curriculum

When it comes to choosing a school, nothing is more important than finding the right fit for your child. With so many schools in Beijing, having a good understanding of a school’s curriculum can help parents narrow down their choices. In this feature, we outline nine different types of curricula and chatted with Beijing parents and students about the strengths of each. From IB to homeschooling, we invite you to sit down and study up.

English National Curriculum
The English National Curriculum was developed by the British government for standard use in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is used by over 30,000 schools in the UK and overseas. The curriculum is characterized by a broad, well-rounded education that narrows in focus after Year 11. The English National Curriculum targets students 3-18 years of age. Grades are divided into “Key Stages” that cover early childhood education, primary and secondary school:


From Our Archives: Year of the Family - How locals celebrate the country’s most important holiday



Christmas and Spring Festival (also known as Chinese New Year) have a lot in common. They are both about family reunions, and are the most important holidays in their respective
calendars. You might have celebrated Christmas last month; now, it is time to get into the holiday spirit for Spring Festival.

Spring Festival (known in Chinese as chunjie or 春节) falls on the first day of the first lunar month and ends with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the month. This year’s Spring Festival kicks off the Year of the Horse on January 31, with the last day of the celebrations falling on February 14.

A few weeks from now, airports, train stations, and long-distance bus stations will be flooded with people returning home for Spring Festival. The most important days are the eve of Chinese New Year and the subsequent three days. Most Chinese will do anything to make sure they do not miss this crucial time with their families.

Understanding – and embracing the traditions – of Spring Festival will go a long way towards engaging with Chinese culture and friends. We spoke to a modern yet traditional Chinese family to find out how they celebrate the country’s most important holiday.


From Our Archives: Joy City Chaoyang

As the icy northern winds pummel the city with arctic gales, it’s a good time to consider a day of indoor fun in one of Beijing’s many shopping sanctuaries, such as relatively recent newcomer, Joy City Chaoyang. This 11-story citadel, found on the corner of Chaoyang Beilu and Qingnian Lu, has something for everyone in the family. At Joy City, families can hunt for new clothes, grab a meal, watch a movie on the big screen, get a relaxing massage, ice skate, and play in a play center.


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