It’s the last month of summer, and most likely you’ve just returned from a summer holiday, have hosted many guests in Beijing, or maybe you and your family are new in the capital – either way, it’s time enjoy those last few days before the kids head back to school. If your child is beginning school for the first time, find out what to expect and how to ease young ones into the classroom. Searching for the right school is one of the most challenging and important obstacles families face – we’ve got the guide to finding the perfect school for your kids. Considering home-schooling? Ian Cook interviews two home-schooling families in Beijing to find out about their experiences.
Our August issue is all about making connections – read up on how five parents spend special time with their children. And if there’s another baby on the way, parents share how they introduced the newest member of the family to his or her siblings. We’ve also contacted expat networking expert Jasmine Keel, who tells us how adults can make professional and friendship connections in Beijing. Imogen Kandel investigates who’s providing Beijing’s orphans with medical care and what you can do to help.
Before school is back in session, be sure to have some fun. Eric Lee sneaks a peak into the world of rock-climbing for kids, meet a Jujitsu master at the International Academy of Beijing, see an Aussie mom get a new look and explore Jingshan Park and Wusi Dajie – Jerry Chan gives a guide on how to manage the course with stroller and baby in tow.
As always, find kid-friendly events, get dining recommendations, catch up with our columnists Donna Scaramastra Gorman and Martin Adams, search our Directories for anything and everything you’ll need in Beijing, and read about other families’ travel destinations – it’s never too soon to start planning for your next holiday.