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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.


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!


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:


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