You have chosen the school for your children. Now, how to make sure you and your child get off on the right foot for the new academic year? Stumbling in the first weeks of school can negatively affect attitudes and relationships for the whole school year and even muddy feelings for years to come. So [...]Continue
Our days lounging with drinks by the beaches of Thailand are over. We spoilt international children are forced to wake up from our sleepy stupor and get back on reality - it’s time to go back to school.
Most of us have enjoyed the luxuries of sleeping until the early afternoon, blasting music while [...]
What do Montessori, flying a plane and marketing have in common? Probably nothing; but then again, maybe everything.
The American Marketing Association Board of Directors accepted as an official definition of marketing "the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, [...]
Transition is like a jellyfish. With long, transparent tentacles, which sear like fire when they come in contact with skin, it can silently swim into our lives, sometimes unnoticed. It dances circles around you, its beautiful ballet of hope for a new life and a new adventure. Mesmerized, you reach out to touch it. Yes, [...]Continue
Nestled on the first floor of the China World Apartment North Lodge, a collection of spacious rooms houses one of the cozy campuses of The Children’s House Montessori Kindergarten. At this campus as well as the ones at Lufthansa and Yosemite Villas, children were enjoying a summer program under the sea. No, they were not [...]Continue
When I first started my teaching career, I remember hearing about a study that was done to show how children are affected by boundaries. In the study, the children were observed at a school with a nearby playground where there were no fences or marks outlining the boundaries where it was safe to play. The [...]Continue
New school year – but where is it all leading? This comedy might help shed some light on the matter, especially since it features rising star Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls fame. It’s got everything, like attractive young people, a protagonist looking for a career and love in her hometown, and memorable characters. How [...]
Improve Student Performance: Reading
The key to a successful education is mastery of reading and communication, and this resource pool courtesy the U.S Department of Education does have a sizable amount of information on the subject. All the links included in this page are to professional organizations specializing in early reading and getting off to a [...]
For the development team that did the Hitman games to be behind a kid product is an achievement in itself – and they’re making it known. Mini Ninjas is an action game minus the violence, as players take on the task of reinstating peace and order to a mythical, highly ornate landscape. Instead of [...]
Step Fourth, Mallory!
The challenges of a new school year – our girl Mallory gets to know all about those when she goes back to class in the fourth grade. Sure, she’s got the coolest threads, all the gear, good friends and even a love interest, but as the semester starts, she finds it isn’t all [...]
As we move further into the 21st century, technology is everywhere around us. Nowadays, photographers and filmmakers are no longer working with traditional celluloid films and spending long hours on the editing bench. Instead, they are shooting digitally and editing online on their personal Macintosh computer in the comfort of their own living rooms. Social [...]Continue
Back-to-School is an intimidating time. It brings about new classes, new teachers, new friends, and a new way of life. One may be entering kindergarten or finishing high school, but during this time period it all feels the same. As students, our state of mind is a jumble of emotions. We’re bewildered, excited, apprehensive, yet we also [...]Continue
The start of school elicits all kinds of emotions; excitement for students anticipating seeing their friends again, and relief for parents counting down the days until their restless children can settle back into a routine. For many others though, the first day of school can be a teary event. This is especially true when [...]Continue
Music teacher Charles Dujat is dressed for the weather in a loose short sleeve shirt, relaxed khakis, black hat, and sandals. The sunglasses he sported were exactly what were needed on this hot, sunny day at the Cherry Tree Lane campus of the International Montessori School of Beijing. He leans over a railing, watching [...]Continue