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Bilingualism: Two Language Advantage

December, 2010
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Speaking a second language has always been cool, and in case you haven’t noticed, bilingual education in the Olympic/Expo era China is hot. It is no secret that the future success of the world’s number two economy will be defined by the way its children are educated. For those with the economic means, sending a [...]

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Turning Respect into Loving Action

December, 2010
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This year is extraordinary in that the main religions of the world celebrate their important feasts all within the same three months. Islam has just finished the Pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj. The Hindus have their Festival of Light, Deepavali and Jews and Christians respectively celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. Next month it will be Asia’s [...]

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The IB: Truly International or a Western Trojan Horse?

November, 2010
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The International Baccalaureate Program has seen tremendous growth since its creation 40 years ago. In the last 5 years the number of IB schools has increased 84% for a total of more than 3,500 IB schools in 2010 according to IBO statistics. Primary schools offering the PYP program have increased 200% over the same period. [...]

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Parenting In A Box

September, 2010
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Parents/caretakers are faced with a host of challenges today in raising their teenagers. Issues, such as 24/7 Internet access and social networking, temptations to try alcohol and other drugs, and curiosity about sexual interactions, are many of such challenges confronting youth.
Effective parenting is very much needed nowadays. However, nobody is born a parent…
Dr.West-Olatunji, Associate Professor [...]

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Clubbing for Kids: Helping Your Child Mix Education and Fun

August, 2010
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If you ask a student “What do you like best about school?” The answer will probably be “lunch” followed by their favorite extra-curricular social or sports clubs. These are the interactive, character and skill-building   activities that students can choose themselves and which make all the rest of the school routine palatable. It is not unusual for [...]

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After Graduation, Are You Ready for the Real World?

May, 2010
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Life for our children is pretty safe and comfortable both mentally and physically. From their birth, through primary, middle school and high school they are supported and protected. So what happens now that Johnny and Mary are 18 years old and ready to graduate? They are legally adults but are they ready for the real world? [...]

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LittleStar “Me & My Expo” Photo & Writing Competition

May, 2010
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"Me & My Photo" Competition
 
Contestant Eligibility:
Student Contestants: Students studying at international schools in China(Group I: Under 10 years; Group II: 11 years and above)
Teacher Contestants: Teaching staff at international schools in China.
Photo Requirements:
* The contestant must submit an original photograph s/he has taken using a camera or mobile phone. Edited files are not accepted.
* Each [...]

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Dad or Darth Vader? Child Role Models

April, 2010
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Admiration and the desire to have the same qualities as exceptional people are common human traits. Heroes give us a target to shoot for and an appreciation of human potential. These icons become our role models and we often compare our performances to theirs.
Children choose role models that have characteristics [...]

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The Joy and Value of Volunteering

April, 2010
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We live in a world of post consumerism where people in developed countries are finally becoming satiated with stuff. There is no longer the kick that used to come from buying another thing. As almost everybody in rich countries can have all the toys they want the smug superiority previously acquired [...]

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Tips for Managing Your Child’s Future

February, 2010
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Every parent wonders what their child will become when they are grown up. Parents want their children to be happy and successful members of society. These goals are incorporated into most school mission statements. But how do we get our children there? How can we as parents, with what we have learned in the past, plan for [...]

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Exams: Helping Students Be Prepared for Success!

December, 2009
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Insist that your student doesn’t study for the exam! It is a sure recipe for counterproductive stress, and a waste of time resulting in short term memorization that will be quickly forgotten. It makes a mockery of education! Education is a lot more than getting good test results. Education is an attitude towards life manifested through [...]

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The Lives of the ‘Third Culture Kids’

December, 2009
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What happens to children who grow up living in multiple countries as a result of their parents’ career choices? Are these kids different from their non-mobile counterparts? Do these kids develop advantages for their future? Will the world benefit from these valuable treasures? 

The answers are yes, yes and yes. 
Those of you in Beijing reading this article [...]

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Living in Your Language Learning

November, 2009
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I’ve never heard anyone complain that learning to speak their mother tongue was boring. Nor have I ever seen an 18 month old doing homework to learn how to say “Thomas the Tank Engine”. A year later this same child will be having a conversation with Thomas. And No, it doesn’t ‘just happen’. The child learns [...]

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Growing Up and Setting Out…

September, 2009
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Even children who have often been cared for by others may as they enter school develop a fear of being apart from their parents.  
This reaction is not necessarily a sign of regression but can be due to their increased awareness of the world’s dangers. Children who have recently undergone a major change in their lives, [...]

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Making a Good Start to the New School Year

August, 2009
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  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 [...]

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