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Let's start from here

Postby ZhangLaoShi » Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:15 pm

School Orientation Day

The day before yesterday, the little boy had his Graduation Concert in the university culture center. It was 7 years ago, Pa & Ma went to a similar event. The pre-school/child care graduation concert is really an inclusive-activities, regardless who you are or any status your family bear in the society, as long as you are from this school/center you will have the chance to shine on the stage with all of your peers.

Yesterday, Pa & Ma brough the little boy to attend the school orientation. The new pricipal came back after having completed her 4-month maternal leave. The little boy sat on the floor of the hall emotionless when the talks were going on.

When Pa & Ma proceeded for the orientation, the little boy was led to the sports hall. After Pa & Ma finished all the administration papers in the classroom, they met with the little boy in the Auditorium, where he was colouring the sheets distributed by the teacher.

When left the school, the little boy told Pa & Ma that he liked the school.

20 Nov 2011 Sunday

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Re: Let's start from here

Postby ZhangLaoShi » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:19 pm

Graduation Concert

弟弟学前班毕业音乐晚会(Graduation Concert),哥哥同爸爸妈妈一起都参加了。
晚会是在大学的文化中心举行的,被邀嘉宾在致辞里提到,希望在当晚毕业的学龄前孩童中有更多的人在十多年以后会在这里戴上他们的学士帽。
孩子,其实我想对你说:慢慢地成长,不要匆忙,尽情地享受你学龄前玩乐的时光;人生道路漫长,一当你迈入人潮滚滚的红尘,谁还能随意停下他匆忙的步伐呢?
今晚这里是你的舞台,没有丑陋、没有贫穷、没有弱者、没有失败,只要你站在台上,爸爸妈妈就会为你喝彩,叔叔阿姨都会为你鼓掌。这里是最包容,最inclusive的天地。

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Re: Let's start from here

Postby ZhangLaoShi » Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:03 am

不论是叫Pre-School时髦,还是称 Childcare流行,老派的Kindergarten还是我心目中的最爱。
顾名思意,Kindergarten-孩童的花园,这里本来就应该是孩子们的乐园。
不知从何时起,enrichment class 渗透进了孩子们的乐园;产业化、连锁式的学前教育机构,拔苗助长式的填鸭教学,让天真烂漫的孩童失去了如百花般开放的笑脸。担心自己的孩子输在起跑线上,家长们一个个成了教育“头家”们的拥笃和炮灰。
于是,我们终于偿到了“失乐园”的今日篇。

I like it most as being called as Kindergarten. As one of my Swiss friends told me Kinder means Kids while garten garden.

Can we let Kids' Gardens be their paradises? Preserve laughters and plays as the major activities of our kids? Keep the "enrichment classes" out of the doors of Kids' Gardens?

How do I wish our children will not experience "Paradise Lost" too prematurely!
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Re: Let's start from here

Postby ZhangLaoShi » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:31 pm

学校假期前,哥哥中学的语文课系组织了一场与家长的交流会。

老师在开讲前朗读了“The boy & the Apple Tree”的寓言,然后娓娓道来,说:你们的孩子就是故事中的男孩,老师和家长则是那棵苹果树。

在老师演讲的最后一片幻灯屏幕上只打出了两个英文字:No Tuition。老师加注道:教育学生是我们老师的使命和职责,请你们相信天下没有再好的补习老师比我们这些老师更胜任教育你们孩子这份工作了。

学校的礼堂顿时被一片掌声所淹没了。

Kudos to the teachers who kept reminding the parents: NO TUTION.

The teacher said: No tutors are more capable to teach your children how to learn than we are. We are trained and paid to teach your boys.

I perceived the passion in your eyes, the mission in your words and the dedication in your deeds, thank you, Teachers.

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Re: Let's start from here

Postby ZhangLaoShi » Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:27 pm

The teacher put this slide on the white screen:

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour."
- William Blake

And said that this would be the optimal objective of the language class, which is to transform the young student to a person who are able to appreciate this world.

老师,我要再次为你鼓掌。

教书育人。我们的语文教学,不只是学多几个词汇,而是应该要给我们年轻的头脑,注入美好的人生价值观,让他们具有“感时花溅泪,恨别鸟惊心”的敏感心,去感悟、同情、欣赏、理解这个世界。

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Re: Let's start from here

Postby KSP » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:45 pm

KSP :welcome: you to KSP

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Re: Let's start from here

Postby ZhangLaoShi » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:27 pm

Happy New Year - This 2012!

New year starts from the time when we are caught by the traffic along ECP from Changi Airport. Luckily, we catch a glimpse of the fireworks and this eases the urgency to be home for the kids having been away for the holidays. The first day, we go to the worship place besides prepare the school bag for Didi; The second day, we go to The National Museum; And the third day, Didi starts his school: His 1st day in his entire primary school journey.

It's also Gege's primary school, but it has new teachers and leadership. After a few years, there are many changes from the school which could be spotted easily by the parents who have older children attending the same school.

It's a tiring day for Papa & Mama, but an exciting day for Didi who is enjoying the new environment. The multiple briefings by the teachers to the parents are the major components for today's basic education phenomenon. "Are you tired?" One speaker teases with her audiences who are the parents of the new enrolled P1 pupils. "It's not difficult", she pacifys the parents like she does to her P1 pupils.

The parents have their expectations on the school. The school set its demand on the parents. It seems being a full-hearted parents today are no longer sufficient, better being a full-time stay-at-home-parent to cater for our young child's education long march.

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Re: Let's start from here

Postby ZhangLaoShi » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:07 pm

In order to buy the PE attire for Didi, twice trip was made to the counter temperarily set up in the school canteen. The result is sold-out plus the following short story.

The school uniform store operator is a foreigner who is only communicating with the clients in Mandarin. If you utter a English term to her, she will probably try her best to guess your meaning. It is awkward anyway if you do not communicate with her in Mandarin.

There is one Malay lady talking to her... to one's surprise she speaks a fluent Mandarin. As the shop is short of the supply. The store operator needs to take down her contacts so that a delivery could be arranged later.

A Man in the queue points out to the store operator that the lady's mother tongue is not Chinese but she speaks the language well. Instead the operator only speaks her own language and she needs to learn from that lady to develop her own multilingual capability here doing business.

In the old times of Singapore, the newcomers learnt Pahasa Melayu, Singlish or Chinglish or broken English, assorted of Chinese Dialects in order to talk to the clients for their business. Nowdays, it is another way round. We see more foreigners man the service roles in our shops, but to receive their services it is better to understand their languages. Luckily, most of our folks are multilingual talented and we can adapt easily to the new conversation comfortably.

What a satirical scenario reflected the bilingual phenomenon on our own shore: it cannot be a penalty to those who does not master well his second language or mother tongue, can it?!

Nevertheless, I salut to the Malay lady. And we can spot a lot of this kind of talents in our old generations, sadly to say.

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Re: Let's start from here

Postby ZhangLaoShi » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:17 pm

上中学的哥哥也开学啦。

每天早上送孩子上学是很让人开心的时刻,尽管天还没白,清新的空气和清凉的氛围里,可以作一番轻快的父子对话。

接弟弟放学,同样是快乐的一刻:仔细辨认走来的队列里,有没有弟弟的身影。小一新生,一个个矮小稚气的面庞,崭新的校服,无忧无虑的样子,煞是可爱。不留神,真的会认错人的。回家的路上,又是轻快对话的时刻。

Didi said his PE teacher is the only male teacher so far teaching him in his primary school. If including his childcare teachers, this male PE teacher is his 1st and also would likely be a few of his, if not only, male teacher(s) in his early school time.

It will most likely last until he enters into his secondary school. And This local educational phenomenon will propably stay for a while, if not for this generation.

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Re: Let's start from here

Postby ZhangLaoShi » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:55 am

Daddy showed a surgery heart picture to his Son@K2 and taught him: “This is HEART/心.”
Son said: “No. My teacher taught us. HEART /心 is looking like this.” He drew a heart shape as shown on the poker card and showed it to his daddy.

Mummy educated her Son@P1: “You should not play with that boy any more. His parents have bigger houses back in their country. He will attend the international school and he has no PSLE. He can go to sleep after having played, while you still need to play piano. You need to study hard.”
“I just want to play with him,” Son cried.

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