Beyond the 3 R’s of education, another skill is quickly picking up steam as an in-demand quality: international-mindedness. Sometimes also called global-mindedness, this is something the IB programme is deeply focused upon. However, what exactly is international-mindedness? How do we know we are helping our children grow up to be international-minded?
Critical thinking is important. Schools need to develop critical thinking in our next generation of people. Educators around the world agree that critical thinking is increasingly crucial, especially in a time where we look to problem-solvers, innovators, and discerning leaders as the future of humankind. Amidst a world saturated with information and misinformation, even the ordinary man needs a healthy ounce of critical thinking to navigate this earth responsibly.
The journey matters more than the destination – as with most things in life, this is also true when it comes to children and art. While some of us get hung up on making a perfect piece of art, focusing on the process often reaps far more benefits. For children, as well, the act of engaging and experimenting with art is what truly drives learning.
STEAM is best experienced hands-on, and many wonderful schools provide children with plenty of opportunities to do so. But if you think STEAM activities are only reserved for school projects, you might want to think again. In fact, you don’t need complicated activities or a whole lot of materials to get started. Right at home, your kitchen is one of the best places to start.
Recent events in the US have ignited a worldwide conversation on the issue of racism. Even here in Singapore, race is a highly relevant issue that permeates various levels of society, seeing that the island-state is densely populated with people of various races. But when it comes to the next generation, how much do our kids know about racism? If we want to seek change, how can we educate our children regarding these issues?
With a bit more time on their hands during the circuit breaker period, many people had turned to picking up new hobbies and skills. Perhaps your child had shown interest in picking up a new instrument, or have become more passionate than ever about singing.
Learning how to read is an important milestone for children. However, far from being just an essential skill along with the likes of writing and numeracy skills, it is also superbly beneficial as a door that leads to much more learning.
Do your kids do this? They wake up one morning, and announce gleefully, “Today I am a bear! Good morning, Mama bear!” And the next day, they become ‘dinosaurs’, ‘monkeys’, and the list goes on. You might dismiss it as kids just being kids, but did you know that pretend play is, in fact, crucial to their development?
If there’s anything else we need to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic other than how to maintain good hygiene, is how to guard against the other ‘pandemic’ we see online – the surge of misinformation, biased opinions disguised as ‘news’, and outright fake news. In a world with information overload, how can parents prepare the next generation to face this?
Learning at home is definitely something that children and parents both need getting used to. Having been through more than a month of the circuit breaker period by now, have you gotten the hang of it?