Who invented the lightbulb? Thomas Edison, right? Or so we think. Popular retellings of the story tend to conveniently leave out the other key players: Joseph Swan, Henry Woodward, Mathew Evans, William Sawyer, and Albon Man. Without these competitors and Edison’s team of researchers, the world might not have gotten to enjoy the electric lightbulb so soon.
Anyone who interacts with kids on a daily basis will be able to tell you how creative a child’s mind can be. They may make up the craziest stories, or do outrageously weird things that adults simply never imagine to do. Yet the thing is this: All of us started out like that. What makes us any less creative today?
Being a parent in the digital age is tough. For a start, most parents grew up with very different kind of media in their lives, so they may not know what their children are being exposed to today. Then, parents need to learn how to balance educating their children to be tech-savvy with setting boundaries so they don’t fall into addiction.
What are the chances of you reading this online? If you ask us, it’s 100%. We don’t have a crystal ball – it just goes to show that digital literacy is such an undeniable part of our lives these days.
How many of you remember singing songs like ‘Old MacDonald Had A Farm’ in school?
As today’s economy becomes more globalised, it makes sense to be fluent in two or more languages. The reason for this is simple: one of the many 21st century skills that an employable graduate is expected to have is “communication”. The best way to showcase that is to be multilingual (or at least bilingual!) in order to remain competitive in the job market, open up new opportunities and cross cultural borders.
What does it mean to be a global citizen?
It goes without saying: Children love to play! And for good reasons, too – experts say that play is a crucial part of learning and development for children. It taps into their natural curiosity and can help them build up a skills set in areas from motor skills to emotional intelligence.
The advantages of being bilingual are well-known. From having cognitive effects like better task-switching abilities, to practical effects like higher employability, bilingualism is a coveted skill that many people desire their children to attain.
As parents, we know that it’s beneficial to play a more active role in our kid’s education. After all, research shows that parental engagement improves academic achievement, reduces absenteeism, and improves social skills among other benefits. That’s why schools like Canadian International School (CIS) make it a point to work closely with parents in a parent-teacher partnership. But having said that, how do you play a more active role without becoming a helicopter parent? Here are a few tips: