‘When We Play, We Learn’ is Storytime International Preschool’s motto. And why is play so important?
Teaching does not need to be limited to books and blackboard. Games and activities are equally important and can be more than just fun for a preschooler because they also help with physical development and early learning.
When you see kids on a playground, they are most naturally physically active and they love to move around. Some of the benefits of being active are having strong muscles and bones, better sleep and being a happier child at school. Healthy, physically active kids also are more likely to be academically motivated.
The best way for kids to get active is by incorporating physical activity into their daily routine. At Storytime all students get an opportunity to play actively several times a day.
Play helps a child’s development in every area. A few simple examples are kicking or skipping. When a child kicks a ball across the room, he is practicing coordination by balancing on one foot to kick with the other. When throwing and catching a ball, a child practices hand-eye coordination and the ability to grasp.
It is important to know that children also practice and develop language skills during play.
It is important to remember that play is more than just fun for kids. It is how they learn and work out who they are.
Are you trapped in a daily homework battle with your child? Who is most stressed when it comes to homework, you or your child? Making homework less of a headache is a parent’s responsibility, but in our complicated and busy daily lives, this can be easier said then implementing.
Getting the most out of this experience and using the time effectively is important. Simple strategies can make all the difference to having homework completed without any hassles. Knowing what is appropriate for each age is also important and how to manage it when you have other children and other responsibilities can be quite a challenge. Instead of disrupting family life and creating conflict, homework should be an important tool that helps children practice their skills to improve learning.
During her talk, our guest speaker Alison Owen will talk about :
* The basic rules
* The different schools and their expectations
* Cultural perspectives on homework
* Different ages of students and stages of development
* Converting police work to routine supervision— a behavioral approach
* Study skills and homework planning
Date: Tuesday February 24th 2015
Place: Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), The Penthouse, Maneeya Centre, Ploenchit Road (02-65205801)
BTS: Chidlom (The Club is connected to BTS Chidlom station by a skybridge), Exit 2
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 081-8262399
Cost: FREE for IPN cardmembers and Baht 600 for nonmembers (includes presentation, handouts, light dinner (from a selection of 3), one glass of wine and soft drinks).
Attendees are welcomed to email questions they have related to the topic to email@example.com to be answered during the Q&A session.
Storytime Preschool Bangkok provides a safe and efficient transportation service to most areas of Sukumvit, Ploenchit, Rajdamri, Sathorn and Silom.
Our service is provided by 3 vans operated by responsible drivers who take pride in getting our children to and from school safely and on time.
Storytime Preschool follows a few simple rules, to ensure the safety and comfort of our students.
An attendant or a teacher assistant always rides in the van with the children. She is also required to assist each child from the van to the school grounds and to safely drop each child off at the front door of their home.
Seat belts are installed for each child. The vans do not make stops except for picking up and dropping off the children. When a child is picked up or dropped off, the time is recorded for the school’s reference. Parents are also required to sign a ‘drop off sheet’ when their child is dropped off at home.
The vans are equipped with car seats for children under 2 years old.
A list of parents’ telephone numbers travels with the van, and the telephone numbers of drivers and attendants are given to parents for easy communication.
The school also offers a free private shuttle service to and from the school from Sukumvit Road and back. Parents using the BTS or public transportation find this free shuttle very convenient and safe.
The International Parenting Network (IPN) is an organization which offers a wide range of parenting support services to parents and childcare professionals through events, seminars and workshops. For December, they are organizing a ‘Family Saturday Bike Trip’. See details below:
In a school, especially for younger children, communication with parents plays a very important part in the child’s school life. Parents need to know what is going on in the classroom and effective communication builds trust.
At Storytime Preschool, we believe in communicating with parents through emails, phone calls, daily report books and regular newsletters.
Every day, the class teacher writes in the ‘MY DAY’ daily journal, which is sent home in the child’s bag. This is an informal day to day chat with a teacher to parent and vise versa. The teacher’s entries in the journal cover the child’s daily experiences in school, meals, homework, naps and more. It also provides parents and teachers with an informal way to chat on a day to day basis, as parents often add comments for teachers to read when the child takes the journal back to school on the following day.
A bi–weekly newsletter is also sent out every otherFriday informing parents about what happened in the past 2 weeks and what is coming up in class. We try to make our newsletters as informative and fun to read as possible, and they usually include pictures of children participating in different activities in and out of the classroom.
We also conduct Parent-Teacher Conferences three times per year, one on one meetings with the class teacher regarding the child’s progress and development. Parents receive the child’s report card with details of every subject for the term.
In addition, parents are always encouraged to meet class teachers after school to talk about any questions or concerns they may have.
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