Admission deadlines are coming up for international kindergartens and primary schools for the 2016-17 school year!
Finding the perfect school for your child and then successfully applying for a spot is stressful even for the most organized parents. To help make the process a tad bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of admission deadlines and links to each school’s admission page. Plus, schools without a strict deadline we spoke with to figure out when the best times to apply. Good luck!
Mary Batterham from Discovery Montessori School discusses how parents can help children ease into the new school year.
Starting school marks a major change in a child’s life. Some children adjust more easily than others. An eager, alert, independent child comes into the classroom and immediately begins taking advantage of the learning environment that has been meticulously prepared to assist them meet their full potential. However, children who are more dependent on adults will need time to adjust and become independent. A child who has been the centre of attention at home now finds themselves as part of a larger group (for perhaps, the first time), and may need time to discover their own ability and satisfaction that comes from individual accomplishments.
Learn how to make learning fun for your kindergarteners!
As any parent knows, a child’s education doesn’t stop at the school’s front gates. It also continues at home, during story time, play time, and mommy-child activities. If you’ve got a kindergartener at home and want to learn how you can effectively help improve your child’s reading and language skills at home, the British Council is offering a series of free workshops for interested parents.
Get a head start in securing that school spot for your child with Anne Murphy, Director of ITS Educational Service, as she shares her expert tips on navigating through Hong Kong’s educational system in this 2-part guide.
Planning your child’s education should be a first priority for new parents in Hong Kong. With an ever-increasing population, competition for a placement, as well as the financial aspect of a better quality education, requires early planning and by early, we mean starting from the time your child is born. To help you through this process, we offer you some tips to navigate your way through the pre-primary education years starting from birth to 4 years of age, and explain how to plan and when and what options are available to you in Hong Kong. We continue our tips for the 6 - 19 year olds in our follow-up article on GeoSchools.com.
Parents have a huge impact on how quickly their children learn to read. Here are top ten tips to improve your child's progress in reading.
The English language system is based on "phonemes" or sounds. This means that each letter symbol is linked to a sound or phoneme. Phonemes cannot easily be heard because when we speak the sounds in English, each syllable of a word is combined into one sound. For example, when speaking the word ‘dog’, the ear hears one sound, not three as in ‘d’, ‘o’, ‘g’.Hence it is essential that children are able to recognize ‘phonemes’ or sounds if they are to read successfully.
The first day of school is coming up! How should you prepare your kids to avoid potential tantrums and help them ease into their first day of class?
How do you prepare your kids for their first day back to school? Does your child get anxious? Excited? Terrified? Some children ease into their first day like fish into water. Some cry like hungry babies. The more sensitive kids even display trauma symptoms as a result of extreme separation anxiety.
Q&A with Mary Batterham from Discovery Montessori School
Walk into any pre-school or talk with any parent with very young children, and you’ll hear the name “Montessori” pop up during conversations. The Montessori method, one of the most sought-after education methods for toddlers, is a hot topic amongst parents who want to instil a sense of independence and love of learning in their children.
How do I stop my baby from having anxiety on the first day of Nursery school or Kindergarten?
There may be nothing you can do to stop this totally natural survival and growth mechanism from taking place. Yes, some children run into class on their first day of school without looking back or even a wave goodbye. Others cry for a day or two and yet others take a week or two. There are even children who take a month or more to get over their anxiety of separating from a caregiver or getting used to a new environment.