Lavender Meadows celebrated Lunar New Year, which is also know as Chinese New Year, on 30 January 2020. The Center was abundantly decorated to create the Chinese New Year atmosphere with red lanterns, banners, streamers, couplets, and stickers. Children presented songs and dances for the parents during the celebration. Parents also did their part by creating Chinese painting /calligraphy and paper cuttings featuring the Chinese character ‘Fu’ and ‘Chun’ together with their children. Children got to bring back 福, which means fortune or good luck, and 春, which means Spring back home for Chinese New Year. The children were also able to enjoy food and tidbits. The main event of the morning was the Lion Dance. Wow! What an eventful morning! The Lion also produced 菜，which represented Fortune or Prosperity and then lots of toy mouse for the year of the Mouse. It offered Mandarin oranges, which means luck, or ‘Kam’ means ‘Gold’ / riches. The children did their ‘Lohung’, a traditional activity for promotion and improvement, after their afternoon. Children had a bountiful day; bringing back toy mouse and a little red bag of goodies.
A great teacher never try to be the best teacher, they simply try to bring out the best in their students. Happy Teacher's Day!
This activity opens up the children to another part of the world; a school that is different from theirs in Japan. It enhances children's sense of appreciation; opens to them different cultural, language and value. Endeavors to provide them the opportunity to listen the views of theirs and show respect for them.
We live in a world of distractions. More and more these days, kids seen unable to focus on anything for any decent length of time. Yoga can help with that. It teaches kids to be present, and to concentrate and focus on their breathing. They learn how the breath can help them throughout the day, in any situation. They learn to focus on the pose by learning correct body alignment, and in so doing, learn to focus on their bodies and how they function- guiding each limb or part of the body through the nuances of the pose. That's why Ms. Grace Hobbs, Liam's mother do a 30-minutes yoga session with the kids on the 7th of June 2019.
Eira’s mum came on 18 March 2019 to share about Saint Patrick’s Day, which is on 17 March, with the children as part of a parental involvement activity. The children had fun in trying out the costume.
Dion's grandmother and mother came to share a song and a phonic lesson with the children as part of a parental involvement activity. Parental involvement is important as much research exists about the importance of parent involvement in education. The research overwhelmingly indicates that parent involvement not only positively affects student achievement, it contributes to higher quality education and better performance of schools overall.