育兒從選一所好學校開始 小米媽媽的養娃哲學 | Xiaomi EY1 - A Mother’s Philosophy
4月5日，風和日麗的下午，廣州亚洲通公學幼兒園英方園長Mrs Danielle McKenna和中方副園長程理來到我們EY1班級小米的媽媽——潘女士的茶館，暢聊小米小朋友在廣州亚洲通公學幼兒園的學習經歷。當天出席的還有小米媽媽的朋友們，受小米媽媽的傾情推薦，她們也對亚洲通公學幼兒園所擁有的早期教育優勢和學習氛圍，以及公學的歷史和學術價值非常感興趣。大家一起享用下午茶，與會的每個人都進行了有意義的對話，討論如何養育和關註孩子們的需求，以及通過各種工作坊和家長會向家長們提供的支持。討論如何養育孩子、孩子的需求以及FCG為家長們提供的支持和信息。
On a sunny afternoon of April 5th, Mrs Danielle McKenna, Head of Early Years, and Cheng Li, the Chinese Deputy Head of Early Years, were guests at Xiaomi ‘s mother's tea shop. Mrs Pan is the mother of Xiaomi – a student in our EY1 – to talk about Xiaomi’s learning experience during her time in Fettes College Guangzhou. They were joined by friends of Xiaomi’s mother, invited to learn more about the advantages and learning atmosphere of our Early Years setting, and the history and academic values of the college. Over tea, everyone present enjoyed meaningful conversation about raising Early Years students: their needs, and the support and information which FCG provides its families.
Xiaomi Mother's Narrative
Please introduce Xiaomi’s character
Xiaomi's personality is extroverted, though I know her biggest hurdle is that she is too anxious. She can be set in her ways, and she likes everything be automatic. She is actually very good at expressing her emotions and she verbalises certain feelings: “Mum, I feel sad”; “Mum, I'm so happy!” She likes to express herself but because of her young age sometimes she can't control her emotions due to a limited bank of vocabulary. Her learning ability is very strong and her memory is good too so I have no worries in her development; it will be extended naturally as she experiences new situations and new opportunities.
Why did you choose FCG?
Fettes College Guangzhou was recommended by a friend, and I attended an Open Day. I found the introductory speech informative, the presentation and quality of the staff high, and the atmosphere and discussion of all present was of a premium level. The first impression of the school and staff was therefore very strong. We went to the learning rooms and I felt confident with the quality of these, and the values and the philosophy behind the curriculum. I liked the school very much and no matter what, I would ensure my daughter studies here! My view is clear that school offers quality, dedication and professionalism, and I believe that many parents who visit will form a similar opinion.
When I visited the campus, the classrooms also left a deep impression on me. Some Kindergarten classrooms have many students within a small classroom space which is not necessarily healthy; however, the classrooms in the EY at Fettes College Guangzhou are very spacious with wonderful natural day light and ventilation. There are independent dining halls , independent lunch break areas and a variety of functional classrooms. Xiaomi has been enrolled since Semester 1 and has never had any illness, and I am very satisfied with the teachers who are so dedicated, passionate and highly qualified. The arrival of teacher Ms Chloe Carron also made me very happy.
In the areas of character development, personalised teaching, and language expression,
Fettes is constantly surprising me!
It may be due to family reasons, but when Xiaomi first arrived at school, she was more headstrong. She liked to be the ‘big sister’ and had a strong desire for control. A friend's daughter played with Xiaomi and I observed her ability to lead on play activities. Turn-taking and friendship development is one of the key learning areas in Early Years.
Even one month after Xiaomi enrolled in Fettes College Guangzhou Early Years, I found that Xiaomi has changed a lot. My friends also have observed her great improvement. With the healthy student numbers in school, teachers are able to teach the children one by one. I could not communicate with Xiaomi before and she would not listen to what was said to her. When she was 2 years old, I told her many things and she would directly say NO! And stomp her feet to express anger.
It's been over a semester now and Xiaomi has made great progress in her emotional control. Xiaomi has completely changed, especially in her social habits: now she can say ‘hello’ when she sees people; if someone gives her something, she will happily say ‘thank you!’ When guests come to our home, she will also take the initiative to show them to the door, and now she also takes the initiative to put on clothes and shoes by herself, not letting us help. I feel that these changes have surprised me so much. It is totally unbelievable! Every morning, she neatly folds her quilt. It's exactly what I dreamed and hoped for Xiaomi.
自從克洛伊·卡倫老師加入班級以來，我也感到非常高興–她的確是一位非常優秀的老師。 擔任教職後不久，她就跟我談論了小米，這使我能更好地了解女兒。我很驚訝她能在這麽短的時間內如此徹底地了解小米，並且能清晰地評價小米的各個發展領域。她甚至比我更了解小米。Ms Chloe老師還專門為小米制定了個性化的教學方案。從最開始急躁的性格，到現在可以告訴我：“媽媽，積木倒了是很正常的，搭積木不可能搭到最後都不倒的。”小米現在能夠接受失敗，保持韌性並為迎接下一個挑戰感到自豪，這讓我十分欣慰。
小米的語言表達能力和詞匯量也有很大的進步，她能清晰地聽懂英文了，這讓我很高興。有一天去參加學校的睡衣派對，老師用英文問小米為什麽換了衣服，小米能夠立刻回復說：“因為巧克力灑在我衣服上了。”我當時很驚訝，兩歲半的小米居然能聽得懂英文。好的語言環境確實可以創造出無限的可能性。在家裏，小米也會使用很多英語單詞和短句：“粉紅色英語怎麽說？”，“這個單詞是什麽？” 她還喜歡唱英文歌，她已成為家裏的“小老師”。 我很興奮，心裏想：“太好了！ 我的女兒真棒！”
I am also very happy since Ms Chloe Carron joined – she is really a very good teacher. She talked to me about Xiaomi soon after she took up her teaching position, which made me understand my daughter better. I was surprised that she could understand her character so thoroughly in such a short time and she could clearly discuss the areas of development for Xiaomi. She even knew Xiaomi better than me. Ms Chloe has developed a personalised teaching plan exclusively for Xiaomi. From her impatient personality at the beginning, she can now tell me, “Mum, it's normal for the building blocks to fall”. This makes me very proud of Xioami’s ability to accept failure, be resilient and embrace the next challenge.
Xiaomi's language skills and vocabulary have also improved a lot. She can understand English clearly, which delights me. When I went to the school activity one day, the teacher asked Xiaomi – in English – why she had changed her clothes. Xiaomi was able to immediately reply that chocolate was poured on her clothes. I was surprised that Xiaomi could understand English; she was only two and a half years old at the time. The right language environment really can create infinite possibilities. At home, Xiaomi also uses a lot of English and Chinese words: “What is pink?”, “What is this word?” She sings English songs to me, and she has become a little teacher for me at home. I was very excited at the time and I was thinking in my heart, “Great! My daughter is amazing!”
When you find that your child is obviously different from other children, your concern is by no means tuition. Although there are various challenges and problems every day, I am very happy to grow up with my daughter.
Excellence can be cultivated
Cultivating personalities and hobbies in a caring environment
我沒有像其他父母那樣著急讓我的女兒學習某些技能。 相反，我利用這一階段進行觀察。 廣州亚洲通公學為我提供了一個很好的平臺來觀察我的女兒。
I did not rush my daughter to learn certain skills like some parents do. Instead, I took advantage of this stage to observe. Fettes College Guangzhou gives me a good platform in which to observe my daughter.
Xiaomi likes the swimming pool very much and always says how beautiful the swimming pool is. She likes swimming lessons very much and I will often take her to swim. I agree too with Mrs McKenna’s view that girls should be encouraged to develop more sports skills, which will make girls more confident and strong in character. What I value now is that sports rank first; I want her to participate in some outdoor activities and feel good in nature. This is also good for her physical development as a pupil with a strong body and mind has a good foundation for her studies.
I would also like to take Xiaomi to more concerts to cultivate her elegant temperament, hoping that liveliness and elegance can co-exist in my daughter.
Campus Activities and Service Go Together
I have always liked the activities organised by Fettes which are very interesting and very educational. Just like the Winter Fayre and the fire trucks visiting Fettes Campus. It is a good combination of entertainment and teaching. I am also a member of the Zengcheng Mutual Aid Association, and I am very passionate about charity. While I am capable, I must also help those in need, so that our existence is more meaningful. I think The Winter Fayre can cultivate children's caring very well.
Fettes not only pays attention to the education of pupils, but also attaches great importance to the education of parents. I participate in the many Early Years Parent workshops regularly held each month. I am also a mother for the first time so I also need to learn more. It was in these workshops that I learned how to achieve effective home-school communication, how to cultivate pupils’ reading habits at home, how to cultivate pupils’ mathematical thinking and so on. Xiaomi is constantly improving to become an excellent student, and I am also constantly improving to become an excellent parent.
When it was time for tea time to come to an end, everyone reflected on the easy and relaxed home-school communication. Xiaomi's mother welcomed the Heads of Early Years to visit again.
*廣州亚洲通公學是國際文憑組織（IBO）小學課程/中學課程/文憑課程的候選學校。*Fettes College Guangzhou is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme / Middle Years Programme / Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.