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Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020
      The benefits of bilingualism have been widely studied and researched.  Empathy, cognitive agility, school performance and engagement have all been associated in people who are bilingual. As a result, the demand for immersion programs in schools is increasing rapidly.  As a parent looking forward to your child’s educational path, deciding between an immersion or mono-lingual program feels like a natural choice.  According to Mandarin Immersion Parents Council, “As of the fall of the...
Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Super Boomi Cartoon Trevor Lai
  ​ A common question for families interested in Mandarin immersion is,  "How do I support my child at home when I don't speak Mandarin?"  There are, of course, online programs, extracurricular/after school programs and private tutors, however, while these may be helpful, the extra costs and time associated with more classes can be burdensome.   We recommend a more flexible and natural approach to bringing Mandarin into your home, in ways that foster connection and interest for your child...
Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2020
As we adapt to life under an extended physical distancing protocol, and spend more time at home with our families, it’s incredibly important to attend to our own mental health and to our children’s.  We are lucky to live in a time/area with a number of fantastic resources.  I’ve put together a few of my favorites below. Leah, Grade 3/4 parent   Blogs/email lists Alexis Haselberger - Time Management Coach - I love everything she creates - she has some terrific tips for working from home...
Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2020
inquiry pyp mandarin immersion preschool
  ​ The International Baccalaureate, our framework of inquiry-based learning at Shu Ren, has developed resources for Primary Years Programme (PYP) parents to support inquiry in the home.    For younger children, the focus on inquiry through play includes asking open-ended and closed questions to support critical thinking and creativity.   5 key characteristics of play 1. Play is meaningful – children play to make sense of the world around them, and to find meaning in an experience by...
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2020
A little kindness can go along way.     Give a shout out to anyone in the Shu Ren community--teachers, staff, parents and students.   Click on this link to sign the Shu Ren Kindness Wall