If you are new to student-led conferences, you might be thinking, “Is it possible for my child to inform me of their learning?” The answer is yes! Student-led conferences challenge the notion that children need adults to communicate who they are as learners. Although, teachers play a critical role in preparing students for conferences, the aim of this powerful reporting practice is to have children take ownership for communicating and/or demonstrating their learning journey.
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World Book Day is an international holiday that celebrates books and reading. Our goal is to excite and engage student interests in English and Mandarin literacy. This year, we celebrated World Book Day on March 2nd with contests and activities throughout the day. Students and teachers decorated classroom doors based on their favorite books, brought in home-made food for a Read-It-To-Eat-It contest, and dressed up as their favorite book characters for a costume show and parade.
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In celebration of World Book Day, this year students engaged in the Read It To Eat It Contest. Students used their imagination to create something edible based on a book. The submissions were really impressive!
Students at Jefferson Campus voted on their favorite creation, which was a scene from Calvin and Hobbs. Congratulations to Yiling (K) and Hailin (G2)!
The first annual Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum took place at CAIS on March 17. The forum was held for educators in Chinese immersion preschool programs to network and learn from each other. Our ECE teachers Queena Laoshi, Chien Laoshi, and Que Laoshi were honored to represent the school to present the language acquisition in a Chinese immersion setting at the forum. Queena Laoshi shared how to expose Chinese to toddlers through different types of activities in their daily school... Read More
Kindness starts with one.
At Shu Ren International School our students are immersed in an educational environment that inspires kindness and responsibility. These values are woven throughout our curriculum and are viewed everyday in interactions between community members.
This year we expanded this focus by identifying random acts of kindness in our community. Each week from November through to February, the students reflected on different ideas, such as “Be kind to friends.” If a random... Read More
Action is one of the five essential elements of the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) along with the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, and demonstration of positive attitudes. Students engaged in successful inquiry, learn about themselves and the world, leading to greater empowerment and connectedness. Student initiated action may be observed as implementation of learning in a student’s own life or it may have a wider social impact.
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Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and our Pre-K children have been exploring this traditional Chinese celebration through a variety of learning activities! All Pre-K classrooms began inquiring into the Chinese New Year by listening to traditional Chinese New Year story books《斗年兽》,《过年啦》,《团圆. By exploring these stories, they learned how people celebrate Chinese New Year, what kind of traditional food people eat, how people celebrate Chinese New Year, and what kind of lucky... Read More
On November 9, two students from Shu Ren International School led by Ms. Jie Moore and Mr. Renjie Yan competed in the semi-annual Noetic Learning Math Contest.
Noetic Learning Math Contest is a national mathematics contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math.
More than 23,000 students representing 526 schools across the country took... Read More
As always, Shu Ren is committed to providing a high quality Chinese curriculum. With that in mind, we are very excited to share the online program, Level Chinese which is designed to help Chinese learners become proficient readers. The program offers twenty leveled books with equivalent objectives and mastery-based assessment with detailed analytics. With the help of this program, teachers can identify student’s reading level, assign appropriate reading material, and thus provide effective... Read More
Chinese New Year
As we prepare for Lunar New Year, we thought it would be fun to share some of our families favorite traditions!
Getting ready for Chinese New Year
To get ready to welcome in the new year and bring luck, we like to:
Get a haircut (even a little trim counts!)
Get new clothes and shoes (wear your new Red Qipao 旗袍 or Changsan 长衫 to LNY festival! )
Clean up and clean out your house - sweep away any bad luck along with that dust.
Chasing away the new year demon!
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Shu Ren International School is an IB World School in Berkeley, CA. We offer an immersion education in Mandarin and English. We are an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).