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The Great Outdoors

Leaves, logs and life skills

“Go climb a tree!” sounds like a demand from a flustered parent reaching the end of their tether. While the context could have many meanings, taking it literally could well lead to a wide range of […]

By |February 7th, 2017|Education, Family|0 Comments
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Ten Years of Education

From humble beginnings to a truly international education

For Saigon Star International School, Saturday, November 19, 2016, marked the ten-year anniversary of its inception. Having started life in a converted villa in the heart of District 1, the school now offers […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Education, Family, The Syllabus|1 Comment
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The Arts and Young Children – We Are All Born Creative!

Sir Ken Robinson said, “We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out if it.” The arts, sciences, humanities, physical education, languages and mathematics all have equal and central contributions to make to […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Education, Family|0 Comments
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Flipping the Classroom

The role of homework in student learning

There has been much discussion lately about whether or not teachers should assign homework to their students. Many believe children should spend more time playing than doing homework. I agree that students should spend […]

By |December 3rd, 2016|Education, Family, Higher Learning|0 Comments
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Play = Work = Play

Why children work in Montessori

By the time a 6-year-old child graduates after three years in Montessori, not only do they know how to find the answers to “56 ÷ 8”, “2893 + 7065” or “2381 x 3”, they also know […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Education, Family, The Syllabus|0 Comments
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Early Education at Renaissance International School Saigon

Creativity and Scientific Thinking in Early Childhood

In the words of British educationalist Sir Ken Robinson, “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” Ten years ago, this speech set in […]

By |November 7th, 2016|Education, Family|0 Comments
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Getting a Grip

There is a great deal of things that you can do to prepare children to become successful writers. The stages of physical writing development in the Early Years can be tricky and different children show different levels of dexterity at […]

By |October 21st, 2016|Education, Family, The Syllabus|0 Comments
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Fields of Study

Vietnam is becoming a destination for studying, whether online or on campus

Several years ago I overheard a conversation between two expats and what struck me the most was what one of them said: “Play in the East, study in the West.” And […]

By |September 30th, 2016|Education, Family|0 Comments
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What Do You Teach?

“What do you do for a living? ”

“I am a teacher.”

“Oh! What do you teach?”

This is a more complicated question than most people realize. I have provided instruction on many things including, but not limited to, literacy, mathematics, science, geography, […]

By |September 26th, 2016|Education, Family|0 Comments
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Someone Special

Teachers, charities and parents are fighting to improve education for children with disabilities

Three years ago, a deaf-blind toddler who self-harmed was brought out of a psychiatric hospital and into The Kianh Foundation, a charity for children with disabilities in the central […]

By |September 18th, 2016|Education, Family|0 Comments