育儿从选一所好学校开始 小米妈妈的养娃哲学 | Xiaomi EY1 - A Mother’s Philosophy
4月5日，风和日丽的下午，广州斐特思公学幼儿园英方园长Mrs Danielle McKenna和中方副园长程理来到我们EY1班级小米的妈妈——潘女士的茶馆，畅聊小米小朋友在广州斐特思公学幼儿园的学习经历。当天出席的还有小米妈妈的朋友们，受小米妈妈的倾情推荐，她们也对斐特思公学幼儿园所拥有的早期教育优势和学习氛围，以及公学的历史和学术价值非常感兴趣。大家一起享用下午茶，与会的每个人都进行了有意义的对话，讨论如何养育和关注孩子们的需求，以及通过各种工作坊和家长会向家长们提供的支持。讨论如何养育孩子、孩子的需求以及FCG为家长们提供的支持和信息。
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.
自从克洛伊·卡伦老师加入班级以来，我也感到非常高兴–她的确是一位非常优秀的老师。 担任教职后不久，她就跟我谈论了小米，这使我能更好地了解女儿。我很惊讶她能在这么短的时间内如此彻底地了解小米，并且能清晰地评价小米的各个发展领域。她甚至比我更了解小米。Ms Chloe老师还专门为小米制定了个性化的教学方案。从最开始急躁的性格，到现在可以告诉我：“妈妈，积木倒了是很正常的，搭积木不可能搭到最后都不倒的。”小米现在能够接受失败，保持韧性并为迎接下一个挑战感到自豪，这让我十分欣慰。
小米的语言表达能力和词汇量也有很大的进步，她能清晰地听懂英文了，这让我很高兴。有一天去参加学校的睡衣派对，老师用英文问小米为什么换了衣服，小米能够立刻回复说：“因为巧克力洒在我衣服上了。”我当时很惊讶，两岁半的小米居然能听得懂英文。好的语言环境确实可以创造出无限的可能性。在家里，小米也会使用很多英语单词和短句：“粉红色英语怎么说？”，“这个单词是什么？” 她还喜欢唱英文歌，她已成为家里的“小老师”。 我很兴奋，心里想：“太好了！ 我的女儿真棒！”
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
我没有像其他父母那样着急让我的女儿学习某些技能。 相反，我利用这一阶段进行观察。 广州斐特思公学为我提供了一个很好的平台来观察我的女儿。
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.
*广州斐特思公学是国际文凭组织（IBO）小学课程/中学课程/文凭课程的候选学校。*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.