Here we’re attempting to answer the questions we hear most often. If you’re not completely satisfied with the answers, or if you have a question that’s not listed here, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
目录 Page Contents
- 班级疑问 Class Questions
- “毕业“疑问 Graduation Questions
- ➔我的孩子什么时候可以从探索宝贝项目班毕业到探索勇者项目？When can my child graduate from Discovery Kids into Discovery Scouts?
- ➔我的孩子什么时候可以从探索勇者项目班毕业到探索家+项目？When can my child graduate from Discovery Scouts into Discovery+ ?
- ➔我很担心幼小衔接，你们对这个问题有什么看法？ I’m really worried about my child’s transition to elementary school. What do you think about this issue?
- 日常生活疑问 Daily Life Questions
- 沟通工具疑问 Communication Method Questions
- ➔为什么学苑一定要用“师生信”也不让家长用微信联系老师？ Why does the school insist on using “Shi Sheng Xin” and won’t let parents contact teachers by WeChat?
- ➔家长想建一个微信群方便班级的家庭多一点交流，可以吗？ Can parents start a WeChat group to increase social interraction among families in a certain class?
- ➔有时候我觉得面谈更好。可以约学苑的老师或管理层面谈吗？ Sometimes I think it’s better to talk face to face. Can I make an appointment to talk to teachers or management?
班级疑问 Class Questions
What are the pros and cons of mixed ages in the same class?
We really like mixed-age classes, but they have to be done right. A mixed-age class has the following advantages:
The older kids can: help the smaller ones, be good role models (in terms of behavior, skills, attitude, etc.), learn responsibility, and more.
The younger kids can: receive help, be taught new things (having a child explain something to another child is often more effective than a teacher teaching), be inspired (because they see the older kids can do something and will naturally want to do it to), etc.
At the same time, we admit there is at least one disadvantage:
The teachers have to do more work. They need to observe which kids can do what and assign different tasks to different children according to their abilities. This means they may have to prepare even more content than they would in a single-age class.
In conclusion, we’ve found the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages, so we’ve decided to maintain our mixed age environment. The main disadvantage is the teacher’s. But in order to provide the best learning opportunities to our students, we don’t mind working a little bit harder.
We should also mention that there are times when we do divide students by ages within a class to teach specific things. This is done at the teachers’ discretion for specific reasons and not as a part of the regular schedule.
If you don’t divide classes by age, how do you decide which class my child goes into?
When deciding which class to put a child into, our Director of Academics considers many factors, including:
Keeping kids with teachers they are familiar with.
Keeping kids who are good friends together.
Keeping kids who are comfortable together.
Keeping kids who behave well together.
Keeping a wide range of ages in one class.
Keeping a wide range of students who have various abilities or different positive influences on each other.
In summary, our Director of Academics always tries to put kids into classes where they will thrive.
“毕业“疑问 Graduation Questions
➔我的孩子什么时候可以从探索宝贝项目班毕业到探索勇者项目？When can my child graduate from Discovery Kids into Discovery Scouts?
The entrance requirements to get into Discovery Scouts are:
At least 3 years old (36 months).
Can put on your own shoes.
Can use the bathroom by yourself (or at least ask for help if you need it).
Can feed yourself.
Can go up and down stairs by yourself.
Can engage in basic communication for daily life.
If your child meets all of those requirements, then you may apply to the Discovery Scouts Program Supervisor for admission.
➔我的孩子什么时候可以从探索勇者项目班毕业到探索家+项目？When can my child graduate from Discovery Scouts into Discovery+ ?
First of all, Discovery+ is not a required study program. You can think of it as: this student is already ready to graduate and go to elementary school, but because the parents are willing to let their child study more content (that is not included in elementary school) they apply to “graduate early” and spend time studying in Discovery+ (up to 3 semesters maximum).
Discovery+ entrance requirements are:
- 达到六个核心价值要求 达到六个核心价值要求
Meets our 6 Core Values Requirements
Skills: Can cut out a flower with scissors
Fitness: Can do sports for continuous 20 minutes
Self-care: Can put on / take off clothes, bathe, etc.
Math: think independently, does not need teachers hovering and guiding
English: Level 4 Work Certification within 2 weeks.
Hanzi: Can recognize and write your own name
Mandarin: can understand, speak, and communicate
If your child meets all of those requirements, then you may apply to the Discovery+ Program Supervisor for admission.
I’m really worried about my child’s transition to elementary school. What do you think about this issue?
The most important things we’ve learned about this are:
Every elementary has different entry requirements. There is no standard. For some schools, you just need to have a local ID card (hu kou 户口) and you can be accepted. Others have a lottery. Others have an interview and entrance exam. You’ll need to contact the exact primary school you’re thinking of attending to find out about their entrance requirements.
National school ID numbers (xue ji hao 学籍号) start in 1st grade. So don’t worry that your kindergarten age child doesn’t have one. He or she will get it later from your elementary school.
For students who have studied at the Discovery Center for 3 years, elementary school entrance tests or interview are generally not hard. For example, we’ve inquired about the closest school Guangwai Wai Xiao and what sorts of things they test for on the entrance exam. All of the content is covered in the Discovery Center, and the test doesn’t include any English or music (two of our main subjects). So we’re really not worried about 1st grade entrance exams.
日常生活疑问 Daily Life Questions
My child eats too slowly! How do you handle that?
This is a problem many parents face at home. It’s normal! Here’s how we deal with this in our lunch room:
We allow one full hour for the children to eat lunch, and this is plenty of time even for the slowest children.
If children don’t eat, it may be because they aren’t hungry. That’s no problem but children who haven’t finished their food must sit at the table until the end of lunchtime, even if they are not eating. Once children have finished their food, they may play.
If children are not eating because they are easily distracted, we may move a child to a different table (for example, one without their best friends) to help them focus on eating.
Most of our students very quickly learn to eat very well at lunchtime. However, occasionally a child will not eat very much. But we’re not worried about that because they will have a chance to eat more at the afternoon snack.
How can you guarantee that my child has eaten enough at lunch time?
First of all, our cafeteria staff give each child a customized portion depending on their age and specific situation. When finished with their first portion, every child has the chance to get seconds of rice, other dishes, or soup. Also, in order to motivate the children to eat, teachers allow them to go outside to play only after they’ve finished their rice, other dishes, and soup. But of course, in order to ensure they’ve had enough time to eat, if 30 minutes has not elapsed, no child is allowed out to play. Finally, our teachers are constantly observing the children and their eating, and will make judgments about whether children should get more food or are allowed outside to play. We feel it’s more important for kids to eat frequently than for them to eat a lot in one sitting. That’s why our students eat something about every two hours. So if they’re really not hungry at lunchtime, don’t worry! They’ll have a snack soon.
沟通工具疑问 Communication Method Questions
Why does the school insist on using “Shi Sheng Xin” and won’t let parents contact teachers by WeChat?
From our management perspective, the main reasons are:
We can monitor and check all communication between parents and teachers. If there is a situation in which management needs to assist with communication, we have this tool available to us.
Efficiently connect parents and appropriate staff members (no need to add people one by one to your contacts list).
We respect our teachers personal time and privacy.
But we’ve also had parents tell us they are grateful for this arrangement because:
Parents feel safer that children won’t receive special treatment.
Shi Sheng Xin brings with it other features (such as ability to check After School Program class schedule, attendance, reminder when to have class, etc.)
Of course! In the first Open Class of every semester, the Head Teacher will give parents a chance to introduce themselves and add each other’s WeChat. If you missed that, our Receptionist can assist you in contacting other parents in your class to see if there is already such a group.
Sometimes I think it’s better to talk face to face. Can I make an appointment to talk to teachers or management?
Welcome! The ways to make an appointment are:
When you see someone just make an appointment! (For example at drop off or pickup)
Shi Sheng Xin
Call Reception: 020-86053909
But there are also times you don’t need an appointment:
Every day at pickup (your Head Teacher is waiting to talk to you)
Every week’s open class