目录 Page Contents
- 教师指南 Teachers Guidebook
- 使命 Mission
- 教学理念 Philosophy of Education
- 教师团队 Teaching Team
- 教学内容 Teaching Content
- 学习环境 Learning Environment
- 家长培训 Parent Training
- 家长俱乐部 Parents Club
- 每天时间安排 Daily Schedule
- 学期校历 Semester Schedule
- 常见问题解答 FAQ
- ➔混龄教学有什么好处坏处？ What are the pros and cons of mixed ages in the same class?
- ➔没有小、中、大班的话，如何决定我孩子要分到哪个班？ If you don’t divide classes by age, how do you decide which class my child goes into?
- ➔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?
- ➔我的孩子吃饭吃得太慢了！你们会怎么处理的？ My child eats too slowly! How do you handle that?
- ➔午餐的时候，你们怎么保证我的孩子能吃的饱？ How can you guarantee that my child has eaten enough at lunch time?
教师指南 Teachers Guidebook
We have published our own guidebook containing our：
Philosophy of education
How to form good relationships with students
We encourage all parents to read it careful to understand more about our program and goals. Below you will find a few excerpts. Enjoy!
The Fountains Discovery Center assists parents in developing well-rounded, bilingual children who love learning.
教学理念 Philosophy of Education
核心价值 Core Values
We are strongly committed to being examples ourselves of the following core values we want to cultivate in students:
We also expect the parents to continue reinforcing these core values at home with our support.
教学原则 Principles of Education
Children learn best when they are interested (games can teach some things better than books).
Children learn best when they are active (and not just listening).
Children learn best when they are in a positive learning culture.
Children learn best by exploring, creating, and wondering.
- 孩子每天都需要一定的时间去跑跑跳跳，唱歌，休息，发挥他们的想象力。Children need time to run, jump, sing, rest, and imagine every day.
Children learn best from realia rather than videos and multimedia.
教师团队 Teaching Team
Our teachers all have different strengths, skills, and backgrounds. But they all have this in common: a great love to teaching children and cultivating our core values. Please click here to learn more about each of them.
教学内容 Teaching Content
真、善、美 Truth, Goodness, Beauty
We believe the importance of who the child is outweighs what the child can do. Therefore we strive to cultivate an intrinsic love of truth, goodness, and beauty in each child. At the same time, we recognize they need specific guidance to accomplish that, so we offer training in the following areas:
- 科学 Science
- 英语 English
- 数学 Math
- 文学 Literature
- 素质 Character
- 合作 Teamwork
- 责任感 Responsibility
- 自制力 Self-control
- 音乐 Music
- 园艺 Gardening
- 手工 Crafts
- 表演 Performance
学习环境 Learning Environment
We believe the environment is the “3rd Teacher.” This is why we have specifically designed the environment to provide maximum learning opportunities.
Our learning environment includes:
Library with over 20,000 items.
Outdoor sports area with green space, running track, climbing wall, grass hill, castle, etc. (12,000 ㎡).Indoor sports area including ping pong, badminton, etc. (1600㎡).
1600㎡ indoor games space including ping pong, badminton, etc.
家长培训 Parent Training
We provide free training to parents of all current students. Because we believe parents are the first and most important teachers in children’s lives, we hope all our parents can understand our teaching philosophy and discipline methods.
家长一级培训 Parent Training Level 1
Parents have a chance to interact with the Principal and Director of Academics.
Parents understand the theory behind our Core Values and basic discipline methods.
Parents have a chance to ask questions about the Teachers Guidebook.
家长二级培训 Parent Training Level 2
Parents have the skills to be volunteer teaching assistants in the Discovery Center.
家长俱乐部 Parents Club
We love interacting with our parents, and we’ve found they love meeting and encouraging each other. Parents Club events are designed for exactly that!
每天时间安排 Daily Schedule
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学期校历 Semester Schedule
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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!
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.
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.
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 teachers 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.