What Is an Emergent Curriculum?
“Emergent Curriculum begins with an openness to what children are doing, thinking, and saying.” (Stacey, 2009). At Yew Chung International School, ‘we believe that each child is unique, with innate talents and gifts that should be nurtured to the fullest potential.’ In our Early Childhood Education section, we start with the very youngest learners and spend a long time discovering how we can carefully curate a supportive, warm and holistic environment for each child. Perhaps this is why you have chosen for your child to attend YCIS, or you are thinking of sending your child to our school. Let’s briefly look at some of the key components within our Early Childhood Education division which is based on an Emergent Curriculum!
Four Ways to Build Positive Attachments with Children at Home
As caregivers, we play a vital role in our child’s wellbeing during this time at home, and beyond. Before we can practically support our children, a fundamental foundation of positive attachment and relationships allows us to know our children in order to understand and support them. Between the ages of zero to six years old, children form and make sense of fundamental human attachments. When we take great care to form these attachments, a child’s confidence, independence, brain development and emotional stability are rooted and supported. More importantly, an attachment figure acts as a secure and safe base in which children can then explore the world with greater confidence. John Bowlby, an attachment theorist, explains positive attachment as a 'lasting psychological connectedness between human beings.' (1969, p. 194). So, how can we use this extra time at home with our children to foster positive relationships and attachment?
Six Ways to Support My Child during COVID-19
Unsettling situations such as the current circumstance we all find ourselves in can be unnerving and confusing for both us as parents, and our children. As a family unit, there may be a sense of anxiousness and lack of control over our external situation too. Understanding this, and being aware of these effects, is the first step to establishing a sense of safety, security and support for our children. New behavioral challenges, heightened emotions and even regressive behaviors may occur, and this is okay. In fact, this is normal when change and stress become prevalent in our environment. Remember to be gracious and forgiving to yourself and to your child through this time.
"We Made History!" YCYW Present Original Song "Live On"
Although social distancing is now the new normal, staying at home can still be an inspiring time as we are compelled to connect with each other in new and creative ways. Over the last few weeks, despite not having met each other in person, fifty five students and teachers across seven campuses in the Yew Chung and Yew Wah community have come together to produce “Live On”, an original song which beautifully demonstrates that distance does not mean separation and isolation. The most challenging circumstances often reveal that communities can remain resilient. We hope you enjoy this uplifting song. Click here to read about what went on behind-the-scenes. #ycis #ywies #togetherwecandoit
How to Raise a Self-Motivated Child
YCIS Educator, Clayton Mullins shares tips on how to raise a self-motivated child.
How to Stop Toddlers Fighting
YCIS Educator, Kate McAlister shares 5 tips on how to stop your children fighting.
How to Set Boundaries with Your Child
YCIS Educator, Kate McAlister explains how to set boundaries with your child.
Benefits of Free Reading
We asked YCIS Educator, Max Clark, what are the benefits of free voluntary reading, and how can we motivate our children to do more of it? Enjoy the video :)
What Are the Advantages of Studying Abroad?
Nick Strong, Regional Coordinator for University Guidance at YCEF, shares some of the advantages of studying abroad.