More Than Making Cookies

More Than Making CookiesEarly one morning, the children in my class greeted me with  “Ms. Cheryl, do you know Japan has earthquake?” “And Tsunami!” piped up by another.  “Their houses broke!” one of them added.

Sensing their concern,  I decided to put our Space Project on hold & quickly responded to this valuable teachable learning opportunity.  Following the children’s lead, I provoked their empathy with this open-ended query : “I wonder how we can  help the people in Japan who lost their homes?”

The ECLC 2B children quickly responded :

Bring toys!

Bring money to Japan!”

Ask Mommy to buy real money.

Ask (money from) whoever we see.”

Say please

Then idea of a Cookie Sale  came up which was greeted excitedly by the children (and to the delight of the PSA). The children even tried to weave in our Space Projects when they thought of making cookies with planet & rocket ship shapes. We were on a roll! For a week, our work concentrated on the ’Cookies to Help Japan’ concept.  The class couldn’t wait to sell cookies last Friday. The proceeds of the Cookie Sale will be turned over to the PSA Japan Fund Raising Team (through Mrs. Jeanetta Robinson).

This class initiative enabled me to scaffold the children’s interest & knowledge by taking a topic of interest from home into the classroom thus expanding their sense of community from local to global.  Having said that, this community project highlights these learning experiences : the opportunity to practice the children’s meta-cognitive skills, Service Learning and Global Citizenship in ECLC as well as developing a professional learning community among the adults. In ECLC, we passionately believe that young children are competent, capable & caring human beings, so learning to practice these attributes couldn’t start at a better age. And making the Cookies? Well, that’s just the icing on the top!

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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