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DearPar ent s, Att het i meofwr i t i ngt hi snewsl et t er , wear eent er i ngourt ent hweekof di st ancel ear ni ng.Somepar ent shav eappr oachedmedur i ngt hi st i mewi t h concer nsaboutt hei rchi l d’ sl ear ni ng, whi l eot her sar et hr i l l edt oseewhat t hei rchi l dr enar edoi ngwi t hnewi ndependence, suchast aki ngon r esponsi bl et asksi nt hehouseanddi scov er i ngnewf oundpassi ons. Thi scr i si si sanoppor t uni t yt oexpandournot i onofwhatl ear ni ngi s.Our ownnot i onofl ear ni ngmi ghtbesy nony mouswi t ht hewaywewer et aught atschool-t hatofl i st eni ngandt aki ngi ni nf or mat i on, f earofmaki ng mi st ak es, andaneedt opl easet het eacher .Psy chol ogi st shav el ongknown t hatchi l dr enconst r uctknowl edge( i . e.l ear n)t hr oughdi r ectandact i v e engagementgui dedbyt hei rowni nt er est swi t hi nt hei renvi r onment .What chi l dr enmemor i z easpassi v epar t i ci pant si squi ckl yf or got t en. Thi swasal soani mpor t antt opi ci nl astweek’ sonl i net eachi ngandl ear ni ng conf er ence, whi chEI St eacher st ookpar ti n.Thi sconf er ence, TheToddl e I nqui r ySummi t( #Toddl eTi es) , wasat t endedbyt housandsofi nt er nat i onal educat or swor l dwi de.Pl ay , whi chcanal sobecal l edsci ent i ficexpl or at i on, exper i ment at i on, anddi scov er y( SEED) , wasar ecur r i ngt hemedur i ngt hi s conf er ence. Par ent sandeducat or sar oundt hewor l dr ecogni z et hei mmense ayf ull ear ni ngbr i ngs. benefit st hatpl Chi l dr enar edesi gned, bynat ur e, t opl ayandexpl or e i nt hei rownways.That ’ showt heyl ear nt ot ake i ni t i at i v e, di r ectt hei rownact i vi t i es, anddi scov er t hei rpassi ons.I nshor t , t hat ’ showal ll ear ni ng occur s.AsPYPeducat or s, i ti st hi svi ewoft hechi l d t hatgui dest hel ear ni ngexper i enceswepl anf or chi l dr en.Par t i cul ar l yi nt heEar l yYear s, weor gani z e l ear ni ngar oundt hecur r i cul um concept st hatneed t obet aughtt hr oughpl ayandt hechi l d’ snat ur al cur i osi t y .

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Asy ouhav ehadanoppor t uni t yt owat chy ourchi l d’ sl ear ni ngov ert he pastsev er alweeks, Ii nvi t ey out ocont i nuet obeamaz edatt hei r nat ur alcapaci t yt ol ear n. Wat cht hei rl i t er acybl ossom i nmessageswr i t t enwi t hchal k onsi dewal ks, wi t nesst hei rcal cul at i onsofl engt hsf orboar ds ast heyconst r uctat r eehouse, beamaz edast heyactout t hei rowndr amasi nspi r edbyf av or i t ebooksorfil ms, and wonderatt heski l l sandpat i encet heydev el opt r y i ngt oget t hewor mt heyf oundwhi l edi ggi ngi nt hedi r tt ocr awlont o ast i ck. Pet erGr ay , aut horof“ Fr eet oLear n:WhyUnl eashi ngt heI nst i nctt oPl ayWi l lMake OurChi l dr enHappi er , Mor eSel f Rel i ant , andBet t erSt udent sf orLi f e. ”

Obser v echi l dr en’ sgeni usast heypl ayanddi r ectt hei rownl ear ni ng. Whenwer et ur nt oourschool pr emi ses, wewi l l pr oceedt hought f ul l y . Our compet entt eacher swi l lcol l abor at ewi t hst udent si ncr eat i ngl ear ni ng pat hst hatr espectt hef ul lcompl ementofsoci al , emot i onal , physi cal , andcogni t i v edev el opment .ThePYPsuppor t schi l dr en’ snat ur al way sof l ear ni ngandi scommi t t edt ochi l dr en’ ssel f di r ect edpur sui t s, whi ch al l owt hei rcr eat i vi t y , i ngenui t y , confidence, andusef ulknowl edget o f l our i sh. Iam al waysi nt er est edt ohearf r om y ou.Pl easedonothesi t at et ocont act mei fy ouwi sht odi scussy ourchi l d’ sl ear ni ngorot hermat t er s.

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Aspeci al messaget oourPr eschool par ent sabout t hePr i mar yYear sPr ogr amme( PYP) Nex ty ear , PYPuni t sofi nqui r ywi l l r uni nt hePr eschool aswel l . Ihopet hi sgui depr ov i desausef ul ov er v i ewoft het y peofl ear ni ngt hatt ak espl acei nt hePYP .Att het i meofwr i t i ng, t eacher si nt he Pr eschool ar ebusyl ear ni ngaboutt hePYPanddev el opi nguni t sofi nqui r yf ort hest ar tofnex t y ear . ThePYPs har esmanyf undament al bel i ef saboutt eachi ngandl ear ni ngwi t ht hecur r ent pr ogr ammei nt hePr eschool . ThePYPf r amewor ki scompat i bl ewi t hmanyot herear l ychi l dhood l ear ni ngappr oaches, i ncl udi ngMont essor i , Reggi o, andWal dor f . Rel at i onshi ps, pl ay , sy mbol i cex pr essi on, l ear ni ngenv i r onment , andl ear ni ngex per i encesar e i mpor t antcomponent sf orl ear ni ngi nt hePYP . ThePYPal sopr ov i dest headdeddi mensi onof i nt er nat i onal mi ndednesswi t hi naqual i t y assur edandr esear chi nf or medf r amewor kf orear l y l ear ner s. Ani nf or mat i onev eni ngwi l l beor gani z edatt hebegi nni ngoft henewschool y eart oal l ow par ent st ounder st andmor eaboutt hePYPi nt hePr eschool . I fi nt hemeant i me, i fy ouwoul dl i k e mor ei nf or mat i onaboutt hePr i mar yYear sPr ogr amme, pl easer ef ert ot hi spage: ht t ps: / / www. i bo. or g/ i nf or mat i onf or par ent s/ py pf or par ent s/

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Aspeci al messaget oourPr eschool par ent sabout t hePr i mar yYear sPr ogr amme( PYP)

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PYPSpot l i ght :Whatar eTr ansdi sci pl i nar yThemes?

Oneoft hemostsi gni ďŹ cantf eat ur esoft heI BPr i mar yYear sPr ogr amme( I BPYP)ar et hesi x Tr ansdi sci pl i nar yThemes. Thet hemesar esel ect edf ort hei rr el ev ancet ot her eal wor l d. Theyar e cal l edt r ansdi sci pl i nar ybecauset heyf ocusoni ssuest hatspannumer oussubj ectar eas. Thet hemesar eabouti s s uest hathav emeani ngf or , andar ei mpor t antt o, al l ofus . Thepr ogr amme of f er sabal ancebet weenl ear ni ngaboutort hr oughsubj ectar eas, andl ear ni ngbey ondt hem. Ov ert henex t6week s , al l gr ades —apar tf r om Gr ade5( whoar eor gani z i ngt hei rEx hi bi t i on)-wi l l ex pl or econcept sundert het hemeofWher eWeAr eI nPl aceandTi me: Anex pl or at i onofouror i ent at i oni npl aceandt i me; ofourper s onal hi s t or i esand geogr aphi es ; homesandj our ne y s ; t hedi s cov er i es , ex pl or at i onsandmi gr at i onsof humank i nd; t her el at i ons hi psbet weenandt hei nt er connect ednes sofi ndi v i dual sand ci v i l i z at i ons , f r om l ocal andgl obal per s pect i v es .

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TheLear ni ngCommuni t y Wear eal way sl ook i ngf orguestspeak er st osuppor touruni t sofi nqui r y . Pl easeconnectwi t hy our chi l d’ st eacherort heHeadofPr i mar y , Mar cel l ev anLeenen, i fy oucanof f erex per t i sei noneoft he l ear ni ngar easdescr i bedi nt hi sgui de. Thel ear ni ngcommuni t yi si mpor t anti nt hePYP , sopl ease suppor tus! I nt hepur sui tofl i f el ongl ear ni ng, EI Swant st oi nv ol v epar ent si nt he educat i onwepr ov i def ory ourchi l dr en. Fort henewschool y ear , wear e pl anni ngaser i esofwor k shopsf orpar ent sont hef ol l owi ngt opi cs. These wi l l beact i v ewor k shops, sot haty ougett oex per i enceourappr oach t ot eachi ngandl ear ni ng. Mor ei nf or mat i ont of ol l ow. Ani nt r oduct i ont ot hePr i mar yYear sPr ogr amme( PYP) : Whaty ouneed t ok now; Thei mpor t anceofpl ay ; Assessment , Lear nerPor t f ol i osandCommuni cat i onaboutLear ni ng; Whatdowebel i ev eaboutl ear ni ng?Ouri nqui r y basedappr oacht o t eachi ngandl ear ni ng; TheEs s ent i al El ement soft hePYPPr ogr ammet ocr eat el i f el ongl ear ner s ; Rai si ngbi l i ngual chi l dr en: Howl anguagesar eacqui r edandmai nt ai ned; Concept basedcur r i cul um: Dev el opi ngunder st andi ngasopposed t or et ai ni ngf act ual k nowl edge.

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Uni t sofI nqui r y Gr ade1Cent r alI dea:Lear ni ngaboutourhi st or yhel psus under st andchange Whenl ook i ngatdi f f er entpi ct ur es, howcanwek nowwhi chonei sf r om t hepastandwhi ch onei sf r om t hepr esent ? Whatar esomemaj or / mi norev ent si nourhi st or y ? I shi st or yt hesamef oral l peopl e?( per sonal hi st or y , f ami l y , nat i on, wor l d) ; Whoar epeopl ewecant al kt owhohav el i v edi nhi st or y ? Whoi si nourf ami l yhi s t or y ? Whoar eourancest or s? Dur i ngt hi suni t , st udent swi l l be di scov er i ngt hei rf ami l yhi st or yby cr eat i ngaf ami l yt r eeandi nt er v i ewi ng t hei rpar ent sandgr andpar ent s. Thr ought hesequest i onsst udent swi l l ďŹ ndoutaboutwher et heycomef r om, t hei rancest or s, andi mpor t ant hi st or i cal ev ent st hei rf ami l i eshav e l i v edt hr ough. St udent swi l l ex pl or e t hei rnat i v el anguageandhowi ti s connect edt ot hecount r yt hey l i v ei n. St udent swi l l hav eachancet o l ookatdi f f er entpi ct ur est hr oughoutt i mei nor dert oďŹ ndouthowt hewor l dhaschanged. Par enthel pt hr oughoutt hi suni twi l l behi ghl yappr eci at ed. Asst udent sar esear chi ngf ort he answer s, wewoul dl i k ef ort hef ami l ymember st obei nv ol v edt hr ought hi spr oces sands har et hei r s t or i est os uppor tt hel ear ni ngpr oces s . Ass t udent sar ecr eat i ngt hei rf ami l yt r ee, wewoul dl i k et o hav epar ents uppor tt os har enamesoft hei rances t or sandhowt he yar er el at ed. Feel f r eet ocol l ect s omeol dphot ost os howhowt hi ngshav echangedov ert hey ear s . St udent swi l l appr eci at es eei ng t hedi f f er encebet weent het oy s , cl ot hes , t r ans por t at i on, andt echnol ogyt hatt hei rgr andpar ent shad enhav eacces st onowaday s . i ncont r as twi t hwhatchi l dr

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Uni t sofI nqui r y Gr ade2Cent r alI dea:Thepasti spr eser vedi nmanyways Whyi sk nowi ngaboutt hepasti mpor t ant ? Howi sk nowl edgeaboutt hepastpr eser v ed? Whydi dpeopl epr eser v ehi st or yi nt heseway s? Howmi ghtwepr eser v eourcur r enthi st or yf orf ut ur egener at i ons? Howar ehi st or i essav edf orf ut ur e gener at i ons?Howar est or i es, l egends, andmy t hsshar edwi t hot her s?Dur i ng t hi suni t , Gr ade2s t udent swi l l ex pl or e t hedi f f er entway st hathi st or i esar e pr eser v ed, t her easonst hesedi f f er ent f or msemer ged, andt hest r uct ur eofor al t r adi t i ons. St udent swi l l al soex pl or ewhy t hesest or i eshav esur v i v edf orsol ong, andt heywi l l l ookt oex pl or ewhatacul t ur es’ l egendsandmy t hshav ei ncommon.

Howpar ent scansuppor tl ear ni ng: Aspar tofy ourchi l d’ ssl eepr out i ne, y oumi ghtshar est or i esy ouwer et ol dwheny ouwer e achi l d. Af t ert hest or y , y oucanasky ourchi l daboutt hel essonst heygai nf r om t hi sst or y ; Hav ey ourchi l dconnectwi t hgr andpar ent s, aunt s, uncl es, andf ami l yf r i endst ohearst or i es f r om t hei rcul t ur e; Carr i desof f eragr eatt i mef orst or y t el l i ng.Dur i ngt heser i des, y oucanshar east or yt haty ou l ov e. Si mi l ar l y , y ourchi l dcanshar east or yf r om hi sorherl i f e. Youcanhel pbyask i ngt hem quest i onst hatgodeeper–Howdi dy ouf eel ?Whatdi dy ousay ?Whatdi dy ouhear ?What di dy out hi nkwoul dhappennex t ? Cr eat east or yt oget her–I nShar edWr i t i ng, mul t i pl epeopl ebui l dat ex tt oget her( wedot hi s i ncl asst ohel pdemonst r at egr ammat i cal st r uct ur eswi t hi nacomf or t abl econt ex t ) . I ny our homel anguage, y ouandy ourchi l dcancr eat eal egendormy t ht oget her . Theel ement soft he s t or yandt hel es s onsl ear nedar ev al uabl epi ecesofi nf or mat i ont haty ourchi l dcant henbr i ng i nt ot hecl assr oom conv er sat i on.

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Uni t sofI nqui r y Gr ade3Cent r alI dea:Ourunder st andi ngofmedi ci neand wel l bei nghasbeenshapedbyourpastdi scover i es Howdot i mel i neswor k ? Howcanwel ear nabouthi st or y ? Wher edi dmedi ci nebegi n? Howhav edoct or schangedov ert hey ear s? Whati sadi sease? Howcanwet r eatandpr e v entdi s eas es ? Howhav emedi ci neandi l l nessesshapedourwor l dt oday ? Whatdoest hef ut ur ehol df orourheal t h? St udent swi l l ex pl or et hewor l dofmedi ci neandt heheal t h chal l engest hathav eshapedourcommuni t i esandourwor l d t hr oughoutt i me. I nt hi suni twewi l l di scusst hecur r ent pandemi cofCov i d19andhowst udent scandot hei rpar ti n st ay i ngsaf eandpr ot ect i ngt hosewhoar ev ul ner abl e. Wewi l l al sodel v ei nt ot heor i gi nsofmedi ci neandhowourcur r ent l i v eshav ebeenshapedbymedi cal di scov er i esandour r e s pons et oar angeofi l l ne s s e sanddi s e as e st hathav epl ague d humanbei ngsi nt hepast . Wewi l l al sol ookt ot hef ut ur eand whatmi ghtl i eaheadi nt er msoft echnol ogyanddi sease pr ev ent i on. I nourl essonswewi l l beusi ngav ar i et yoft ex t s andr esour cest odr i v eourl ear ni ng. Oneoft hemosti mpor t ant s t or i e swewi l l bee x pl or i ngi s“ MyHe r oi sYou, �abookpubl i s he d heI ASCt ohel pst udent sf ur t herunder st andt heCov i d19 byt v i r usandwhatt heycandoabouti t . Forf ur t herr eadi ngwewi l l al sobeusi ngt heEpi cwebsi t e ( ht t p: / / www. get epi c. com/ asar esour ce)f orf ur t herex pl or at i on. St udent swi l l beask edt owr i t e abouti nf or mat i ont hatt heyhav el ear nedabouteacht opi candwi l l beask edt opr esentan i nf or mat i onal pr esent at i onatt heendoft heuni t .

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Uni t sofI nqui r y Howpar ent scansuppor tl ear ni ng: Par ent sar eencour agedt oengagewi t hchi l dr enaboutt hei rquest i onsr egar di nghi st or y , especi al l yaboutdi scov er i es, i nv ent i ons, andex pl or at i onsoft hepast ; Aspeci ďŹ ct askaboutf ami l yt i mel i neswi l l r equi r epar ent st opr ov i det hi si nf or mat i on. Agr eati deai st oconnectchi l dr enwi t ht hei rgr andpar ent st oi nqui r eaboutt hepast ; Par ent sandgr andpar ent sar ewel comet oshar et hei rex per i encesf r om t het i met heywer e achi l d. Whatt echnol ogi esdi dt heyhav eatt hei rdi sposal ?Howl i f ewasdi f f er entwhent hey wer egr owi ngup?

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Uni t sofI nqui r y Gr ade4Cent r alI dea:Educat i onhasdevel opedast her equi r ement s ofsoci et i eshaveadv anced Whatcausedt heor gani sat i onofschool i ng? Whatwaseducat i onl i k ef ordi f f er entgener at i onsofourf ami l y ? Howhaseducat i onchangedt hr ought i me? Whatcausededucat i ont ochange? Howdosoci et i esdeci dewhatandhowt ot eachchi l dr en? Moder neducat i oni sv er ydi f f er entf r om t hatofpr ev i ousgener at i ons. Fr om t hest y l esoft eachi ng t ohowbehav i ourwasmanaged, t her ear enumer ousel ement st hatmi ghtsur pr i seorev ershock st udent snowaday s! Howdi dsoci et ymov eawayf r om appr ent i ceshi ps, wher echi l dr enwoul d l ear nt het r adesoft hei rpar ent s?Whatcausedt heor gani sat i onoff or mal school i ng? I nourďŹ nal uni tofi nqui r yst udent swi l l del v ei nt ot hesequest i ons. Theywi l l l ear nhoweducat i on haschangedt hr ought i meandwhatt hedi f f er entr easonsf ort hesechangeswer e. Wewi l l al so l ookathowsoci et i esdeci deuponwhatt heywi l l t eachst udent s. Dur i ngt hi suni twewi l l bel ook i ngatst or i esandt ex t st hatshowwhatschool i ngwasl i k ei n pr ev i ousgener at i ons. Wewi l l al soex ami neper suasi v ewr i t i ngt echni quesi nourwr i t i ngsessi ons, whi chst udent swi l l t henuseaspar toft hei rsummat i v eassessment . Fort heendof uni t assessment , st udent swi l l r ol epl aybei ngschool desi gner sanddesi gnei t heraschool oft hei r dr eamsoraschool oft hef ut ur e. Theywi l l hav et oper suadepeopl et hatt hei rdesi gnwoul dbe goodf oranewschool . Howpar ent scansuppor tl ear ni ng: Par ent scandi scusswi t hchi l dr enwhatschool wasl i k ewhent heywer egr owi ngup; Tel l y ourchi l dr enst or i esconcer ni ngt hi ngst hathappenedt oy ouwheny ouwer eatschool . Youcoul dt el l st or i esaboutt hi ngsy ouar epr oudof , t r i psy ouwenton, ort y pesofbehav i our managementst r at egi est het eacher sused; Di scusswi t hy ourchi l dr enwhyy ouchoset osendt hem t oEx uper yov ert heot herschool si n t hear ea; Showpi ct ur esanddi scussanypi ct ur esy oumayhav ef r om y ourt i meatschool ;

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Encour agechi l dr ent ospeakt ot hei rgr andpar ent s, wher epossi bl e, t oďŹ ndoutwhatschool wasl i k ef ort hem.


Uni t sofI nqui r y Gr ade5Cent r alI dea:I nvent i ons, Di scover i es, andSol ut i onscanhel pshapeasust ai nabl ewor l d

Gr ade5l ookt ot akepar ti nt hePYPExhi bi t i onf ort hei rfinaluni tofi nqui r y .Pl easek i ndl yt ak e al ookatt hePYPXpar entgui de( ht t ps: / / i ssuu. com/ ex uper y . r i ga/ docs/ ei spy pex hi bi t i onpdf ) , f orani ndept hl ookatwhatt heEx hi bi t i onent ai l s. I nl i newi t hEx uper y ’ smi ssi onst at ement , t hePYPEx hi bi t i ont hi sy eari nt r oducest heUni t ed Nat i ons’ 17Sust ai nabl eGoal st ost udent s. St udent swi l l consi dert hei rownper sonal i nt er est sand passi onsbef or ei dent i f y i ngonegoal whi cht heyf eel t heywoul dl i k et oi nqui r ei nt of ur t her . St udent sar et hent ask edwi t hmak i ngdi scov er i es, findi ngsol ut i ons, andconsi der i ngi nv ent i ons t hatgosomewayt owar dshel pi ngusasi nt er nat i onal l ymi nded, gl obal ci t i z enst oachi ev et hese goal s. ThePYPEx hi bi t i oni st hecul mi nat i ngev entoft hePr i mar yYear sPr ogr ammeandr equi r es i ndependent , sel f or gani sat i onaspar tofanor gani c, st udent l edl ear ni ngex per i ence. ThePYPEx hi bi t i ont ak espl aceonJune19t h2020andwi l l l i k el y( pendi ngnewsf r om t he gov er nment )behel dent i r el yonl i ne.

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Howpar ent scansuppor tl ear ni ng: Par ent sshoul dl ookt ochecki nr egul ar l ywi t hst udent sr egar di ngt hei rongoi ngi nqui r y . The i nqui r ydoesr equi r eani ncr easedl ev el ofi ndependencebutal sosuppor tandencour agement f r om t hosear oundt hem; Feel f r eet odi scusst hewor l di ssuest hatmaybebr oughtupdur i ngt heďŹ nal uni tofi nqui r y . Cy berbul l y i ng, wat erpol l ut i on, pov er t y , i nequal i t y , andmor ear eal l mat ur et opi cst hatr equi r e mat ur edi scussi on; Pl easel ookt oaskquest i onsar oundt hest udent ’ schosent opi car ea. Quest i onshel pdi r ect ust owar dsanswer s.

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For mat i v eandSummat i v eAssessmenti nt het i meofDi st anceLear ni ng For mat i v eassessmentr ef er st ot het y peofev al uat i ont eacher sdoev er ydayt odet er mi nehow y ourchi l di sl ear ni ng. Theyuset hei rpar t i ci pat i oni ncl ass, t hev i deosonFl i pGr i dandCl assDoj o, andt hei rwr i t t enwor kpost edonCl assDoj ot ohel pt hem under st andt hei rgr owt h.I ft eacher ssee t hewhol ecl assi snotunder st andi ngt heconcept , t hent heychanget hel essonsf ort hef ol l owi ng day st ohel pcl ar i f yt het opi c.I ft heyseeaf ewst udent sar enotunder st andi ng, t heymi ghtask t hem t omeett hem onZoom i nt heaf t er noont or ev i ew. Summat i v eassessmentof t enr ef er st ot hefinal ev al uat i ononauni tofi nqui r y . I tmi ghtbean i nt er v i ewi nwhi cht het eacherask squest i ons, apr oj ectorpost er , orsomek i ndofact i onl ear ner s under t ak ef orchangei nourwor l d. Teacher suser ubr i cs—t hesear epr ogr essi ndi cat or s—t omak e j udgment saboutachi l d’ sunder st andi ng.

Speci al Feat ur e: Thei mpor t anceoft hehomel anguagei nt hePYP

Ot herwor ds sy nony moust o homel anguage: her i t agel anguage

fir stl anguage

nat i vel anguage mot hert ongue

Par toft heI nt er nat i onal Baccal aur eat e’ s( I B)mi ssi oni st o cr eat eabet t erandmor epeacef ul wor l dt hr oughi nt er cul t ur al under st andi ng. Al l st udent si nt he( I B)Pr i mar yYear s Pr ogr amme( I BPYP)t her ef or ehav et heoppor t uni t yt ol ear n mor et hanonel anguage. Whatmak esEI Suni quei st hatwe of f erEngl i sh( ast hel anguageofi nst r uct i on) ; andweal soof f er Russi an, Lat v i an, andFr ench. Lear ni ngmor et hanonel anguagehasmanycogni t i v ebenefit s . Apar tf r om t heobv i ous , l i k emak i ngt r av el eas i er , r eadi ngbook s i nmul t i pl el anguages, andhav i ngmor echancesont hej ob mar k et , becomi ngbi l i ngual mak eschangesi nhowourbr ai n wor k s.

Resear chhasshownt hatt hebi l i ngual br ai ncanhav ebet t erat t ent i onandt ask swi t chi ng capaci t i est hant hemonol i ngual br ai n, t hank st oi t sdev el opedabi l i t yt oi nhi bi tonel anguagewhi l e usi nganot her . Bei ngbi l i ngual al soal l owsf oramor ehol i st i cgr aspofsoci al andemot i onal cont ex t . Lear ner sar ebet t eracquai nt edwi t henv i r onment al changes, i mpul secont r ol l i ng, andmanyot her aspect st hatr equi r ef ocusandpat i ence. Ther ear equi t eaf ewmi sconcept i onswheni tcomest ol ear ni ngnewl anguages. I nor dert obe successf ul i nl ear ni ngasecondl anguage, i ti sv er yi mpor t ant , f orex ampl e, t omai nt ai nast r ong homel anguage. Ast r ongf oundat i oni none’ shomel anguageguar ant eesmor esuccessf ul l ear ni ng i nanaddi t i onal l anguage.

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Speci al Feat ur e: Thei mpor t anceoft hehomel anguagei nt hePYP St udent swi l l l ear nmor equi ck l yandef f ect i v el yi ft heymai nt ai nanddev el opt hei rpr ofici encyi n t hei rhomel anguage. Thi si sbecaus echi l dr en' sk nowl edgeands k i l l st r ans f ert ot henewl anguage. Tr ansf eracr ossl anguagescanbet woway . Bot hl anguagessuppor teachot her . Thi nkoft hehomel anguageast hef oundat i onofl ear ni ngandl ear ni ngot her l anguages.Li ket hef oundat i onofahouse, wewanti tt obest r ong.I fwedonot bui l dast r ongf oundat i on, al ackofhomel anguagecanl eadt oi nconsi st enci es wi t hl ear ni ng, di f ficul t ywi t hhi gher l ev elt hi nki ngandski l l s, si mpl i st i c v ocabul ar y , anddi f ficul t yr et ai ni ngi nf or mat i on. I ti sourj obaseducat or st opr ov i det hebestpossi bl eenv i r onmentf ort hesel anguagest obui l don eachot her . Anewl anguagei snotj usta“ bi ggerv ocabul ar y . ”Languagecanbeanewwayt o anal y set hewor l dandanewwayt oi nt er actwi t hi t . ThePYPdoest hi st hr ough t r ansdi sci pl i nar y l ear ni ng( asex pl ai nedabov e) . Lear ni ngi sor gani sedar oundsi xt r ansdi sci pl i nar yt hemeswhi ch pr ov i deaf r amewor kt ol ear naboutr el ev antconcept s. Ast heyar epr epar i ngt oshar et hei rl ear ni ng i nEngl i sh, st udent smi ghtdor esear chi nt hei rhomel anguage. Theywi l l t henneedt ospendt i me t r ansf er r i ngwhatt heyhav eunder st oodi nt hei rhomel anguaget oEngl i shandv i cev er sa, st r engt heni ngbot hl anguagesanddev el opi ngt r uebi l i ngual i sm. Thi sappr oachi squi t edi f f er entt o l ear ni ngal anguagei nasepar at ecour sei nwhi chl anguagei st aughti ni sol at i on.Language l ear ni ngdoesnothappeni ni sol at i on. Sohowcany oust r engt heny ourchi l d’ sf oundat i onathome?Resear chshowst hatwr i t i ngand r eadi ngsk i l l sdependheav i l yonhowmuchex posur et hechi l dhast ospok enl anguage. Tal ki sv er y i mpor t ant , andi npar t i cul arusi ngl ongst r et chesofl anguaget odescr i besomet hi ng. Readi ngf or pl easur ei sal soani ndi cat orofacademi csuccess, sot hebestt hi ngy oucandoi sfindsomet hi ng y oubot henj oy . Readi ngt oy ourchi l di sgood, butgener al l yshowi ngacur i osi t yi nr eadi ngcoul d r ubof fony ourchi l d. Hav emagaz i nes, newspaper s, andnov el sar oundt hehouseandt al kabout whaty our eadandwhyi ti nt er est sy ou. Fi nal l y , model l i ngcur i osi t yaboutl anguage, suchashow l anguagesar esi mi l aranddi f f er ent , hel pschi l dr endev el opal ov eofl ear ni ngl anguagef r om whi ch t heywi l l r eapl i f el ongbenefit s.

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