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FROM THE EDITOR refer to page 5 Hi, We are selling this magazine. But we will keep it running at a high quality as it has been of, until we find a confident person to take over. More information of selling please refer to page 5. Both of us have been working respectively besides running this magazine since June 2015. Four years have come and gone. Over these years not only did we manage to make Your Child in Monash blossomed but also we got to meet many successful and determined business owners in the areas of Monash, Dandenong, Knox and beyond. Meanwhile since then my workload in a school has increased steadily every year and finally these two years being a full-time teacher besides running the magazines is taking its toll on me. Therefore we have decided to hand it over to another person, who is ready to make changes in life, with ambitions to increase family income, and to improve our local communities. Look forward to talking to you.

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Table of Contents

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What’s on in Monash

Another year gone by

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Is writing a letter to Santa a good tradition?

Summertime eye advice

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School of Choice: Looking for a Positive

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Essential Literacy Skills for Preschoolers

7 Ways Art can improve the quality of life

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Cafes / Club / Restaurants Mulgrave Country Club Education / Early Learning / Schools Ceres Calisthenic Club Dream Dance Studio Karen Margaret Studio Maria Montessori School Waverley Gymnastic Centre Services / Events Madfun Reptile Encounter Stonnington Council Work From Home

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我在朋友圈发了孩子练习钢琴的照片,国内的朋友调侃,在澳 洲还用中国的教育方式,怕是要让孩子做人上人吧。我苦笑,你 想太多了,在我的孩子前面,还有千万个华人孩子,犹太孩子, 还有少数白人孩子。 到了澳洲,竞争的确没有国内那么紧张,可是并不意味着可以 轻易成为人上人。于是,我们看到大部分华人孩子都在练钢琴, 上补习班,参加各种比赛。习惯了竞争的我们看到孩子一点作业 都没有,心理是恐慌的,恨不得把人教版苏教版全部搬来给孩子 品尝知识的“苦果”。 我们又何尝不知道,补习才考上好学校的孩子,并不是真正意 义的天才,如果我们也已经在这边扎根,有深厚的人脉,不用让 孩子以成绩作为唯一的长矛赤身跟人搏斗,我们或许也可以谈笑 风生,说这些补习的亚洲人扭曲了精英学校私校奖学金考试的真 正意义——选取有天资的学生。但是一代移民是不能这么妥协 的,几万里外的老祖宗说的“书山有路勤为径,学海无涯苦作舟”我 们深以为然。 就连弹钢琴拉小提琴,我们也以北上广莘莘学子为标准,越小 学习越好,越快考级越好,一切程序化,模式化,最好在十岁之 前就考个八级,这样才能对孩子交代,对朋友圈交代。遇到听话 的孩子还好,如果遇到不听话的孩子,怎么就是懒得练习怎么办 呢?我们看到国内兴起一股“VIT陪练”风,把人民币一折算,觉得 真是又便宜又解放了双手,于是有的人已经开始远洋视频陪练。 我是动过心的,特别是每次跟孩子练习的时候自己受得气,孩 子的不耐烦,听到朋友圈妈妈们说效率多高,孩子兴致多好,我

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恨不得马上就给孩子报名。接着我作了一番调查,听了各种声音,看了各种观点 和经历,这把火竟然也就熄灭了。总体来说,反对的声音中最让我动容的一点就 是,因为陪练老师追求速度和短时间内的效率,所以孩子一有错马上就会提出 来,这样子孩子能在最快速度把一首曲子练好,周末跟钢琴老师一上课,老师也 满意,以为孩子再没什么问题,家长自然欢喜。长久以往,孩子就不会思考了, 他不会思考为什么这首曲子这里我总是弹不对,不会思索如果这样不对我是不是 可以尝试一下另外一个音,另外一个拍子,他的耳朵没有变得敏锐,头脑几乎完 全停止思考。当以后没有陪练的老师的时候,孩子不会再自我修正,无论这个孩 子已经考了多少级别的证书。 这正是我作为一个父母和老师最恐惧的一个现象——缺乏自主思考能力的下 一代。何止下一代,我身旁太多的人就是不会独立思考的人,他们人云亦云,大

家说什么好他们就要跟风去做去买,却从不考虑什么才是最合适的。不敢想象, 我们辛苦培养的孩子,原来也只是为了让他们变成一座座不会思考,供我们炫耀 的雕像而已吗?他们毕竟不是雕像,所以那么多孩子把该考的证书都考了,成人 后却不再碰乐器一下。 究其原因,我们父母太急躁,太想偷懒,总以为有捷径可走。每个周末,大 多数的我们把孩子往中文学校补习学校一丢,自己闲聊买菜去,以为这样就是对 孩子负责。可是学了那么多年中文的孩子,心理对中国没有一点认同感,中文说 得结结巴巴,甚至成年后不再说中文。这就是走捷径的后果。 我想如果我们坚信孩子不能只管生不管养,那就好好养,这个养是把他养成 一个健全的人,一个有翅膀能向自己梦想飞的人。如果你只想方便只想满足自己 的控制欲,做个人偶娃娃吧,又不会乱跑,也不会给你带来婆媳矛盾,还能任你 打扮,何苦去毁了一个活生生的人? To advertise in Your Child in Monash call 0425 301 986

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