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Monash Your Local Family Magazine

What’s on in Monash Are your children going to be to late?

Kids Corner

Volume 2

October 2016


From the Editor

Overview ♥ Your Child in Monash is published monthly for the mums, dads and grandparents of the Monash and surrounding areas. ♥ 5000 copies monthly are distributed in the Monash and surrounding areas. ♥ Estimated readership of 15,000. ♥ If you would like to contribute an article or products for competitions feel free to contact us. ♥ For advertising enquiries please email or give us a call.

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he other day I was reading a post on a forum, an anonymous guy wrote that he and his wife are earning a decent salary. However one day his son, who is only four, asked if they could take him to the zoo and had to keep it a secret from his younger sister, because he thought his parents would have to pay for one more ticket and they couldn't afford it. In the end they decided to take both kids to the zoo but only the wife got to go in order to save money. Personally I feel so sorry for the kids and I can't believe in this day and age there are still parents pretending to be poor in front of kids and think they are teaching a “valuable” lesson of saving money. I agree it is important to teach kids about money and budgeting when they are young. However confidence is also another important factor in terms of shaping a Childs' personality. Being confident in their life, material-wise or mentalitywise, as well as being loved and spoilt sometimes, is crucial to a happy childhood. As parents we may not be billionaires, but lots of us are trying our best to take our kids to play centres, sending them to music and tutoring schools, throwing them a birthday party, paying for private school tuition and so on. I believe most of you would agree with me that our kids' happiness would be the best investment outcome. At least please do not pretend to be poor in front of your kids when they are just four and two. Kirill and Rachel

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Is Coding The New Literacy?

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by David Cordover here's a child in my class whose favourite joke goes like this: “Hey Siri, what do you get when you divide 0 by 0?”

“Imagine that you have zero cookies,” says the robotic feminine voice from his iPad, to much laughter around him, “and you split them evenly among zero friends…” Kids these days are not just consuming technology, apps, games and devices at an overwhelming rate, they are also learning to explore and be playful with it, unleashing a creativity that hasn't been possible in previous generations. Part of this creativity involves the timehonoured childhood pursuit of breaking something to see if it can be put back together. And it's this re-building that we call “coding.” Coding is about building programs and interacting with computers. It's the way of telling technology how to respond following specific inputs. Understanding coding is the difference between someone who can use operate a program and the person who knows why it all works.

However there's a vital difference between consuming media and creating it, much as there is between reading a comic book and writing a story. There is passive absorption and there's experimental creation. Researchers have made similar distinctions, with MIT Professor Mitch Resnick stating that “Young people today have lots of experience… interacting with new technologies, but a lot less so of creating [or] expressing themselves with new technologies. It's almost as if they can read but not write.”

Teaching kids to ask these questions, and to give a space where they feel encouraged to explore the world behind the screen, is vital to their It's no wonder that coding is rapidly becoming a enjoyment and willingness to learn how to core part of curriculums worldwide, including code. There are plenty of online tutorials, here in Australia from 2017 as part of our Digital however learning has always been a social Technologies curriculum. Even US President activity and a hands-on class with specialist Obama, has urged Americans: “Don't just play teachers will be far more effective. on your phone—program it.” Without this new mode of literacy, there's a risk Most schools already have laptops or tablets, that children might be left behind as passive and it's almost a given that children will have consumers, not understanding how the world their own phones, computers at home and around them works – much like those from Siri's internet access at their fingertips. It would be punchline: with zero cookies and zero friends. fair to ask – do we really want to encourage David is the CEO of Kids Unlimited, a leading provider of Technology programs. There are currently two centres in spending more time glued to screens? Mount Waverley and Ormond VIC. www.kidsunlimited.com.au

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CONTENTS 8 10 12 Is Coding The New Literacy?

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读书和旅游

来到澳洲以后,对澳洲人感触最深的一件事情,便是他们多么 热衷于旅游。一个朋友谈了个韩国女朋友,本来打算放假去韩国看 她父母,没想到机票订好了关系却吹了。我们无不扼腕,让他尽快 退机票,他却说,不退了,准备去韩国旅游一趟,回来的路上顺便 去下日本。我们感叹,老兄,你究竟是不是一开始就是打算去玩。 澳洲人会突然请假,孩子突然不上课,就是为了出去玩一圈。 他们可以没有五六套房子,没有宝马奔驰,但是每年出行确实必须 的。我很赞赏这种生活态度。总是想着现在赚钱,以后老了总有得 玩,可是谁知道以后会怎样呢?而且老了体力也不一定跟得上。我 很喜欢对于“读万卷书,行万里路”这句话的一种理解:读书就是 到别人的世界走一遍,旅游就是自己出去走一遍,不在乎走过了多 少风景,而是在于你在游走时候的心态和回来之后的感悟。所以平 凡的人生怎么才能活出一点精彩,怎么才能保持动力不至于抑郁, 我想两件事足矣:读书和旅游。 至于带着孩子出去旅游,我也读到很好的见解。有一个妈妈 说,带着孩子出去看世界,并不是只想让孩子看看这个世界,也不 是指望他这么小能够理解什么,而是因为世界这么大,她也想去看 看啊。如果只是让孩子体验世界,也可以带他出去坐坐门口的火 车,看看周围的风景,因为对孩子来讲这些都是新鲜的。我补充一 句这个妈妈的意思,就是说,养育孩子,在于你有没有心,有心的 话平时在家周围都是可以陪伴孩子寻找乐趣,而如果条件允许,大 人跟孩子一起去旅游去探索,那更好。毕竟作为父母我们也有自己 的人生,如果能够让父母的人生跟孩子的人生有一段曾经重叠的交 接的精彩,对于父母和孩子都是意义非凡的。 那么带多大的孩子出去旅游呢?有一个论坛,一位妈妈带着三 个月大的孩子就出国旅游了。很多人在评论里批评她,因为大家都 无法理解,这么小的孩子出去除了能让父母以后炫耀照片,给大人 添乱,甚至给其他游客增加不便,还能有什么意义?我本来也是怎 么想,直到我看到那个妈妈的回复。那个妈妈说,她每天在家里带 孩子,生活一成不变,非常无聊,带着孩子出去旅游,也是她自己 在释放心情,突然环境转变了,她很享受,回来后她也想穿得漂亮 打扮好看了,她觉得很有意义。这段话让我想很久,也让我站到了 这位妈妈这边。的确,就冲着她说的这个理由,她的人生就不需要 别人来指指点点,有一个快乐的妈妈对孩子也好啊。 去年我爸爸妈妈一起去了新西兰旅游。爸爸本来不想去,但妈 妈一直鼓励他,因为妈妈在我的鼓动下也觉得要及时享乐,他们一 起带着我女儿一起去了。旅游的过程自是有艰苦,可是回来后我妈 妈还是很津津乐道,没有后悔,很开心自己去年做了这么一件大事 情。我很为他们开心,因为无论在哪个年龄阶段,只要你想了,又 付诸行动了,就不会后悔。 读书和旅游,现在就可以开始。 编者随笔

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徐霞客的故事

明朝的徐霞客出生在江苏 一个富庶之家,书香门第。他的父亲徐有勉一生不愿为官,也不 愿同权势交往,喜欢到处游览欣赏山水景观。徐霞客幼年受父亲影 响,喜爱读历史、地理和探险、游记之类的书籍。这些书籍使他从 小就热爱祖国的壮丽河山,立志要遍游名山大川。 徐霞客读书非常认真,凡是读过的内容,别人问起,他都能 记得。家里的藏书还不能满足他的需要,他还到处搜集没有见到过 的书籍。他只要看到好书,即使没带钱,也要脱掉身上的衣服去换 书。十九岁那年,他的父亲去世了。他很想外出去寻访名山大 川,但是按照封建社会的道德规范“父母在,不远 游”,徐霞客因有老母在堂,所以没有准备马上出 游。他的母亲是个读书识字、明白事理的女人,她 鼓励儿子说:  “身为男子汉大丈夫,应当志在四方。你出外游 历去吧!到天地间去舒展胸怀,广增见识。怎么能因 为我在,就象篱笆里的小鸡,套在车辕上的小马,留 在家园,无所作为呢?”徐霞客听了这番话,非常 激动,决心去远游。临行前,他头戴母亲为他做 的远游冠,肩挑简单的行李,就离开了家乡。这 一年,他二十二岁。从此,直到五十六岁逝 世,他绝大部分时间都是在旅行考察中度过 的。   徐霞客在完全没有政府资助的情况 下,寻访十六个省,足迹遍及大半个中 国。更可贵的是,在三十多年的旅行考 察中,他主要是靠徒步跋涉,连骑马乘 船都很少,还经常自己背着行李赶 路。他寻访的地方,多是荒凉的穷乡 僻壤,或是人迹罕见的边疆地区。他 不避风雨,不怕虎狼,与长风为 伍,与云雾为伴,以野果充饥,以 清泉解渴。他几次遇到生命危险, 出生入死,尝尽了旅途的艰辛。   徐霞客在跋涉一天之后,无论 多么疲劳,无论在什么地方住宿, 他都坚持把自己考察的收获记录下 来。他写下的游记有二百四十多万 字,可惜大多失散了。留下来的 经过后人整理成书,就是著名的 《徐霞客游记》。这部书四十多 万字,是把科学和文学溶合在一 起的一大“奇书”。


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