The school that our children go to, British International School Shanghai, (BISS) is a great school and I am so grateful that they are happy there, getting a fantastic education and having fun! The school sets high standards – above the standard UK government recommendations and so the expectations are that our 2 should do incredibly well here. I particularly like that they involve parents in many of the topic and class activities. For example, a couple of weeks ago, Oliver was finalizing his topic on “Ourselves” which included building his own family tree, learning about the different parts on him, things that people have in common as well as the differences between him and many of his classmates (it is an International school with many different colours of skin, accents, languages and cultures – all of which are discussed and celebrated). I got the chance to spend a couple of hours helping him finish his family tree and then the finale – draw around him and help him finish his “Oliver self portrait”.
I drew around him and he did all the painting, cutting and sticking on of everything. It was so much fun!
One of Isabelle’s recent topics has been on the Romans and the finale was to dress up as a Roman for the day:
Another parent involved day was to assist with a practical on following instructions. In class, Isabelle brainstormed different sandwich fillings and all the elements that go into making a healthy sandwich. The next day she had to take those ingredients in and make her sandwich. This was the parent inclusion aspect! She was so excited when I arrived in class (about 50% of the children had parents there to watch!) Then we all went to the football field to enjoy a picnic with the finished result.
I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to participate in these events every now and then – it really makes the difference to my life and to the kids!