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Y2018                               Tadika Sri Puncak            Mini Election

Y2018 Tadika Sri Puncak Mini Election

❤️ A reflection of recent GE14 election… This is probably the first time ever, so many Malaysians cared so much for the election in our country’s history. And this is also the first time ever, our young kindergarten children learned and talked about politics (at their understanding level).

I’m making a memory collection of interesting remarks by our lovely students.

🍀Why flags are put up everywhere? What’s the purpose of these flags?

🍀What are the differences between the (political parties) flags?

🍀I’m also a Malaysian like you (teacher)! Why can’t I cast my vote? Only adults can cast a vote?

Teacher’s explanation: The legal age to cast a vote as a Malaysian citizen is 21 years old. You can then follow your thoughts to choose your preferred political party. Do remember to register to be a voter once you turn 21 ya.

🍀My daddy is going to vote for “Blue Eyed” party, we need to choose a better government for better future.

🍀My mom is going to vote for the “Blue Balance” party. Let’s give them a chance to fix our problems and continue to make Malaysia a great country.

🎈Civic Education 101: Election Course Design

Riding on the post GE14 election fever, the TSP teachers designed a simple Civic Education to teach the concept of election to our students. This program aims to give our children a real voter experience to understand how an election works. Teachers explain the importance of every single vote and the vote-casting procedures.

🎈The Practice

Children were trained to draw a proper cross in the given box on the voting sheet. They were asked to practice the cross drawing at home with parents. Some children practiced a few times and got nervous!

During the preliminary selection, some children were happy some were not. There was a little girl told me that “I know many people selected me, but more people chose Vincy, so I cannot be a final contestant, but Ms Sophie did you know that I also voted for Vincy? Because she has helped me many times”

🍀”I practiced for so many times, I’m not shy anymore, everyone is cheering for me so I’m really happy”

🍀I asked one of the young children, who did she vote as a contestant?

She secretly told me that it’s a secret, so she can’t tell me. This really left me speechless.

🍀”Oh my goodness, election only happen every 5 years? I’d be going to primary school by then.”

🍀When the preliminary selection was over, a little girl found out that her friend did not vote for her. She told her friend that, did you know that I can also be helpful like our friend, please vote for me on the actual day ya!

🎈The Election: Helpful Leader of TSP

Classroom was decorated like a polling station. Children were asked to follow instruction to line up, cast their vote to choose their leader.

🍀A little girl approached me nervously and said “What shall I do? I’m sweating, is my hair messy?” I asked her to drink some water and calm down, and wiped off her sweat, and told her to stay calm. This shows how serious this little girl is.

🍀As the result was announced, only one leader was chosen. I noticed that some final contestants were disappointed. So I changed my strategy to invite all contestants to join me on the stage, and explained the purpose of this exercise and most importantly, a lesson on “Be helpful”. I hope that all TSP children can play their part to create and maintain a good learning environment and always be helpful to others, to make a more loving society.

🎈Post Election: Feedback from Parents

🍀A little boy was not selected as the leader, he was optimistic to tell his mother that it’s okay not to win the election, he could support the leader Sophia.

🍀Children showed their inked (with inai) finger to their family that they participated in an election.

🍀Children gave parents a lesson on how to draw a proper cross, such as “the cross cannot be too big or too small, it has to be just right”

🍀Generally, they understand that the election was meant to identify a “Helpful” role model, that can show examples and lead other children to make TSP a loving community.

🍀”I voted for Koh Xuen as she is my best friend and always help me, she’s very beautiful too!”

🍀”Our new leader is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, old leader is Najib.” If a leader cannot perform, he/she will then be replaced.

🍀”Now I realised the importance of language. Apart from mandarin, English and Bahasa, how do I say thank you in Cantonese?”

🌈In summary, more work need to be done to help children below the age of 5 to understand the purpose of this exercise. Like a popular saying, people need to be told more than 7 times to understand and remember a new learning, we will do our best to help the children to build their basic civic education understanding.

🎈Afterthoughts

🍀Give children a platform to take part in a procedural exercise. Hopefully through this exercise, they understand the importance of “one person, one vote”.

🍀Re-emphasize the purpose and meaning of respecting national anthems and other patriotic songs like Setia, Jalur Gemilang.

🍀Introduce national leaders: Sultan, Prime Minister & a few key Cabinet members.

🌈A key message to the children is that we should think and act with positive intent to choose a strong leadership team to make Malaysia a better nation.

Y2018

Tadika Sri Puncak

Mini Election

🎈缘起

第14届大选让全国国民都动员起来!

且看幼儿园小朋友模拟参政与论政。

相信大部分的爸爸妈妈应该第一次那么关心囯家大事!尤其是大选前后几天,大家心情起伏不定、忐忑不安。

接下来连续三天大选假期,也高潮迭起,举国上下都有一个共同的目标:关心国事!其中包括我们的小朋友!

别小看幼儿园或是小学生,他们顺应着周围环境,也在热烈地参与且论政:

点点滴滴包括:

🍀“为什么到处都需要挂国旗呀?有用吗?”

🍀“不同颜色和形状代表什么?”

🍀“老师是马来西亚人,我也是!为什么我不能投票?一定要等我长大?”

(老师得跟他解释:21岁才是合法的成人,成熟的为自己的想法负责,并投下神圣的一票!并请他在21岁时,记得去登记成为合格的选民。)

🍀“爸爸要投蓝眼睛换政府了!我们要选出更好地政府,好好地管理我们的国家。”

🍀“我的妈妈要投蓝色的天秤。给他们机会,他们会改过,并继续稳定的管理我们的国家。“

🎈课程设计

谢谢老师们在将近的年中评估期间,抽出时间来穿插与设计这段公民课。

短短几天内准备课程及各班协调。

🍀让小朋友用最容易、简单的方式,透过自己亲身体验去掌握“投票”这个抽象的概念、明白选举的普通常识。

🍀为什么每一票都那么重要!

🍀进入投票站,应肃静。

🎈排练:

🍀小朋友练习画叉在方格内,回家也认真地与爸爸妈妈解释,“应该这样画叉才对。”否则这张票不能用!”

🍀小朋友经过好几次採排练习演讲词,甚至紧张得冒冷汗!

🍀在班上初选时,有人欢喜有人愁,落选者甚至失望地与我聊天,说:“我知道很多人举手选我,但我的所得票没有Vincy 多,所以我不能当候选人,但Ms Sophie 你知道吗?我自己也选了Vincy,因为她也曾帮助我!”

🍀“我练习了好多次,也不再害羞了,而且当我讲完,小朋友们都在拍手!我很开心“

🍀我问其中一位小朋友,“请问你投了谁当候选人?“

小女孩神秘兮兮地告诉我:“这是秘密,我不能告诉你哟!”再转身离开!留下呆呆的我!

🍀“只能五年投票一次,那个时候我已经上小学了。“

🍀班上初选完毕,小女孩发现其中一个朋友没有投选她,私下去游说。“你知道吗?我也能像某某小朋友一样,可以帮你及更多小朋友!投票当天,记得选我哟!”

🎈模擬投票当天

🍀小朋友紧张地找我,说“怎么办?我一直在流汗,头发有没有乱?”我让她先喝一口水,再用纸巾帮她擦额头如水珠般大的汗水!😓,劝她不用太紧张,她这才安心地坐下。(可见她如见大宾般的在乎!)

🍀小朋友井然有序地排队,一人一票地印证民主选举。

🍀当选举结果出来之后,只有一个候选人高票当选。我观察到其他孩子眼神显现当下的失落。

顿时决定邀请班上所有六岁的小朋友都到台上去,告诉孩子们,帮助别人,照顾小环境人人有责,希望孩子们班上同心协力,共同营造良好的学习环境,让更多人受惠。

🎈选后

爸爸妈妈回馈

🍀小朋友落选了,在家里有没有伤心?小朋友回应:“输了也没关系,我可以帮忙当选的Sophia! ”

其中一位妈妈预先做了功课,提早向小朋友解释,如果输了该怎么办?所以小朋友们也有了心理准备。

🍀回到家马上展示给爸爸妈妈看他们的手指,骄傲的说:“我也有投票,老师说,手指过几天就干淨了!”

🍀小朋友回家认真地给爸爸妈妈上课,解释为什么不能画出格子!

🍀讨论“打叉不可以太大,不可以太小,要刚刚好。“甚至画出来给爸爸妈妈看。

🍀“我们将选出最能在教室里帮忙小朋友的领袖,照顾学校环境的领导人。“

🍀“我选Koh Xuen是因为她是我的好朋友,她总是帮助我,我也觉得她很漂亮。”

🍀“我们国家的新领导人是Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ,旧首相是Najib,”(爸爸妈妈说:“他们甚至能唸出一长串连我也不知道的马哈迪全名。”)

🍀“做得不好,就会被换掉!”

🍀”语文竞然那么重要!除了华语、英语及马来语,广东话怎么说谢谢呢?“(不错哟,激发了孩子的好奇心及内在学习的能力。)

🍀整体而言,小朋友是开心的,回去也会喋喋不休地跟爸爸妈妈分享他知道的点点滴滴。

🌈总结而言,五岁以下小孩大部分都似懂非懂。

但这又有什么关系呢,我们只要合理的重复8次以上,慢慢地建构他们的公民意识即可。

🎈延续公民课程

🍀让孩子参与程序性的工作,对孩子建构完整概念很重要,在这次小朋友的竞选过程中。希望能在他们的心目,建构一人一票的重要性。

🍀在接触的过程中,他们可以从点点滴滴中累积一些具体的形象。

🍀重申唱国歌肃立的重要性。

🍀教唱Setia, Julur Gemilang 等歌曲。

🍀介绍数位前任首相。

🍀介绍最高元首及苏丹。

🌈公民教育的重点应该告诉小朋友:

-你好,我好,大家好!

如果你做了之后带给人家不方便,你的要重新再做一次。

希望能多一点为别人着想。

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【第2届幼儿教育国际研讨会新闻发布会 & 幼儿园合作协议签署 & KSPK讲座】

【第2届幼儿教育国际研讨会新闻发布会 & 幼儿园合作协议签署 & KSPK讲座】

2018年5月16曰,绿野与绿茵蒙特梭利教育学校与新纪元大学学院幼教系联合雪兰莪区,共计17所幼儿园教育单位,签订友好合作协议。

当天,大学部特邀马来西亚教育部课程司,学前教育处 何丽兰助理局长主讲了马来西亚最新幼教课程纲要“KSPK”。这可说是我曾听过最详细且多元活潑的幼教课程纲要。

这些年来,乐见新纪元大学学院茁壯成长。

回雇自2010年第一届幼教系成立至今,学生人数不断增加,

我也不觉当兼职讲师陪了好几年。

在2012年,本校也很荣幸被新纪元学院委任为幼儿教育系的业界顾问!

欣赏系主任淑慧及團队们汲汲营营地一路走来,用心经营、努力开拓、创造机会……营建一个可以让更多人参与的平台!

十年树木,百年树人之功,皆始于足下,这条漫长的路,让每一小段的经历都风景如画、也让每一个参与的人都竭尽全力地配合。

祝福下一段旅程康莊。

小小的手心、满满的诚意

小小的手心、满满的诚意

感恩活动花絮。

孩子们在正式活动数周前已经开始相互练习,不断与自己的朋友和老师轮流交替冼脚,此外,他们也学习如何奉茶及双手托点心给爸爸妈妈吃。

在做中学、不断地练习过程中,孩子们充分准备,将老师所教导的每一个步骤,认真地、仔细地、完整地、也近乎完美的展现出来!

孩子们甚至在活动尚未到来前几天,即迫不及待的,每天都耳提面命地邀请爸爸妈妈要记得来学校,就为了要完成洗脚这件在他们心目中非常重要的一件大事!孩子们也一再提醒老师:“你到底有没有打电话给我的爸爸妈妈,让他们明天来洗脚?“这让老师们啼笑皆非,觉得他们真的有点等不及了!

学校的练习如火如荼的展开后,一些主动积极的孩子也在家里要求爸爸妈妈准备类似的设备,让他们在家也能同步练习,这回的对象变成了爷爷、奶奶、佣人……甚至兄弟姐妹。

好玩吧!

万众注目的重要一天终于到来!爸爸妈妈、爷爷奶奶终于出场,孩子们严阵以待,认真地把每一个步骤都仔细的做好,虽然刚开始有些腼腆、有些慢热,但终究认真地俯首干为长辈们洗脚并按摩!看着他们的小手在爸爸妈妈的脚趾间游走,将每一个脚趾头都仔细地抚摸过一遍……爸爸妈妈们心里喜滋滋地,从中也好好享受了这一段美好的过程。当然也有长辈反应并觉得怪不好意思地说,“不然洗洗手就好了,不用洗脚!”我安扶着他们。“您就坐下来好好的让孩子们藉着这个机会服待您们吧!”

甚至有个小朋友殷勤地为妈妈脱下袜子。

在孩子们成长的里程碑中,老师们觉得孩子最需要学习的是谦恭及感恩!

“感恩”是一种来自内心的自然反应,没有太多的利益思考,而是是一个人通过自己纯洁的心灵的自然行为。”

而孩子们在设计好的环境场景中,透过双手去捡起去感受,并且将这段感情分之一打从心里面的呈现出来。

新年育儿锦囊之三,舞狮篇

新年育儿锦囊之三,舞狮篇

学龄前孩子在新年期间,听到舞狮团敲锣打鼓!由于年纪小,小朋友即害怕又期待,想看又紧张!五味杂成的心情,爸爸妈妈了解吗?



这些年的观察与体验,看到小朋友紧张地观察这个庞然大物,不知所措……终于嚇哭的心情!
于是我们设计课程,首先介绍狮头的各部分名称:


从会贬的眼睛开始摸,再看到两眼中间的独角,大大的嘴巴可以伸出手来分享橘子🍊或者金币,再沿着狮子的身体摸到狮尾,感受一片一片的鳞片。


接着我们再介绍乐器,先让鼓队打鼓,再响锣、用小棒子敲钹,完成介绍乐器各部分名称后再组合起来,从小声量到大声量,最后一片锣鼓响满天!让孩子们体会热热闹闹的开心气氛。
这些年的观察经验,发现到小朋友最后都爱上了狮子,热情地在狮子边跑来跑去。


再与舞狮团队挥别的当儿,还依依不舍……
欢迎到绿茵或绿野蒙特梭利学校参与循序渐进、按歩就班班的文化体验。

Y2017 Year end training 自我增值 by Jess Liew

Y2017 Year end training 自我增值 by Jess Liew

每到学校年终假期,就是绿野与绿茵的导师们做自我增值的培训时刻。

Y2017 Year end training 自我增值 by Jess Liew 

今年,资深导师们轮流呈现经过经验累积、应该知识、针对不同学生需要而设计五大区域课綱,透过精心准备的PPT,分享蒙特梭利教育理念。 让大家一起温故知新。

每年,我们都会有至少两次的温习和讨论。往年,得到不同背景导师们的教导,有来自印度的导师、本地的资深导师、台湾导师或来自网上的资料等……甚至赴台湾、印度与中国考察及上课。让我们不断温故知新。

蒙氏教育理念虽然一样,五大区域包括日常生活体验、感官教材、数学,可是在操作教具的方式却有所不同。

我们希望达到统一的教法,把它们记载下来,供将来的参考。 在操作教具里,我们得反问”为何如此操作?”, “教具的目的是什么?” , “这样做自然吗?” 我们不断的改进。通过多年的整合,今年总算拥有较完整的教学指南。

看到各导师们使出浑身解数的准备教材,专注的练习,用心的解说、试着用更精简的语言,让孩子们能清楚明白地嗯只是操作教具,将自己最完美的操作示范展示出来!

这样精益求精、一而再、再而三地琢磨:应怎么教的唯一目的、单一目标,就是小孩!

蒙试教育和传统的教学法不同是,在传统的学校,也许只有一个教学大纲,每年重复使用。老师也许也比较被动。书是这样写的,就这样教。

而在蒙氏教育里,以孩子为本,该介绍什么教材,得观察孩子的需要、个性、特长和技巧……导师也得很有创意,好奇心,及不断长进的心。我们互相讨论,甚至有时还互相开玩笑、相互挖苦。也因为这样,大家犹如大家庭一样,开心的一起工作。

今年的短期进修,让我收获不少,也将教学手册做了更进一步的厘清与修正!希望可以继续维护蒙特梭利的教学精神,将以人为本,让孩子从小养成对自我负责,将自动自发,自学自律的精神发挥出来并传承下去。

老师师加油!