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We are A Big Family

School News September 08, 2022
We are A Big Family

On 5th Sep Monday, Octopus class students were very excited that morning. They have been told that they would go to KG1 to support the new KG1 students in Sea Dragon Class. We already have discussed during the Mandarin lesson about how to help the little ones to set in the daily life in kindergarten. They offered lots of ideas, such as lining up, cleaning up or they can share a story with them and so on.

We went to KG1 playground in a beautiful and straight line. Frist, we asked the KG1 students to pick up the toys and tidy up the paly ground. When the little ones needed to take off the shoes and dropped the sand out of the shoes, Octopus Class students went and helped them.

Then Octopus made a straight line to show the little ones how do we line up. We hold the little ones’ hands to walk back to the Sea Dragon Class. Then we sat down together, crossed the legs and listened the story. T. Tao from Octopus Class told the story in a very graphic way. Both the Sea Dragon students and Octopus students listened the story quietly.

At the end of the lesson, the Sea Dragon students they asked some questions about the story and the daily life in KG, such as “Why does the lion look so small in the mirror?” “When will my mum come to pick me home?” The Octopus students answered the questions patiently.

In WASCZ Kindergarten, it’s common for older students to teach and explain what they know while younger children focus intently on learning from their older classmates. There are benefits for both the younger and older child. Specifically, psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, noticed that younger children can be inspired by watching older, more advanced students and also receive lessons from them. Older children also benefit from re-teaching because it reinforces the previously learned concept and moves the child toward complete mastery. In fact, this is a well-researched phenomenon officially known as the “protégé effect.”

We will offer more and more chances to make a mixed-age education kindergarten to boost social skills, encourage emotional well-being, build self-confidence, provides stability, and offer a real-world experience.