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Midterm Break Message

Let Them Do Nothing!

by Kru Michel, Primary School Principal

With a school break approaching, kids are often looking forward to lots of computer or TV time while parents start scheduling activities and fill up the schedule so no one gets bored. Nothing wrong with joining a club or playing video games but there is one important activity that is usually overlooked: doing nothing!

You might have heard that “The Devil finds work for idle hands”. That could be why we think we should keep our kids busy at all times. However, research shows that creativity and inner peace are more likely to arise during free exploration play. Daydreaming is apparently also linked to better emotional control and the ability to deal with frustration. Read more

Unfortunately, in wanting to make sure our children are not bored, we overschedule their time or give in to their request to have more computer or TV time.

“Middle-class children in America are so overscheduled that they have almost no ‘nothing time.’ They have no time to call on their own resources and be creative. Creativity is making something out of nothing, and it takes time for that to happen,” says Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., a developmental and clinical psychologist and professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Read more

Signs that a child is too busy:

    1. Sleep is disturbed.
    1. Your child has emotional outbursts or displays frustration and anxiety.
    1. He misses spending time with parents, family and friends.
    1. She cheers when a lesson or practice is cancelled.
    1. Performance at school declines. Click to Read more

So, when school is out, provide your child with ample time to be “bored”, time where no computer, tv or organised activities are available, time where they will have to figure out what to do and therefore start enjoying simple activities they would not get to enjoy otherwise.

Also, I wish you have a great vacation with a lot of new experiences.

Looking forward to seeing you again on 17th April!


Panyaden Reading Week 2014

Focus on Reading Week:

Monday 24 – Friday 28 November, 2014

Buddy reading, Panyaden School Reading Week

Panyaden’s annual Reading Week is approaching and we invite parents to join us in the following activities:

Monday 24th: Parent Workshop: Encouraging Reading at Home
15:30-16:30 (Nursery and Kindergarten) (Canteen)

A chance for parents to exchange experiences and learn new ideas to promote a love of reading amongst young children. Please contact the School Office to reserve a place.

Tuesday 25th: My Favourite: Sharing a Love of Literature
16:00–17:00 (Canteen)

Parents, teachers and students are invited to share a quote, a passage from a book, his or her own writing or a poem. Please email our librarian, Kru Ou (library@panaden.ac.th), to book your place and let us know what you will be reading or inform your homeroom teacher.

Wednesday 26th: Little Bookworms
8:30-9:30 (N-K3) (Assembly Hall)

N-K3 students will be sharing books they love through acting, “reading”, singing, or whatever format they like!

Thursday 27th: Parent Workshop: Encouraging Reading at Home
16:30-17:00 (Prathom) (Canteen)

Exchange experiences and learn new ideas to promote a love of reading amongst older children. Please contact the School Office to reserve a place.

Friday 28th: Story Book Walk
8:30–9:30 (P1-3 in Assembly Hall; P3-6 in Canteen)

Prathom students will share their own perspectives, reflections and interpretations of a particular genre of literature, a story, author or book. Parents are invited to peruse their displays in the Assembly Hall.

Readers by Example:
We will make a collage of pictures of parents and teachers reading as a way to remind and encourage our children to read and enjoy reading. Please email Kru Ou a photo of you reading.

Every lunch time (12:55-13:25): “Stories from Around the World”
(various locations around the school)
We would like to hear from parents who are willing to volunteer to read a story (in English or Thai) to students during lunch break. Please email Kru Ou if you would like to volunteer.

Daily Book Fair (Parents’ Sala)
English and Thai books on sale from Scholastics (Mon-Wed) and Book 53 (Thu-Fri).

We look forward to your participation. Please support the focus on reading at home too!


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Children’s Day Event

Teachers, students & staff of Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai


Celebrate Children’s Day With Panyaden

Come play and learn with us at Central Airport Plaza this weekend! Fun activities for children all day long.

Date: Sat 14 –  Sun 15 Jan 2012

Time: 10.00-18.00 daily

Location: G Floor, D Zone (map below)