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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 Teacher Spotlight

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Kru Teeraporn, Kindergarten 2 Teacher

My aim is to teach children how to be with others, how to manage their happiness and the most important thing is to listen to them,’’ says Kru Teeraporn, Panyaden’s K2 homeroom teacher. “As a teacher, we have to be very careful not to dominate children without listening or giving them a chance to speak. This is what I always remind myself. With preschool kids, the priority is to develop the four key areas, physical, social, emotional and intellectual, and each day to make sure they are eating and sleeping properly, that they are learning routines, being safe and being self-sufficient.”

Kru Tee has worked in education for many years as a specialist teacher, a school secretary and a curriculum coordinator. Four years ago she changed to be a classroom teacher and she has loved the role.

“First of all, I like working with children and a close school community where there are lots of festivals and school events. It’s not like working at the office, with only documents! Working with children, real living beings, whom we have to truly take care of and help them better understand the world, is something that really motivates me.

“Kids are so natural. As we grow up, this tendency is reduced and being around children helps remind me of the beauty of human nature. Children are so lively and bright. Working with adults, we need to be so careful to avoid mistakes and misunderstandings and choose our words carefully. But with kids, we learn how to be natural, to let go and not to attach to our ego and our thoughts.

“I feel lucky that I have a chance to work with children, to help them grow from seedling to young plant to a big tree, self-sufficient and a good influence on society. I am so glad to be a starter point for them.”

Article in Thai is on the page 2 of our Sep-Oct ’16 newsletter.