學生的全人發展有賴多方面的配合，因此，家庭教育亦是學生成長階段中重要的一環。家長們，在剛過去的復活節假期中，孩子有沒有幫忙做家務？你們有沒有讓孩子知道做家務不應是媽媽的「專職」，而是家中每個人的責任？我們應該鼓勵孩子從小幫忙做家務，讓孩子參與、體驗同心協力及互相幫忙的樂趣。你們有沒有試過有些事明明是需要孩子必須做的，卻換成用探問式的口吻來問孩子：「是不是該吃飯了？」「你自己整理你的房間行不行？」其實這樣等同間接給了機會讓孩子説「不」，給予他們「討價還價」的空間。美國著名心理學家簡．尼爾森(Jane Nelsen)在「正面管教」(Positive Discipline)內指出「如果父母能夠少説多行動，與孩子之間75%的問題很可能都會消失。」。家長應當用明確的語言管教孩子，例如：「吃飯的時間到了，快點洗手吃飯吧！」明確而具體的語言，讓孩子不會挑戰父母的決定，讓孩子知道事情本來就應該是這樣的，並不是每一件事都需要爭辯或討論。倘若能把嘮叨爭辯的時間都節省下來，和孩子談談有趣的話題或者做一些有意義的事情，自能建立良好的親子關係。
C.C.C. Kei Tsz Primary School
2016-2017 May Newsletter
5th May, 2016
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
I thank God for His leading and blessings for the outreach activity held on 1st April. More than three hundred parents and students came to listen and know more about His word. The participants learnt about the salvation of Jesus Christ and biblical truths through worship, testimonies, evangelical drama and a magic show. I would like to thank the Church of Christ in China Chi To Church and Methodist Evangelistic Ministry for their ministry. May God continue to bless our school so that we can take more initiative in preaching God’s word and enable more people to receive the grace of God. In order to be in line with the times, our teaching staff has continued to seek innovation in the design of our curriculum. Apart from integrating STEM curriculum in the IT Project Learning subject, we also put more emphasis on elements of inquiry and experience in the General Studies subject so that our students can benefit through learning by doing. Also, students can unleash their creativity and enhance their problem-solving abilities. God gives each person unique gifts and abilities. Therefore, we should provide children with opportunities to unlock their potential according to their interests, characteristics and abilities. Some of our students participated in a Lego bridge design competition on 23rd April and three of them, including Tam Ka Wai, Choy Tik Chun and Lau Cheuk Long from Class 6 Love, got the champion. They used the least number of Lego blocks to build a loadable bridge, allowing the passage of a mechanical vehicle in a fixed time. I would like to congratulate them for rising to the challenge in the competition. Apart from encouraging our students to gain experience from competitions, our school also emphasizes diversified development. Our school ocarina team is going to perform in the coming inter-school graduation ceremony. Our school choir will also participate in the upcoming Interschool Sign Language Song Competition. Our aim is to encourage students to make different attempts, be open to diversified development and experience the cultural communion. In addition, our school has set up IT Elites, in which students are responsible to taking photos and videotape some school events, so that they can gain more experience in knowing how to serve others. In order to enhance students’ self-directed learning, our school has cooperated with Hong Kong Christian Service Happy Teens Club and Hong Kong Baptist University to implement a self-directed learning programme in P.1, P.2 and P.3 during the Easter holiday. In this programme, students set their goals and learned how to plan their own schedule and manage their time as well. Also, they gained understanding in how to be self-disciplined and responsible and are able to experience the joy of self-learning.
Students’ well-rounded development relies on the cooperation of a wide range of aspects. Therefore, family education is one of the most important aspects for students’ growth. Has your child helped with the housework during the Easter holiday? Have you let your child know that doing housework should be the responsibility of every family member? We should encourage our children to help with the housework since they were young and let them experience the joy of helping each other. Have you ever told your child to do things that they should do by themselves by asking questions like “Is it time to eat?” and “Is it okay if you tidy your own bedroom?” Actually, these questions indirectly give children an opportunity to say no or bargain.
A famous American psychologist, Jane Nelsen, suggests in her book Positive Discipline that over 75 percent of the problems parents have with young children would probably disappear if parents talked less and acted more. Parents should nurture students with clear instructions, such as “It’s time to eat. Please wash your hands now.” Clear and concrete instructions enable children to understand that they should not argue about or discuss everything and not challenge their parents’ decisions. If you can save time from arguing about things with your children, talk about some interesting topics or do something meaningful with them so that a good parent-child relationship can be established.
Many studies have pointed out that the Chinese are relatively introverted. They seldom use language to express their gratitude and rarely say, “I love you”. Mother’s Day is coming soon. Why don’t we say, “I love you” loudly and bravely to our mothers? We can also make some crafts to show our love, such as using coloured paper to make some beautiful flowers and using handprints to make a card. I believe that these small gifts can bring our mother joy. “So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy (Proverbs 23:25).
Finally, I would like to share a Christian hymn, Bridge, with you. Let us grasp the meaning of the lyrics and feel the love of our Lord.
Chiu Kit Wa