During this extra-long winter vacation of 2020, many parents keep hearing ‘When do I go back to school? I miss my teachers and friends.’ from their little ones.
It’s springtime, the best season of the year. No matter how much we enjoy spending time with our children, they still miss their school time.
Selecting school for my daughter was not easy. But now I’m happy for my decision to transfer Lily to BIBS in G3.
I’m happy to her progress not only on language skills and courses, but also on her personality and creative thinking ability.
Lily liked English during her public school time, but still, she was worried that she may not understand the foreign teachers in BIBS.
“No worries my dear. I used to speak very little English too but it only me a year to catch up. You are much smarter than daddy and you will only do better.”
Having said that to Lily, we kept concerns to ourselves. We were very worried that she may give up.
Not surprisingly, Lily didn’t understand most of her English classes. We were extremely worried.
But her teachers were very patient and encouraging, her students tried their best to help her too. Gradually, Lily overcame her fears and tried to be better day by day.
By the end of the first semester, Lily was no longer shy when communicating with her teachers and classmates. She made more friends and became relaxed. Now she is interested in more diversified topics than test scores, and is happy and confident in her life.
I strongly believe it was the love, care and support from her school and her teachers that has helped overcome her challenges and become who she is today.
If language was Lily’s first challenge, learning methods and way of thinking were her second obstacle. (For parents too!)
“Dad, my homework today is to solve the problems of rainforest ecosystems. I can search online, look up in books or ask my parents…”
“OK! Let’s look on the internet!” Had to raise my voice to cover my tension.
The courses and homework from international schools are more open, inquiry-based and creative. Courses of each semester usually focus on 7-9 topics, and teachers often follow the ‘knowledge-practice-conclusion-reflection’ path. There are no standard answers, and the achievements of individual learning are usually presented to teachers in essays. No limitation, no restriction, just imagination and creativity.
Lily was lost in the beginning. She didn’t know where to start, and her mind was a little narrow too. Her English ability was another factor. But she has improved a lot now, with all the practice and trying. In last semester’s transcript, Lily completed all courses and even received A in some of them.
She is busy with her G5 exhibition with her classmates this week. They discuss over internet and search knowledge and material online. I’m very happy to see her devoting into this project. This new and open learning model has truly inspired my daughter’s interesting and passion.
There has been a lot of changes to Lily in the past 2 years. She is sunny, healthy and positive teenager now. I want to thank BIBS for such brilliant turn-out.
Special thanks to BIBS G5 student Lily's father Mr. Qing Huang