《声音》启明星专刊 VOICES for Daystar Academy VOICES Spring/Summer Edition 2019 - Page 22

ELC CORNER It’s OK to Be Different! Different By Belle Wang, Montessri Chinese Lead Teacher, Daystar Academy Beigao Campus W hether in the multicultural school atmosphere at Daystar Academy or in cultural theme activities, children are exposed to and realize the existence of multiple ethnic groups, multiple cultures and different people in the world. The exploration of cultural theme enables children to understand life because respect comes from understanding. During our Virtues Circle time, children in CASA often discuss how to respect, understand and accept differences in daily communication. In fact, for children, discovering and developing their virtues is just as important as learning math, music and language. Children in CASA learn in a mixed-age environment (2.5-6 years old). Perhaps it’s hard to imagine how a young child entering CASA can learn from his or her older peers. However, older children help pour water for younger children, wipe away their tears when they miss their mothers, help them in games and tell Daystar Academy Spring/Summer Edition 2019 “We should not only give children the world, but also give them a clear picture of people in the world. So, the way the world works and the way people live are two basic elements. Besides, we must make it clear to children that man will make contributions to his fellows.” – Maria Montessori them, “Don’t worry. I will show you”. Through this, the children not only learn to socialize with different age groups, but also develop a caring character. This character will become a part of them through day-to- day behaviors and activities. Younger children learn through role-modeling, hoping that one day they can help others like the older children and show their capabilities and what they have learned. Acceptance and care will become part of their lives. With this as our core belief, our Casa graduates (the oldest children in the class who above 5 years old) began a virtue practical activity at the start of this Spring. Led by teachers, they visited a nearby learning center for children with disabilities call “Our Learning House” and read, sang and played games with children there.