20 February 2014
Competition can be a great way to motivate homeschool students to learn. They will be challenged to learn more, and develop their talents as long as we foster a friendly spirit of competition. It’s not about winning and losing or how to beat other children, but how they can work at their best and also learn from one another.
So, we group JHC kids into three teams and set them to a challenge : to produce and publish a magazine.
This is a group challenge, the success of each team is based on cooperation rather than competition. Three oldest students were chosen to be the leaders as we want them to learn how to lead and organizing team. JHC will facilitate the children with workshops and field trips which will enrich them with knowledges and skills in doing this project.
To figure out how to produce a magazine, we visited “Majalah Bobo”, part of Gramedia Publishing at Jalan Panjang. After watching the step-by-step videos in magazine production, the kids put it into practice. Bobo’s crews have prepared bundles of blank A5 size papers and also old issued magazines which the kids can cut-out and then used it to redesign their own magazine.
After that, we were allowed to tour around their working area and asked questions to the staffs.
We were very blessed by this field trip because the Bobo Magazine’s team really do their best in sharing their knowledges and experiences with us. They are even willing to be the judges for our magazine competition. YEAY!!!
And you know what…?
The next day, one of the moms surprisingly found that Bobo Online have a news about us! You can read it here :
THANK YOU BOBO!!!
Each child learns in a different way, and parents need to understand what work best for their children when it comes to learning. Some children are good in language but struggle in math. Some children are hands-on, while others can do well just by reading (visual) or listening (auditory). Their personality also affect how they learn best. An adventurous child needs to move to learn, so sitting at desk won’t work for them. An inventing child, the “out-of-the-box” thinker, will asks a million questions, although sometimes acts like a daydreamer. This child learns best if after given an idea you let him/her discuss it instead of memorizing facts. Each type brings special strengths and weaknesses.
As parents, especially homeschool parents, it is best if we begin observing and evaluating our child’s learning type at age 6 or 7. Not only we can recognize their learning style but also our own as well. We can avoid many tears and angry outburst when we recognize our different learning styles. It also helps us in choosing a curriculum and adjust our expectation accordingly. How do we do this? If we find it difficult, we can ask experts to help us.
Therefore, at the beginning of 2014, JHC invited counsellors from Grahita Indonesia to do the psychological assessment. Here are some pictures of the testing day.
The team from Grahita Indonesia will then evaluate the test papers and give their advice/consultation based on the result to each parent.
We really hope by doing this, we as parents can have a better understanding and provide a better effective learning environment. We hope that everyone can work and learn better while still enjoying their childhood.