Enjoy and already looking forward to seeing you all after the summer!
Enjoy and already looking forward to seeing you all after the summer!
Its that time of the year again! Summer is coming closer and closer and some of you may be interested in planning some fun-filled, as well as educational, activities for your children. Little Sprouts is putting on a Speech and Language development summer program. Please contact them directly if you feel like this is something your child would benefit from. They will be able to provide you with more details about the program’s content. Little Sprouts Centre Speech Summer Flyers
|Parent Book Club|
|The Parent Book Club is open to all KIS parents. It is a wonderful opportunity for parents from both Primary and Secondary school to get together to discuss parenting issues, strategies, and related topics. It provides an opportunity for both casual and intellectual conversation in a safe and supportive environment. We welcome you to join the next Parent Book Club.
Where: Primary School AP Room
Please respond by Monday, January 21
Happy New Year to all!
I hope you have all enjoyed your Winter break and managed to get some rest while spending time with family and friends. The new year is a popular time for resolutions and ambitious goals setting. It offers people a moment to start fresh and adopt a positive outlook on life. Please be mindful though, not to put too much pressure on yourself, as this would defeat the purpose of self-improvement.
To start us off this year, you might consider engaging in some mindfulness activities. Bangkok specialists offer a wide range of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion workshops that may interest you. Please refer to the information in the flyer below for further information regarding one of these upcoming workshops. Final_MSC-course-Flyer
We all have moments of stress, and this stress, can significantly impact all different areas of our lives. It is therefore important that we consciously make efforts to develop stress coping strategies. When it comes to specific stress triggers, such as those linked to being a parent at an IB school, it can help to talk to some experts.
See below, the description for the Stress Less Summit:
For more information, click here for the Stress less Summit website.
Hi Parent Community!
Please find below the videos from the Brain Development Workshop, hosted by myself and Ms. Magda, our secondary school counselor. It was so wonderful to see so many of you there.
These videos, provide an overview of the the stages of brain development, neuroplasticity, and how these two tie in with the concept of Growth Mindset.
Supporting our children and students in developing a growth mindset is key to their learning success and overall confidence. As a school we aim to empower our students and encourage them to try at every task!
The first day back as school is always full of energy, excitement, and sometimes, jitters. Teachers are eager to meet their students, students are excited to see their friends, and parents are often thrilled to see their children take an important next step. It is a day to catch up with friends, swap summer adventure stories, and reconnect the school community.
Of course, coming back to school can also bring some feelings of anxiety. This is perfectly normal. When this happens it is important for us all to remember our methods of self-care and make use of our support systems. Whether it is a healthy meal, a chat with a friend, or a simple hug, please be mindful of your needs during these exciting and busy first weeks of school. Don’t forget, these “back to school” days impact all of us differently. It is therefore important to communicate with your children about their expectations, excitements, worries, and concerns.
If you are new to KIS, or Bangkok altogether, don’t be afraid to reach out to members of our community for support. You might enjoying connecting with KISPA, our Parent Association. They are a wonderful community who enjoy getting together to organise school events and provide continuous parent support. You may also touch base with your child’s teacher, or reach out to members of our administrative team. Lastly, my door is always open. Come by, introduce yourself, and tell me a little bit about your and your family.
I have a feeling 2018-2019 is going to be a wonderful year here at KIS!
Elementary School Counselor
See below “First Day Jitters” by Julia Dannenberg- a wonderful read-aloud to listening to with elementary age children who are anxious about returning to school after the summer holiday.
The end of the academic school year is coming closer. This means that all our children are preparing to transition. Whether they are transitioning to another grade level, apartment, or country- they are all facing some changes. This is a positive and exciting time! However, it can also feel daunting or make people nervous.
Everybody handles transitions differently. Here are a few resources to help you, and your children, prepare for the positive transitions ahead…
For Children who are preparing for a move:
For Children who are transitioning from Grade 5 to Grade 6:
We are very happy to announce that Gea Visscher, an experienced Clinical and Educational Psychologist, is coming to KIS!
Mrs. Visscher offers a wide variety of services to schools, teachers, parents, adolescents, and young children. Though she currently lives in Jakarta, Indonesia, she regularly visits Bangkok and is available for booking.
On March 9th, Mrs. Visscher is coming to present to the KIS Parent Community about the different types of services she provides. She will also take time to offer some support to our parent community. The session will therefore include a 20-minute services presentation as well as time for open forum discussion.
If you have any questions about learning support, psychotherapy, mental health, assessments, or anything else related to this field, you may be interested in coming to this forum.
It is a wonderful opportunity to collect valuable resource information and ask burning questions in a supportive environment.
Time: March 9th, 8:00-8:45
Location: PYP AP Room (2nd floor)
We hope to see you there!
One of the most common questions I get from parents are about communication. Sometimes, it can be tricky to get your child to share openly with you. This can depends on many different factors; their energy level, hunger level, personality, emotional state, environment, etc.
What is important to remember, is that every child is different, and every parent is different. This means that the strategies your friend, sibling, or even partner uses to communicate with your child; might not work the same way for you.
Luckily, there are plenty of different strategies you can try our and tweak. That way, you can find out what works best for you and the relationship you have with your child. Of course, methods that you used a year, or two years ago, may not work as effectively today. Your child is developing and changing all the time. That is what makes this parenting thing so challenging. You are never quite done figuring out the best approach. So get ready to be kept on your toes!
Here are a few strategies your might consider using to encourage your child to share openly with you: