How can we cultivate and enhance the sense of national sentiment and citizenship recognition for the new generation of children from Hong Kong and Macao? How should we apply the educational concept of international education to immerse children’s minds so that they can thrive?
Parents who are familiar with the primary year program (PYP) of IB education may have some ideas about the six core interdisciplinary subjects that focus on the most basic concerns of human survival in international education today: "Who We Are," "What are We in," "How we express ourselves," "How the World Works," "How we Organize ourselves," and "Shared Earth.
So how do we combine the six interdisciplinary themes of IB framework with our citizenship curriculum? Can it not only reflect the educational concept of IB curriculum, but also highlight our school’s characteristics of Hong Kong and Macao?
The series of picture textbooks“My Home is in China”will be the vessel of delivery for us to carry out our curriculum goals.
The six divs of "nationality, cities, festivals, mountains or rivers, lakes or seas, and roads" in the picture textbooks are exact representation of the time, space, shared Earth, self-recognition and self-expression that children should face in future, which also matches six interdisciplinary themes in IB. These themes can be integrated into these six education divs in picture textbooks nicely, with appropriate spiral progression of difficulty throughout the whole PYP stage of teaching. The books cover history, culture, geography, Chinese, Chinese classical poetry, and story design reflect the strong connection of citizenship and identity of China. Chinese culture not only belongs to China, but the world. Thus, it shows a perfect sense of global view to our children.
In the teaching of whole PYP stage, our education design will be in accordance with the children's cognitive pattern, from who are we to where we are. These basic questions lead children exploring the knowledge of nation, cities, rivers or mountains,and others by reading and researching textbooks, so as to inspire their curiosity, and encourage them to combined with their life. Moreover, the textbooks lead students to understand the shared Earth and how do we operate? Finally, the children will show their works and preset them to the classes. These six themes run through the whole PYP stage curriculums, and with the growth of students’ age, grade, knowledge, we will gradually deepen the depth and breadth the ranges of topics. Therefore, students are able to fully understand our six topics, and it trains students ' abilities of self-cognition, self-exploration, independence, teamwork, confidence, leadership and self-presentation.
Thus, this series of textbooks named "My home is in China" use combination of IB’s interdisciplinary teaching concept, bring students the scope of knowledge rather than knowledge points by means of exploration in comprehensive knowledge. Also, it achieves by education from teachers, hence students not only obtained knowledge, but also they develop comprehensive abilities on comparison, judgment, analysis, languages, which enlightens students’ abilities to explore knowledge.
Because this set of picture books is from Hong Kong, which published in Chinese traditional characters, so the medium of instruction will be Chinese traditional characters and Cantonese. This is a supplement to the teaching activities, aiming at enabling children to learn the corresponding traditional Chinese characters when they under the simplified Chinese character education. It also enable students to use Cantonese while English and Mandarin teaching. The coverage allows students to switch seamlessly between two different fonts, and lays a more direct and convenient learning foundation for extracurricular reading, extended reading, and for future integration into Hong Kong schools.
This set of picture textbooks fit children's taste with authentic experiential scenario, and the content is closely related to children's actual cognition, which can strike a chord and arouse heated discussion. Therefore, it promotes the development of their creative and critical thinking. Students master the skills in a certain context, explore the learning content related to them, and learn beyond the boundaries between traditional disciplines. Children obtain not only knowledge, but also the dabbling in fields of sociology, science, personal education, social education, sports, as well as art.