WINNERS OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE WEEK 3

“The Different Faces of Joy in the Community”
(Feb. 4-9, 2019)

INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM DOG
  • Most # of Hearts and Best Picture: TEAM DOG
Photo posted by Jhirlymarie Lloyd Tio, Grade 8

 

 

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FACEBOOK CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM LION and TEAM DOLPHIN
  • Most # of Wow/ Reacts: TEAM DOG
Photo posted by Renzo Isaiah Bernabe, Grade 3
  • Best Picture: TEAM DOLPHIN
Photo posted by Xavier Lucas Hang, Grade 2

 

WINNERS OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE WEEK 2

“The Different Faces of Joy at Home”
(Jan. 28 – Feb. 2, 2019)

INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM LION, TEAM BEAR, and TEAM DOG
  • Most # of Hearts: TEAM DOG
Photo posted by Rheema Alesna, Grade 2
  • Best Picture: TEAM LION
Photo posted by Katrina Chua, Grade 8

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FACEBOOK CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM DOG
  • Most # of Wow/ Reacts: TEAM DOG
Photo posted by Renzo Isaiah Bernabe, Grade 3
  • Best Picture: TEAM LION
Photo posted by Jademarie Tio, Grade 12

WINNERS OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE WEEK 1

“The Different Faces of Joy in School”
(Jan. 21-26, 2019)

INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM LION and TEAM BEAR
  • Most # of Hearts: TEAM LION

    Photo posted by Katrina Chua, Grade 8
  • Best Picture: TEAM LION

    Photo posted by Jade Tio, Grade 12

 

FACEBOOK CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM DOG and TEAM DOLPHIN
  • Most # of Wow/ Reacts: TEAM DOG
    Photo posted by Renzo Isaiah Bernabe, Grade 3
    • Best Picture: TEAM DOG
    Photo posted by Teacher Michelle Marapo, Grade 2 Adviser

     

Childlink Celebrates Family Day 2018

Childlink Learning Center celebrates their annual Family Day bearing this year’s Let’s Go Latino theme— “Linkers: Energized, Empowered, Emboldened” held at SM Seaside Cebu City.

This year, Childlink’s aim is to highlight 4 core values that all students should possess: empathy, self-control, integrity, and embracing diversity.

“We highly emphasized these 4 values intended for the students for them to realize the importance of these and eventually embody the spirit of grit,” Childlink Learning Center Directress Theresa Tio said.

To fully represent the student’s morals, Linkers were divided into separate teams and used 4 animals that metaphorically imitate the core values.

Bear represents empathy, lion for self-control, dog for integrity, and dolphin for embracing diversity.

One of the main highlight in the event was when the students showcased their grooving talents through Team Cheering and dancing of Latin themed music.

“I believe that encouraging students to practice their learned values will eventually aid them to surpass challenges both being an individual and as a student,” Dir. Tio added.

To further practice these ideals; Linkers extend their helping hands to the community through constant community extension services such as organizing puppet shows that teaches their chosen beneficiaries the proper way of handwashing and brushing of teeth.

Also, Childlink never stops to extend their helping hands to communities in sharing their knowledge towards the betterment of their chosen beneficiaries.

The event ended with Linkers showing genuine sportsmanship, wisdom, and epitomizing the 4 values which will serve as their foundation to always become the best version of themselves morally, spiritually, and mentally.

https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/200771/childlink-celebrates-family-day-2018#ixzz5W2JN5FLM 

#There’s Joy in Life: A Project for Children in Conflict with the Law

In a report by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council, there are over 11,000 Filipino children in conflict with the law.  From this number, most of them are accounted from the National Capital Region and the Western and Central Visayas where Cebu belongs.  “These children lost their way because their community or family did not guide them,” said Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. “We ask your support in recognizing the rights of these children to be children.”

Last September 21, 2018, in celebration of the International Day of Peace, the Z Club of Childlink High School Cebu visited the My Home in Consolacion Cebu for their project  #There’s Joy in Life.  My Home is a rehabilitation center for children 15 years and below who are in conflict with the law.  Common offense range from theft and gangsterism which can give children access to alcohol and drugs.

Z Club members  recognize the needs of these children, them being of about the same age as these children in the rehabilitation centers.  The project #There’s Joy in Life offers hope to children in the rehabilitation centers that there are children of their age who cares.  The activities done in this project includes understanding good values, values redirection and team building workshops.  Children in the center were given chances to explore their interests so that they will realize that they have potentials and talents which they can use in the future. A music workshop was done where the children in the center and the Z club members put in their thoughts to come up with the lyrics of the song then an actual song was made which they performed during the presentation of output.  An entrepreneurial activity was also taught by the Z Club  members which was the making of rags, placemats, coasters, etc. made from old shirts.

This activity, though short it may be, seeks to bring hope and joy to the children whom they have worked with.  The club seeks to organize other sessions for the My Home to be able to reach out to more children.

 

Healthy Habits: A Puppet Show that Teaches Proper Handwashing and Toothbrushing

Reading advocacy has always been the primary advocacy  of the Z Club of Childlink Cebu since this club was formally organized.  In support of Zonta Club of Cebu II, Read Aloud Program at the Rizal Public Library, the Z club members performed a puppet show for young school children aged 4-5 years old last September 26, 2018.  The puppet show taught and reinforced to young children the importance of proper handwashing and toothbrushing.

#There’s Joy in Life: A Campaign Against Teenage Pregnancy

The Philippines has one of the highest cases of teenage pregnancy in Asia .  One of the major causes of this is the lack of proper education among others. Teens already go through numerous daily troubles that is why they must be equipped with the proper knowledge and life skills to help them. The proper education can truly empower girls — and boys — to feel in control of their lives and make better decisions for their immediate and future families.

Last October 11, 2018, the Z club of Childlink High School Cebu in cooperation with the Zonta Club of Cebu II did a campaign #There’s Joy in Life  against Teenage Pregnancy to the Ramon Duterte High School, a public school with about 8000 students in the Junior and Senior High School.  The campaign started with a short talk by a medical doctor who is an active member of the Zonta Club of Cebu II.  Dr. Florencia Miel talked about Teenage Pregnancy to immerse the young audience in the severity of the situation by discussing its causes, adverse effects, direct and indirect effects, frequency, and prevention.  Workshops  that were spearheaded by the Z Club members followed.  These included song workshops, poster and slogan making, and role play.  These were presented as output before the activity ended.

The workshop activities in the module are designed in such a way that teenagers are given sparks of interests and potentials (which have been left untapped) which they can do to improve their self-worth.  The modules made by the Z Club for this project may not totally stop teenage pregnancy  from happening but these are preventive, in the hope of making the students realize that there is hope and joy in their life’s struggles and challenges.  They do not have to go into sexual encounters and relationships caused by peer pressure or  as an escape from their teenage struggles but to let them realize that there is a need to love and take care of themselves more to ensure a better future.

USING FAILURES INTO SUCCESS: Excellence versus Perfection

Today let’s talk about the dreaded concept that most people fear – failure.

We’ve all experienced moments of failure in our lives at some point. Sometimes these failures cause us to feel unmotivated and dejected. Often times these moments even push us to give up and ultimately quit the things we initially hoped to be successful in. However, something that a lot of people fail to recognize is that failure is a part of success.

Something we know for sure is that everything we do in life comes attached with life lessons, which can help us grow and improve. When we succeed, we can reflect on things we could’ve done better to be even more successful. When we fail, we can pinpoint things that went wrong. So now we know there are positives that come out of failure in the guise of life lessons, but what are the negatives? The negatives arise from what you choose to do with the lessons you receive. Either you’re going to use the lessons to minimize the chances of failure when you try something again, or you’re going to disregard the lessons and do nothing. Doing nothing is usually the easy route out, but why waste the lessons we’ve been gifted in life?

Sir Ken Robinson, one of the most popular TED speakers and an expert in the field of creativity, points out that, our schools have created a system where failure and mistakes are punished and where kids are frightened of being wrong and of not fitting into a certain mold.  As Sir Ken puts it, “We’re running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make and the result of that is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities.”

Sir Ken’s point isn’t that education is destroying creativity, but rather, our fundamental principles of intelligence, creativity, and teaching must change in order to best educate our children.  The bottom line is that mistakes are not always bad. Mistakes are not things we should fear.  That doesn’t mean we should go out of our way to make mistakes for the heck of it, but it means that in our endeavors, we should never let fear of failure prevent us from trying.  Mistakes are essential for us to grow not just as human beings but as creative beings as well.

STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE, NOT PERFECTION

Never confuse excellence with perfection. It is easy to achieve excellence, but tough to achieve perfection. Perfection is a phobia, you are afraid of making mistakes. Ironically, when you emphasize perfection too much, you tend to make more mistakes, resulting in more failures. However, when you emphasize excellence, you tend to be comfortable as you find it easier to execute and deliver. In fact, you will be more comfortable taking risks, going out of the basket and being more creative as fear of making mistakes do not haunt you.

Excellence paves the way for improvement, while perfection paves the way for stagnation, limiting one’s creativity and innovation. People often fail to deliver goods when emphasis is laid on perfection. However, excellence tolerates mistakes and failures, thus allowing people to explore and experiment, and, in turn, paving the way for excellence. Excellence is feasible and possible, while perfection is a fantasy and often difficult to attain. Excellence is pleasure, while perfection is pressure. Perfection is impossible except in scientific laboratory experiments and mathematical applications. Most of the time, emphasizing perfection rather than excellence acts as an obstacle to progress.

THE RICHEST MAN IN ASIA

Jack Ma, the richest man in Asia and founder of Alibaba Group, makes sure to never waste the lessons he receives from failures. You might think that it’s easy for Jack to value his lessons because he’s a billionaire who has seen a lot of success in his life, but that is certainly not the case. In fact, Jack has failed at things most people succeed in. Before founding Alibaba, Jack applied to KFC and got rejected. To put things in greater perspective, out of the 24 people who applied to KFC in Jack’s city, Jack was the only one who got rejected. The billionaire faced similar failures throughout exams he took in elementary school and college too.

Had Jack wallowed in his failures, he would probably not be the richest man in Asia. Had Jack succeeded in getting the job at KFC, he would probably be in a very different place in life today. However, Jack’s resilience and appreciation of the lessons he learned from countlessly failing have made him the successful man he is today.

Remember, you only fail when you stop trying.

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DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Kids don’t develop skills on a strict timetable. For example, some babies start walking as young as 9 months, while others don’t take their first steps until 15 months. Both of those babies are within the range of typical development. And minor differences in when kids perform a skill usually aren’t cause for concern.

But a developmental delay is more than just being “slower to develop” or “a little behind.” It’s a substantial lag. It means your child is continually behind in skills other kids his age have. For example, a baby who isn’t rolling over by 4 months may be just a little behind in that one skill. But if he also isn’t able to hold his head up and push up when lying on his tummy, he’s behind in more than one motor skill. That’s a sign of a developmental delay.

However, a developmental delay is often diagnosed when a child does not reach their developmental milestone when expected. They can range from minor to something more significant. They might simply be late talkers, late walkers, late eaters, late toileters, etc. or, they might also have more pressing needs such as seizures, health problems, lack of communication etc. Developmental delays can be an early sign of a learning or attention issue. Early detection and intervention is important to help your child develop skills.

Do you suspect that your child might have a developmental delay? If your child isn’t catching up as quickly as expected, the school can do formal testing to find out more about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The tests show how kids’ skills compare to those of their peers. They also show how kids think and solve problems. The results can help to determine whether a child has a learning or attention issue. It’s not always easy to make the link between delays and learning or attention issues until kids start school. That’s when teachers can see how kids do in areas like math, reading and spelling. They can also see how well kids focus in class.

 

Five Areas of Skill Development and Possible Delay

A developmental delay can occur in just one area or in a few. A global developmental delay is when kids have delays in at least two areas. Kids develop skills in five main areas of development:

1. Cognitive (or thinking) skills: This is the ability to think, learn and solve problems. In babies, this looks like curiosity. It’s how your child explores the world around him with his eyes, ears and hands. In toddlers, it also includes things like learning to count, naming colors and learning new words.

2. Social and emotional skills: This is the ability to relate to other people. That includes being able to express and control emotions. In babies, it means smiling at others and making sounds to communicate. In toddlers and preschoolers, it means being able to ask for help, show and express feelings and get along with others.

3. Speech and language skills: This is the ability to use and understand language. For babies, this includes cooing and babbling. In older children, it includes understanding what’s said and using words correctly and in ways that others can understand.

4. Fine and gross motor skills: This is the ability to use small muscles (fine motor), particularly in the hands, and large muscles (gross motor) in the body. Babies use fine motor skills to grasp objects. Toddlers and preschoolers use them to do things like hold utensils, work with objects and draw. Babies use gross motor skills to sit up, roll over and begin to walk. Older children use them to do things like jump, run and climb stairs.

5. Activities of daily living: This is the ability to handle everyday tasks. For children, that includes eating, washing their hands, dressing and bathing themselves.

To learn more about the developmental milestones of your child, please click the link specific to your child’s age below:

 

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FINDING STUDENTS’ HIDDEN STRENGTHS AND PASSIONS

Every child has a talent. Some talents are easily spotted. There is this sports girl or boy who is an amazingly fast runner or footballer. There is this five-year-old dancer who can shake better than most adults ever will in their entire life. There is the singer who floors everyone in his local church with his amazing vocals. These are easy to notice. But there are many that are hidden, that come out only when the child is at complete ease or freedom, or sometimes interestingly, when they are under pressure. But to use the word “hidden” may not be quite accurate because often, strengths are hidden by lack of opportunity to display them.

Being in school gives children every opportunity to share and develop their talents. There is benefit to having everyone go around and share these with their classmates. In the classroom, teachers let them talk about their hobbies or other things that they really like to do or are very good at. They do that during homeroom or advisory, or they integrate that through a work in Language Arts or other assignment such as an essay, short story or an Art-related assignment. These provide opportunities for each of them to reflect on things about themselves that their classmates or teachers might even find very surprising and impressive.

Many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. This involvement helps stimulate children in their studies, as noted in a study at Stanford University that found that children involved in the arts are more motivated to learn and are three times more likely to win a school attendance award. Sports activities also help children be more focused. Extracurricular activities can provide a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while developing skills and talents and engaging in valuable social situations.

In traditional schools however, students are not looked at in terms of their strengths; rather, there is a focus on remediating their deficits. This is rarely a source of inspiration for anyone. What ends up happening is that kids’ strengths and passions are either hidden from their educators, or worse, they become hidden from themselves because they do not get encouraged. The thing is, not everyone will be super in academics. Nevertheless, not every A-plus student will be successful in real life and not every D student will be a failure. A lot of very successful entrepreneurs were academically weak, most inventors overlooked and many dreamers ­became iconic politicians.

Brad Hirschfield, author and the president of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, reminds us that miraculous discoveries must be discovered. That is, action must be taken to find what is hidden. Let us be sure we are taking those actions and giving them opportunities so that our children do not lose some of their most deeply treasured possessions: their talents, strengths and passions.

 

SOURCES:

  • https://www.edutopia.org/blog/students-strengths-passions-maurice-elias
  • https://www.thenational.ae/uae/education/more-focus-needed-on-talent-rather-than-grades-education-researchers-say-1.200535
  • http://www.monitor.co.ug/artsculture/Reviews/Teachers-help-children-discover-their-talents/691232-2908756-vy7m4f/index.html
  • http://www.ourkids.net/school/benefits-of-private-schools.php