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Parents want to raise kids who are grounded, with a smart attitude toward money. It’s tough in this modern world, especially if you’re raising expat kids in the “bubble” in Shanghai. So how ...

Unfortunately, for most foreigners, learning Chinese is just not something we can do on our own. There's the tones, the idioms, and the fact that Google translate (or even Bing) doesn't really work ...

We speak with Roxanne de Villava, Language Arts Director at *New Horizons  [1]*about developing important life skills through language arts education.   *SF*: What is language arts education? *NH*: Language arts education focuses on language and improves students’ all around reading and writing abilities. Within this realm, students are trained to process different texts in an effective way. Part of this process is adopting different elements from reading, organizing ideas and putting...

Looking back over the past 10 years, the number of international schools has grown exponentially in China. This is particularly evident in first-tier cities like Shanghai and Beijing, which a large number of expat families have come to call home. But within the scope of international education, there is an even newer trend emerging.   Gone are the days when Chinese nationals could not enroll their children in international schools. Over the last two years, several new international scho...

Moving to a new country and adapting to a new school environment is challenging enough. But for kids with special learning needs, finding the right environment and adequate resources in Shanghai can be an even higher hurdle.   While most international schools offer some level of special learning support, it varies greatly, and counselors and specialists are often overwhelmed by the demand for services. Some schools directly state that they don’t accept special needs students. It can b...

Ms. Victoria Foster, Deputy Head of Junior School, Dulwich College Shanghai has been an educator for almost 20 years—16 of which have been international. She's been a Head Teacher at several schools in Asia and South America and has had the opportunity to work with teachers and families from many different countries. These experiences taught her that problems arise not because of wha...

Year 12 and Year 13 students at the British International School (BISS) Puxi discuss their personal and academic plans for the year ahead. (Video after the text.)   *Jihyun, Year 13* “Actually, last summer I decided that I want to participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea as a tran...

For most expats, school lets out in two days! That means packing, shopping for presents [1], and making sure your kids finish all their work before Friday. We hope you have a relaxing time, but also remember to make reading part of your children's holiday. We recently posted an article about the importance of reading for pleasure [2], as a way to ensure that children don't experience a learning slide. Here are 5 stories we recommend reading with your younger kids (or older!) during vaca...

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