Strong parent involvement is an important part of daily life at Children’s World Academy. Parents are involved through their membership on committees that are vital to our functioning, such as our school’s Governing Board, and PPO (Parent Participation Organization). Parents are also present as volunteers filling any of a number of essential roles, from helping to run the library, to supervising field trips, to organizing special school-wide events.
We also want parents to understand how the PYP works, and to also be active participants in the programme itself. Parents can do so in a number of key ways:
Sharing professional and personal experiences through class visits
Using the IB vocabulary at home with their children
Helping us to recognize students for demonstrating one of the Learner Profile Attributes in their daily lives
Encouraging their children to participate in “Community Service” activities
Asking their child inquiry-type questions
Below we are including links to a number of documents that will help you do these things:
Learner Profile Related Vocabulary
We encourage our parents to use the vocabulary related to the IB programme with their children at home.
Click here to find out more about how to apply the terminology of the Learner Profile in your child’s life outside of school.
I See IB / Je vois l'IB
When your child has clearly demonstrated some attribute of the Learner Profile, let us know! You can do this by filling out an “I See IB” card, and sending it in to your child’s teacher. These cards are kept in students’ portfolios and demonstrate their progress as they develop the Learner Profile.
Click here for copies of the I See IB card in English
Click here for copies of the Je vois l'IB card in French
I Wonder / Je Me Demande
Inquiry-based teaching and learning is a fundamental element of the PYP. One of the ways in which we actively encourage students to develop the critical thinking skills central to this pedagogical approach is by helping them to formulate questions about what they are learning or what they want to learn about. Students’ questions about a wide variety of topics and issues are posted in the lobby of the school on our “I wonder/Je me demande” board, and a few are read out at monthly assemblies. You can get involved too by helping your child to articulate a question that he / she may have been wondering about. Your child can write out a question on the “I wonder/Je me demande” form and bring it in to his/her teacher.
Click here for copies of this form in English and French.
The students at Children’s World Academy must be prepared to work at building peace in their world by studying the social conditions in their environment and by using what they have learned in school in day to day living.
Community Service extends the focus beyond the classroom and encourages responsible, caring participation in one’s local setting and in the wider world. Through firsthand experience the student learns how other people live while contributing something of benefit.
Students should demonstrate commitment and curiosity through their activities. Students should be creative in their pursuits.
Community service involves the students on a voluntary basis, performing a task that will benefit a segment of their community, be it in the family, the school, the neighborhood or the world.
We have established a method of encouraging students to engage in such activities through the use of Community Service Cards. These cards are issued for every student and are kept in a classroom binder. Whenever a student participates in community service – oriented activities either at home or at school they can note it on his / her card. Parents are encouraged to notify the principal, the IB coordinator or classroom teacher so that a record can be kept of their participation in activities that take place outside the school.
For more information about how community service cards work, you can contact our PYP coordinator Mme. Sonia Bouchard at firstname.lastname@example.org.