Building on our “Whole Child” philosophy, CAC firmly believes that education and learning extend way beyond the classroom walls. A child’s growth and development is not on pause when they leave the classroom, which is why the school is deeply committed to providing the necessary support to parents, recognizing the huge task they have in the overall development of the child.
For this reason, CAC is thrilled that Carey Harris, elementary school counselor and guidance teacher, has been facilitating Parenting Together with Positive Discipline courses, which are open to all of our CAC community. Carey is a certified Positive Discipline educator, with 20 years of experience working with parents, teachers and children. She has given numerous parenting workshops in Chile and Paraguay (where she previously lived) and here at CAC in Egypt where she now resides. The course saw a huge demand within the CAC community.
Having been a member of this school for 8 years, Carey has been an active community member and positive parenting advocate since she joined us. It was during the Covid-19 pandemic, and with the immense pressure on families around the world, that Carey saw the need to launch this course again. Being a mother of three, she has first-hand experience of how beautiful and challenging parenting can be.
The course examines the reasons that children might be misbehaving, and explores a variety of kind, yet firm ways in which parents should be responding. “It is not uncommon for people to think that behavior is binary, that it is either good or bad, but it is not. Behavior is driven by our perceptions of belonging and significance. A misbehaving child is a discouraged child. The goal of Positive Discipline is to help children develop positive perceptions about themselves, others and the world around them so they can be healthy, contributing members of the community,” Carey explains.
“The positive discipline philosophy is based on mutual respect and trust. There is a lot of trust building within the course and parents form a village that work together to raise responsible, happy, confident children,” elaborates Carey. The course is especially helpful for new parents who feel alone or disconnected from the community. “We may be from different cultures but we all have the same goals for our children, and parenting is always from the heart,” she adds.
The course, which is now online due to Covid-19 restrictions, has managed to provide common ground for the different parents within our community who have come from different countries and backgrounds, all looking to provide the best growth and development environment for their children. It consists of 8 sessions that include a lot of story sharing, and useful parenting tools and positive discipline exercises.
A short survey with the parents who have registered for the course showed that they were very happy with the outcome. Some have already been asking for more courses with the same objectives to be provided. “I loved this course and am so very proud to be a part of a school community that provides such important and valuable information. The benefit of strengthening this home-school partnership is an invaluable component to creating and sustaining an exceptional educational environment,” was what one parent had to say when asked for her feedback.
Click on this link to visit Carey's blog and learn more about the course: https://parentingtogether.edublogs.org
Understanding that the school library plays an integral role in the learning journey of our students, the ES and MHS libraries are both consistently looking for new innovative ways to stay up to date and to continue to meet the needs of our highly able learners.
We understand that our library resources have an inevitably substantial impact on the students educational achievement as well as their social and emotional wellbeing.
Here is a glimpse of some of the many resources provided at our libraries
The Elementary School Library is a place for inquiry and learning to support our Primary Years Programme. The PYP library provides resources to support the units of inquiry and independent reading. All students are encouraged to follow their individual interests and passions in book selection.
The PYP librarian supports the units of inquiry with weekly lessons related to the grade levels unit of inquiry, reinforcing concepts and the Approaches to Learning (ATLs). The ATLs include thinking, research, communication, social as well as self management skills. The library is also a place to explore and reinforce our PYP learner profile, becoming caring, inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced and reflective individuals.
The MHS library was also carefully tailored to cater to the needs of all CAC community members. This includes students, staff and parents as well. Wall colors, seating arrangements, book placements and the overall library layout are all designed in a specific way to induce a love for reading, studying and learning, and to promote collaborative as well as individual study.
Moreover, the MHS library hosts several community organizations / groups including: Silent Sustained Reading for MS, Extended Essays for IB students, BOB (Battle of the Books) as well as numerous parent book clubs. Our libraries are open to all community members, encouraging everyone to continue to experience exceptional education in a diverse and caring community.
PreK 3 and KG both enjoyed a fun day at school where they got their own farm visit experience. Due to Covid-19 mitigation measures, and because the learning and fun never stop at CAC, our ES staff took the initiative to bring over a small farm for the students to see on campus.
In PYP KG program, the students had just started learning a new unit of inquiry; Sharing the Planet. The central idea is to study how living beings rely on their environments to survive. As a part of their exploration and inquiry cycle, students had the opportunity to experience a visit from the ArtyScience Farm. During the farm's visit, students were able to see some living farm animals commonly found in Egypt, ask questions as well as learn more about the animal's needs from our guests. Students also drew diagrams of the animals seen, and took notes in their journals in regards to the animals’ needs or any other interesting facts they learned.
Simultaneously, our PreK 3 students were also learning about Egyptian farms, as part of their Egypt Culture Curriculum. They were learning the importance of animals and birds such as sheep, rabbits, goats, chickens, and ducks in Egyptian culture. They were also learning about the most important plants and crops in Egypt. The farm gave the children some first-hand knowledge of concepts they had been working on in class.
It was a wonderful morning of learning for our Pre-K students. It was so heart-warming to see the youngest children standing anxiously at the windows of their classrooms waiting for the animals to arrive.
The students were able to spend time feeding goats, a duck and goose, chickens and rabbits. They were also able to pet chicks and baby pigeons as they learned about the different features of the animals that enable them to thrive in different environments. The children also had the opportunity to plant foul beans, tomatoes, lettuce, onion, and sweet potato in their playground at school, so they can watch them as they grow.
PreK 3 students have continued to share their understandings on what resources from our planet are used in different ways. The teachers have discussed what products come from trees and the many different ways that water, metal, plastics and oil derivatives can be used. The students took a walk around the school and identified natural items versus man made items and the links between them.
Click here to learn more about our Early Childhood Program.