Sunday, November 27, 2005

Ambition

The November 14, 2005 edition of Time Magazine has an article on "Ambition". It provides insights on how successful people got their drive and passion. For parents, I quote, "There are no hard rules for the kinds of families that turn out the highest achievers. Most psychologists agree that parents who set tough but realistic challenges, applaud successes and go easy on failures produce kids with the greatest self-confidence."

Thursday, November 24, 2005

New Gifted High School Program at Bellevue, Washington

I am a member of the parent advisory committee at Bellevue school district. The committee recommended the Interlake option as our high school gifted program. Interlake school implements the IB programs. The following links can help parents and students understand IB better.

For parents:
1. IB parents guide at http://www.dp-help.com/.

For students:
1. So you like to get an IB Diploma at Amazon.

There is no doubt that IB is a strong academic and well-rounded program. It is heavily loaded. Each family should do their own research to see if it is a good fit for their student's personality and goal before undertaking this challenge. The Bellevue gifted high school information can be found at website http://www.bsd405.org/Default.aspx?tabid=855.

New Gifted High School Program at Bellevue, Washington

I am a member of the parent advisory committee at Bellevue school district. The committee recommended the Interlake option as our high school gifted program. Interlake school implements the IB programs. The following links can help parents and studnets understand IB better.

For parents:
1. IB parents guide at http://www.dp-help.com/.

For students:
1. So you like to get an IB Diploma at Amazon.

There is no doubt that IB is a strong academic and well-rounded program. It is heavily loaded. Each family should do their own research to see if it is a good fit for their student's personality and goal before undertaking this challenge. The Bellevue gifted high school information can be found at website http://www.bsd405.org/Default.aspx?tabid=855.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

"Perfect Madness" - Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

I love this book by Judith Warner. You can get a glimpse of it at
www.perfectmadness.net/about.html

The book discussed American mother's superwoman role today. In short, we are doing everything possible for our children, but at the same time, we lost the essential qualities like peace and happiness in our life.

While the book does not offer a solution, it does make me feel that I am not alone in mess. More importantly, I should question whether this the right thing to do. Americans are creative problem solvers. We can each find our own solution to this mess. This book gives you the support, direction and courage to find a way out.

Teenage blogging

Please visit my boys' blog at
www.wangsblog.com/jeffrey
www.wangsblog.com/andrew.

I recently encouraged my boys to start their own blogs. I am now able to see a different side of my kids that I was not really aware of. It is a new way of communications helping me understand more about where their passion lies.

"Perfect Madness" - Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

I love this book by Judith Warner. You can get a glimpse of it at
www.perfectmadness.net/about.html

The book discussed American mother's superwoman role today. In short, we are doing everything possible for our children, but at the same time, we lost the essential qualities like peace and happiness in our life.

While the book does not offer a solution, it does make me feel that I am not alone in mess. More importantly, I should question whether this the right thing to do. Americans are creative problem solvers. We can each find our own solution to this mess. This book gives you the support, direction and courage to find a way out.

Teenage blogging

Please visit my boys' blog at
www.wangsblog.com/jeffrey
www.wangsblog.com/andrew.

I recently encouraged my boys to start their own blogs. I am now able to see a different side of my kids that I was not really aware of. It is a new way of communications helping me understand more about where their passion lies.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Writing websites for children

http://www.stonesoup.com/

http://www.kidpub.com/

http://www.mercereducation.com/

Mercer Education is where my kids attended for improving writing and verbal skills.

My older son also took two distance learning classes from Johns Hopkins CTY, http://cty.jhu.edu/writing/courses.html. He thinks both classes are quite helpful.

Writing websites for children

Here are a few websites that you can see writing from other children.

http://www.stonesoup.com/

http://www.kidpub.com/

My older son also took two distance learning classes from Johns Hopkins CTY, http://cty.jhu.edu/writing/courses.html. He thinks both classes are quite helpful.