Happiness is Concentration 幸福就是专注

Happiness is Concentration 幸福就是专注

Dear Peony Cottage Parents,

This week we began our next unit of inquiry, ‘Emotions and Feelings’.  The transdisciplinary theme is ‘How We Express Ourselves” and the central idea is: ‘WE EXPRESS OUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS”. 

Here is our UNIT LETTER for you to view and download. Please pay special attention to the ‘vocabulary list’ as it gives you words you can use at home to help your child express their thoughts and feelings.




“ The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy”. 

– Maria Montessori.

We introduced the unit by looking at pictures of children to identify and label different emotions and discussed their importance in our lives. We asked prompting questions such as, ‘How do you think this boy is feeling? Or ’How did you know she was happy’, ‘What is it about her face that tells us about her feeling? or Have you ever felt the same ? 我们通过观察儿童的照片来识别和标记不同的情感并讨论他们在我们生活中的重要性以此来介绍这个单元。我们通过询问提示性问题例如:你认为这个男孩的感受怎么样?或者“你是如何知道她是快乐的?”“她的面部如何告诉我们她的感受的?还是你是否曾经也有相似的感受?

Through our ‘Sharing Stone’ activity, everyone took turns to share when was the time they felt happy or sad. We also read the book ‘When Sophie Gets Angry-Really Really Angry’ by Molly Bang. We made text to life connections and discussed how everyone gets angry sometimes, and how it can feel very upsetting. People do lots of different things when they get angry. Some children shared how their bodies felt when they were mad.  通过我们的“分享石”的活动,每个人轮流分享让他们感到快乐和伤心的时候。我们还阅读莫莉的《菲菲生气了》—非常非常的生气一书。我们的课题与生活相联系并讨论有时候每个人是如何生气以及如何令人苦恼的。当人们生气的时候会做很多不同的事情,一些孩子分享了他们生气时候身体的感受。



“ Concentration is a part of life. It is not the consequence of a method of education”.

– Maria Montessori

In the coming weeks, children will continue to explore different kinds of emotions and feelings and further understand how we can interpret thoughts and ideas of others.    在接下来的一周里,孩子们会继续探索不同的情绪和感觉,并且进一步学习我们如何体会他人的感受和想法。



“ Concentration is the key that opens up the child to the latent treasures within him”. 

– Maria Montessori

We hope you may notice in these pictures how direct engagement, perseverance and opportunities to concentrate form a big part of our children’s daily life at Peony Cottage and how it leads to Happiness. 相信您已经从这些照片中留着意到,作为牡丹班日常生活的一大部分,孩子们通过各种机会是如何直接参与并一以贯之以及如何获得幸福的。

by Ms. Ruby Kalsi, Ms. Bella Liu, EC Peony Lead Teachers.

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