In the past thirty years, the level of usage in technology and artificial intelligence in our daily life has grown exponentially, beyond our imagination. When our children grow up, the world and challenges they will face will not be something we, as parents and educators, can foresee.
Our mind-set in what constitutes good early childhood education should be evolving to keep pace with the ever-changing world. Imagine the number of professional doctors, accountants, lawyers and engineers that we need now, will the services they provide be just as in demand as more and more of their expertise can be handled by artificial intelligence? What will be left for our children? How do we prepare our children for their worlds?
What our children need in the future should not emphasize on how much knowledge they can acquire today, but on how well they can cope with and make a difference in their changing worlds.
Of course they will still need the basic knowledge, but more emphasis on their education should be placed on the development of positive attitude and characteristics. Their ability to 'think, inquire and inspire' is going to be ever more important. They must learn to be more inquisitive, creative and confident in their endeavours. These learner dispositions should be developed and nurtured starting at an early age.
So at Think, our education philosophy is to incorporate the development and nurturing of these characteristics and attributes into our education programs. Our mission is to empower each child to develop an understanding of the world by exploring topics of interest and lines of inquiry, through ways in which positive dispositions and a mind of global citizenship are fostered.
Ms Lily Choy
Founder, Chief Principal
At Think International we believe quality education starts in the early years where the child is unique, curious and motivated, and is enabled to discover and develop individual talents and gifts. To achieve this quality, we place balanced emphases in all areas of development, cognitive and language, physical, affective and social, aesthetic and moral. Our mission is to empower each child to develop an understanding of the world by exploring topics of interest and lines of inquiry, through ways in which positive dispositions and a mind of global citizenship are fostered.
Multicultural and Multilingual
Our professional team of native language teachers at Think International works with children day-by-day to engage them in mindful listening, speaking, reading and writing learning opportunities in our language-rich environments. The children’s proficiencies in English, Putonghua and Cantonese are greatly enhanced as languages are used for effective communication in authentic contexts of learning and inquiries.
Child-centred and Balanced
We hold the core value that each child is unique, who strives to relate to people and things through participation and interaction in the environment. We value every prospect to provide each child with fundamental and essential learning and development opportunities, leading to the growth of the holistic child.
Play-based and Inquiry-based
We foster the capable and active learner in each child. Through interesting topics and themes, tasks and projects, children espouse genuine wondering about the world in which they live. Children are guided to explore, inquire and create, and enabled to develop the dispositions to wonder and investigate their personal and shared environments and beyond.
School-based Language Curriculum
Our curriculum encourages and enables children to learn from life experiences. The teacher-planned, as well as child-initiated, activities provide authentic contexts for them to use languages meaningfully, which become great opportunities for our young inquirers to discover and build up vocabulary range. As they grow and develop, they become confident learners in reading and writing, in both English and Chinese literacy and language arts.
Field Trips & Excursions
Children learn most effectively if their five senses are stimulated. When children go on field trips, they have the opportunity to listen, observe, touch, smell, taste, think and inquire while encountering new stimulation and inspiration. They naturally become motivated and effortlessly develop and extend their understanding of the communities and the world. The Think International Curriculum is thus not confined to the school campus, books and materials, it is a living curriculum and beyond.
Children-directed Learning Projects
Children-directed Learning Projects are an important part of the Think curriculum. They are pedagogically effective in enhancing children’s motivation and active participation in the learning process. Children choose their own topic of interest and are encouraged to freely explore their thinking and inquiries on the selected topic(s). Other than discovering and acquiring knowledge, children also afford the opportunity to develop generic skills, such as cooperating during the learning process and respecting each other’s opinions and work.