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喜樂的心乃是良藥                          羅懿舒校監

 

如果有人問我童年生活最深刻的記憶是什麼?我會不猶豫地說海灘、白雲、清風,和與姊姊、朋友們在海邊和草坪玩堆沙、嬉戲、跳橡筋繩、捉迷藏等遊戲。當時的物質環境缺乏,我雖然從未擁有單屬於自己的一件玩具,但以上的嬉戲,足以帶給我記憶猶新的歡樂。

 

回望今天社會,我在報章常常看到的竟是「捍衛孩子愉快童年」,「小學生快樂指數跌」,「還孩子標準『功』時」等標題,令我為今天的小童教育忐忑不安,深感憂慮。

 

就讓我們借鏡一下其他地方小朋友的精神狀貌與教育理念。德國教育視孩子在小學前的唯一任務就是快樂成長,相信孩子的天性是玩耍。芬蘭及美國的經驗指出「寓遊戲於學習」勝於讀、寫培養認知能力的傳統學校方式,也會帶給孩子更多的歡樂。香港英華小學林浣心校長也深信小孩子最重要的任務是學習玩耍,多做運動。

 

聖經對於喜樂所帶來的好處也十分肯定。箴言清楚說:「喜樂的心乃是良藥,憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。」(箴言17章22節)

 

綜合以上的智慧,不難看見小孩子玩耍快樂是他們天賦的任務和權益,並且是他們日後抗逆的補品,如良藥般有效,極不宜成人隨意扼殺壓縮,弄至日後小童精神無謂受損,影響一生。

環顧懷恩浸信會幼稚園的同學們都是喜樂滿盈,笑口常開的,令我放心。

但願學校與家長們日後繼續攜手合作,確保我們的同學實至名歸的快樂、健康成長,對生命充滿熱誠和感恩!

 

 

到老也不偏離                             羅懿舒校監

 

最近多了機會在自己屋苑的平台花園做運動,看見一些令我驚喜的現象。一是發現早上八、九時左右多了正值壯盛之年的爸爸帶著自己的孩子在平台上玩耍或作不同類型的親子活動。我不禁自問: 難道這些爸爸不需要返工賺錢養家嗎? 但從爸爸面上悠然自得的表情,我肯定他們十分重視和享受與幼兒建立良好的親子關係,甚或要負上時間與金錢的代價,也在所不辭

 

另一令我感動的事就是當我帶著年老的爸爸在平台散步時,喜見不時有一班小朋友為爸爸打氣,他們看見爸爸腳步蹣跚也勉力抓著助行器行走,就自動自發的喊著說:「伯伯,加油!伯伯,加油!」忽然我的心洋溢著一片溫馨: 以孩子這麼幼小的年紀,竟然懂得如何去勉勵關心別人,確實難能可貴

 

以上兩件事: 即父母願意花時間在幼兒身上引導他們, 及幼兒展示美好的同理心雖沒有直接的因果關係,卻令我想起一節寶貴又智慧的聖經金句,它也同時是本校校訓:「教養孩童,使他們走當行的道,就是到老也不偏離。」(箴言22:6)

 

經文清楚認定父母悉心用真理教養孩童與他們一生不走歪路的密切關係我深信父母若能把握小孩學習的黃金檔期,以聖經永恆不變的真理去影響教導他們,並以身作則,成為孩童的好榜樣,他們必定能建立良好的價值,懂得自愛及如何關懷別人,終生受用。

 

但願這句耳熟能詳, 但又歷久常新的金句及校訓永久成為家長及學校每天的勉勵 !

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Even when he is old, he will not depart from it        Supervisor: Louise Law

 

Recently, I discovered some delightful scenes as I had more opportunity to do exercise in the podium where I live. One is that more fathers in their prime played or engaged in parent-child activities with their children around eight or nine in the morning. I wondered how fathers, expected to maintain their family, could afford not to work at this time of the day. From the satisfied looks of these fathers, I could only conclude that they valued very much establishing a fine parent-child relationship, even at the costs of sacrificing time and money.

 

Another touching experience is when I brought my aging father to walk in the podium, I often times saw a group of young children cheering my dad. When they saw that my father staggering along with his walker and not giving up, they initiated to cry;” Uncle, hurrah, keep up!” A feeling of warmth surged in my heart. I appreciated these young children, who had the urge to care for and encourage those in need.

 

The above mentioned experiences: parents willing to spend time on their children and young children showing empathy may not have a direct cause-effect relationship. They do, however, remind me of a familiar Bible verse, which happens to be our school motto: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs: 22:6).

 

This verse clearly implies the close link between parents carefully training their children and the latter’s life-long adherence to the right paths. I firmly believe that if parents take advantage of the golden opportunity to train up their young children in their formative years, use eternal Biblical truths to influence them, and be exemplary models themselves, their children will definitely develop good values, and learn how to love themselves and other people for the rest of their life.

 

May this familiar but forever inspiring verse and school motto be an everyday reminder to both our parents and the school!