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Making a difference in Early Education: Unlimited Potential Institute

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     Unlimited Potential Institute 锛圲PI锛夊垱绔嬩簬缇庡浗锛 2016骞村湪Kristen Liu涓嶥avid Yin鐨勫叡鍚屽姫鍔涗笅钀藉湴浜庝腑鍥藉ぉ娲ャ傛湰鏈熸垜浠崳骞稿璇滽risten锛屽甫澶у鍏ㄦ柟浣嶄簡瑙h繖涓礌璐ㄤ笌鍒涢犲姏骞堕噸鐨勫瀛愪滑鐨勫浗闄呭鏍——UPI銆


      璇磋捣寮曞叆UPI鐨勫垵琛凤紝婧愪簬Kristen鍋氭瘝浜插悗鐨勬劅鎱ㄣ傚ス姣曚笟浜庤嫳鍥斤紝鍚庣Щ灞呯編鍥斤紝鍥犱负鍏堢敓宸ヤ綔鐨勫師鍥犲洖鍥藉彂灞曘備綔涓烘瘝浜茬殑Kristen鏈夌潃涓庡叏澶╀笅鐨勫濡堜竴鏍风殑鎰挎湜锛屽笇鏈涚粰鑷繁鐨勫瀛愭渶濂界殑鏁欒偛銆備絾鏄竴鐣瑙呬笅鏉ユ病鏈変竴瀹跺彲浠ユ彁渚涘ス鎵鏈熸湜鐨勬暀鑲层備笌缇庡浗鏁欒偛鐣屾湅鍙嬪晢璁悗锛屽ス鏈缁堝仛鍑轰簡杩欎釜澶ц儐鑰屾纭殑鍐冲畾——鍦ㄥぉ娲ュ紑璁綰PI锛屼负杩欎釜鍩庡競寮曞叆鐙竴鏃犱簩鐨勬暀鑲蹭綋绯伙紝杩欎篃姝f槸Kristen甯屾湜鑷繁鐨勫瀛愯兘澶熸嫢鏈夌殑鏁欒偛鐜銆     

 

     UPI璁炬柦榻愬叏锛屼互鍘熺増缇庡浗灏忛晣鐢熸椿鍦烘櫙涓哄満鎵锛屽瀛愪滑姝ュ叆鐨勪笉浠呬粎鏄竴鎵瀛︽牎锛屾洿鏄竴涓兜鐩栫編鍥芥枃鍖栫殑瀹屽叏涓嶅悓鐨勭幆澧冦備緥濡傛渶杩戜妇鍔炰簡澶嶆椿鑺傚簡绁濇椿鍔紝瀛╁瓙浠彲浠ユ洿濂藉湴浜嗚В杩欎簺鑺傛棩鑳屽悗鐨勬枃鍖栫簿绁炪傚彟澶栵紝杩欓噷鐨勬暀鑲查潪甯搁噸瑙嗗効绔ュ績鐞嗗仴搴凤紝榧撳姳鍎跨鑷敱鍦版濊冦佽〃杈撅紝鍚屾椂瑕佹眰瀛╁瓙浠伒瀹堜竴瀹氱殑璇惧爞绉╁簭骞跺皧閲嶅叾浠栫殑灏忎紮浼淬


      UPI鎻愪緵铻嶅悎鎬х殑璇剧▼浣撶郴锛屽皢瀛︿範鍐呭鍒嗗埆褰掔撼鑷虫垙鍓с佺粯鐢汇侀煶涔愩佽垶韫堛佷綋鑳姐佹墜宸ョ瓑锛岃绋嬬绫讳赴瀵屽鏍凤紝鍙互閫氳繃杞绘澗鎰夋偊鐨勭敓娲诲涔犲彂鎺樺効绔ョ殑涓嶅悓鐗归暱浠ュ強娼滆兘銆傛暀甯堝洟闃熷叏閮ㄩ兘鏄湁鐫澶氬勾涓板瘜鍎跨鏁欒偛缁忛獙鐨勪笓绉戞暀甯堬紝浜插拰銆佷笓涓氾紝缁忕敱UPI涓撻」鍩硅鍚庢巿璇俱 

 

      鏈夊叧瀹堕暱鐨勮瀹氬嵆鍚堢悊鍙堟湁鏁堛俇PI涓嶉紦鍔卞闀“鐩戣”瀛╁瓙鍦ㄨ鍫傜殑瀛︿範鎯呭喌锛屽闀垮鏋滄兂鎺ヨ蛋瀛╁瓙闇瑕佹彁鍓嶅憡鐭ヨ佸笀銆備负浜嗕繚璇佸瀛愮殑瀹夊叏锛屾瘡浣嶅闀垮湪绛捐鍏ュ鍚堝悓鏃堕兘浼氳鍛婄煡涓涓彛浠わ紝鍙湁鍑嗙‘璇村嚭杩欎釜鍙d护鎵嶅彲浠ユ帴璧板瀛愶紝杩欎竴涓炬帾澶уぇ淇濋殰浜嗗瀛愮殑瀹夊叏銆   
 
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     UPI鏈潵灏嗚绔嬪浗闄呭鏍★紝缁欏瀛愪滑鎻愪緵鏇村涓庡浗闄呮帴杞ㄧ殑鏈轰細锛屼负澶╂触鍦板尯鐨勫闀垮拰瀛︾敓鎻愪緵鏇村ソ鐨勬暀鑲蹭笌浼樿川鐨勬湇鍔°
 
Unlimited Potential Institute is the brain child of Kristen Liu and David Yin. They have made a difference in the early education of children right here in Tianjin. We sat down with Kristen to better understand the quality of education provided at UPI.
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When did you start this school and what is the reason behind it?  
Our first semester started on 1st March, 2017. I was living in America with my husband, we moved back after my husband got a job offer in China. After I came back I needed to find a good school for my son. I tried a reputed public kindergarten and a popular private school but I was not satisfied. I realized that if I was having such a hard time finding a school for my child that suited the type of education I wanted him to receive then many other parents must also be going through the same thing. After much discussion with some of my friends who are educators in America we decided to start this school as a solution to the lack of the type of education that I wanted my child to have.
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What inspired you to overcome the challenges you have faced in terms of providing different quality education in China? 
 
Providing quality wholesome education to children is what inspired me to overcome the challenges that I faced. Speaking of challenges one of the biggest was finding the right teachers. I wanted teachers who are sensitive to the child’s educational as well as emotional and psychological needs. We spent a lot of time trying to find right teachers and help train them to better suit the necessary requirements.

2_1.jpgWe see that the school is not so big, but the facilities are great. Could you explain to us all the facilities that are available at the school? 
We wanted to build an American town to give children a visual representation so that when the children step into the school they don’t just step into a boring class room. We also want to help them truly understand the culture of America. As for our facilities on the ground floor we have the theatre, workshop gymnasium, stadium, cafeteria and reception. On the first floor we have a library, gallery, photography studio and daycare. The third floor has the dance hall, concert hall, natural science museum, city hall and kindergarten.
 
You have given more emphasis on psychological health of children. What are the benefits for the child as far as this method is concerned? 
The traditional education system is very rigid and formal. Here at UPI we want the child to be free but within a controlled environment. We want children to unearth their talents on stage and be confident from a young age. We encourage children to always respect each other and be themselves in a manner that doesn’t disturb the other kids so as to ensure a nurtured upbringing.

Early education is very important in a child's educational experience as it is considered a stepping stone. What are UPI's aims and objectives to make this the best experience for the child? 
Here at UPI we ensure that children receive all the knowledge needed at their level. We have a set of very interesting and interactive classes especially designed for the growing mind of the child. One such is the natural science class where we use a very hands-on approach. We want to show where each type of animal comes from, take them outside to see the seasonal changes and much more. We want to ensure that children maintain their curiosity and use that as an asset to maximize the knowledge they receive at UPI.
 
What are your thoughts on parent involvement?  
When the parents first come we talk with them and truly get an idea of what kind of education plan they want their child to receive. We invite them to be with the children for about two classes. Parents can watch the child participate in class from the outside. If then you decide this is what suits your child’s education needs, from that point onward after enrolling the child we don’t allow parents to make frequent visits inside the school. We have given a pass-code for them. All individuals coming to pick up the children must know the pass-code. We only release the children if the pass-code given is correct so as to ensure the safety of the child.  We have an unique program called "to be better parents" to help our UPI parents, covering child's psychology; communication with kids; quality game time with kids; kids' food preparation and health management etc. 
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What is the schedule for each age group? Can you describe a typical day for a child enrolled at UPI? 
We have 4 age groups. From 18 months to 2.5 years is the day care program. From ages 2.5 to 3.5 is preschool education covering the basic skills. From 3.5 to 5 years is pre-k offering comprehensive programs and age 5 to 7 is kindergarten program that helps our students get ready for further elementary school. We teach them basic Chinese and English. English is divided into categories which include: drama, Basic English and story appreciation. We have two classes in the morning and one class in the afternoon for each age group. Each class is 40 minutes. We start breakfast at 8.15a.m. The morning class begins at 9.30 a.m. In-between classes we have a 20-minute free activity time. After the second class it’s lunch followed by nap time. Our afternoon classes start at 3.30p.m. This is followed by dinner and parents can pick up the children at 5. 
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What is the capacity of the class? How many teachers are there per classroom? 
We can fit 15 children in a class. We don’t follow the traditional method where each class has an assigned teacher. We have one teacher for each subject along with teaching assistants in every class.
 
What are the future goals of the school?  
We are currently working on the elementary and middle school which we hope to start within two years. We hope to establish it to the same caliber as the other international schools in Tianjin. We will use the American system but what will make UPI stand out will be the fact that students can apply the credit they receive in our school directly once they go to USA so they don’t have to retake the tests.  
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Why do you think the UPI programs is good for children? What are the benefits for a child using this method? 
The UPI education programs is inspired by American school called Darlington which caters to students from age 4 to age 18 with a history of over 100 years. It has an amazing program where the syllabus is all interconnected. This method has been a great inspiration for us to base our curriculum on. It enables us to focus on what the child really likes and hone his/her skills. At UPI children are not confined to the age groups, if we see that a child shows more improvement in a certain aspect that is far advanced to their peers we allow and encourage them to move on to the senior class so as not to limit their educational experience. This works both ways - if we find a child having difficulty in a subject at his age group we will change the teaching style so that it is better suited to his/her needs. 
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How does your summer and winter camp program operate?  
We have two amazing interactive camps which are designed to give the child an experience combining education with fun activities. We held our first winter camp in February this year. Winter camp is relatively short when compared to the summer camp. For the summer camp we visit America and spend two weeks there sightseeing. The rest of the time we let the students take part in classes with the cooperation of our associate schools in America. Here the children can actively participate in classes so that they will get a better idea and understanding about the overall education system while getting firsthand experience. 
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What makes UPI stand out from the other schools? What makes it unique? 
The education system at UPI is very advanced. In addition to our high standard of education we do individualized evaluation of the students on a daily basis. When parents come to pick up their kids they will receive three teaching reports. This way the parents get a better understanding of what the child has been doing for the day and how his or her progress has been. After the child spends time at UPI the parents will get a good idea of what the strengths and weaknesses of the child are. This method helps the child have an opportunity to do something that they enjoy doing and it enables them to really live up to their potential.
 
Is there anything you would like to add and share with our readers? 
Although we are newly opened and relatively less known, I would like to emphasize on the quality education that we provide for children and the great teaching staff that we have here at UPI. If you want your child to receive a good wholesome education and build character I firmly believe UPI is the best option. To make appointments you can use our Wechat platform or call us on 15002214891.

UPI
A: New Taiyuan Rd,No.189,
Jiefang North RD, Heping District,Tianjin.  
澶╂触甯傚拰骞冲尯瑙f斁鍖楄矾189鍙凤紝闈犺繎鏂板お鍘熼亾涓渚э紙杩戜附鎬濆崱灏旈】閰掑簵锛
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