August 19, 2010

Nurturing gifted children

Akademeia opened in a converted house in our barangay less than five years ago. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about it except what I've read in its no-longer-updated Multiply site. Having studied in a traditional school as a child, I really like the idea of small class sizes and individualized instruction with special programs for gifted children. If you have three minutes, do take a peek at the "Another One Rides the Bus" video posted in its old Multiply site—the two little boys are talented, hilarious and absolutely adorable!

Akademeia school in U.P. Village, Quezon City


ishna said...

The boys are talented and adorable!

Anonymous said...

Promises in the making ! Please have you all a good Thursday.

daily athens

George said...

Thanks for providing the video. Those boys are both talented and adorable. It's wonderful that there are schools that enable such talent to blossom.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

You're right. They are adorable. I just wish that all children could be exposed to an enriched, challenging curriculum.

Olivier said...

merci pour la video, ils sont superbes

Francisca said...

Another one bites the dust... Queen on a violin! How cute is that!

VP said...

Thanks for the excellent video, I agree: these are very talented kids in a real jam-session!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting post dear Hilda, I will check the video, thanks for the link!
HAve a blessed day there!

dong ho said...

hahaha... just watched the video. they might be discovered by a talent manager. lol

Ces said...

Hi. I've actually visited the school. It is a school for the highly able, which means their curriculum is enhanced and enriched. I visited it a few months ago and will be enrolling my 3 kids in that school.

The favorite things I found out about Akademeia when I visited are:
1) Each student has an Individualized Education Plan. So they all have unique challenges, behavioral modification plans, etc.

2) All their activities aim to touch the eight multiple intelligences: Linguistic intelligence ("word smart")
Logical-mathematical intelligence ("number/reasoning smart")
Spatial intelligence ("picture smart")
Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence ("body smart")
Musical intelligence ("music smart")
Interpersonal intelligence ("people smart")
Intrapersonal intelligence ("self smart")
Naturalist intelligence ("nature smart")

3) They address visual, auditory, learners. They can even adjust projects, seatworks, etc to the learning style of children.

4) They have a MINIMAL HOMEWORK POLICY because they believe children need time with family and to pursue other hobbies and skills.

5) If your child is into sports, instruments, etc. , they are lenient with absences and help your child catch up.

6) They believe in using the world as their classroom. They have many field trips, resource speakers, competitions, and even online experiences.

7) They have many other subjects not offered in traditional school.

They believe it is the teacher's responsibility to teach the students so they don't agree with tutors except in certain cases plus they take it upon themselves to make sure the students learn

9) Religion is an optional subjects but they have a service leaning subject. They built homes tru gawad kalinga and have raised funds for Ondoy victims. I think they also teach the less privilege.

I can't say enough good things about this school. My kids sat in for 3 days and they didn't want to go back to their current school. LOL.

When I read this thread, I figured I should share.

Hope this helps.