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ON CHILDREN AND TECHNOLOGY

It’s all about focus and distraction.

In its August article, ScienceDaily stressed the dangers of playing Pokemon Go being no different to the hazards of texting. The reality game — which is taking over the headlines around the world — encourages distractions on the move whereby causing accidents and, worse, injuries to players young and old.

Pokemon Go is just one of the many technological beguilements.

We already live in a world where people’s attention is perplexed by their computers, tablets and other mobile devices. It is most crucial now that we teach our kids to keep focus and be present where they are and mindful of their surroundings.

Technology — as parents all know — is both beneficial and costly to children. The question is, how to handle technology in the development of the young. Whether the Digital Age helps or hurts in the development of children depends on what particular technology is used, how it is being advantageous and the frequency it is used.

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Unfortunately, it seems, information and communication technology is getting more detrimental to children. The amount of time kids have spent on internet, social media, cell phones, even MP3 players, and most especially games, is increasingly more alarming than say, ten years ago.

Not only has technology replaced the good old physical games and imaginative plays. It also created a diminishing effect on the development of kids’ social skills, communal connection, rapport for others, and loss of fixed attention.

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School accentuates the importance of technology to our growing students and, at the same time, being a proponent in stressing the importance of physical fun games in the development of children. At TCAPS, we support the concept of imaginative plays to acquaint children with “life lessons,” social skills, integrity and honesty, and good learning experiences.


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NUTRITION MONTH CELEBRATION, 2016

This year’s National Nutrition Month was all about getting our kids to enjoy more fruit and vegetables every day. The campaign also focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat.

The Childrens Ark Preparatory School trains kids to develop a mindful eating pattern which includes nutritious and flavorful foods in order to savor the essence of eating right.

This occasion also highlights the great efforts of our school partners who are of big help in improving the health and wellness of our students.

TCAPS hooks up nutrition, physical activity and learning — because healthy kids learn better!

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RECITAL DAY: DEVELOPING CHILDREN’S MUSICAL CREATIVITY

Among the Childrens Ark Preparatory School’s mission is to improve our student’s creativity, learning, and their love for music and harmony. We believe that playing and performing music is fun and functional and it will help develop children’s skills which will be of use to them throughout their lives.

Just recently, the TCAPS gave our young students a chance to spread out their flair through a musical performance held at the Don Antonio Heights Homeowners’ Association Clubhouse.

It was a night of glitz and glamor. The audience were delighted to a variety of musical performances featuring the elementary kids dancing to Corbin Bleu’s “Push It To The Limit” and the pre-schoolers exhibiting their dancing skill to One Direction’s “Strong” and “Shake It Up” together with the all-girls chorale.

This was followed by the group’s inspiring rendition of Lea Salonga’s “I Am But A Small Voice” backed up by a lyre and guitar ensemble.

The gallery — consisting mostly of parents — regaled to an interpretative dance by the chorale and selected dancers to Peabo Bryson’s “A Whole New World.”

“Go The Distance” and “Reflection” was performed by the chorale, also accompanied by the lyre and guitar ensemble.

Our musical director, Coach Niño wowed the crowd with his magnificent rendering of an Eric Clapton hit “If I Could Change The World.”

The recital ends with a dance finale for all students featuring the High School Musical’s soundtrack “We’re All In This Together.”

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The opportunity to display one’s talent through the encouragement of a teacher and the enthusiasm of a proud parent builds in a child a sense of pride and confidence.

There is always a time and a place for everyone to take the center stage.


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BONDING TIME AT TCAPS FAMILY DAY 2

On February 25, the Childrens Ark Preparatory School took the parents’ time off from this busy world and held the second Family Day at the DAHHA Clubhouse.

This is due to the school’s belief in the importance of taking a pause from life and spending precious time with the family.

It is so ironic how we work so hard everyday to provide our families with the basic necessities that sometimes we forget the most important thing we could provide them — time.

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At the TCAPS Family Day, bonding time with the family was spent meaningfully. We have programmed some special activities and fun projects in order for parents and children to interact with each other.

Children learn how to deal with issues just by watching and communicating with their parents. On the other hand, family bonding times are best opportunities for parents to show their children the expected behaviors inside the family circle.

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TCAPS believes that encouraging bonding time often molds children to have an easier time away from home.

Studies show that children who have closer ties with their parents don’t indulge much on today’s technologies or social media for parental attention. They have an easier time managing themselves when their folks are not around.

They are aware that they have a reasonable amount of their parents’ attention.

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The Childrens Ark Preparatory School motivates children to openly discuss to their parents how their deeds in school become a big contributing factor to their projects.

We encourage them to use their talents and their abilities to making the project important in their very own way.

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There is this wonderful feeling when children and parents feel they’re connected to a group or, when they are a team.

When they’re playing a game that requires input from everyone or when participation contributes to the success of the group, it increases family union. This creates adaptability in kids’ lives.

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Playing games together is an enjoyable way for the family to collaborate and keep in touch outside of the drudge of homeworks, tasks, or even household chores.

Along with this, it even relieves the stress and gives parents some relaxation.

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In today’s world, both parents and kids have become more involved in many different preoccupations or diversions. The traditional concept of what a family should be has faded away.

TCAPS makes it a point to keep the family well bonded and make sure it spend some quality time together.

We all have hustling schedules and fish to fry. But we can still at least stop and sit awhile to keep in touch, be together, and let each other feel there is love in the family.

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STAR AND JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS INVESTITURE

December 11 last year marked a special event for the Children’s Ark Preparatory School Star and Junior Girl Scouts. The Investiture commemorated the accomplishments of our Girl Scouts such as bridging to another level, earning awards, and receiving Girl Scout pin.

The program commenced with a moment of prayer to the Most Almighty with a doxology. Followed by the Entrance of Colors, the National Anthem, a welcome address and the recital of the Scout Oath — the code by which all the Scouts of the world live by.

The ceremonial Clothing of Neckerchief and pinning of Investiture pins was initiated with the help of parents and sponsors. The ultimate ritual which identifies the young ones as a member of the scouting movement; a person of character ready to serve others; the symbol of purpose and preparedness; and the strong reminder for these scouts to live in accordance with the ideals.

The ceremony — held at the Don Antonio Heights clubhouse — was graced by Ms. Maria Luz P. Buclatan, Girl Scout District Coordinator, Commonwealth Elementary School teacher and a renowned Yolanda survivor.

Ms. Buclatan presented the Girls with their recognitions for their deeds during the year.

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SCOUT INVESTITURE CEREMONY: BEGINNING OF A PURPOSEFUL SCOUTING

On November 17, the Children’s Ark Preparatory School held the Kab Scout and Boy Scout Investiture Ceremony at the DAHHA Covered Court in Quezon City. The swearing-in was attended by guests which include Senior Scouts Nick Bolima and Erwin Wenceslao and the Scouts’ Ninongs and Ninangs.

The investiture ceremony is that moment when the Scouts, thru the Scout Promise, annunciates their pledge and loyalty to the Scout Law. At the ceremony, the Scout makes the Promise to the Scouts and Scouters of their troop and to all the Scouts of the world. After which, they are now to be called Scouts.

The investiture is the onset of that time when young people starts to discover the world and forge their own self-hood by which Scouting is so purposely inclined.

The ceremony was followed by a Day Camp at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center where the traditional campfire and candle-lighting rites are held for this special setting.

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The value of Scouting is that it focuses on ethics and values; service to the community; and development of practical and leadership skills of young people. It’s also about cooperation and skill development. And fun too!

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For so many years, Scouting has lived through the changes of society. In this age of digitization when young people are so hooked up on technologies, Scouting continues to be the proponent of outdoor interests. Bob Confer on The Significance of Scouting says it all:

The Scouting program is just as important now as it was nearly a century ago. It could even be argued that it might have greater significance today. It’s the perfect outlet for today’s youth and it can help them overcome some of the obstacles in their paths. There’s a lot missing in their lives: Their outdoor pursuits have taken a back seat to new-fangled electronics, they don’t share the same bond with their real-world communities that they do with their trivial Internet communities, their schools have totally lost sight of civic education, and they struggle to find continuity in broken homes which, sadly, have become the norm.

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Camping will always be part of Scouting. It is both an enjoyable and a learning experience rolled into one. Here, our Scouts are also learning other important life essentials such as proper hygiene, self discipline and responsibility.

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With camping, comes the candle-lighting and the campfire. Our Scouts have enjoyed the camaraderie and the fun of being able to create a good fire.

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In the Philippines today, not as many boys are interested in Scouting and fewer parents are enrolling their kids to the program. The decline may be attributed to the changing times when there are more options for kids and busier schedules for both children and their parents. Even so, The Children’s Ark Preparatory School places a very high value on Scouting as a tool for community involvement.


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LAST STOP: BIORESEARCH’S LOST EDEN EDUCATIONAL PARK

The final stage of the Children’s Ark Preparatory School’s outbound tour is a visit at the BIORESEARCH’s Lost Eden Educational Park — a four-hectare sanctuary where species of birds, bugs, insects, variety of fishes and all sorts of plants and vegetations can be found.

Located right at the heart of the bustling Metro Manila, the place is a haven for ecologist and nature-lovers. It holds a total of more than two million creatures and thousands of plant life.

TCAPS students enjoyed touring around the park while learning from the lectures delivered by BioResearch tour guides. The place may appear like a plain veterinary clinic from the outside, but once you step in, it’s a totally different scenery. BioResearch’s Lost Eden is not just a place for fun with the flora and fauna, but a place for research and studies as well.

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BioResearch started as a pet shop four decades ago. Today it is equipped with the right facilities and resources needed to shelter endangered animals. For that reason, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has designated the park as a Wildlife Rescue Center.

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BioResearch’s personnel gave us a pre-tour briefing on facts about the plants and animals on display before we take pleasure viewing lines of aquariums, a pool of turtles and reptiles, birds, and a greenhouse. At the center of the park is a market of various herbs and other greenery from around the Philippines.

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Facilities at the Lost Eden includes a lengthy aquarium strip of various freshwater ornamental fishes from all over the world; a periculture learning space at the honey bee gallery; a Butterfly Farm; a Koi Pavilion; Dog and Cat Mansion; the Central Park; the Rainbow Tree House which is said to have been built around a 200 year-old tamarind tree; the Bird Mansion and; the Turtle World.

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The Children’s Ark Preparatory School believes that for students to acquire optimum knowledge, they sometimes have to step out of the boundaries of the the four corners of a classroom and learn from a wide range of experience and activities that go above and beyond what they usually encounter.

This years outbound tour, which took place in fun and safe environments have broaden our students’ horizons; provided a variety of new learning opportunities; improve their team-building skills and; and refreshed their sense of camaraderie.

These things are not always accessible on a day-to-day basis. The tour has undoubtedly rejuvenated their sense of confidence and self-awareness and encouraged them to go for more new experiences!

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