ABOUT US China is currently facing a difficult problem caused by their education system: many Chinese children lack the creativity and proper emotional development necessary to excel in today’s world. Chinese students are taught to memorize rather than to be free-thinkers, resulting in a lack of imagination and innovation. Many fear that “high stakes testing is robbing their children of their childhood, curiosity, and creativity.”* Chinese children often struggle with self-esteem, self-confidence, and school performance because they are missing essential tools to succeed. Sparkifi LLC was born in order to reverse the detriments of the Chinese school system and enable Chinese children to thrive.
Sparkifi LLC is a groundbreaking organization that utilizes hands-on learning experiences to promote holistic development in Chinese children. Our research-based practices predominately focus on promoting children’s social and emotional skills and how they approach play and learning (i.e. curiosity and creativity), as these domains of development are often neglected in the Chinese education system. Today’s children often face several emotional, social, and cognitive challenges that can be overcome with the right knowledge and life tools.
In our international program, we bring children and their guardian(s) to the U.S. for a short-term, intensive camp experience. During this time period, our students study in our indoor and outdoor classrooms that are uniquely tailored to their specific developmental needs. Conventional camps teach children excellent skills and lessons, however once the child returns home, their newly learned educational tools are no longer enforced and sadly forgotten. It is our philosophy that a guardian should undergo this transformative process with the child so that there will be continual re-enforcement after camp is over. The accompanying parents are taught about children’s development (with a focus on the importance of social emotional learning), how to promote their child’s holistic development, and have opportunities to practice their new skills under a guided framework.
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WHY FOCUS ON SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING?
Intentional social emotional learning leads to a variety of positive school and life outcomes. In fact, studies have shown that children who participated in social emotional learning experience higher self-esteem and self-confidence, greater school readiness and academic success, fewer
Today’s society is looking for imaginative and creative minds to lead the way. Our work creates a safe and fun environment for kids to grow into the individuals that Chinese society desperately needs.
*Belfield, Clive, Brooks Bowden, and Sabine Zander. “The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning.” (2015 revised): n. pag. Http://cbcse.org. Center for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education Teachers College, Columbia University. Web.
**Durlak, J. A., Weissberg, R. P., Dymnicki, A. B., Taylor, R. D. & Schellinger, K. B. (2011), The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82: 405–432.