Payap University success in 4th Choir Olympics / World Choir Games 2006
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
Payap Sacred Music Singers of the Music Department, Payap University gave
outstanding performances and brought home two bronze medals as a gift for
Chiang Mai from the 4th Choir Olympics / World Choir Games 2006 in Xiamen,
The Chinese team
The Choir Association of Thailand in
cooperation with government and private sectors, supported several Thai
choirs to compete in the 4th Choir Olympics / World Choir Games 2006 in
Xiamen, China during July 15 to 26, 2006. Payap Sacred Music Singers of
Payap University was one of Thailand’s representatives that attended the
competition, which attracted almost 300 teams from 70 countries worldwide.
The Payap Sacred Music Singers did a magnificent job and were awarded bronze
medals in the Mixed Chamber Choirs and the Music a sacra a cappella classes.
The award of these two bronze medals, won despite a very high standard of
competition, should make Chiang Mai and Thailand very happy and proud of the
Besides the outstanding achievments of the Payap University Choir, St.
John’s Choir, from St. John’s University in Bangkok also won a gold medal in
the Scenic Folklore class; while The Voice band from Thailand won the silver
medal in the Contemporary Music class and the bronze medal in the Gospel &
problems - Improving
Part 1- Preschool age children
Ann R. Schechter. Teacher
of Special Education at Lanna International School
Reading is an essential skill in today’s world. We now live in the
information age with an increasingly competitive global economy. Advances in
technology place require greater literacy of all of us. While most children
learn to read well enough, these increased demands create harsher
consequences for those whose reading and comprehension skills fall short.
Those without good reading skills will lag farther and farther behind,
facing difficulties in school and later on employment.
What can be done to ensure our children’s success, not only in their
educational careers, but throughout life?
First we must understand that good reading ability grows from an environment
rich with language. From the earliest moments of life, a child’s mind is
receiving and processing every word heard. Children who are spoken to, or
actively engaged in conversation with, the adults around them build
vocabulary and learn sentence structure which will transfer to written
language later in school.
Reading to children, even at the earliest ages, improves reading ability.
The July/August 2006 issue of the journal Child Development cited studies of
both English and non-English speaking parents who read to their infants and
toddlers. These studies showed that English-speaking mothers who began
reading to their children at an early age had toddlers with greater language
comprehension, more expressive vocabularies, and higher cognitive scores by
the age of two. Meanwhile, Spanish speaking mothers who read to their
children everyday had three year olds with greater language and cognitive
development compared to parents who did not read to their children.
Researchers also found that reading and children’s vocabulary seemed to
enhance each other beginning as early as 14 months. The more mothers read,
the better the children’s vocabulary, which encouraged more reading. These
findings imply that parent-child book reading and other early interventions
can be used at a much younger age than had been earlier proposed.
But increased vocabulary isn’t the only benefit of reading to young
children. Parents can draw the child’s attention to various letters and
their associated sounds. As the child follows along he can begin to
recognize letters. Reading together from a book helps the child to connect
the words he or she hears to those printed on the page. The child begins to
understand that written words have meanings. And most importantly, reading
time creates a warm connection between the parent, the child, and reading.
This positive association can make a life-long impression, encouraging
reading for many years to come.
Teachers Connect 2006
Lecturers from California, USA
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
Teachers and personnel of Varee Chiang Mai School participated in the
training program “Teachers Connect 2006” on July 14-18. The lecturers were
led by Stan Huebert, educational lecturer and former educational supervisor
in California and Judith Enns Szpor, also a teacher and lecturer from
California, U.S., with good cooperation from Susy Peters, formerly an
English teacher of Varee Chiang Mai School. The subject of the training
program was educational motivation and the curriculum for English,
Mathematics and Science. Also, there was instruction on techniques for the
cultivation of good-behavior.
and personnel received certificates after the training program
This “Teachers Connect 2006” was an operational training program given by a
group who set up a work shop for teaching Mathemetics and Science, creating
motivation for students via learning activities, games, and songs and
integrating the curriculum to cater for students’ needs.
The activities included motivation for Mathematics and Science provided by
teachers about Maths, Games, Solar Systems, and Weather and Water. Moreover,
the teachers participated in learning new teaching methods in the lecturers’
classes and the lecturers took note of the Math and Science teachers’
teaching methods in order to exchange ideas and techniques, with the idea of
creating innovative teaching methods to foster good relationships between
seminar participants and lecturers. There was a “Cowboy Night” party after
the seminar and all teachers and personnel received certificates from the
National Board of Certified Teachers (USA).