For the past two years, Highlights has been publishing High Five magazine in China, written entirely in Chinese. Recently, during a visit to Changsha and Beijing I had the chance to observe the exciting and nerve-wracking experience of preparing kindergarten children to head off to school for the first time.
Even on the other side of the world, many school traditions felt familiar to me. In China, the school year starts September 1. Children ages 2 through 5 enter kindergarten/pre-school programs. The curriculum looks similar to many U.S. schools: reading, art, sports and more. Many schools also include language learning in both Chinese and English.