I Love Learning

Author: Xu Ying; Translated by Cana

This is a real story about a mom. The mom was born in a city, northwest of China. She was a smart, capable and courageous girl. Because her parents were busy in working, and her mother had been sick for a long time, in addition to go to school, she did a lot of housework, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her young sister and brother.

Since she loves learning, she was studying hard and had a lot of physical activities as well. She became an excellent student with both top grades on academics and physical exercises. In order to enter the country’s famous university, the 13-year-old girl left home to study in a better middle school, thousand miles away, from the southwest to the northeast, alone by train. She loves learning, no matter how difficult the environment was, it did not affect her determination to pursue knowledge. After more than two years of diligent studying, she made a solid foundation on her mathematics, physics, chemistry and other subjects. No matter how difficult the mock exams from many schools were, she figured it out. After she went back to the southwest, she became the best student in her class. Her parents brought her some Competition Problems from foreign countries, she did well too. As she had been persistent on studying and physical exercises, she took the college entrance examination with readiness. In the National College Entrance Examination, she got the best grades in her city. People around her called her the “champion.”

After graduated from college, she had been as an engineer in developing new products, and as a professor contributed to the university on both teaching and researching. She loves learning, have a strong desire to seek knowledge. In order to learn more and want to give her children a better education, she has overcome many difficulties, went to Japan and came to the United States to study. She admires science, and has a strong persistent personality, which makes her a distinguished international scholar.

Tips for Teaching Middle School Students

Developmental Characteristics

  • Want to make decisions on money by themselves
  • May sometimes borrow from friends
  • Imitate their peers on money usage
  • Think about earning and saving for long-term goals
  • Begin to set goals and make plans to achieve goals
  • Understand the trade-offs and consequences of their decisions on money
  • Still need help in evaluating things
  • Still need help in establishing limits on money usage

Suggested Teaching Activities

  • Teach them not to borrow money from their friends unless for emergency
  • Compare the checking and savings account options
  • Open a checking account and help them balance it
  • Encourage participation in family financial discussions
  • Talk about their friends to understand more about them
  • Guide them understand the use of cash and debit card
  • Encourage to create a saving and spending plan to meet daily needs and future goals
  • Avoid comparing to other children
  • Clarify what parents pay for and what children pay for
  • Allow children to make decisions and learn from mistakes
  • Help children to write a letter of complaint about an unsatisfactory item
  • Help children return an unsatisfactory item to the store
  • Encourage them to development and management of their own business