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Who are you, really?  Discovering Your Authentic Self-Image

Who are you, really? Discovering Your Authentic Self-Image

Your self-image is the way you view yourself, and by which you interact with the world.  You might view yourself as a parent, student, friend, high-achiever, slow learner. But you’re more than your grades, weight, gender, and age. You’re more than your parents’ opinion. You’re a unique person with nuances that are unique to you! When who you are aligns with what you do, you feel free and able to ... Read More

the day I overcame my fear

As I was walking through DisneyLand we spotted the incredicoster. The incredicoaster is a roller coaster based on the movie "the incredibles" the roller coaster is pretty high up in the air and also its very fast! towards the end of the ride there is a loopy loop the ride looks pretty scary from a distance.My family and my cousins decided that we should go on the ride.My whole family ... Read More
How to deal with your child's unwanted behaviors?

How to deal with your child’s unwanted behaviors?

One time when I took a bus home, the front row was seated with a pair of little brothers who might only be first and second grade students, and their mother. There is the walkway between the mother and the two children. The two little boys had a lot of fun, and their mother wanted to stop them from playing and making noise, so she gave them a verbal warning ... Read More
Behavior change hack-- Change and control your environment

Behavior change hack– Change and control your environment

There’s just one way to radically change your behavior: radically change your environment. —Dr. B.J. Fogg, Director of Stanford Persuasive Lab Most of us would like to think that our habits follow our intentions. The truth is that one of the mind’s chief functions is to spot and utilize patterns as shortcuts, in order to process the multitude of information we observe each day. We are more reliant on environmental triggers ... Read More
Don’t do something you might regret

Don’t do something you might regret

Regret is the worst emotion to base your decisions on. Regret is negative reinforcement. It is self-loathing and destructive. Why do we often parrot the advice of “Don’t do something you might regret?” On the surface, it seems a message made to encourage caution, but it could be structured without the worry and pessimism. Why not: “Do something you’ll be proud of.” Or “Do something you would respect someone else for doing.” This ... Read More
Kids Bilingual Immersion Gamified Educational Program Chinese English Announced

Kids Bilingual Immersion Gamified Educational Program Chinese English Announced

curaFUN announces its new emotional development and social resiliency subscription program for children in English and Mandarin Chinese. The program helps kids aged four to 11. curaFUN, a youth-centered organization for native Chinese, American-born Chinese, and overseas Chinese worldwide, announces its gamified subscription programs for emotional development and wellness for children aged four to 11. Subscriptions include interactive activities that teach children social and emotional life skills in both English ... Read More

Multilingual Creative Writing Contest For Children Launched

curaFUN, a nonprofit promoting inner strengths and multilingualism in children of Asian communities, has launched a creative writing contest featuring inspirational stories for the youth. curaFUN, a US and Taiwan based nonprofit dedicated to the emotional and mental development of children in Asian communities, has launched a multilingual inspirational writing contest for youths ages 6 to 18. More information can be found at https://www.curafun.com Dubbed “Shining Moments”, the writing contest aims ... Read More
The psychological benefits of writing

The psychological benefits of writing

Writing is thought put to page, which makes all of us writers — even if we don’t have the chops to spin beautiful prose.  Personal and non-fiction writing is a fascinating topic because I get the sense that many successful people are secretly regular writers:
  • Warren Buffet has described writing as a key way of refining his thoughts (and that is a man who reads and thinks a whole lot).
  • Richard Branson once ... Read More
Why you should be writing

Why you should be writing

Writing heals. Writing calms. It connects and brings self-awareness. To write, we have to slow down our busy minds and focus on our purpose. It requires us to reflect on our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and see them clearly--which is why journaling has been found to benefit one’s long-term mental health even more than assistance from therapists. This process of reflection engenders self-awareness. curaFUN’s Shining Moments are personal narratives of when ... Read More
不怕水的超級神力 The Superpower to Conquer My Aqua-phobia

不怕水的超級神力 The Superpower to Conquer My Aqua-phobia

我一直到高中才學會游泳。更小的時候學游泳時,在水池裡踩不到底的陰影讓我根本不想下水。直到高中的體育課因為規定學生一定要下水游泳,再怎麼不願意的我也只好硬著頭皮下水。但是我無論如何,一定都要抱著浮板。明明水池也才140公分深而已。 沒想到,老師規定我們要學會的是仰式。媽呀!老師要我們背後直接往水面這樣躺下的那個瞬間,我真的是嚇死了,我根本就沒辦法放鬆自己的筋骨!但是我也不曉得,腦海裡是從哪裡來的一個念頭,激勵我自己放心試試看,反正無論如何,我就算失敗了,也不會溺水,那為什麼不放寬心試試看呢?接著我就開始鼓勵自己說,水不可怕,放鬆躺下去就好,然後漸漸地,我就克服了這個恐懼,也隨著每一次的練習,我竟然開始期待游泳課了!因為我漸漸地不再怕水,最後也成功學會仰式,而且再也不需要浮板了! 學會仰式這件事根本沒什麼大不了的,但是克服對水的恐懼,讓我覺得自己超棒! I didn't learn to swim until I was in high school. I did try to learn how to swim when I was younger, but the fear of being unable to step on the bottom in the pool made me not want to go into the water at all. It was until one semester in high school, the physical education class required students to swim, I had no ... Read More
舞台上的明星 A Shining Star on the Stage

舞台上的明星 A Shining Star on the Stage

我跟一個朋友,在以前求學的時候,都一定會被入選為合唱團的成員。我們都很愛唱歌,這是我們的共通處。不過,我跟她完全相反的是,我比較閉俗、低調,不想成為舞台上的焦點;天生就有舞台魅力的她,則是享受在舞台上發光發熱的感受。一次我們抱著好玩的心態,一起參加學校的歌唱大賽,她得到了第一名,我得到了第三名。第一名的人可以在校慶有個表演給全校的機會。我很慶幸自己是第三名(表示評審覺得我歌喉還不差,但是我又不用上台表演給全校看),但讓我更印象深刻的是之後的事。 這件事讓我對我朋友刮目相看。 我朋友在台上表演時,觀眾表現熱絡,而歌曲開始要進入副歌時,後臺不曉得發生什麼事,伴奏的音樂突然停掉了。全部人都還沒回過神時,我朋友沒有半點遲疑,老神在在繼續唱了下去。憑著高超的歌技跟穩穩的節拍,清唱這段極具挑戰的副歌,而台下的人歡呼更是熱烈,接著伴奏又恢復正常而響起,就像什麼事也沒發生那樣,一分一秒都不差地對上我朋友唱的段落。觀眾樂極了! 事後,我為她的表現感到與有榮焉,更覺得她的自信是值得我學習的地方。如果是我遇到這種伴奏消失的意外,我會反應不過來,我可能會面帶尷尬地說我要重來一遍,這可不是糗翻了嗎?但是我朋友的自信表現,卻為她的表演帶來了最美好的一段插曲! A friend of mine and I always got selected as members of the choir when we were in schools. We all love singing, this is what we have in common. However, the exact opposite to her is that I am more low-key, and do not want to be the focus of the stage; she, who is born to be a star on the stage, enjoys the ... Read More
危機中的閃亮時刻 Shining Moment in Emergency

危機中的閃亮時刻 Shining Moment in Emergency

有一次在捷運車廂裡,一個坐在附近的老伯伯邊打瞌睡,他似乎有點喝醉,臉紅通通的,精神狀態不好。下一秒,他突然整個人向前倒下,頭直接著地,而他沒有馬上爬起來。所有人都看傻了眼,整個車廂好像凝結住一樣,頓時鴉雀無聲,可能過了兩三秒,站在我旁邊的女生突然喊著「警急鈴!快按警急鈴!」。我頓時想到,我修過的社會心理學課告訴我,通常這種情況下,因為每個人也都處在慌張的心理狀態下,還不知道要做什麼時,大家會假定有別人即將出手幫忙,所以自己會選擇旁觀,如果沒有一個人出聲指定說誰要做什麼事,或者是自己主動去出手協助,所有人都會默默地旁觀。我坐的地方離警急鈴的位置很遠,我就馬上站起來,手指著站在警急鈴附近一樣處在震驚之中的女乘客,扯嗓門對她大喊:「那邊那位,請按一下警急鈴。」而那個女生則是馬上反應過來,按了警急鈴並對站務人員說車廂裡有人跌倒。站務人員也馬上前來協助,檢查那位老伯伯有沒有受傷,並給予他需要的幫助。 Once in the MRT train, an old man sitting nearby was dozing off. He seemed to be a little bit drunk. His face was red, and he also looked tired. The next second, he suddenly fell forward with his head directly on the ground, but he did not get up immediately. Everyone was in shock. The entire carriage seemed to be frozen, and there was no sound. Maybe two ... Read More

I volunteer my mom.

My husband had died several years before, when my son was 13. I tried to finish raising the five kids well, and in the spirit of a good family. I unexpectedly received a huge affirmation one day, when my son, now independent and living in an apartment not far from me, called me with a request. He said, “Mom, there’s this really nice lady who lives here, and is having ... Read More
Is your child motivated without a reward?

Is your child motivated without a reward?

Originally written in Chinese  My classmate told me that what happened to her when she participated in an education camp made her particularly allergic to giving gifts to children. She didn't prepare anything specially for the students participating in the winter vacation camp, because giving gifts is not a MUST. No one says that the teacher must give gifts to the students. Right? Unexpectedly, on the last day of the ... Read More
Fail First To Win

Fail First To Win

In school, when teachers ask questions, many kids might know the answer, but are too shy or nervous or unsure of themselves to raise their hands, get the correct answer and begin the positive feedback loop for confidence by receiving affirmation from themselves and their community. On curaFUN's website, we discuss how children develop confidence. You can find the article here. Fear of failure is the enemy of confidence building ... Read More

Which Multilingual Immersion should I choose for my child? Zoo Academy or Zoo U

Subscription to Multilingual Immersion gives children to the English and Chinese editions of a StrengthBuilder that is suitable for their language ability. Children go through scenarios and quests as their avatar in our training games in the order that's suggested to them from their user dashboard. curaFUN's multilingual specialists make adjustment to your child's performance. Multilingual Immersions enable students to experience life as a school-age child from two languages/cultures. When ... Read More

How do you ensure children users’ online safety on curafun.com?

We share your concerns, and have spent years tweaking parent control setting in our homes, trying every app, hardware that are released. Our program provides a safe environment for children to learn, fail and try again.  It is an intentional and controlled learning environment, and the only equivalent is hiring a one-on-one coach with years of experience in child psychology and education pedagogy. Also, extensive research supervised by NSF, US Department of Education as well ... Read More