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-Being able to think before you act.
-Being able to learn something new that conflicts with what you usually do.
-Acting appropriately when tempted to act otherwise.
-Paying attention despite distractions.
Teachers and children dressed to their favourite characters bringing colour and variety to classes.
The Bright Bunnies celebrated in the morning by having special activities. They made a colourful clown to use for decoration in our class. Our clowns look cheerful and cute standing on their heads, making a cartwheel or throwing their hands in the air to show how joyful they are. Masks are an essential part of carnivals, so we coloured and created our own designs.
After having our special doughnut snack on this day, Sandor, a magician came to entertain us. He performed some amazing tricks. As hard as we watched we could just not work out how he made some of the tricks. One of our little Bunnies was chosen to be a helper, and what great helper she was! She got a huge applause as a reward.
In the garden cheer and fun galore culminated in games, Ms. Milja and Ms. Ildikó prepared for us. We loved fishing for fish and tossing the ball…
It was a great day and we have the photos to prove!
The story we chose is an old time classic by Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham. In order to be able to relate to Sam-I-Am being so very reluctant at first even making and attempt to try green eggs and ham. Listening to the story, we just had to make our own, so in our TRIBES we went to the kitchen and cooked some ourselves. We whisked and mixed, then added a pinch of salt and the cubed ham to it, then watched Ms. Andrea pouring it in sizzling oil to fry. Just look how delicious it looked!
To connect ideas and knowledge we conducted a survey and created a bar graph to show how popular green eggs and ham were in our class. All Bunnies were super adventurous and had a go at trying. One of our friends, loved the ham, but was not keen on the green eggs, but all the others just LOVED it!
Analysing the story we created a sheet showing our favourite part by drawing and, then gave and explanation why we chose just that part.
The board outside our classroom is the proof to just how much fun we all had!
To introduce the topic and warm up they watched and listened to the story of ‘What’s the Time Mr. Wolf.’ Getting plenty of opportunity to hear the target vocabulary they then went to the gym to play the game ‘What time is it Mr. Wolf?’ Ms. Silvia was the Wolf the first time. She was calling the time and the class was advancing that number of steps until they got close enough for her to call ‘Lunchtime ‘and catch one of the Bunnies to be the Wolf. Continuing the fun, the class made a clock of their own, that then they used to show how proficient they are in setting their clocks.
The Bright Bunnies were making Christmas decorations for our Festive Season. They made snowmen, bells, and participated in making the Happy Kids Christmas tree as well, painted the boxes green and made some ornaments too. Such busy hands, but without them we would not have these amazing decorations for our Christmas Party. Well done Bunnies!
This seemingly simple activity is a great source of practice for fine motor development. Playing with only one finger actually calls for a sophisticated use of the tiny muscles in the child’s hand. Learning to find and play one note at a time is the beginning step in learning to play piano as well as any other instrument where fingers need to play independently.
Over the past four weeks the Bright Bunnies have been very busy working on a number of projects connected to American Thanksgiving. Cross curriculum links help children experience different topic themes through different subject topics.
In mathematics they learnt about 2D shapes. In order to memorise and make a lasting connection they:
1. Learnt a song
2. Played Yoga Shapes
3. Made a Turkey using different 2D shapes.
During library lessons the children watched a short video presentation about ‘The First American Thanksgiving’, giving them an insight into the historical facts. Using a method well-known to the children, MY TURN – YOUR TURN they were first introduced, then revised key vocabulary connected to the topic. The topic culminated in an assembly for which the class prepared a song and a window decoration. The decorations were placed on the gym window creating a warm and welcoming effect as the sunrays shone through the orange, red, yellow and brown tissue paper pieces.
The Bright Bunnies are so organised, they do not leave things to the last minute! They started to prepare their Christmas decorations for their Christmas Show and started to paint their background decoration which they have planned with their Visual Arts Teacher, Ms. Ildikó. So exciting! It will take the Bunnies four weeks to finish that complex project, but it will look amaz-ink!
With each opportunity to practice the concepts of piano and forte, the children gain confidence in using the terminology associated with musical dynamics. Learning to change their voice from quiet to loud and back again is a skill that leads to the ability to read and speak expressively. This kind of practice also means that they can modulate their voices according to circumstances, for instance, knowing the difference between calling to a friend outside and learning over to whisper to someone at a movie or concert.
Ensemble play naturally leads children to develop a sense of self awareness. Providing clear instructions for instrument play sets the stage for sucess. In order for the ensemble to be successful, the children must pay attention to what they are doing as well as how their part fits with the group. As the children play and make music together, there is a sense of accomplishment.
The last day of October was great fun and laughter for the Bright Bunnies. We celebrated Halloween. As usual on special occasions special things happened.
First in the morning instead of Individual Development, the children had the opportunity to play games with the theme of Halloween. Ms. Andrea was the Bingo Caller at first at the Bingo Table. Words like witch, cauldron, potion, bat and many others were to be found on the Bingo Mat. Once the players collected all, Bingo they called and they were the winner. Another station involved cutting and colouring pictures related to this festival. Playdough and playdough mats is always a great hit in our class. Following instructions set on the mats the Bunnies could create all manner of funny and mysterious things, such as a witch on the broomstick, or a bat in the tree, whooooo.
After snack we went to the gym for a puppet show. Hedgehog was looking for a friend, but he just could not help being prickly… All is well what ends well, though and hedgehog learnt to deal with his prickles and gained many new friends.
A day fun of mystery and fun we had!
The Bright Bunnies worked hard to make a ’Haunted House’ from toilet rolls and carton boxes. They painted them black and glued them to each other with their Visual Arts Teacher to make a spooky house decoration for their class. They made a ’Cardboard Zombie’ craft to decorate the corridor. Those zombies are looking so scary!
When learning to sing on pitch, each child takes in the information and process it differently. All these lessons are carefully crafted to give the kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners opportunities to experience the lesson through their strongest learning style. Hearing the two pitches sung, singing the pitches themselves, associating the two pitches with a familiar song, and moving their hands up and down while they sing are perfect examples of how one activity reaches each learning style. When a child experiences success through their dominant learning style, they gain confidence and learning is strengthened and accelerated.
On Monday, 14 October 2019 the Bright Bunnies had a special day. Raising awareness and learning about fire prevention they had lots of engaging activities throughout the day.
Playing bingo, learning all connected vocabulary with Ms. Manali was a true hit. Soon the players learnt the vocabulary and eagerly raised their hands in hope of being the fastest to collect all six images needed for a Bingo.
Playdough and the mats also proved to be a real winner. Creating fire engines, ladders, and extinguishers was not so easy, still the Bunnies managed to do a fantastic job!
As part of a TRIBES projects, each of the four TRIBES worked together creating an artwork for the display board. The Cottontails, made crucially important extinguishers for the firefighter that were created by our European Bunnies TRIBE. No need for firefighters without a fire, therefore our Rockhares used tissue paper balls of red, orange and yellow to recreate a real fire.
Just look at the photos to see how much they enjoyed the day, learning and having fun!
Today the Bright Bunnies along with the whole kindergarten celebrated Hungarian Harvest Festival. All around the country during September and early October festivities are organised. Balls, processions, singing and dancing on the streets is a common way of thanking nature and God for the kindness they have shown farmers letting them have a rich crop to harvest.
Over the course of the past few weeks, the Bright Bunnies practiced two songs that they performed in assembly today. One was all about celebrating harvest and the different regions of world for giving us unique foods and drinks.
The Bright Bunnies eagerly chopped, pealed, and squeezed fruit and honey making their harvest snack which they ate as a well-deserved prise after their super-duper performance.
This morning expectations and excitement culminated when in we all walked to the gym for a puppet show. The Little Flower Puppet Theatre performed a cute story about a caterpillar who was not so keen on turning to a butterfly…
Time is flying by and all our new friends have now settled in and are happy and eager to join the class in the morning.
Bright Bunnies have quickly adopted to the new routines and rules. They are good friends and kind fellows always making sure to do the right thing by everyone. Circle times are busy and full of fun and laughter. The days of the week song is proving to be a real hit among our friends on the tune of the ’Adams Family’ clap, clap.
It is remarkable to know that they already learnt the first six sounds this term, which means that they are already able to build words, two and three letter ones. Fred Talk is helping us all to master the ability to blend.
Counting and recognising numbers is an ‘easy-peasy’ task for our Bunnies, so they are now practising to form them correctly.
Opening Party was a real hit both with children and parents. The bouncing castle being a real treat for all of us.
The last stream of warm summer wind knocked on all of our teacher’s door and whispered into their ears that it is time to go back to Happy Kids to start the new school year. Our new Visual Arts teacher, Ms. Ildikó was very excited to meet with all the children and do some arts and crafts with them.
The Bright Bunnies experienced gravity, speed, and motion through painting with pom-poms in many different ways! It was so much fun!
It is hard to believe that the first week has flown by. On Monday old Happy Kids children joined their new class the Bright Bunnies. They were all eager ad ready to embark on new challenges. The first two days they explored their new classroom getting to know the toys, their teachers and new expectations, then on Wednesday their new friends joined them. Parents and children had great fun creating and playing. We are all excited to welcome a new week laden with new challenges and things to learn and explore.
Inhibitory control is the ability to resist a strong inclination to do one thing instead to do what is most appropriate or needed. Instead of reacting with what is on the mind at the moment, the child has to stop or inhibit that inclination and enact something else....
The Bright Bunnies helped and painted our DIY carnival game with vivid colours. They really enjoyed working on a big surface and make something bigger than they are. They also worked with clay and made little bunnies and rabbit burrows what they really enjoyed putting...
After a short ski break, the Bright Bunnies came back to fun and laughter today, to celebrate carnival, Hungarian Farsang. Teachers and children dressed to their favourite characters bringing colour and variety to classes. The Bright Bunnies celebrated in the morning...
The Bright Bunnies worked on an Oil Pastel Heart Craft and learnt about the symbol of heart, Valentine's Day Event and acquired the technique of effective heart drawing. They also started to learn about the carnival season and made some fancy masks for themselves for...
Experiencing the sound of the slide whistle going from low to high and to high to low allows children to focus on the melodic direction and sound of the glissando. Using their voices and the movement of their bodies to imitate the sound and shape of a glissando is a...
The Bright Bunnies celebrated our Chinese New Year event by making a giant dragon from toilet rolls and egg cartons. They painted them with red, orange and blue tempera paint and glued crepe paper pieces onto the dragon’s body and threaded them on a string. Those...
Most children, by nature, love to move! In Laugh and Learn, creative movement activities are multi-layered and allow your child to explore the world with their bodies and express their feelings and ideas. As a braun-building tool, creative movement taps into a variety...
Today the Bright Bunnies started an exciting week full of exciting activities as part of National Story Telling Week. The story we chose is an old time classic by Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham. In order to be able to relate to Sam-I-Am being so very reluctant at first...
This week the Bright Bunnies have started learning about time. To introduce the topic and warm up they watched and listened to the story of ‘What’s the Time Mr. Wolf.’ Getting plenty of opportunity to hear the target vocabulary they then went to the gym to play the...