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Just like that! The school year has come to an end. What better way to end the year than to go to Rolli Polli; the Bunnies had a fun-filled morning with lots of movements. We are sad that our journey as a class has come to an end, but the end reflects growth. The Bright Bunnies have grown so much physically, socially and emotionally over the year. They are all ready to spread their wings. To the parents, thank you for sharing your pride and joy with us and entrusting them to our care this year. To the wonderful Bright Bunnies, thank you for all the memories, laughter and time we shared as a class. We wish everyone a wonderful and peaceful summer!
The Bright Bunnies made colourful summer birds during one of their visual art lessons. They practiced their decision-making skills by choosing certain colours for a purpose; sticking skills by sticking different art materials, such as feathers, paper pieces, and wiggly eyes with glue sticks and liquid glue; scissor skills by cutting paper pieces into skinny paper strips; and composing skills by building the birds according to their preferences.
This week was a special week for the Bright Bunnies; we went on our first field trip. Our last unit of Inquiry for the year focuses on “Sharing the Planet.” The Bunnies have been learning about how organisms are connected in nature and how our interaction with the environment can affect everything around us, including birds, plants, little animals etc. A field trip is one of the best tools that we can use to provide every student with real-world experiences.
We visited Margaret Island and took a nice walk through nature. The Bunnies were amazed by the abundance of trees; the squirrels running around, the fish in the ponds and the beautiful butterflies buzzing around the flowers. After our walk and visit to the small zoo, we had a quiet little picnic.
Though it may sound strange, young children crave patterns. Familiar, recurring patterns bring order to children’s lives and help them to make logical predictions and anticipate daily events. Patterns also help children learn sequencing, an understanding of how to put things (objects, events, images, thoughts, or actions) in a specific order, from first to last.
The Bright Bunnies children are learning interesting facts about space and are making space-related artworks during their visual art lessons. They had a lot of fun ripping the paper pieces into smaller sizes and making Earth paper collage artworks from them. They also enjoyed making rockets from 2D shapes and choosing and gluing the paper shapes according to their preferences.
The Bright Bunnies children learnt a lot of interesting facts about flowers and their ideal growing circumstances during one of their visual art lessons. To deepen their knowledge, they were invited to make beautiful flowers from mainly recycled materials. They practised their painting, cutting, composing, and sticking skills and made beautiful flowers using recycled bottle lids, colourful patterned and patchworked paper pieces, different hues of green paper leftovers, liquid glue, and tempera paint.
Today’s lesson focus is tempo, which is defined as the speed of music (fast, slow, and everything in between). The Bright Bunnies explored the concept of tempo by listening, singing, imitating, moving, and observing. This unit’s garden theme allowed the children to make connections between the concept of tempo and things they know and recognize in the real world, like bunnies, birds, flowers, and snails.
We are slowly heading towards the end of the school year, but before school comes to an end, the Bright Bunnies still have a lot to do. Our next big event will be Environmental Day, and for that, we have also been preparing. What is Environmental Day, it is a day set aside to remind us of our responsibility to protect the environment-, and everything that inhabits it. The Bunnies have been learning about different habitats and their role in the survival of different organisms. It has not only been work without play here. We have been spending a lot of time outdoors, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the warm weather that we eagerly waited for.
The month of April came and went just like that. The Bright Bunnies continued on their learning journey after the Spring break. They are working hard to learn to blend, recognise their numbers, and write them correctly. We have also been busy preparing for a very special occasion soon to come. Mother’s Day is around the corner. The Bright Bunnies have been working on unique gifts and learning new songs to surprise their mummies.
We played with all kinds of chants, poems, and songs. We are supporting vocal development in the Bright Bunnies by integrating a variety of vocal experiences, including speaking, singing, and playing with vocal sounds. Vocal play encourages the Bunnies to explore how to use the voice in different ways: speaking or singing loudly or quietly, quickly or slowly, or in high or low tones. Supporting vocal development in this way not only strengthens the children’s musical abilities but their communication skills as well.
The Bright Bunnies children had the opportunity to explore gravity through process art. How does gravity work? Why does the liquid paint go down no matter what we do? They experienced gravity both on the surface and in the pipettes and were amazed to see how it works in practice. They enjoyed handling and squeezing the pipettes and showed great skills during the creative process.
Time is flying by, and the Bright Bunnies have been up to so many things in the meantime. The day of our Fashion Show finally arrived; we are very proud of all the children. They did a fantastic job. Aside from the fashion show, we have been preparing for our Easter Assembly on Monday and our Easter egg hunt, which everyone looks forward to because of course, there will be “chocolate.” After being such busy bees, we are all looking forward to a restful Spring break.
Body awareness is part of self-awareness. Inviting the Bright Bunnies to play the blocks on different parts of their bodies can ignite the thinking process about other ways to play. As ideas begin to flow, children will think of other body parts to tap and see how their bodies move and work to make their ideas happen. As the children see others imitate their ideas, they’ll also delight in knowing that they are contributing creatively to the group.
The Bright Bunnies children have been making scrape-painted Easter eggs during one of their visual art lessons. They practiced their moving & handling and hand & eye coordination skills by scooping tempera paint on their egg samples with lollipop sticks and scraping the paint all over the egg samples with cardboard pieces. They also showed how well they can cut the eggs shapes from paper using scissors. Thanks to the Bright Bunnies children the Happy Kids corridor is in the Easter vibe and all ready for the big celebration!
Easter is around the corner. We have been preparing and practicing for our assembly. The ponies were here this week, and as always, it was a fun event with some children asking to have multiple turns. The weather has been beautiful for the past few days. The Bright Bunnies have been spending even more time outside to enjoy the sunshine and appreciate the changes in nature as spring has finally arrived. Some of the Bunnies role- played, eating ice cream while they sunbathed. Other children were fascinated by seeing little animals and insects in their natural habitat. For instance, finding countless little firebugs in the bushes. It is excellent timing as we will begin a new unit where the Bunnies will learn that plants and animals are essential parts of the world we share.
Recently, the Bright Bunnies children are learning interesting facts about the spring season. They are learning about spring flowers, such as tulips, daffodils, bluebells, crocuses. They are learning the main parts of a flower, such as a stem, leaves, roots, and petals. During one of their art lessons, they made spring flowers by using differently designed DIY stamps and tempera paint. Thanks to the Bright Bunnies children the Happy Kids corridor is blossoming with spring flowers.
An activity like ’Grasshoppers Three’, where we play bells to a lively song, is a potent developmental tool. When the Bright Bunnies play their bells in different ways, such as up high and then down low, they increase their body awareness as they move intentionally to imitate our modeling. They learn spatial awareness as they move the bells over their heads and down by their toes. They improve their coordination by learning to control the movement of their arms and hands. Becoming familiar with the movement of our limbs on dancers, construction workers, or just navigating an ordinary day.
You may be wondering what the Bunnies have been up to since returning from the break. The Bunnies have been very busy playing and acquiring new skills and information. We started a new Unit of Inquiry, which is life cycles. So far, they have learnt that all living things go through various stages in life. The specific animal we are learning about at this moment is a butterfly. We have read the beautiful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as well. The Bunnies were shocked to know how much a caterpillar could eat. The Bunnies have done several activities, including crafts, to support their learning of this topic.
Circle dances offer a unique opportunity for imitative play that involves our whole community. As we stand facing one another, the lines are blurred between leading and following. In fact, we’re doing both of those things at the same time. This is reciprocal teamwork that results in a feeling of interdependence.
Recently, the Bright Bunnies children are learning about life cycles in various ways. At this time, they made a butterfly life cycle-themed craft. First, they coloured the butterfly samples with oil pastels. Then, they glued small paper leaves to the corners and glued beans as eggs, pasta pieces as caterpillars, crumpled tissue paper pieces as cocoons, and butterfly pictures of their preferences as butterflies. At last, they added eyes, antennas, thoraxes, and abdomen parts to their butterfly artworks.
Prior to the break, the Bright Bunnies had been learning how to work in a team as part of our Unit of Inquiry. Being able and knowing how to be part of a team is an important part of social development. Through teamwork, the Bunnies have been learning about problem-solving, compromising, sharing and understanding the importance of listening to one another. In some of the pictures, they are working together to build a jungle for Elmer the elephant, a story we read in class. They are talking and navigating one another through an obstacle course and colouring a picture together.
Circle dances come from the wonderful tradition of communities dancing together, a tradition that is timeless in origin and yet relevant today in its capacity to foster togetherness. Dancing in a circle benefits the mind, body, and spirit. “Circle dance is a very accessible form of dance for people of all ages and abilities, with the emphasis on participation, not performance.” (Michaelsen)
As the children cooperate together to do the steps of the dance, they are watching one another, imitating one another’s moves, and making eye contact, all in a context of play and enjoyment. This experience creates a sense of belonging and contribution.
Recently, the Bright Bunnies children experimented with salt, glue and colourful water during one of their visual arts lessons. First, they squeezed glue on the paper and drew curvy lines and shapes with them. Then, they sprinkled salt everywhere on the glue. At last, they used pipettes to colour the salt. The Bright Bunnies children mixed colours in various ways and were amazed to observe what happens when salt, glue and water interact with each other. It was an exciting day.
The Bright Bunnies children learned lots of interesting facts about Valentine’s Day. They made cute love birds and practiced their painting skills with tempera paint and sponges. Then, they practiced their sticking skills with small heart-shaped body cutout parts, feet, eyes and glue. Thanks to the Bright Bunnies children you can feel love in the air all around the Happy Kids building. Well done Bright Bunnies.
When the Bright Bunnies have the opportunity to play an instrument they are learning through the senses of touch, sight, and hearing. In this activity, the children are singing and listening to each other, feeling the pattern with their fingers in the air, and then playing the instrument itself. This multisensory approach is a powerful learning tool that will have them coming back for more.
The class of the Bright Bunnies have been very busy the past few weeks working on different projects and learning new things. What was truly exciting for them was the new learning experience they had together with the Friendly Frogs. We have been implementing a new method with the application of a kinaesthetic and multi-sensory approach, focusing on various math concepts and language development. The activities have been taking place in the gym and the children have been learning how to collaborate, practise patience and spatial awareness, as well as word recognition and numeration combined with gross motor skills. In addition, the Bunnies had a fantastic time participating in exciting gross motor activities at Rolli Polli. Valentine’s Day celebration was a truly special event our Bunnies were looking forward to with great enthusiasm. The children prepared beautiful cards and gift boxes for their parents, expressing their love and affection. Moreover, they have been practicing sweet Valentine’s songs and were very happy to perform for their families. The world has never seen so many Bunnies hugging each other as our Bunnies did on Valentine’s Day. Well done Bright Bunnies, for showing an example of unconditional love.
The Bright Bunnies children started to prepare some amazing DIY games for our National Puzzle Day and Chinese New Year celebration. They made a giant Chinese New Year tiger-themed puzzle that they can use for both occasions. A real 2 in 1 solution, how clever! They painted the puzzle pieces by following strictly some colour codes, then highlighted the lines once more for the perfect look. Well done Bright Bunnies, amazing teamwork!
The first month of the year is already behind us; the Bright Bunnies have been busy learning and having lots of fun in the classroom. The Bunnies have been learning the Jolly Phonics sounds and their numbers exceptionally well. We will celebrate National World Puzzle Day and Chinese New Year this week. For World Puzzle Day, the Bunnies did a craft and a math puzzle activity, and for Chinese New Year, they will learn why Chinese New Year is celebrated and its importance.
Today we enjoyed some echo and imitation activities as we sang, danced, and played. Imitation and echo are powerful teaching tools throughout our lives. Think of those times sitting around the campfire learning new songs, repeating words and phrases after the teacher in school, or copying steps to a new dance. To learn the three-beat rhythm of the minute, we experienced the rhythm by repeating familiar three-syllable words, reproduced the rhythm by playing it as body percussion, then learned the movements now and will help them when they study an instrument or sing or play in an ensemble later on.
Happy New Year Everybody! Our Bright Bunnies returned to school after a two-week break, happy to meet with their teachers and peers. Seeing the Cultural diversity board they had prepared at the end of the year reminded them of the diverse and unique class they really are. The Bunnies have been exploring Cultural Diversity as their Unit of Inquiry and it has been an interesting and exciting journey for them. They have been learning to acknowledge similarities and differences between people and cultures, and how to respect and honor each and every one of them. The Bunnies started the new year with a lot of outdoor and indoor play and they even celebrated one of their friend’s birthdays. We are thrilled to have them back, to nurture, love, educate, and contribute to their growth and development as their teachers. May you have a wonderful year Bright Bunnies, full of mind-blowing learning experiences, as well as lots of fun.
Theme: ‘Silly All Over’
Movement and language are great partners. As you dance or blow bubbles and label your movements with words like up and down, you are helping your child’s brain create new connections around these concepts. You can sing along, label your own movements, or describe the movements your child is choosing. Either way, you are encouraging your child’s language and learning.
The Bright Bunnies made cute reindeers by painting their palms and making palm prints on paper. They glued wiggly eyes and red noses to their reindeers and squeezed the liquid glue out of its tube, like a pro. Just the right amount we needed. At last, they used their pointer fingers to print Christmas lights. Thanks to the Bright Bunnies children the Happy Kids corridor looks beautiful and is shining in a Christmas vibe.
Just like that, Christmas and the end of 2021 is almost upon us. It has been a very busy few weeks with the children practicing and preparing for our Christmas assembly. The weather has been quite cold, but that has not stopped the Bright Bunnies from enjoying being outside. We even had the first snow of the year last week; as some of the Bunnies arrived in the morning, they shrieked with excitement at the sight of the garden covered with snow. Although it was not a significant snowfall, they were elated to bundle up and go outside to enjoy making snowballs and shoveling the little snow that had fallen on the ground.
Big bounces have big benefits. Watch your child for cues and see if he/she likes to be bounced extra high or enjoys a surprise wiggle or drop-many children enjoy the physical sensation of experiencing something slightly unexpected. Bounces are a great workout for your child’s stabilizing muscles that are necessary for healthy posture and overall balance. A silly surprise during a bounce is a fun way to strengthen those important tummy muscles.
It has been an exciting and busy time for our Bright Bunnies. Firstly, we had Pony riding and the children loved petting and riding the ponies. We also had a fun P.E, class where the Bunnies had the chance to run and jump, as well as engage in all sorts of games fostering their gross and fine motor skills, spatial awareness, imagination and co-operation. During individual development we learned the letter sounds /r/ and /m/, and practised number recognition and tracing. The Thanksgiving assembly was very successful and our Bunnies had a lot of fun. They learned the meaning of being thankful by singing special songs and creating unique arts and crafts for the occasion.
Imaginative play in childhood prepares the child to think creatively in a variety of settings throughout their lives. When the child engages in pretend play with a prop, they shift from the question, “What does this object do?” to a slightly different question, “What can I do with this object?” The object itself ceases to be the major focus of concern as the child incorporates the object into play in which the child chooses the meaning and goals. Through repeated exploratory experiences, the child discovers that every object has unlimited possibilities for use. Using the imagination helps children develop the ability to think abstractly, to use language to describe things others cannot see, and to empathize with other people.
The Bright Bunnies children made interesting patterns on paper using marbling ink. They loved using water and squeezing some ink drops in the tray. They excitedly placed their paper in the water and were amazed by the results. As soon as the lovely patterned paper was dry, they turned it into leaf and snowflake pieces and glued it on their ever-changing nature trees. What an amaz-ink experience.
An instrument play-along provides many opportunities to practice social skills. We ask the children to get instruments for themselves as well as for their grown-ups, they wait their turn, they interact with you and with their friends as they play, and at the end, they work with the group to put the instruments away and get ready for the next activity. These are big steps in the development of cooperation, relationships, and empathy.
Our Bright Bunnies have been experiencing how cool it is to paint with alternative tools, such as yarn pieces tucked in pegs. They learned if they push, pull, curl and move the yarn pieces in different ways, they will leave different marks each time. They also realized and learned that if their paper’s left and right sides somehow look the same, the phenomenon is called symmetry. What an amazing experience, it is almost like magic!
It is incredible how fast the weeks are going by. The Bright Bunnies have been engrossed in various activities and celebrations in the last two weeks. They are practising very hard for our upcoming assembly. We celebrated one of the Bunnie’s special birthdays, we ate cake and then had a little dance party. Many of the Bunnies were ecstatic to demonstrate their dancing skills. Last week we celebrated Diwali. It is the Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains worldwide.
Diwali, which coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival signalling a new beginning, triumphing good over evil and light over darkness. The Bunnies listened to the story of Diwali, coloured some pages and made some beautiful artwork with the visual art teacher.
The Bright Bunnies returned to their classroom after the autumn break, happy to meet with their friends and classmates. Though the weather has become colder, the children have been enjoying sunny days that made playing with autumn leaves in the beautiful garden really fun. The Bunnies have been working on their Halloween theme class board with their teachers, and felt proud with the result of their work. They have been anticipating the upcoming Halloween party and have been discussing what costumes they would put on. The Bright Bunnies’ classroom decoration had a spooky touch with bats and ghosts hanging from the ceiling, and spider webs covering the doors. A picture is worth a thousand words, and as you can see from the pictures the Bright Bunnies had a lot of fun working on Halloween .
Theme: Marvelous Me
You just can’t say it too many times: I love you. It’s such an important message for children to hear, whether you say, sing, or sign it! Knowing that they are loved unconditionally is one piece of the emotional puzzle that gives your children the need to become confident, competent learners.
The Bright Bunnies children made lots of Halloween decorations for our Halloween Party. They made spooky spiders and Jack-o-lanterns and practiced their painting, sticking and sprinkling skills. They learned interesting facts about Halloween and were well surprised when they learned that spooky spiders have eight eyes and legs! Boohoo! Well done Bright Bunnies!
Another two weeks have gone by, and we are here with another update. The Bright Bunnies have been hard at work learning about managing their emotions and understanding various facial expressions. The Bright Bunnies had fun during the Harvest Festival. We celebrated the day with an assembly, a snack, and a dance party outside in the garden.
We made scrumptious coconut balls and shared them with the rest of the Kindergarten. We also went to Rolli Polli. It is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting places that the Bunnies like to visit. They get to jump around and do many different exercises that foster their gross motor skills, and it is an excellent place for them to go to release the abundance of energy they all have.
Timbre awareness is the musical equivalent of phonemic awareness. It is an auditory skill that is developed through experience and exposure to many different musical sounds. Comparing and contrasting the sounds the bells and shakers make strengthen the same part of the brain that helps children listen to distinctions in the sounds of language.
The Bright Bunnies practiced their cutting, sticking, and painting skills. They made yummy apples for our Harvest Festival. The best part about that activity was that they could use scissors successfully, they loved every second of using scissors. They also painted on a see-through vertical surface and enjoyed seeing each other on the other side and playing the peaking game with each other in the meantime. Not just that, but they used fly swatters as well as an alternative brush. They experienced what it feels like to paint with slow, fast, gentle, and lively movements. Well done Bright Bunnies!
The Bright Bunnies have been enjoying the nice weather the last few weeks and have been engaging in fun outdoor activities in our well equipped garden. As they started to bond with each other and form friendships, daily outdoor play has become even more enjoyable for them. They also enjoy circle time, and they are progressing nicely with the Jolly Phonics program. So far we have covered the letter sounds ’s’, ’a’ and ’t’. The Bright Bunnies are developing according to their individual level and interests, through various exciting sensory activities. We support their individual development and are pleased to see them grow and progress. Indoor and outdoor play is an excellent tool that supports their holistic development in a fun way. Pony riding was one of our recent outdoor highlights and the Bright Bunnies had a lot of fun during this activity.
Emotions have a tremendous impact on learning. Children learn more readily and easily when they feel calm and happy. Learning with and from a beloved adult provides an even stronger learning environment. Simple activities such as rocking together help to create a sense of safety and comfort that lays a strong foundation for your child’s learning to take place.
One of the most amazing activities for children was to show their emotions through movement.
The Bright Bunnies learned more things about themselves, such as that they are all unique and different and no one looks the same as them. Elmer, the Patchwork Elephant showed a great example for them how important to stay themselves at all times, therefore they designed their own elephants, and showed us what kind of elephants they would be if they would be an elephant from the story. What amazing and colourful elephants were born that day!
A big welcome again to all the parents and children of the Bright Bunnies class. It has been an exciting two weeks with the Bunnies learning and getting to know one another. For those who were here last year, it is about navigating and getting to know a new classroom and, of course, making new friends; for those starting with us this year, everything is new; therefore, they are eager to explore all the classroom, and the garden has to offer.
This week we celebrated Literacy Day. It is a day celebrated to remind everyone of the importance of literacy as it is without a doubt the right of everyone to receive an education. We have started a new Unit of inquiry, titled, “This is me.” The Bunnies are learning that they are all unique. The Bunnies have also started to learn the letter sounds. So far, we have covered the letter sound ‘s’ we made some fun crafts of items, starting with this particular sound.
Taking turns is a learned skill that can be challenging for young children. Opportunities to take turns while adults are close by to help if needed, as in this activity, give young children the chance to practice this valuable skill. Your child’s ability to take turns will eventually help him/her make and keep friends, and be more successful at school.
The Bright Bunnies looked into mirrors and carefully observed the characteristics of their faces. They were encouraged to talk about their eye, hair, and skin colours. They made paper plate self-portraits and used lots of interesting art materials. They have learned that no one looks the same as them and they are all special.
Just like that! The school year has come to an end. What better way to end the year than to go to Rolli Polli; the Bunnies had a fun-filled morning with lots of movements. We are sad that our journey as a class has come to an end, but the end reflects growth. The...
Listening, singing, and playing instruments together while connecting to the larger community can be an experience of musical ecstasy for children. All the senses are employed, the emotions are engaged, and the stage is set for Bright Bunnies to experience a sense...
The Bright Bunnies made colourful summer birds during one of their visual art lessons. They practiced their decision-making skills by choosing certain colours for a purpose; sticking skills by sticking different art materials, such as feathers, paper pieces, and...
This week was a special week for the Bright Bunnies; we went on our first field trip. Our last unit of Inquiry for the year focuses on "Sharing the Planet." The Bunnies have been learning about how organisms are connected in nature and how our interaction with the...
Though it may sound strange, young children crave patterns. Familiar, recurring patterns bring order to children’s lives and help them to make logical predictions and anticipate daily events. Patterns also help children learn sequencing, an understanding of how to put...
The Bright Bunnies children are learning interesting facts about space and are making space-related artworks during their visual art lessons. They had a lot of fun ripping the paper pieces into smaller sizes and making Earth paper collage artworks from them. They also...
The Bright Bunnies children learnt a lot of interesting facts about flowers and their ideal growing circumstances during one of their visual art lessons. To deepen their knowledge, they were invited to make beautiful flowers from mainly recycled materials. They...
Today's lesson focus is tempo, which is defined as the speed of music (fast, slow, and everything in between). The Bright Bunnies explored the concept of tempo by listening, singing, imitating, moving, and observing. This unit's garden theme allowed the children to...
We are slowly heading towards the end of the school year, but before school comes to an end, the Bright Bunnies still have a lot to do. Our next big event will be Environmental Day, and for that, we have also been preparing. What is Environmental Day, it is a day set...
The month of April came and went just like that. The Bright Bunnies continued on their learning journey after the Spring break. They are working hard to learn to blend, recognise their numbers, and write them correctly. We have also been busy preparing for a very...