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Bright Bunnies, 11 November 2022

You may wonder what the Bright Bunnies have been up to since returning from the autumn break. We have been busy playing, learning and building friendships. The Bunnies have been working hard on their Jolly Phonics, discovering new sounds through a multisensory approach. We started a new unit of inquiry titled “Imagination”. The Bunnies have been doing various activities through art that showcase their creativity.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 11 November 2022

You just cannot say it too many times: I love you. It is such an important message for the Bright Bunnies 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.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 11 November 2022

What would you look like if you would be an Elmer-like elephant? What colours and patterns would you have? The Bright Bunnies children used their imagination and challenged themselves to design colourful and busy patterned elephants during one of their visual arts lessons. The children got inspired by the ‘Elmer, the Patchwork Elephant’ story written by David McKee and painted their elephant selves.

Bright Bunnies, 21 October 2022

The Bright Bunnies were having lots of fun creating their Halloween arts and crafts this week. We were making spiders, pumpkins and ghosts together for this Friday celebration. We used different methods and materials to make our crafts engaging and diverse. We are developing our fine motor skills through these activities and the children are making great progress so far. Bright Bunnies are excited and cannot wait to dress up in their costumes.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 21 October 2022

Timbre awareness is the musical equivalent of phonemic awareness. It is an auditory skill developed through experience and exposure to many musical sounds. Comparing and contrasting the sounds the bells and shakers make strengthen the same part of the brain that helps the Bright Bunnies listen to distinctions in language sounds.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 21 October 2022

The Bright Bunnies children made a few Halloween-themed arts and crafts, such as spooky spiders, and scary, but not-so-scary zombies. They painted the zombie faces with sponges and squeezed glue out of the tubes to glue various body parts on them. They painted the spiders with black tempera paint, glued wiggly eyes on them, and shook glitter bottles to sparkle their spooky spider.

Bright Bunnies, 7 October 2022

It is that time of year when we lose the warmth of summer and the long evenings; nature, however, has a lovely way of reminding us of the next season’s beauty. Autumn appears; with it comes cooler weather, beautiful colours, and many treasures falling from trees. Our main fall nature treasure this year is the horse chestnut. The Bunnies have been relishing their time outside and enjoying collecting buckets full of those little round things.

Aside from collecting horse chestnuts, the children have been learning about friendships and what it means to be a good friend. At the end of our discussion, each child drew something nice for a chosen friend as a form of kindness and appreciation.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 7 October 2022

Taking turns is a learned skill that can be challenging for the Bright Bunnies. Opportunities to take turns while adults are close by to help if needed, as in this activity, give the Bright Bunnies the chance to practice this valuable skill. Children’s ability to take turns will eventually help them make and keep friends, and be more successful at school.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 7 October 2022

The Bright Bunnies children have been learning about the harvest season like harvestable fruit and vegetables. They have been focusing on corn during one of their visual arts lessons. First, we observed some pictures of corn and identified their main physical features. Then, they practised their scissors skills and made beautiful corn crafts from the offered materials.

Bright Bunnies, 23 September 2022

What busy weeks our Bright Bunnies had. We are very proud of them. These weeks we are concentrating on children’s emotional and social skills by helping them interact with their friends and explore their interests. In the class, children have been participating in activities where they learned about their friends, their differences and their similarities. While we also started to work on their individualised learning in the morning, Bright Bunnies are working hard on their fine motor skills.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 23 September 2022

Emotions have a tremendous impact on learning. Bright Bunnies 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 Bright Bunnies was to show their emotions through movement.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 23 September 2022

The Bright Bunnies children started their art lessons with our art specialist in the art atelier. First, they made paintings using two or three of their favourite colours only. The children also celebrated International Dot Day during one of their art lessons and read The Dot book written by Peter H. Reynolds. “Make a dot and see where it takes you!” –said the art teacher. The Bright Bunnies children painted beautiful dots using watercolour paint.

Bright Bunnies, 9 September 2022

Our first two weeks of Kindergarten were a great success. The children from last year are so confident and happy to be part of the Bright Bunnies class; the newer ones are doing a fantastic job settling in. We are pleased to see the group adjusting well to the new environment, friends and to our daily routine. We kicked off the school year with our first Unit of Inquiry, “All about me.” The Bunnies are learning that every person is unique and special; everyone’s thoughts and ideas are important, therefore, should be respected. The Bunnies have learnt the first Jolly Phonics sounds this week. They created an artsy snake to represent the “s” sound.

Bright Bunnies, 10 June 2022

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!

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 10 June 2022

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 of joyful flow.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 10 June 2022

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. 

Bright Bunnies, 27 May 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 27 May 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 27 May 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 13 May 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, 13 May 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 13 May 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, 29 April 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 29 April 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 29 April 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, 8 April 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 8 April 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 8 April 2022

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!

Bright Bunnies, 25 March 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 25 March 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 25 March 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, 11 March 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 11 March 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 11 March 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, 28 February 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 28 February 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 28 February 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 11 February 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 11 February 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, 11 February 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 31 January 2022

​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!

Bright Bunnies, 31 January 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 31 January 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, 14 January 2022

​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.

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 14 January 2022

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.

Bright Bunnies, 11 November 2022

You may wonder what the Bright Bunnies have been up to since returning from the autumn break. We have been busy playing, learning and building friendships. The Bunnies have been working hard on their Jolly Phonics, discovering new sounds through a multisensory...

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 11 November 2022

You just cannot say it too many times: I love you. It is such an important message for the Bright Bunnies 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...

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 11 November 2022

What would you look like if you would be an Elmer-like elephant? What colours and patterns would you have? The Bright Bunnies children used their imagination and challenged themselves to design colourful and busy patterned elephants during one of their visual arts...

Bright Bunnies, 21 October 2022

The Bright Bunnies were having lots of fun creating their Halloween arts and crafts this week. We were making spiders, pumpkins and ghosts together for this Friday celebration. We used different methods and materials to make our crafts engaging and diverse. We are...

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 21 October 2022

Timbre awareness is the musical equivalent of phonemic awareness. It is an auditory skill developed through experience and exposure to many musical sounds. Comparing and contrasting the sounds the bells and shakers make strengthen the same part of the brain that helps...

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 21 October 2022

The Bright Bunnies children made a few Halloween-themed arts and crafts, such as spooky spiders, and scary, but not-so-scary zombies. They painted the zombie faces with sponges and squeezed glue out of the tubes to glue various body parts on them. They painted the...

Bright Bunnies, 7 October 2022

It is that time of year when we lose the warmth of summer and the long evenings; nature, however, has a lovely way of reminding us of the next season's beauty. Autumn appears; with it comes cooler weather, beautiful colours, and many treasures falling from trees. Our...

Bright Bunnies, Music and Drama, 7 October 2022

Taking turns is a learned skill that can be challenging for the Bright Bunnies. Opportunities to take turns while adults are close by to help if needed, as in this activity, give the Bright Bunnies the chance to practice this valuable skill. Children's ability to take...

Bright Bunnies, Visual Arts, 7 October 2022

The Bright Bunnies children have been learning about the harvest season like harvestable fruit and vegetables. They have been focusing on corn during one of their visual arts lessons. First, we observed some pictures of corn and identified their main physical...

Bright Bunnies, 23 September 2022

What busy weeks our Bright Bunnies had. We are very proud of them. These weeks we are concentrating on children’s emotional and social skills by helping them interact with their friends and explore their interests. In the class, children have been participating in...