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Finally, the Brilliant Pandas can enjoy some time playing and enjoying the sunshine. Running around the garden and playing in the sprinkler proved to be more than fun. Giggles and laughter has been a big part of our days. The dressing-up centre is always very popular among the children. Make-pretend is so much fun. Just look at the photos to see how much fun they had.
For young children movement is body awareness. The Brilliant Pandas are learning what their bodies can do. They are defining the physical perimeters of their bodies. They are becoming less generalized and more specific in their recognition of where the different parts of their bodies are and what those different specific body parts can do individually or in union with other parts of the body. They are becoming aware of the body’s movement range from frantic activity to rest
The Brilliant Pandas children went to the Chess Playground land and played with the black and white chess pieces. First, the children named and placed all the chess pieces on the chess rug. Then, they played a chess-themed memory game with the pieces. In the beginning, they had to put four big chess pieces in the same order as the small ones collaboratively. Next, they showed their memory and creativity skills by making chess puzzles for each other and challenging them to solve them both individually and collaboratively.
The Brilliant Pandas were focusing on the topic of space and planets and were making some space-related artworks during one of their visual art lessons. They made space shuttles from kitchen rolls and card paper. First, they painted the rolls with white tempera paint. Then, they cut the missing parts of the shuttles from paper with scissors. At last, they made their own designs with colourful pencils, markers, and crayons and put the parts together.
The Brilliant Pandas children went to the Chess Playground land and learned some new things about the pawn chess piece. First, the children covered their eyes and used their sensors to find pawn pieces from many. Then, they played the Pawn says game where they had to follow the Tiny Little Pawn’s commands, such as jumping up and down. Next, they learned interesting facts about the Tiny Pawn, such as he is worth only one point, there are eight of them in each army, and he can move forward only. At last, the children visited the cloudy Chess Palace and helped to find those chess pieces who were hiding behind the clouds.
The Brilliant Pandas started the week by having an abundance of fun. Exploring the Little Owl Route at the Palace of Wonders proved fun and laughter. Learning about our senses and about magnetism was very intriguing, but the best of all was the Imagination Playground. We came to a conclusion that we would like this exciting toy at Happy Kids too.
In this activity, the Pandas are required to actively listen to the beats played on the drum to determine a movement response. When you ask children to move in response to a musical cue, you help them to coordinate what they hear with how they move. They also learn to control their movements by connecting their own movements to what they’re hearing. They demonstrate they understand the difference between a walking beat and a running beat by changing their movements when the beat changes.
The Brilliant Pandas children are focusing on the topic of space and planets and are making some space-related artworks during their visual art lessons. First, they designed their own planets with watercolour paint. Next, they cut them out on their outlines with scissors. At last, they glued them on black paper bases and painted small stars with white tempera paint and q-tips.
The Brilliant Pandas children continued learning a lot of interesting facts about minibeasts. At this time, they learnt about dragonflies and ladybirds, their habitats, body parts, features, and superpowers. They practiced their planning, cutting, composing, sticking, and painting skills and made cute ladybirds and fancy dragonflies. Thanks to the Brilliant Pandas children, the Happy Kids corridor is full of friendly minibeasts.
The Brilliant Pandas children went to the Chess Playground land and learned some new things about the knight chess piece. First, they played hide-and-seek with Jumpy Knight from the Chess Palace. Next, they played a chess-themed tick-tock boom game with him and learned a new chess rhyme. Then, they learned interesting facts about Jumpy Knight, such as he is worth three points, he is a twin piece, he can jump over other chess pieces, and he can move in an “L” shape. At last, the children looked for his horseshoes on the chessboard and practiced moving with him on the chessboard.
The Brilliant Pandas and their parents had the opportunity to enjoy time together during Student-led Conferences this week. The stations were plentiful and interesting. The mathematics station was based on reading the time for an hour. The Bingo game was great fun that everyone enjoyed. Matching the clocks with the word cards required special skill and a lot of knowledge as there are some rather tricky words to be read there. The Class read a Dr Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham, so no wonder the game of memory and rhyming words connected to this fun story was so popular with so many. Another classic ‘The Rainbow Fish’ was a theme for the Unit of Inquiry station. Creating rainbow fish unique and colourful proved to provide much enjoyment not only to the children.
Locomotor movements, such as walking, running, or hopping, move the body from one place to another. Developing our locomotor skills improves our balance, coordination, and steady-beat awareness. A large percentage of the human brain is dedicated to gross- and fine-motor coordination and balance. So when the Brilliant Pandas practice their locomotor skills, they exercise their brains, too.
The Brilliant Pandas children went to the Chess Playground land and learned some new things about the queen and king chess pieces. First, they played the King Says game and diligently followed King Crucifer’s commands. Next, they practiced their handshake and reaction skills. At last, they worked on their workbooks and solved a lot of chess mysteries.
The Brilliant Pandas had their first field trip this year on the first day upon returning from their Easter Break. The weather, though very much typical for April, held out for us. We even saw some sunshine. Starting a new Unit of Inquiry is the perfect reason for venturing into nature and experiencing things firsthand. The scavenger hunt was great fun. We managed to find almost everything on our list. The two things that we could not we will try and look for in the garden here at Happy Kids in the next couple of days.
Most children, by nature, love to move! In this lesson, creative movement activities are multi-layered and allow the Brilliant Pandas to explore the world with their bodies and express their feelings and ideas. As a brain-building tool, creative movement taps into a variety of learning modalities (aural, visual, tactile, kinesthetic, spatial, conceptual) and helps you develop executive function skills such as problem-solving, comparing, and trying out new ideas. In our classes, movement experiences are also saturated with language, both receptive (understanding others) and expressive (sharing one’s own thoughts and ideas).
Recently, the Brilliant Pandas children are learning a lot of interesting facts about minibeasts. They are learning about their habitats, body parts, features, and superpowers. We focused on snails and bees in our visual art lessons and recreated them and their habitats. The children made cute paper plate snails and designed their shells with oil pastels and sequins. They practiced their cutting skills and cut the snail bodies from paper using scissors. They also printed beehives with bubble wrap stamps and drew bees according to their preferences. They cut their bees from paper and glued them to their beehives.
Finally, the Brilliant Pandas could show off the costumes they have prepared for the annual Fashion Show. The children had a great time preparing and an even greater time presenting the costumes. It was a huge success with all the audience who donated over an amazing 1.6 million forints to children affected by the situation in the Ukraine. Thank you also for the generous bids.
Pretend play strengthens learning by involving many areas of development at the same time: physical, social, emotional, math, music, language and literacy. Through pretend play with others your child learns how to take concrete physical experiences and move toward more abstract symbolic thinking, which includes creating mental images. The Brilliant Pandas’ literacy skills are developing, too, as they begin to use symbolic thinking and language to organize simple actions into more complicated sequences and pretend situations. This lesson highlights pretend play activities that engage many parts of your child’s brain at the same time, offering opportunities for your child to learn and practice both concrete and abstract skills.
The Brilliant Pandas children are learning some interesting facts about Easter and creating some Easter-themed artworks during visual art lessons. They made hatching Easter eggs and practiced their drawing, cutting, sticking, composing, and decision-making skills. First, they drew colourful patterns on the egg samples. Next, they cut the egg shapes out from paper on their outlines with scissors and made baby chicks according to their preferences. At last, they cracked the eggs by cutting zigzag lines in them, then they placed the baby chicks inside the cracked eggs.
The Brilliant Pandas children flew to the Chess Playground land and continued extending their chess knowledge. First, they played the Quick Kings game and tested their reaction speed. Next, we read a story about King Crucifer and learned all his features. Then, we played Red Rover, Red Rover game, where they showed off their team’s power, strength, and cheekiness. At last, they worked on their chess workbooks and strengthened their knowledge of the king chess piece.
The Brilliant Pandas children made colourful raising hand artworks for our upcoming art exhibition. First, they drew their hands around with pencils. Next, they drew cool patterns on them with markers. At last, they highlighted their hands’ outlines with black markers and carefully cut them on their outlines using scissors.
The Brilliant Pandas children flew to the Chess Playground land and continued extending their chess knowledge. First, they played hide-and-seek with Queen Quenessa. Then, they completed her wishes by listening to her attentively. After that, the children listened to Queen Quenessa’s story where she told her memories of hiking and having a great camp meal with the other chess pieces. She told the children her value, her moving and capturing abilities and other important facts about her. At last, she taught the children her favourite mind game, the Chess-themed Sudoku game. The Brilliant Pandas children solved a few Sudoku puzzles together and amazed Queen Quenessa with their logical thinking skills.
Through auditory discrimination activities, the Pandas are encouraged to develop phonological awareness. Phonological awareness involves an appreciation of the sounds, as well as the meanings of words. Instrument exploration activities such as this one encourage children to be sensitive to nuances of different sounds. This also helps them become sensitive to and appreciative of the subtle differences in the sounds of language as they continue to develop and fine-tune their language skills.
The Brilliant Pandas children flew to the Chess Playground land to play with the chess characters. First, they played a chess-themed Tick-Tack-Boom game. Those children who had the chess dice at the end of the chanting chess rhyme were out of the game. After that, the children put the Chess Palace-themed puzzles pieces together. Next, they paired up and played the Postman-Rook game with each other. At last, they raced against each other to see who could respond and run faster. What a fun day full of excitement.
The Hungarian Carnival was so much fun. During the day the class had ample opportunity to enjoy activities connected to this festivity. We had the chance to try our concentration and ability to aim for a jar submerged in water, dropping coins into it. Eating the coconut balls that we made was a real treat. We even learnt to salsa after finding out about the most famous carnival in Rio. At the end of the day, we just had to conclude that the Buso in Mohacs did not do a very good job of scaring the winter away as it still feels rather chilly. We can only hope for spring to arrive soon.
Graphic notation is a term that refers to any written or visual music system that uses simple pictures or symbols other than traditional music notes and rests to represent sounds and silence. Because of its simplicity, graphic notation gives the young child easy access to understanding musical concepts through symbols as well as sounds and serves as a stepping stone to the world of traditional musical notation.
Recently, the Brilliant Pandas children are learning about families and friendships in various ways. During one of their visual art lessons, the children had the opportunity to make friendship bracelets. They used their hand-and-eye coordination and fine-motor skills to thread beads on elastic strings. They carefully chose every single bead and designed the bracelets to the best of their knowledge. At last, as real good friends do, they gave the bracelets to the chosen ones and brightened each other days with them!
Skiing classes ended for the Brilliant Pandas’ class in February. Sliding down the slopes and breaking at the end of the slopes was a vital skill they learnt. The process involved a lot of hard work and many ups and downs, not only on the ski lift… All the Brilliant Pandas showed a great deal of endurance and persistence along with a great sense of humour.
One of the basic musical concepts we teach young children is that of rhythm patterns, which are combinations of long and short sounds and silences.
Children aged 4 to 6 years are able to copy rhythm patterns with increasing accuracy. Also, their eye-hand coordination is developing and improving. Activities that motivate children to use and improve these two skills (copying of the patterns and using eye-hand coordination) are appropriate, fun, and beneficial for children.
The Brilliant Pandas children learned lots of interesting facts about the carnival season and made funny self-portrait clowns from various art materials during one of their visual art lessons. First, they selected materials they wished to use on their artwork on their own. Then, they drew with markers and glitter pens, glued various art materials with liquid glue and cut with scissors. The art room was loud with giggles as the children loved experimenting with how funny they could look like a clown. We are sure all the Brilliant Pandas children are excited to dress up as something on the big day and party.
The Brilliant Pandas children flew to the Chess Playground land and worked on their workbooks with the help of the chess pieces. They placed some chess stickers to their missing places, counted how many queens, kings, bishops, knights, rooks and pawns they have in a chess set, circled the odd ones out in chess-themed tasks, matched up pairs according to different kinds of needs and put the chess pieces in their starting positions. At last, the children played with the Chess Palace-themed puzzles and placed the puzzle pieces in their places like a pro. They surely know everything about the chessboard and the Chess Palace and are ready to learn more about the chess characters.
Recently, the Brilliant Pandas children learned a lot of interesting facts about Valentine’s Day. They made lovely love birds from some interesting materials. They practiced their cutting skills with scissors. Then, they painted with tempera paint and sponges, glued with different kinds of heart-shaped paper pieces and glue. Thanks to the Brilliant Pandas children you can feel love in the air all around the Happy Kids building. Well done Brilliant Pandas.
The Brilliant Pandas children flew to the Chessplayground land and went on a train trip with the white chess pieces. They learned that using maps and GPS can help them to keep themselves on the right path when traveling. Just like on the roads and the chessboard when moving, we have to keep the rules. They learned that they can move sideways, up and down, and diagonally on the chessboard with most of the chess pieces. Then, they played games where they formed themselves in lines, files and diagonals. They also played a pawn-themed line game where they raced against each other to see who works better as a team. At last, they became live-GPS coordinators and showed the final positions of some chess-themed addresses. Well done Brilliant Pandas children, what a fun day it was.
Singing is a basic and beautiful form of human expression. A child’s ability to be expressive in language extends to exploration of her many voices, singing songs in a limited range, and emerging pitch accuracy. In keeping with the integrated nature of learning, the benefits of singing extend beyond the ability to match pitches. Singing helps with memory and recall, with physical development, creativity and socialization.
The Brilliant Panda’s rocked the place today during the Valentine’s Day Assembly. They moved along the songs, used their angelic singing voices and filled the gym with love and appreciation. No wonder the whole kindergarten greeted and appreciated this marvelous performance with loud cheers and clapping. We hope the photos can transcript a part of this wonderful atmosphere.
The Brilliant Pandas raced against each other by showing off their chess skills, such as who can put the chess pieces in their starting positions correctly the fastest, who can pass the chess dice around the most before the chosen couple complete their task in the middle, who can tell more things about a chess piece and who can find a chess piece in the Chess Palace the fastest. The racing vibe was the highest in the room filled with lots of excitement. Everyone nailed the big chess race and deservedly left the room with a chess sticker of their choice. Well done Brilliant Pandas.
The Brilliant Pandas learned lots of interesting facts about the Chinese New Year and made some decorations for our upcoming New Year celebration. They made Chinese paper dragons by cutting colourful paper strips using scissors, then forming them into circles and making paper chains using glue sticks. Next, they added long tails, wiggly eyes, horns and nostrils to their dragons too. They couldn’t wait to finish the last touches and play with them on the big day! Well done Brilliant Pandas!
Today the Brilliant Pandas had some fun in the morning. We celebrated National Puzzle Day. We created some puzzles and made our own cutting the pieces of the puzzle ourselves. In preparation for Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be fun as well as useful to create a display. We used the pieces of old puzzles. Stuck them to a heart that we attached to some lolly sticks. We like them very much. The online puzzle game was great fun too.
Experiencing the sound of the slide whistle going from low to high and high to low allows the 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 multisensory learning experience, one that lights up more of the brain and provides a more lasting learning experience.
The Brilliant Pandas started exploring a new, exciting topic in their Unit of Inquiry. They are learning about Families. To warm up to the topic they watched and discussed a PowerPoint presentation focusing on the vocabulary for this topic. Once they all showed to understand this, they started presenting their own family trees to their classmates. It was wonderful seeing how confident they just are in talking and even more wonderful to see how respectful the others were listening. A hip-hip-hurray for all of them.
Theme: Rhythms of the Land
In the activity ’Beat and No Beat’ children were listening to the music, making a distinction between hearing music with a beat or music with no beat, and responding creatively to what they heard. The rhythmic awareness that comes from listening to rhythm in music can carry over to an increased awareness of the rhythmic structure of language. This helps children speak, read, and listen fluently and comprehensively.
The Brilliant Pandas made cute Christmas gnome artworks during their visual art lessons. First, they observed and discussed what a Christmas gnome looks like. Then, they doodled the gnomes and personalized them according to their preferences. After that, they painted them colourful with watercolour. At last, they highlighted the important lines with black markers. Lots of funny looking Christmas gnomes were born that day. Well done Brilliant Pandas!
The Brilliant Pandas children flew to the Chessplayground land and went on a boat trip with the chess pieces. Each boat needed a captain who could handle their steering wheels. King Crucifer helped them to decide in a fun and exciting way; whoever pulls the longest rope can become a captain! After that, with the Brilliant Pandas children’s help, the chess pieces went to their starting positions and were ready for a battle! After the battle, the children looked closely with a magnifying glass in the Chesspalace’s certain ranks and files and told us what they could see. What an amazing adventure day it was!
What a busy time the Brilliant Pandas are having this December. They are eagerly getting ready for their Christmas Play as well as preparing presents for their loved ones. On 6 December Saint Nicholas visited the class and brought all the children a lovely little packet with some chocolates that they truly enjoyed. As the class was so brilliant and worked so very hard this first half of the year, they deserved a special gift that they right away learnt the rules for, and played with it nicely.
Listening, thinking, and making choices are required for children to pay attention to the sound prompts in this game. In this process they are using and developing their listening skills. As they think about the sounds in nature and imitating (a bear’s growl) they are using and developing their creative thinking skills. Finally, as they choose and use these sounds in the game they are exercising choice and strengthening their listening awareness.
The Brilliant Pandas had a great time during the Thanksgiving party. They played bingo, made a toilet paper turkey craft as well as some delicious pumpkin muffins that they consumed after their lunch for their dessert. All Happy Kids classes were excellent performers. The Pandas sang two songs, one by Luise Armstrong, What a Wonderful World and the other a children’s song called the Powow Song.
Our brains are hard-wired to see the patterns and sequences in the world around us. Learning to see or hear and then recall patterns and sequences means that we can extract meaning from information, language, music, and movement as well as organize the information so we can remember it more easily. As children develop the ability to recognize and decode patterns and sequences, their learning potential is greatly enhanced because their brains are building skills in prediction and categorization, which can be applied to any new information they encounter.
The Brilliant Pandas learned lots of interesting facts about St Nicholas Day and the Christmas season during visual arts lessons. They painted Santa Clauses with tempera paint on light blue paper. Before the creative process, we discussed the main characteristics of Santa Claus. Many different types of Santa Clauses were born that day. Big Santas, small Santas, upside-down Santas, hiding Santas, skinny Santas and fat Santas. The children perfectly personalized their Santas according to their preferences. Santa Claus will be thrilled when he will see all the art pieces made by the Brilliant Pandas. Well done!
The Brilliant Pandas children flew to the Chessplayground land and caught the chess pieces in a big mess. The pieces were all over the place. The Brilliant Pandas children know how important it is to be clean and organized and to line up nicely and neatly when needed. They helped the chess pieces to line up with King Crucifers help, and they learned the starting positions of the chess pieces. Then, they had a ‘reflection dancing’ game with the chess pieces and they mirrored their partner’s movements. Afterwards, they worked on their chess workbooks and put the missing chess piece stickers to their starting positions. Thanks to the Brilliant Pandas now all the chess pieces are in their places and are ready for a battle. Well done Pandas.
By participating in singing games, children develop social skills that prepare them for adulthood including; taking turns and waiting for turns, working cooperatively, observing and accepting others’ ideas, gaining skills and confidence in being a leader and follower, and watching, listening to, and speaking to one another.
The Brilliant Pandas have been busy working on a collaborative art project during visual art lessons. They took turns and painted parts of the giant Paw Patrol picture. The children were very excited, amazingly focused and made sure not to go outside the lines with their brushes and paint with the right colours in the right areas. If it were up to them, they would not finish painting and preparing the other parts of this picture that day! Well, there is more to come, stay seated, this Paw Patrol picture will be amazing when it is done by the Brilliant Pandas!
The Brilliant Pandas children flew to the Chessplayground land and helped Sturdy Rook to deliver some very important letters, such as a birthday card to Elephant Street 4, a birthday invitation to Guitar Street 6, a lost letter to Apple Street 1, and many other letters with many other purposes as well. Then, they listened to a story of the royal couple who got soaking wet in the rain and needed a rescue. We discussed what we would do if it would start to rain and we would have no umbrella. Some would run home, some would jump up and down in a muddy puddle, some would dance, some would take a raincoat out of their bag, and some would go underneath something near that can protect them from the rain. After the Brillant Pandas worked on their chess workbooks and fixed a chessboard by colouring some missing black squares, they connected the chess pieces with their shadows and learned how to identify them by their looks. What an amazing lesson it was!
Special Days are always highly appreciated at the Brilliant Pandas Class. This time we plunged headfirst into science. Investigating volcanoes and how they work, then creating a volcano craft and the height of the whole day making a REAL volcano of our own was just oodles of excitement and fun. Our volcano erupted and oozed colourful lava. Magnificent!
Today the Brilliant Pandas had a special day. We celebrated Halloween. Big and small dressed up in costumes to have some fun. Witches, cats, bats and superheroes gathered in the classroom to have some exciting activities. Bingo was a real hit as always. This time looking for werewolves, cauldrons, witches and zombies was the task. Colouring sheets reflected the same theme and they were truly popular, but the best fun as always was baking with Ms Enikő! Making chocolate muffins with jelly bean bats has proven to be oodles of joy and laughter. Just look at the photos to take a peep into this marvellous day.
Theme: All Keyed Up
Exploring and playing instruments is an opportunity for strengthening fine motor skills. For instance, playing the woodblock requires that your child hold a mallet with a pincer grip and holding the guiro in one hand while striking the woodblock with the other. The skills being developed will benefit writing and sports as well as the study of a musical instrument. Encouraging the children to use both hands when playing also strengthens both dominant and non-dominant hands.
The Brilliant Pandas drew wicked witches and sharpened their drawing and colouring skills by having a directed drawing activity during visual art lessons. They excitedly followed the art teacher’s ’step-by-step’ instructions and personalized the witches according to their preferences. Although they drew ’the same’ witches, none of them look the same! Well done Pandas!
The Brilliant Pandas children flew to the Chessplayground land and played a few games with the chess pieces. First, they played an ‘opposite matching’ game with the chess beanbags where they had to find their opposite pairs out of many. Then, they went on a ‘treasure hunt’ and crawled through a tunnel to identify and take each chess piece back to their home one by one as the chess teacher nominated and told them to. After that, they worked on their chess workbooks and filled in the missing square pictures of the Chesspalace using stickers. At last as a treat, they coloured one colouring page from the book related to our hunting game. What an amazing adventure it was!
Think of the brain as lots of different filing cabinets. The cabinet that can hear and distinguish sounds is different from the cabinet that holds the ability to make a movement. When we ask the brain to listen, then distinguish a sound and respond with a movement we are strengthening the connections that in the future we will use to integrate new learning, make decisions, and be critical thinkers.
The Brilliant Pandas are celebrating the month of the Big Draw Festival and are focusing on their drawing skills. The festival’s theme this year is ‘Make the Change’. The Brilliant Pandas decided to focus on professions that make changes in our everyday life and drew firefighters this time. They followed the art teacher’s ‘step-by-step’ instructions and drew amazing firefighters! Well done Pandas!
There have been two very busy weeks for the children at the Brilliant Pandas class.
Being able to react calmly and quickly in an emergency can save lives. This is what we established through many exciting and fun activities the other day when we celebrated World First Aid Day. We looked at what can be found in a first aid kit, discussed the different injuries there might occur in our environment, learnt the protocol for establishing if someone is unconscious, followed by learning the recovery position. The Brilliant Pandas had fun galore and learnt many exciting new things.
Opening Party was a real success this time also. This is always a great opportunity for parents and children to get together and meet up, as well as for the teachers to give more information about the curriculum and what lies ahead for all of us in the forthcoming school year.
It is always a true adventure for all of us, when the ponies visit. So this was the case on this occasion too.
We hope the photos will reflect the tremendous fun we had!
Please call back in a couple of weeks for some fresh exciting news!
Exposing children to different genres in music, such as opera, provides a telescopic view into history, as well as a spark for imagination, creativity, and emotion. Dating back to the 16th century, opera is the one of the most complex of all art forms. Stories told with singing, elaborate sets and costumes, orchestra, and props, and historically wealthy patrons were, at one time, the most popular form of entertainment.
The Brilliant Pandas were inspired by the International Dot Day and read ‘The Dot’ book written by Peter H. Reynolds. They painted their own tiny dots and made them bigger and bigger and even more colourful too. They realized even a small dot can take them through undiscovered artistic journeys and creative-lands. The project proved to them that they can be all little artists. Well done Pandas!
The first two weeks of school have flown by.
The Brilliant Pandas all settled and learnt the rules and expectations of our class.
Being a good friend is a must in our class, so it is not at all surprising that our World Literacy Project revolved all around this topic.
First, we read and revisited a cute story about a Little White Owl, who, though by appearance plain and white has multiple talents. His imagination and storytelling ability are one of a kind! He impresses even the pickiest and choosiest audience. As a follow up to the story we completed a number of fun and engaging activities. We sorted actions into two categories showing how a good or a bad friend would behave, then we extended that to talking about our own wishes and created our ideal best friend with those character features important to us. Being unique and one of a kind is what we all are and to prove this, we created our colourful owls.
We hope you will see how much we enjoyed these activities by looking at our photos!
To find out about our adventures, please call back in a couple of weeks.
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 experience creates a sense of belonging and contribution.
The Brilliant Pandas started the art lessons with an exciting art project. They made layered self-portraits: first, they highlighted the main lines of their faces on see-through sheets, then coloured the photocopied drawings of their self-portraits according to their characteristics. Lots of giggles and laughter filled these lessons and many funny-looking self-portraits were made! Well done Pandas, what drawtastic self-portraits you made!
Finally, the Brilliant Pandas can enjoy some time playing and enjoying the sunshine. Running around the garden and playing in the sprinkler proved to be more than fun. Giggles and laughter has been a big part of our days. The dressing-up centre is always very popular...
For young children movement is body awareness. The Brilliant Pandas are learning what their bodies can do. They are defining the physical perimeters of their bodies. They are becoming less generalized and more specific in their recognition of where the different...
The Brilliant Pandas children went to the Chess Playground land and played with the black and white chess pieces. First, the children named and placed all the chess pieces on the chess rug. Then, they played a chess-themed memory game with the pieces. In the...
The Brilliant Pandas were focusing on the topic of space and planets and were making some space-related artworks during one of their visual art lessons. They made space shuttles from kitchen rolls and card paper. First, they painted the rolls with white tempera paint....
The Brilliant Pandas children went to the Chess Playground land and learned some new things about the pawn chess piece. First, the children covered their eyes and used their sensors to find pawn pieces from many. Then, they played the Pawn says game where they had to...
The Brilliant Pandas started the week by having an abundance of fun. Exploring the Little Owl Route at the Palace of Wonders proved fun and laughter. Learning about our senses and about magnetism was very intriguing, but the best of all was the Imagination Playground....
In this activity, the Pandas are required to actively listen to the beats played on the drum to determine a movement response. When you ask children to move in response to a musical cue, you help them to coordinate what they hear with how they move. They also learn to...
The Brilliant Pandas children are focusing on the topic of space and planets and are making some space-related artworks during their visual art lessons. First, they designed their own planets with watercolour paint. Next, they cut them out on their outlines with...
The Brilliant Pandas children continued learning a lot of interesting facts about minibeasts. At this time, they learnt about dragonflies and ladybirds, their habitats, body parts, features, and superpowers. They practiced their planning, cutting, composing, sticking,...
The Brilliant Pandas children went to the Chess Playground land and learned some new things about the knight chess piece. First, they played hide-and-seek with Jumpy Knight from the Chess Palace. Next, they played a chess-themed tick-tock boom game with him and...