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Brilliant Pandas, Music and Drama, March 2020

Moving slowly can be a huge challenge for young children. The contrast of largo to most children’s speedy tempo is a comparison worthy of practice. Children need to learn how to slow down when riding a bike, running down a hill, walking in a line, or working with others. Managing their own physical tempo helps children adjust to different situations, maintain safety, and cooperate with others who may have a tempo different from their own.

Brilliant Pandas, Visual Arts, March 2020

The Brilliant Pandas learnt about the importance of recycling and how many ways they can look after our environment. They learnt that they can work and do art projects with recycled materials, such as bottle lids, carton boxes, and old CDs. They made beautiful pictures using bottle lids and painted old CDs with acrylic paint. They can not wait to scratch beautiful patterns on them and hang them up as a decoration. Well done Pandas!

Brilliant Pandas, March 2020

When we got back from the ski break we celebrated Carnival with the whole school. In the Pandas class, the children played some fun games such as musical chairs and fruit salad. There was also some face painting for the children done by their teachers. After a doughnut snack, we went to the gym to enjoy a magic show. The magician wowed everybody with impressive tricks. After the show, the children went to the garden where Milja, the music teacher and Ildikó, the art teacher had set out some carnival games for us. There was a bowling game, a fishing game, a golf game, a popping balloon game, a toss the hoop game and other interesting games. The children were super excited and had a ton of fun going to all the games.

Brilliant Pandas, February 2020

We have had a number of events happening these last two weeks. First we had our Student-Led Conferences, which were a success. The children and their parents enjoyed doing activities that demonstrated what the class has been learning this year. There were activities connected to our Unit of Inquiry, ‘Where in the World am I’. There was a mathematics activity involving shapes and a very engaging strategy game called Mancala. The children took to the game very quickly and now they play it all the time in the class.

We also celebrated one of our teacher’s birthday with cake and dancing afterwards. On Valentine’s Day we had an assembly and the Pandas sang two songs for their parents. We made crafts such as wire hearts with beads in them and little heart picture frames using salt dough.

Brilliant Pandas, Visual Arts, February 2020

The Brilliant Pandas worked on a big art projects that took 2 to 3 lessons to complete. They experienced the Mixed Media Art technique by making a Valentine’s Day art by using oil pastels, colouring pencils, coloured markers, watercolour paint and tempera paint as well. They had to use and mix these materials smartly by designing their piece of heart artwork differently in those four sections given. The Pandas also learnt about the carnival season and some of the most popular carnivals, such as the Venice Carnival, the Rio Carnival, the Nice Carnival, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the traditional Hungarian Busójárás. They made Busó masks by forming newspaper pieces into eyes, mouth and other funny face parts. They cannot wait to paint them during their next lesson. They got very excited about our Carnival Event at Happy Kids and cannot wait to get dressed up.

Brilliant Pandas, Music and Drama, February 2020

Simply being silly is another great way to help children develop a sense of humor. Silliness can be a parent’s greatest ally in the day-to-day, hour-to-hour challenges of parenting and can help turn even the biggest power struggles into moments of joyful connection. A little silly fun is a great motivator that can encourage positive behavior. As you sing the silly songs in this unit, make note of those the children especially enjoy and encourage families to learn them together to lighten moments of tension or stress.

Brilliant Pandas, Visual Arts, February 2020

The Brilliant Pandas celebrated our Chinese New Year event by making a dragon puppet. They enjoyed playing with them afterwards and put lots of smiles on their little faces. The Pandas started to prepare some decorations for our upcoming Valentine’s Day event and worked on a Kandinsky inspired heart art project and learnt about warm and cold colours, dark and light colours and what the symbol of heart means.

Brilliant Pandas, Music and Drama, February 2020

In this lesson, your child was introduced to the important relationship between sounds and symbols. In many activities, the class heard sounds (from the audio or from their bodies, voices, or instruments) and also saw that represented those sounds. The symbols showed the duration, quality, pacing, pattern, and intensity of the sounds. Decoding and interpreting symbols are pre-reading skills that are necessary in the areas of language (letters, words, sentences), math (numbers, shapes, patterns), and music (music notation).

Brilliant Pandas, February 2020

Our Chinese New Year celebration was a great success! We had our Chinese families come and tell us about the tradition. They prepared some activities for us and introduced us to China and the culture. First Shen Cheng’s mother told us a story of Nian, the beast who would terrorise the nearby village and how the villagers bested him. After that, the children made dumplings by rolling out dough and filling it with a meat and vegetable filling. The children also made some paper crafts using scissors to cut out the pattern. The children and the teachers had a ton of fun and it was such a special treat to have some parents with us sharing their tradition. Thank you to those who made this day happen.

Brilliant Pandas, January 2020

The Brilliant Pandas have been busy since we got back from Winter break. We have been continuing with our Unit of Inquiry, ‘Where in the World am I’; and learning more about the Earth, continents and oceans. The children did a project titled ‘My Place in the World’. The project consists of circles decreasing in size from our Solar System to our class. The children worked in their Tribes groups drawing and colouring their circles to make the class project. To learn more about the countries and cultures that inhabit our planet, the children viewed and participated in the World Explorer programme on the Smart Board. This interactive game teaches children about the different animals, landmarks and cultures of the World.

Brilliant Pandas, Music and Drama, January 2020

Many traditions and cultures around the world use circle dances to strengthen community connections. In Kindermusik classes, we value the long tradition of circle dancing as well as the learning that circle dances offer. Circle dances can be simple and fun with every contributing equally (no leaders or followers) and they give everyone a sense of accomplishment and joy. When we dance together, we synchronize our movements to a common steady beat. Research shows that this connects us both physically and emotionally to one another, allowing us to relax together as we dance. Circle dances create the perfect environment for your children to thrive and grow emotionally and socially.

Brilliant Pandas, Visual Arts, January 2020

The Brilliant Pandas learnt the scratching art technique. They coloured the paper all over with oil pastels, then painted their work with soapy tempera paint. Later on, once their work dried, they scratched a New Year’s Eve related picture in their work. The Pandas also learnt the layers of the Earth and formed a mini version of it from salt dough. Well done Pandas!

Brilliant Pandas, Visual Arts, December 2019

The Brilliant Pandas made lovely Christmas boots and showed off their lacing techniques to Santa. They made lots of Christmas ornaments for our Happy Kids Christmas tree as well. They worked hard to make some decorations for our Christmas Party too. Well done Pandas, without you nothing would be shining so nicely on our Christmas tree!

Brilliant Pandas, December 2019

These past few weeks, the Brilliant Pandas class has been busy with Christmas and winter preparations. We decorated the classroom with festive ornaments and had a special visitor come all the way from Santa’s workshop – the Scout Elf. The Elf moves around the room when no one is looking and helps Santa with his work. The Pandas have been busy preparing for the Christmas show and also St. Nicholas’s visit to the classroom. St. Nicholas had a chat with all the children in the class and said some very nice things about everyone. He handed out some sweet treats at the end for the children to take home.
We also had our first ski lesson following the first snowfall we had. The children enjoyed it immensely and had fun learning how to stay upright on the heavy boots and skis. We have many more ski days to look forward to in January.

Brilliant Pandas, November 2019

The Brilliant Pandas worked very hard on making a world-map from salt dough. They observed and discussed all the details about our World and learned about continents and oceans.

Brilliant Pandas, November 2019

Spatial awareness allows us to sense both objects in the space around us and our body’s position in space. The vestibular system receives information from the inner ear, eyes, muscles and joints, fingertips, and feet and communicates with the brain, which tells the body how it needs to move. Spinning, jumping, balancing, rolling, and turning can help develop and improve the vestibular system and spatial awareness.

Brilliant Pandas, November 2019

At the beginning of last week, the children became little scientists for World Science Day. We conducted some experiments that have to do with food. For the first experiment, the children wrote their name on the skin of bananas with toothpicks. They watched as what they wrote got darker when the skin of the banana became bruised and the chemicals in the banana started to oxidize. In the second experiment, the children watched the way the fat molecules in the milk bonded with the washing up liquid and pushed the food colouring around the milk. In the third experiment, the children experimented with dropping food colouring into baby oil and watching them made blobs at the bottom of the oil. For the final experiment, we made our own butter using cream. The children took turns shaking the cream in the jar until the butter separated from the buttermilk. For afternoon snack, we had our homemade butter on toast.

Brilliant Pandas, November 2019

Pretend play is the ability to transform objects and actions symbolically. If you closely watch a young child’s pretend play, you will see that they are learning about the real world around them by exploring imaginary situations. Children use pretend play to practice and explore what is and is not possible. Pretend play gives children the opportunity to try out their ideas and solve problems as they create the characters and rules of their world.

Brilliant Pandas, November 2019

Last week we had the Halloween celebrations. The children came in wearing interesting costumes and got their photos taken. Afterwards we played games such as putting the eyes and mouth up on the pumpkin while blindfolded and wrap the mummy up in toilet paper. We made teams and saw who was able to wrap the mummy fastest in one minute. We listened to a lot of Halloween songs and danced. We went downstairs and saw a puppet show about a hedgehog who wanted friends but was scared about his prickly appearance. The children had a lot of delicious snacks such as crisps, gummy spiders, biscuits and chocolates. We ended the celebrations with a long outdoor time playing in the garden.

Brilliant Pandas, November 2019

The Brilliant Pandas worked hard to make a ’Haunted House’ from toilet rolls and carton boxes. They painted them black and glued them to each other with their Visual Arts Teacher to make a spooky house decoration for their class. They made a ’Laced Pumpkin’ craft and a ’Skeleton’ craft from different types of pasta and ear buds. Those skeletons look so scary!

Brilliant Pandas, October 2019

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 a follower, and watching, listening to, and speaking to one another.

Brilliant Pandas, October 2019

Children have learned that they can express their feelings through movement as well as identifying the feelings music inspires in them. In the activities that we do in this unit, we can explore together how major and minor tonalities can elicit different feelings and different ways to express those feelings through movement. This multi-sensory way of learning deepens your child’s understanding of their expanding music vocabulary.

Brilliant Pandas, October 2019

The Brilliant Pandas experienced silhouette painting, they painted an African sunset with African animals. They painted the background first, after that they used stencils to paint the animals. They also prepared some mushrooms and scarecrows for our Harvest Festival. Great job Pandas!

Brilliant Pandas, October 2019

Autumn is fully underway and the cooler weather has set in. The Pandas class was busy with practicing for their Harvest Assembly songs. The children coloured in and drew some fruits and vegetables to display in the gym. The morning of the Harvest Festival, the children made some sandwiches to have as a snack later. They buttered bread, placed ham and cheese on it and helped arrange the sandwiches on the plate. After the assembly and morning snack, the whole class came to the gym to watch a puppet show on a little caterpillar that turns into a butterfly. The caterpillar meets friends and enemies through his journey to turn into a butterfly. The next day, as a conclusion for the Harvest Festival, the children tried some freshly pressed grape juice.

Brilliant Pandas, September 2019

Exposing  the Brilliant Pandas to different genres in music, such as opera, provided a telescopic view into history, as well as a spark for imagination, creativity, and emotion. Stories told with singing, elaborate costumes, orchestra, props, and historically wealthy patrons were, at one time, the most popular form of entertainment.

Brilliant Pandas, September 2019

These past two weeks, the Brilliant Pandas have been discovering new things about their classmates. We played several TRIBES games such as tossing a ball to each other and saying our names and one interesting fact about us and a game called “Spider Web” which included a ball of yarn which the children tossed to each other and saying a fact about themselves or something they like to do. The end of the game resulted in a spider web pattern with the yarn. Once the children did some activities together as a whole community, they split into their TRIBES groups and played an “I like…” sorting game. This game involved team participation as the group worked to figure out what food, toys and other activities they liked together as a group. Finally the children worked individually to complete an All About Me sheet that represented facts about themselves.

Brilliant Pandas, September 2019

The last stream of warm summer wind knocked on all of our teacher’s door and whispered into their ears that it is time to go back to Happy Kids to start the new school year. Our new Visual Arts teacher, Ms. Ildikó was very excited to meet with all the children and do some arts and crafts with them.

The Brilliant Pandas made a picture from autumn leaves and experienced blow painting with a straw. They also made portraits of themselves and of their friends. It was a lot of fun!

Brilliant Pandas, October 2019

The children have been steadily improving their letter recognition and fine motor skills. We practice Jolly Phonics through the Smart Board programme every day and we can see a real improvement in how the children are learning and their literacy skills.

With the programme on the Smart Board, the children get the chance to listen to the Jolly songs and stories; they practice the correct directionality of the letters through a rhyme taught to the class. They get to interact with the different activities by moving around the components on the smart board to spelling out words and play games. Using this resource also means that the children have to learn how to take turns and to give everyone the opportunity to participate in the activities. We further reinforce what they have learnt by using wipe off boards and markers to practice writing the letters and spelling out words.

Brilliant Pandas, September 2019

From the first day, we started with our routine to relax at the end of the class. Children enjoyed the light show and slow, relaxing music. 

Brilliant Pandas, September 2019

The Brilliant Pandas started the new school year with some teamwork project. The children formed into 4 groups and they made Giant and Red Pandas together. Our Visual Arts Teacher saw amazing teamwork efforts and was very delighted to see how engaged the children were with this project. Well done Pandas!

Brilliant Pandas, September 2019

Our first week was about getting to know one another and building a community in the class. The children sit with their TRIBES group at lunch and have free choice and outdoor play time with their classmates. This develops a connection between each and every one of us.

Brilliant Pandas, Music and Drama, March 2020

Moving slowly can be a huge challenge for young children. The contrast of largo to most children's speedy tempo is a comparison worthy of practice. Children need to learn how to slow down when riding a bike, running down a hill, walking in a line, or working with...

Brilliant Pandas, Visual Arts, March 2020

The Brilliant Pandas learnt about the importance of recycling and how many ways they can look after our environment. They learnt that they can work and do art projects with recycled materials, such as bottle lids, carton boxes, and old CDs. They made beautiful...

Brilliant Pandas, March 2020

When we got back from the ski break we celebrated Carnival with the whole school. In the Pandas class, the children played some fun games such as musical chairs and fruit salad. There was also some face painting for the children done by their teachers. After a...

Brilliant Pandas, February 2020

We have had a number of events happening these last two weeks. First we had our Student-Led Conferences, which were a success. The children and their parents enjoyed doing activities that demonstrated what the class has been learning this year. There were activities...

Brilliant Pandas, Visual Arts, February 2020

The Brilliant Pandas worked on a big art projects that took 2 to 3 lessons to complete. They experienced the Mixed Media Art technique by making a Valentine's Day art by using oil pastels, colouring pencils, coloured markers, watercolour paint and tempera paint as...

Brilliant Pandas, Music and Drama, February 2020

Simply being silly is another great way to help children develop a sense of humor. Silliness can be a parent's greatest ally in the day-to-day, hour-to-hour challenges of parenting and can help turn even the biggest power struggles into moments of joyful connection. A...

Brilliant Pandas, Visual Arts, February 2020

The Brilliant Pandas celebrated our Chinese New Year event by making a dragon puppet. They enjoyed playing with them afterwards and put lots of smiles on their little faces. The Pandas started to prepare some decorations for our upcoming Valentine’s Day event and...

Brilliant Pandas, Music and Drama, February 2020

In this lesson, your child was introduced to the important relationship between sounds and symbols. In many activities, the class heard sounds (from the audio or from their bodies, voices, or instruments) and also saw that represented those sounds. The symbols showed...

Brilliant Pandas, February 2020

Our Chinese New Year celebration was a great success! We had our Chinese families come and tell us about the tradition. They prepared some activities for us and introduced us to China and the culture. First Shen Cheng’s mother told us a story of Nian, the beast who...

Brilliant Pandas, January 2020

The Brilliant Pandas have been busy since we got back from Winter break. We have been continuing with our Unit of Inquiry, 'Where in the World am I'; and learning more about the Earth, continents and oceans. The children did a project titled 'My Place in the World'....

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