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Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, March 2020

Singing is a basic and beautiful form of human expression. A child’s ability to be expressive in language extends to the 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.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, March 2020

The Cheeky Monkeys learnt about clowns and the carnival season and its different carnivals around the world. They made a self clown portrait and they giggled a lot when they turned themselves into different types of clowns. They helped making some DIY carnival games to our Carnival Event and learnt to draw a detailed and proportionally correct human body. They experienced painting on a vertical see-through surface and really enjoyed creating something unusual. Well done Monkeys!

Cheeky Monkeys, March 2020

We kicked off the week with the Carnival on Monday, the Cheeky Monkeys wore some excellent costumes and enjoyed the magic show very much.
We began learning about the human body this week as our current unit of inquiry. We discussed some of the major organs such as the brain, heart and lungs. Our focus this week has been on the human skeleton and the lungs. The children enjoyed making a life sized skeleton in their Tribes and they learnt the names of a few bones. They are also gaining more understanding as to how the lungs work.
Another member of our class turned six years old this week and we had a lovely time celebrating with cake and dancing.

Cheeky Monkeys, February 2020

This week started with the Student-led Conferences for the Cheeky Monkeys children. All the children had a chance to share with their parents their knowledge and abilities in different areas. We hope all the parents enjoyed playing with and learning something new and exciting about their children.
The last couple of weeks we have been focusing on learning and understanding the place value of the numbers in mathematics. We played a lot of fun games during our center times in TRIBES.
This month the TRIBES theme is ‘care’. The children explored what it means to care for their family members, friends and community and were encouraged and reminded to show care as much as possible. We ended this topic by celebrating Valentine’s Day and making a ‘I care’ project which you can view on our bulletin board.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, February 2020

The Cheeky Monkeys learnt about primary colours and how to intersect lines vertically and horizontally in a Mondrian style. They showed off their cutting, sticking, designing and painting skills. Our Valentine’s Day display board looks amazing thanks to them! The Monkeys also learnt about the carnival season and some of the most popular carnivals, such as, the Venice Carnival, Rio Carnival, 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 really enjoyed painting them during their next lesson. They cannot wait to have our Carnival Event at Happy Kids and get dressed up to something.

Cheeky Monkeys, 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.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, February 2020

The Cheeky Monkeys 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 Monkeys started to prepare some decorations for our upcoming Valentine’s Day event and worked on a Mondrian inspired heart art project and extended their knowledge about primary colours, vertical, horizontal and intersect lines in art. Well done Monkeys!

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, February 2020

Gross motor movement involves large muscle groups such as legs or arms or whole body. Locomotor movement means to use the large muscle groups to move from one place to another. When children walk, march, tiptoe or run, they are engaging in both gross motor and locomotor movement. Movement of all kinds strengthens muscles and keeps the cardiovascular system healthy, as well as fosters balance, coordination, rhythm, and improved cognitive development. Children have an inherent need to move and express themselves through movement. In the music classroom children are given abundant opportunities to move and dance in new and familiar ways which create an environment where the all these skills can flourish and develop.

Cheeky Monkeys, February 2020

The Cheeky Monkeys have had a fun, busy couple of weeks. Last week we celebrated National Story Telling Week 2020; the children worked in their Tribes, they read a story, made a story board to re-tell along with actions to re-tell the story out loud. They did a wonderful job. This week we have been working on our current Unit of Inquiry: Systems. We are looking at the human body as an example of a system and began with the five senses. Each day we carried out an activity for each sense. We worked on centres on Tuesday, experimenting with our sense of smell, touch and taste. The children seem to be enjoying this unit and are showing excellent understanding and enthusiasm.

Cheeky Monkeys, January 2020

The first two weeks of the New Year has flown by so fast and the Cheeky Monkeys have already learnt so much.
The first week we were actively engaged in learning about graphs and mass. The children played and leant how to measure using scales and measuring their height using non standard units of measurement. Using IT technologies such as the smartboard, the children collected information and were practicing making picture graphs.
The second week the children were learning the clock. We were learning through music, games and play. The children enjoyed taking part in four different center activities where they were actively engaged in the learning process.
The children show great improvement in skiing and most of them are already practicing on the big slope.
We have also celebrated a birthday of one of our Cheeky Monkey’s. The cake was amazing and the dance party was a blast. We are wishing her all the best.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, January 2020

When children experience a wide variety of musical genres they develop a greater understanding for what is possible through music. Jazz invites musicians to create something new each time they play. Improvisation, which is the process of spontaneously creating music that arises out of the present moment, is key to playing jazz. Jazz opens up listening to a new frontier, a place where a piece of music is created anew each time it’s played. When we give children the opportunity to listen, play and move to many different music genres, they can bring these elements together to create their own musical style and expression.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, January 2020

The Cheeky Monkeys 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 Monkeys also started to learn about the digestive system and formed a mini version of it from salt dough. Well done Monkeys!

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, December 2019

The Cheeky Monkeys took a big part of making Christmas decorations for our Festive Season. They cut golden and silver stars, painted and designed reindeers and snowmen using flower pots, and participated in making our Happy Kids Christmas tree by making lots of shining ornaments. Well done Monkeys! Amaz-ink job!

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama – Theme: Sounds Abound

The distinctive of a sound is called its timbre. By exploring objects that aren’t ordinarily used as musical instruments, a child can develop sensitivity to sound and a listening vocabulary of timbres. This helps attune their ears to distinctions in music as well as speech.

Cheeky Monkeys, December 2019

The very first days of winter were welcomes with the first snow. The children were all excited about seeing big snowflakes covering the preschool garden from outside the window and could not wait to go outside and try all the fun winter activities. We were jumping into the snow, built a snowman, playing snowball fights, and had so much fun sledding down the hill.
December is a very special and magical month for everyone. All the Cheeky Monkeys took an active part in decorating the classroom for Christmas. Very special attention was given to decorating our classroom Christmas tree and singing lots of Christmas songs. The classroom was turned into a little elves workshop as all the children worked very hard for their special Christmas gifts for their parents.
The children started to open our advent calendar and count down the days till Santas’ visit. Oh, and when he came, the room was filled with an amazing atmosphere as we all had a chance to not just receive some gifts, but also listen to some personal words from Santa and in return, we all sang a song to him.

Cheeky Monkeys, December 2019

Firstly we would like to say a big well done to the Cheeky Monkeys for their Thanksgiving performance. They put in a lot of practice and it paid off. The children also enjoyed a special Thanksgiving lunch in the gym, together with the Brilliant Pandas and Bright Bunnies. 

One day we went outside to practice writing the ‘tricky words’ on the football pitch using chalk. The children worked in small teams, taking it in turns to write the word and helping each other with the spelling. 

The children have been enjoying our Unit of Inquiry: When We Were Young, where we have been comparing old and new toys. The Cheeky Monkeys all did a great job for their show and tell and we saw some really interesting toys, both modern and old, so thank you to all of you for your help with that. 

Now we begin the countdown to Christmas, the children are looking forward to sharing their Christmas performance with you and we will be practicing every day over the next couple of weeks. 

 

Cheeky Monkeys, November 2019

The Cheeky Monkeys had the opportunity to experience the monoprinting technique. The children enjoyed making pictures using different type of card pieces and make a print out of them. They also showed off their drawing skills and printed one or two times in an old way which they made by using lino-pin roll and roll pins. They had so much fun experiencing the meaning of contrary and the meaning of positive and negative printing. Amaz-ink effort Monkeys!

Cheeky Monkeys, November 2019

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 woodblock 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.

Cheeky Monkeys, November 2019

We have started our week with celebrating a birthday of one of the Cheeky Monkeys. The children enjoyed the cake and a dance party afterwards.
For the past couple of weeks the children were focusing on learning 2D shapes and symmetry. We went on a shape and symmetry hunt trying to recognize them around us and in the nature.
On Monday the children got to celebrate ‘World Science Day’. All the Cheeky Monkeys explored what science is and what kind of scientist jobs there are. The children were invited to become little scientists themselves and take part in different experiments. We were exploring different properties of materials whether they sink or float, dissolve or not and what happens if we mix shaving foam and paint on paper. At the end the children were invited to dream a little bit about the future and try to imagine what they would like to study and do when they grow up. All the children came up with amazing ideas which they beautifully depicted on paper.

Cheeky Monkeys, November 2019

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.

Cheeky Monkeys, November 2019

The Cheeky Monkey we’re back after their fall break and we’re excited to start a new semester. It was a short week but we still learned a lot and had so much fun at the same time.
As our TRIBE’s theme is anti-bullying. The children were encouraged to express kindness towards each other and their teachers on the daily basis. We were listening to the story “Fuzzy Land”, made our own fuzzies from yarn, and talk about importance of being kids nd and expressing positive feelings to others.
All the happy kids children were celebrating Halloween on Thursday. Everyone looked fabulous in their costumes. The day was filled with fun and laughter. The children enjoyed making Halloween bracelets for each other from dry pasta. We were singing lots of Halloween songs, played Halloween games indoor and outdoor, danced to the Halloween music, ate some yummy treats and the children could also enjoy a special puppet show in the gym.
We are all excited about the upcoming turn and can’t wait to see what it has in store for all of us.

Cheeky Monkeys, November 2019

The Cheeky Monkeys worked so hard to make a decoration for our corridor and they made a ’Jack-O-Lantern Magazine Collage’ from newspaper and showed off their cutting skills. They made a ’Skeleton’ craft from different types of pasta and ear buds. Those skeletons looks so scary!

Cheeky Monkeys, October 2019

Ensemble play helps to build community in the Cheeky Monkeys classroom. The children need to work together and listen to one another to meet the challenges of the activity. When they hear and experience the success of their own efforts, they can see that sometimes the sum of the whole can be bigger than the individual parts. Affirm and acknowledge their individual diligence and celebrate how when they work together they make beautiful music!

Cheeky Monkeys, October 2019

We have been very busy over the past fortnight in the Cheeky Monkeys, and we have had a lot of fun too. Last week we went to Rolli Polli and the children got to show off their skills; we were very impressed with their abilities and how well they followed instructions.

Two of our girls had birthdays this week, one turned six and one turned seven. We celebrated with two yummy chocolate cakes, songs and dancing. We are wishing you both a happy, healthy year ahead.

It is amazing how quickly we have reached the end of term 1; we finished off nicely today by visiting  the Ludwig Museum, to go along with our current Unit of Inquiry theme: A Century of Art. We were so pleased with how well all of the Cheeky Monkeys behaved today; the museum staff even commented on how well behaved our children were.

With such a lovely ending to our first term together, we Cheeky Monkeys teachers are feeling so proud of our class. We hope everyone has a lovely break and we can’t wait to see you again for term 2.

Cheeky Monkeys, October 2019

High/low, quiet/loud, up/down, left/right, smooth/scratchy, mellow/jazzy, crescendo and decrescendo are all pairs of opposites that we experienced and/or explored in this unit. Learning opposites enhances vocabulary and word association, encourages sensory and motor development, develops discrimination and classification skills, and provides plenty opportunity for fun games. The farther apart the opposite the easier it is for children to master the concept. The juxtaposition of opposites creates strong contrast and makes concepts easier to grasp.

Cheeky Monkeys, October 2019

The Cheeky Monkeys experienced silhouette painting, they painted a sea picture with seaweed and sea animals. They also had the opportunity to build sculptures from coloured paper and show their creativity, planning and cutting skills. Ms. Ildikó saw some very good paper blending, twisting and folding! Well done to the Monkeys!

Cheeky Monkeys, October 2019

The Cheeky Monkeys have been very busy. They are thoroughly enjoying our Unit of Inquiry ’Century of Art’. We are learning what it means to express our feelings and emotions through colours, paintings, drawings and music. We looked at the famous paintings, created our own art and tried to express ourselves combining listening to different types of music and depicting our emotions through lines and colours. We are looking forward to the next weeks when we can combine IT and art together and visit an art expedition together with the children.
We have also celebrated the Hungarian Harvest Festival. The children made their own sandwiches for the morning snack, watched a puppet show and learned how grape juice is made.
This autumn weather has been so nice to us and gave the children many pretend play opportunities. We collected lots of concurs, leaves and walnuts. And last but not the least we are wishing a very happy birthday to one of our Cheeky Monkeys who turned 6.

Cheeky Monkeys, September 2019

Listening is a learned behavior, a mental process that is concerned with hearing, attending, discriminating, understanding and remembering. When the music changed, the Cheeky Monkeys changed their movements.

Cheeky Monkeys, September 2019

The Cheeky Monkeys have done a great job at settling into their new class, and it really feels like we have a nice little community; the children seem at ease and comfortable in their new setting.

Four of our Cheeky Monkeys have had their birthdays over the past two weeks and we had fun celebrating each of them with cake and a dance party.

As you may know, we have been working on our maths skills: addition within 10. We have played number bond games, practiced different activities during maths centres and the children are doing excellently with their ongoing maths homework.

During our Tribes lessons we have been discussing How To Be A Good Friend and what it means to be kind. It seems the children have a good understanding of these concepts as they are able to come up with lots of lovely ideas; we also learnt what a compliment is and practiced complimenting each other.

Our current Unit of Inquiry is Century of Art: we looked at mandalas and learnt that ’mandala’ means circle and that each mandala has a different meaning decided by the artist. The children are currently working on designing their own mandalas with their Tribe group. They are working very well together so far; taking it in turns to add to the design and sharing their ideas. 

Cheeky Monkeys, 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 Cheeky Monkeys 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!

Cheeky Monkeys, September 2019

We started this school year with familiar songs as ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’. Children wanted to sing solo or in duet.

Cheeky Monkeys, September 2019

The Cheeky Monkeys started the new school year with some teamwork project inspired by their TRIBES. The children formed into groups of their TRIBES and made a chimpanzee, gorilla, baboon and orangutan together. Our Visual Arts teacher saw some amazing drawing, colouring, sticking and painting skills. Great teamwork!

Cheeky Monkeys, September 2019

With a new start of the year the children in the Cheeky Monkeys are making new friendships and learn to understand what it means to be a good friend. They’ve made amazing friendship bracelet for each other, read and discussed a story about a Rainbow fish, made their own rainbow fish, played together and we finished the week with celebrating Literacy Day.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, March 2020

Singing is a basic and beautiful form of human expression. A child's ability to be expressive in language extends to the exploration of her many voices, singing songs in a limited range, and emerging pitch accuracy. In keeping with the integrated nature of learning,...

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, March 2020

The Cheeky Monkeys learnt about clowns and the carnival season and its different carnivals around the world. They made a self clown portrait and they giggled a lot when they turned themselves into different types of clowns. They helped making some DIY carnival games...

Cheeky Monkeys, March 2020

We kicked off the week with the Carnival on Monday, the Cheeky Monkeys wore some excellent costumes and enjoyed the magic show very much. We began learning about the human body this week as our current unit of inquiry. We discussed some of the major organs such as the...

Cheeky Monkeys, February 2020

This week started with the Student-led Conferences for the Cheeky Monkeys children. All the children had a chance to share with their parents their knowledge and abilities in different areas. We hope all the parents enjoyed playing with and learning something new and...

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, February 2020

The Cheeky Monkeys learnt about primary colours and how to intersect lines vertically and horizontally in a Mondrian style. They showed off their cutting, sticking, designing and painting skills. Our Valentine's Day display board looks amazing thanks to them! The...

Cheeky Monkeys, 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...

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, February 2020

The Cheeky Monkeys 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 Monkeys started to prepare some decorations for our upcoming Valentine’s Day event and...

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, February 2020

Gross motor movement involves large muscle groups such as legs or arms or whole body. Locomotor movement means to use the large muscle groups to move from one place to another. When children walk, march, tiptoe or run, they are engaging in both gross motor and...

Cheeky Monkeys, February 2020

The Cheeky Monkeys have had a fun, busy couple of weeks. Last week we celebrated National Story Telling Week 2020; the children worked in their Tribes, they read a story, made a story board to re-tell along with actions to re-tell the story out loud. They did a...

Cheeky Monkeys, January 2020

The first two weeks of the New Year has flown by so fast and the Cheeky Monkeys have already learnt so much. The first week we were actively engaged in learning about graphs and mass. The children played and leant how to measure using scales and measuring their height...

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