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Cheeky Monkeys, 26 November 2021

We, the Cheeky Monkeys, have had a busy two weeks. We have been continuing with our current unit ‘When We Were Young’ giving the students an opportunity to do their own research to compare the past and present, with a focus on toys and games. The children had a chance to present a show and tell during this unit. The children enjoyed learning about toys and games from the past.

We celebrated “Universal Children Day” in order to highlight the importance of international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and children’s rights and welfare. They talked about what a child is and shared what they like or do not like about being a child. A book was read to increase their awareness of their rights. Then, as a part of our Unit of Inquiry, some children introduced different games from their own cultures and countries. We realized that there is a very similar traditional game played both in Turkey and Spain and we played together in the classroom.

The children in Cheeky Monkeys have been celebrating a birthday together. The children started with the happy birthday song. Then, a birthday cake was shared around the classroom. After this, we had some songs, dancing and pinata with some favors to celebrate the birthday.

Meanwhile, The Cheeky Monkey Class had been working hard on their Thanksgiving play for the assembly. We learned about the history behind Thanksgiving and prepared a roleplay about it. Then, we read a book about what we can be thankful for. They shared what they are thankful for with their friends and they wrote them on a piece of paper to hang on our ‘Thankful Tree’. We celebrated Thanksgiving both in the classroom and at the Gym with everyone and got a special lunch during that day.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 26 November 2021

Anchoring new learning with movement is the best and most efficient path to understanding. We have now experienced a rhythm pattern by moving to it, hearing it, seeing it, and playing it. Because of this multisensory experience, the abstract concept is more understandable and will become a building block for more learning.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 26 November 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys children sharpened their drawing and colouring skills by having a directed drawing activity during a visual art lesson. They learned about St Nicholas Day and drew Santa Clauses by following Ms Ildikó’s step-by-step instructions and personalized the Santa Clauses according to their preferences. Although they drew the ‘same’ Santa Clauses, none of them looked the same. Santa Claus will be amazed by these drawings when he comes on 6 December to visit all the children of Happy Kids. Well done Cheeky Monkeys.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 26 November 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew to the Chessplayground land and had lots of fun with the chess pieces. They learned lots of important facts about king and knight chess pieces in the last two weeks. King Crucifer taught them the importance of a handshake and how to shake a hand properly. Jumpy Knight taught them how to jump in an ‘L’ shape on the chessboard. They learned many important things about the chess pieces, such as their starting positions, values, movement characteristics, and played the ‘red rover’ game where they had to show the balance of power in their teams. At last, they worked on their chess workbooks and deepened their knowledge about the king and knight chess pieces.

Cheeky Monkeys, 12 November 2021

It has been a busy and exciting time in the Cheeky Monkeys Class. First we had the Diwali celebrations to prepare for, and the children made a soup with carrots. The children also talked about the meaning behind Diwali with Ms Ranji and they learned about India and located it on the world map. We also prepared our own soup from a special recipe provided to us by Ms Ranji. The children helped to prepare the soup by chopping and peeling the carrots into small pieces for cooking. The Diwali celebration was a huge success and the children got to learn about Indian culture, food and music. In Maths, the children have been learning about shapes and the language involved. The children practiced making different structures using the wooden blocks such as castles, houses and even schools. Finally, we observed a short silence for Remembrance Day on November 11th, and we talked about the significance of the poppies worn on people’s chests to remember the soldiers from history.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 12 November 2021

Today we spent time learning about these two musical symbols that represent one played beat and one silent beat. Putting these symbols together in different sequences gives us rhythm patterns. We moved, played, and read this pattern: ta ta ta (rest). Learning to create and play sequences using symbols is a beginning step in learning to read music. Learning to read those sequences is also good practice for learning to read words and sentences. The benefit experience is that these patterns are experienced kinesthetically, aurally, and visually. The multi-sensory approach aids the comprehension and internalization.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 12 November 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys have been working on illustrating a story written by them. The story is about a monkey who has shiny fur and a bunch of bananas. What is the story about? How will it end? Let us reveal it later as these monkeys are still working on designing the pages and backgrounds and are finalizing the pages of their DIY recycled book. What an amazing art project!

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 12 November 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys have been working on illustrating a story written by them. The story is about a monkey who has shiny fur and a bunch of bananas. What is the story about? How will it end? Let us reveal it later as the monkeys are still working on designing the pages, backgrounds and are finalizing the pages of their DIY recycled book. What an amazing art project!

Cheeky Monkeys, 29 October 2021

We have had an eventful fortnight. October is “International School Library Month”, an annual celebration of school libraries worldwide. This month is important because it encourages children’s learning, development, and academic endeavour. A VR library video was shown and our crafts, playing games and trick -o-treat, dancing and singing Halloween theme songs. Their teachers made sure that all children enjoyed this special day and that they all felt included.

School library was visited by tribe groups to gain some information and emphasize the importance of libraries. The Cheeky Monkeys Class were asked to make their own bookmarks in order to encourage them for reading by using Eric Carle’s art technique using paper, paint, brushes and other various materials to make patterns on colours. Then, ‘My Book Wish List’ was written on the other side of the bookmark by children. They decided on a book written by Eric Carle to read at home later and wrote it on their bookmarks. As parents, you may also support your kids to visit a public library together and support them to borrow a book and gain a habit.

Meanwhile, The Cheeky Monkey Class had been working hard on an art project made from junk materials. They decided what their art project will be, which materials they will need, which steps they will follow to make it and whether they will work on it individually or as a group. They collected, sorted and chose the junk materials that they needed. We talked about the ways of reducing waste and how art can be a tool for this purpose. We also read ‘The Most Magnificent Thing’ written by Ashley Spires to see the steps for creating something like first having an idea, designing and visualizing the idea, collecting the materials needed and deciding the best order to put them together. When they completed their art projects, they presented them and evaluated each other’s art projects.

We celebrated “World Food Day” in order to highlight the food we choose and the way we consume it that affects our health and that of our planet. We read two books to gather some information about vegetables and fruits and discussed the main idea of the day. We talked about different kinds of vegetables and fruits growing all around the world. As tribes, they planted some different kinds of seeds, apple, pumpkin, bean and potato, which grow in Hungary and talked about what they need to grow. They told their predictions about how these four different seeds will be looking when they grow. Junk materials collected for the art projects throughout the week are used as the pots for planting.

Halloween season in the classroom just got even more fun and engaging with our spooky Halloween costumes, dance, songs and games called ’The Winking Detective Game’ and ’Secret Whispers’. We got some sweets and celebrated Halloween both in the classroom and outside.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 29 October 2021

Theme: All Keyed Up

This seemingly simple activity is a great source of practice for fine motor development. Playing with only one finger actually calls for a sophisticated use of the tiny muscles in the child’s hand. Learning to find and play one note at a time is the beginning step in learning to play piano as well as any other instrument where fingers need to play independently.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 29 October 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys made Halloween-themed hanging bat artworks during one of their visual art lessons. They sharpened their painting, sticking and scissors skills and followed the art teacher’s instructions nicely. Thanks to them the corridor was well spooky and decorated for our Halloween Party! Well done Cheeky Monkeys!

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 29 October 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew to the Chessplayground land and learned some very important things about our Speedy Bishop! They learned that Speedy Bishop can move on diagonals, backward and forward as long as there is no other piece in his way. His value is three and he can be easily recognized by his pointy helmet. He can capture every piece from the other army except the king, and he is a twin piece, his twin’s name is Busy Bishop. They played the ‘chess playground browser’ game where they had to find out what speedy bishop is up to. After that, they worked on their chess workbooks and put the bishops to their starting positions and practiced his movements by tracing some diagonal zigzag lines. At last as a treat, they coloured one colouring page in the chess workbook related to the story called ‘Speedy Bishop Heroic Deed’ we read at the beginning of our lesson and dramatized it with our chess puppets! What a fun day!

Cheeky Monkeys, 8 October 2021

We are almost nearing the autumn break and it has been a busy and exciting time in the Cheeky Monkeys. First we had the Harvest assembly to prepare for, and the children made pumpkins and leaves from clay by wetting the clay and moulding it into round shapes with their hands. The children also collected the fallen leaves and chestnuts from the garden and discussed the change in the seasons and what we see as signs of Autumn. We also prepared our own pumpkin dessert from a special recipe provided to us by Ms Handenur. The children helped to prepare the pumpkin by chopping it into small pieces for cooking. The Harvest assembly was a huge success and the children got to perform their Harvest songs for the audience and wave their colourful scarves in the air. The Cheeky Monkeys also presented a further piece that they had prepared individually explaining what they had learned about the Harvest and the way this is celebrated in different countries and cultures. In Maths, the children have been learning about subtraction and the language involved. The children practiced taking away concrete objects to count what was left and some recorded their answers as a number sentence. Finally, we had our first Rolli Polli of the year, the children had a ton of fun with the obstacle course that was set up and had the opportunity to roll and play on and around the foam structures.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 8 October 2021

We imitated the rain and wind sounds with rhythm sticks and scarves. Ample opportunity for practice of this kind along with your affirmation and enthusiasm nurtures the development of the children’s gross motor skills and coordination.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 8 October 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys practiced their drawing and colouring skills and drew amazingly cool cheeky monkeys with crayons. They followed the art teacher’s ‘step-by-step’ instructions and put a little bit of themselves into their drawings well. Although they all drew the same monkey type, all of them are different and perfect the way they are and you can see they put a lot of effort into making them outstanding art pieces for our upcoming Big Draw Charity Event. Well done Cheeky Monkeys, What draw-tastic monkeys you made!

Cheeky Monkeys, 24 September 2021

We, the Cheeky Monkeys, have had a busy two weeks. We have been continuing with our unit on ’A Century of Art’. We talked about ’moving’ as a way of expression and stories can also be told by acting or moving. Ms Handenur showed how to tell a story that was read before in the classroom and then by moving with Yoga and breathing exercises. The children learned and practiced some new yoga poses and pretended they are the animals, plants and objects from the story.
To talk about ’music’ as another way of self-expression, the children listened to different songs including La valse d’Amélie by Yann Tiersen, Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak Symphony number 9. The children were asked to comment on how this music made them feel and what instruments they could hear. We got a lot of interesting responses including feelings of happiness, sadness, and funny music. Mr Kyle then surprised the children by showing them his acoustic guitar. He played some songs for the children and talked to them about the strings on the guitar including tuning and how the sound is produced. The Cheeky Monkeys sang along to ‘Twinkle Little Star’ and asked Mr Kyle questions about the guitar. The children learned that artists are not just painters, but also musicians, and that we can all be inspired to learn to play an instrument by famous musicians and artists that have been before us.
Lastly, Ms Marian introduced ceramics as a different kind of art as self-expression. In this session, the children learned about ceramics and the materials it is made from. In addition, they were introduced to the origins of ceramics and the country it originated from. Later on, they were given clay to form shapes with the tools and techniques they were presented with.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 24 September 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys were very busy during art lessons the last two weeks. They celebrated International Dot Day by painting their own dots, they formed their favourite Chesspalace characters for the 7th Global Chess Festival and also learned about tints. They observed some Paul Klee paintings and learned about primary, secondary colours, colour mixing, and tints mixing. These artistic Cheeky Monkeys have done some amaz-ink artwork!

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 24 September 2021

When learning to sing on pitch, each child takes in the information and processes it differently. Our lessons are carefully crafted to give the kinaesthetic, auditory, and visual learners opportunities to experience the lesson through their strongest learning style. Hearing the two pitches sung, singing the pitches themselves, associating the two pitches with a familiar song, and moving their hands up and down while they sing are perfect examples of how one activity reaches each learning style. When a child experiences success through their dominant learning style, they gain confidence and learning is strengthened and accelerated.
Today we also had an opportunity to hear a real opera singer, and that was a new experience for all the children.

Cheeky Monkeys, 10 September 2021

Welcome to the start of the new school year. We, the Cheeky Monkeys, have already had a busy two weeks. The first week, the children brought in a family photo for show and tell. The children stood in front of the class and proudly talked about their family. For International Literacy Day, the children read The Gruffalo story and created and drew their own Monsters based on the teacher’s instructions
The children in Cheeky Monkeys have been celebrating a birthday with their friends. The children started with the happy birthday song and then a birthday cake was shared around the classroom. After this we had some songs and dancing to celebrate the birthday and the start of the new school year.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 10 September 2021

In Music and Drama classes, we teach the activities so that the children can take in information through multiple senses. We call this multisensory learning. Multisensory learning is a powerful teaching tool because it fosters resilient learning and supports the different learning styles of children in our class. This activity involves listening, processing, labelling, and movement.
When we use multiple senses we are able to provide many opportunities to strengthen the learning and make it more permanent.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 10 September 2021

The children in the Cheeky Monkeys class look very happy and excited to be back together with their friends and new teachers after the summer break. Their Art teacher wondered: ‘Who is ready for a great year?’ Everyone raised their hands. So, they made colourful raising hands: first, they drew their hands around with pencils, then they designed and decorated their drawn hands with colourful markers. At last, they cut them out carefully on their outlines. Now everyone’s hands are up high. What drawnderful artworks, well done!

Cheeky Monkeys, 26 November 2021

We, the Cheeky Monkeys, have had a busy two weeks. We have been continuing with our current unit ‘When We Were Young’ giving the students an opportunity to do their own research to compare the past and present, with a focus on toys and games. The children had a chance...

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 26 November 2021

Anchoring new learning with movement is the best and most efficient path to understanding. We have now experienced a rhythm pattern by moving to it, hearing it, seeing it, and playing it. Because of this multisensory experience, the abstract concept is more...

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 26 November 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys children sharpened their drawing and colouring skills by having a directed drawing activity during a visual art lesson. They learned about St Nicholas Day and drew Santa Clauses by following Ms Ildikó’s step-by-step instructions and personalized the...

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 26 November 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew to the Chessplayground land and had lots of fun with the chess pieces. They learned lots of important facts about king and knight chess pieces in the last two weeks. King Crucifer taught them the importance of a handshake and how to...

Cheeky Monkeys, 12 November 2021

It has been a busy and exciting time in the Cheeky Monkeys Class. First we had the Diwali celebrations to prepare for, and the children made a soup with carrots. The children also talked about the meaning behind Diwali with Ms Ranji and they learned about India and...

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 12 November 2021

Today we spent time learning about these two musical symbols that represent one played beat and one silent beat. Putting these symbols together in different sequences gives us rhythm patterns. We moved, played, and read this pattern: ta ta ta (rest). Learning to...

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 12 November 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys have been working on illustrating a story written by them. The story is about a monkey who has shiny fur and a bunch of bananas. What is the story about? How will it end? Let us reveal it later as these monkeys are still working on designing the...

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 12 November 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys have been working on illustrating a story written by them. The story is about a monkey who has shiny fur and a bunch of bananas. What is the story about? How will it end? Let us reveal it later as the monkeys are still working on designing the...

Cheeky Monkeys, 29 October 2021

We have had an eventful fortnight. October is “International School Library Month”, an annual celebration of school libraries worldwide. This month is important because it encourages children’s learning, development, and academic endeavour. A VR library video was...

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 29 October 2021

Theme: All Keyed Up This seemingly simple activity is a great source of practice for fine motor development. Playing with only one finger actually calls for a sophisticated use of the tiny muscles in the child's hand. Learning to find and play one note at a time is...