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Cheeky Monkeys, 10 June 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys, have had a busy two weeks. We have been continuing with our unit on ‘Money’. Children have been working on art projects as groups to create their own ‘Art Market’ in the classroom. They decided how much their art works cost and labelled them to sell in the market. Then, they set up a stand to sell what they prepared to the other group members. When they were selling, they calculated how much change they got and how much they had left. At the end, they calculated how much they earned  and discussed how to share the money with each group member equally. They also shared what they would use the money for. The children in Cheeky Monkeys have been celebrating a birthday with their friends. They started with the happy birthday song and then, a birthday cake was shared around the classroom. We also had some songs and dancing to celebrate the birthday. During Rolli Polli, they enjoyed moving and played different obstacle courses.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 10 June 2022

Children learn through repetition. Each time Cheeky Monkeys are exposed to a new object or experience, new neural connections are made in their brain. Through repetition, these connections are strengthened and learning occurs. Each of our classes is designed to repeat certain activities-such as the Goodbye song-in part because of this important connection between repetition and learning, and also because the routine created through repetition helps to foster and strengthen our  class community. Ritual and repetition at home are important components of a predictable and nurturing home and family life as well.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 10 June 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys  made space shuttles during one of their visual art lessons. First, they painted the rolls with white tempera paint. Then, they practiced their scissor skills and 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 Cheeky Monkeys children couldn’t wait to finish the space shuttles and play outside with them as soon as possible.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 10 June 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children had their last playdate in the Chess Palace. The chess characters asked the children about their favourite chess games and let them play those games the last time together. First, they played hide-and-seek with the chess pieces. The children had to clap very fast if the chosen child were near the hidden chess piece, and very slow if far away from it. Then, the children played a memory game with the chess pieces. They had to put the chess pieces in the same order as they were in the children’s hands. At last, they played a chess-themed dice game where they practiced their addition skills by adding the rolled chess pieces’ values together. The chess-themed golden medal goes to Medó as her final number is 25. Three silver medals go to Benedek, Albert, and Krishvikram as their final number is 22. Another three bronze medals go to Siru, Wardah, Jiarui, and Barnabás as their final number is 16. What an exciting chess-filled academic year is coming to its end. The chess characters will surely miss the children very much. 

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 27 May 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children are learning interesting facts about space and planets and are making space and planet-related artworks during their visual art lessons. At this time, they made Earth paper collages from some recycled newspaper pieces. First, they ripped the paper pieces into smaller sizes. Then, they glued the ripped paper pieces inside the drawn circles with their black and white side up. At last, they gave colours to their Earth and painted them with watercolour.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 27 May 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children went to the Chess Playground land and showed how much they know about chess to each other. They created chess-themed puzzles for their class and acted as their chess teacher. They enjoyed carrying out small tasks and being the bosses in the chess class. They also played chess games with each other and proudly captured some chess pieces from their opponents.

Cheeky Monkeys, 27 May 2022

We have had another eventful two weeks. First, we celebrated Environmental Day and performed for our parents. The children made a banner that read, ’One for all, all for one,’ which was inspired by one of our kind classmates. For the field trip, The Cheeky Monkeys visited Margit Island and enjoyed the signs of summer in the Japanese Gardens. Meanwhile, in Maths, the children have been introduced to British coins and recognise the value of each coin. They used their adding skills to buy and sell fruits in their role play fruit shop and they are beginning to use the language of currency with words like pounds and pence.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 27 May 2022

Spatial awareness allows us to sense our surroundings, recognize how our bodies relate to our environment, and understand how objects around us relate to one another. As children develop spatial awareness, they hone a better understanding of physical boundaries as well as concepts such a distance and direction. In this lesson Cheeky Monkeys have opportunities to show their understanding of spacial concepts through mouvement, dance, instrument and prop play, as well as expand their spatial vocabulary by describing their surroundings.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 13 May 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys learnt the mosaic technique during one of their visual art lessons. They used leftover colourful paper pieces, glue sticks, and scissors and created creative mosaic pictures according to their interests. They also made line-centred artworks with colourful yarn pieces and liquid glue and practised line-centred designs with oil pastels and watercolours.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 13 May 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew on the Chess Playground land and continued extending their chess knowledge. First, they played a tag game with Queen Quenessa. Then, they played hide-and-seek with King Crucifer. After that, they sat in a circle and shared their secret hiding places in the garden with the chess pieces. Some would hide and climb on a tree, or dig a hole and cover themselves with a blanket, and some would hide behind an object, such as a bush, a tree, or a wall. The Cheeky Monkeys children also had their very first chess games in small groups and enjoyed the beauty of chess.

Cheeky Monkeys, 13 May 2022

We, the Cheeky Monkeys, have had an eventful two weeks. Mother’s Day celebration in the classroom was a great and heart-warming time to share our love and show our appreciation to our dearest mums and parents. Therefore, The Cheeky Monkeys have started the week by practicing singing and dancing for Mother’s Day. They learned a poem and drew portraits of their mum by using watercolour technique. To express how special their mums are, they made a card with a drawing of their mother’s favourite flower and wrote why they are so special.
For the Unit of Inquiry, the Cheeky Monkeys were very busy with the flowers and the plants. They had a nice nature walk to observe and collect the nice plants and flowers to make an ‘Ikebana’. They learned what an ‘Ikebana’ is and arranged the plants and the flowers that they chose for their mums or parents. They have also started to learn about energy. They have been inquiring about where energy comes from and what to know about energy. For Mathematics, The Cheeky Monkeys have started practicing adding numbers by counting on up to 100.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 13 May 2022

In this activity, the Cheeky Monkeys explore their voices by singing and vocal play. As they echo you, they are learning to match and reproduce specific pitches and word sounds. It allows them to practice the precise coordination of lips, tongue, and breathing necessary to speak or sing expressively. Imitation and vocal play are a critical part of vocal development and give older children the chance to develop their singing voices and explore the complexity of communication.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 29 April 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys’ children flew on the Chess Playground land and continued extending their chess knowledge. First, they played the Guess the Sound game with the chess pieces where they had to guess and point to the direction where the sound came from while they are blindfolded. After that, they learned a lot of information about the queen chess piece and its capturing ability. Next, they practiced how to give a check with the queen chess piece and how to protect the King chess piece when he is in a check. At last, they worked on their chess workbooks.

Cheeky Monkeys, 29 April 2022

We have had another eventful two weeks. First, we had the Easter Assembly; in preparation, we learned about the changes in spring and the new life we see around us in nature. Each child prepared a card and a gift for their family made using string and a balloon as the frame. For mathematics, the Cheeky Monkeys visited their unit of the curriculum on division. We first discussed the idea of sharing objects equally and the children used different objects to share in their Tribes groups fairly. We also reflected on our holidays and the children spoke about their experiences while away from school during spring break.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 29 April 2022

Through auditory discrimination activities, the Cheeky Monkeys 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 guiro 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.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 29 April 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children used leftover paper pieces from previous art projects and extended their knowledge about colour and line. They were welcome to create anything that came to their minds. They used their creativity, cutting, and sticking skills and made beautiful artwork from the leftover paper pieces. They made boats, solar systems, rockets, snowflakes, bees, houses, and many other interesting things.

Cheeky Monkeys, 8 April 2022

We, the Cheeky Monkeys, have had a busy two weeks. They started the week with finalizing the ‘My Body Sculpture Project’ to reflect what they have been learning during the unit ‘Systems’. After finishing their sculpture project, the children also shared what they learned during the unit. Meanwhile, we have been continuing with the preparations for the Fashion show. ‘Fashion Show’ was so much fun and joyful thanks to your participation.
Spring in the classroom is just getting even more fun and engaging with Easter art activities. The Cheeky Monkeys were practicing to sing and dance for the Assembly to celebrate throughout the week. For Mathematics, the Cheeky Monkeys continued with recapping the unit on early multiplication. They have started to learn about division with our Math counting feet book, ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’ and have been working on sharing equally and finding the numbers of groups.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 8 April 2022

Careful listening leads to greater learning and understanding. Children learn to distinguish the voices of Mom and Dad or their favourite friends, the sounds of footsteps, a door closing, or dinner being cooked in the kitchen. This ability to listen and distinguish sounds also contributes to their developing language skills. It takes all kinds of sounds to makeup a word. Listening for the different sounds and timbres of the instruments on the recording and matching the sound of the instrument to the sound on the recording is a significant step on the road to language fluency. Connecting the sound of an instrument with the action of the word or phrase it’s illustrating adds another dimension to listening and exploration. This process is a practice in creativity and linear thinking combined!

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 8 April 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children made hatching Easter egg artworks during one of their visual art lessons. They practiced their drawing skills by drawing colourful patterns on the egg samples. They sharpened their cutting skills by cutting the egg shapes and baby chick bodies from paper with scissors. They also practiced their sticking and composing skills by gluing the parts together. During the creative process, they made a lot of decisions and personalized their hatching eggs according to their preferences. Thanks to the Cheeky Monkeys children the Happy Kids corridor is shining in the Easter mood!-

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 8 April 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew to the Chess Playground land and continued extending their chess knowledge. First, played the Dragon Danger game with the chess pieces. Next, they played hide-and-seek with the help of the clouds and the Chess Palace residents. Then, they learned how to give a check with the rook and bishop chess pieces. At last, they worked on their chess workbooks and strengthened their fresh chess knowledge.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 25 March 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew to the Chess Playground land and continued extending their chess knowledge. First, they danced with the chess characters and froze with them in funny positions. Next, they learned interesting facts about the chess characters and the Chess Palace. Then, they played a Chess Palace-themed activity game where the children mimicked a chosen scene from the magnetic chessboard and the rest of the children had to guess which scene it was.

Cheeky Monkeys, 25 March 2022

We have had another eventful two weeks. First, we had the Fashion Show preparations; here we learned about previous Fashion Shows and what our roles will be on the runway. Each child chose a job role they would like to dress up for on the day and costume preparations are underway. For Mathematics, the Cheeky Monkeys continued with their unit on early multiplication. Here the children have been learning multiplication as repeated addition through a story called ‘One is a snail, ten is a crab’. We first discussed what each animal represents and then used this to make repeated additions when finding totals. We also completed our unit on the body by making play dough molds of ourselves holding various poses. Finally, we celebrated a birthday together. The children had cake and danced to the festivities.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 25 March 2022

Many aspects of the language of music are related to math and other forms of higher thinking. Music is created in different forms. Today we are working with beat and divided beat, which are used to create many rhythm patterns in music.

The most fundamental property of music is beat, the underlying repeating pulse. Playing an instrument to a steady beat helps develop a sense of time and the ability to organize and coordinate movements within time. Learning to hear, feel and move with the divided beat is the next step in understanding the way music and movement are organized in time.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 25 March 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children made some cute mixed media monkey artworks for our upcoming art exhibition. First, they drew monkeys with oil pastels. Next, they painted the backgrounds with watercolor. At last, they cut, crumbled, and glued different kinds of art materials and personalized their jungles and monkeys according to their preferences.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 11 March 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew to the Chess Playground land to continue to extend their knowledge about chess. The chess characters let the children use their magic carpet again and let them fly away with it anywhere they wished to, with their favourite chess pieces. Some flew with Speedy Bishop, some with Jumpy Knight, and some asked Queen Quenessa and King Crucifer to join the ride. After that, they competed against each other in various ways to see who can react the fastest and who can be the fastest of all. At last, they learned to read 2D chess setups and recreate them in 3D on the giant chess rug with the help of the chess pieces.

Cheeky Monkeys, 11 March 2022

We, the Cheeky Monkeys, have had a busy two weeks. The children were discovering how our brain controls movement with a fun game that gives them a chance to experience the connection between their senses, brain and control of their bodies. The Cheeky Monkeys were trying to do what they were told, not what they saw. Then, they tried the opposite and found different ways not to get confused. The more they got confused, the more they had fun and inquired how our skeletal, muscular and nervous system works interconnected to each other to move.

Meanwhile, The Cheeky Monkey class had been working hard on repeated addition and learning a new Math concept ‘multiplication’. We kept practicing this new concept by using characters like crab, spider, dog from our special counting by feet book called ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’.

The Cheeky Monkeys love celebrating the fun and special days together. We celebrated Carnival by playing games with great excitement and amazing costumes. This week, we have been celebrating birthdays. The children started with the happy birthday song and birthday cakes were shared around the classroom. Then, they had some songs and danced to celebrate birthdays.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 11 March 2022

Gross motor movement involves large muscle groups such as legs or arms or the whole body. Locomotor movement means using 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 Kindermusik classroom, children are given abundant opportunities to move and dance in new and familiar ways which creates an environment where all these skills can flourish and develop.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 11 March 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children had the opportunity to experiment with colourful DIY dough and pasta. The children were encouraged to make pasta structures and sculptures in various ways. Some children used the dough to join the pasta pieces together to build structures, such as a bridge and a tent, and some sculpted animals, such as an octopus and a unicorn. The children thought hard, planned smartly, and made beautiful and clever creations.

Cheeky Monkeys, 28 February 2022

We have had a busy two weeks in the Cheeky Monkeys class either side of the Ski break. In the week before the holidays, the children finished their unit on the human body as a system and created a life-sized version of the human body with some of the vital organs such as the brain, the heart and the lungs displayed. This week, we delved deeper into the body by looking at the bones that make our skeleton. The children also marked their 100th day of school by designing their own celebratory glasses using various crayons for decoration. In Maths, the children have been working hard at one and two-step word problems involving addition and subtraction.We have been encouraging the children to read the word problems and try to understand which operation is required each time.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 28 February 2022

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 the 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 is 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, 28 February 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children learned lots of interesting facts about the carnival season and started to prepare some colourful masks for our upcoming Carnival Day. First, they choose one mask design out of many. Then, they coloured the masks and drew some cool patterns with oil pastels. At last, they drew some motifs with glitter pens, glued feather pieces, shiny sequin pieces with liquid glue. Some sprinkled glitter even. The children could not help with their excitement about trying them on and wearing them a little before the big day. We are sure all the Cheeky Monkeys children are excited to wear them a little on the big day.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 28 February 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew to the Chess Playground land to extend their knowledge about chess. The chess characters let the children use their magic chess carpet and let them fly with it anywhere they wished to. Most of the Cheeky Monkeys children wished to fly to their friend’s house to have a playdate or sleepover. Next, they competed against each other divided into four groups to see which group can put the chess pieces to their starting positions the fastest. After that, they raced against each other and the chess pieces to see who could react and run the fastest. What a fun and exciting day it was.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 11 February 2022

Recently, the Cheeky Monkeys children learned lots of interesting facts about Valentine’s Day. Thus, the heart symbol represents love. They made “onion-layered” heart artworks using interesting art materials during one of their visual art lessons. First, they drew tiny, small, medium, big and even giant hearts with oil pastels. Then, they painted the empty parts with watercolour paint and experienced the oil pastels’ magic power, its water resistance. Thanks to them, the Happy Kids building spreads love to everyone who passes its way.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 11 February 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew to the Chessplayground land and had lots of fun games with the chess pieces. First, they played a warm-up game with the chess dice and showed how well they knew the chess pieces’ values. Next, they read a story about and learned the Tiny Pawn’s magic power and its promoting ability. Then, they played a pawn marching-themed game and answered the Queen’s tricky questions so they could move forward and be promoted just like the Tiny Pawn. At last, they worked on their chess workbooks and deepened their knowledge of the Tiny Pawn’s ability. Well done Cheeky Monkeys children.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 11 February 2022

Inhibitory control is the ability to resist a strong inclination to do one thing and instead to do what is most appropriate or needed. Instead of reacting with what is on the mind at the moment, the child has to stop or inhibit that inclination and enact something else.
Examples are:
-Being able to think before you act.
-Being able to learn something new that conflicts with what you usually do.
-Acting appropriately when tempted to act otherwise.
-Paying attention despite distractions.

Cheeky Monkeys, 11 February 2022

We have had an eventful fortnight. Our current unit, named ‘Systems’, has been allowing the children to learn more about the human body and how it operates. The Cheeky Monkeys were very enthusiastic during the activities in this inquiry like what they wonder about the body, doing research, bringing related materials to the classroom, presenting them and sharing what they have learned about their body. They found the brain, the heart and the muscular system as the most interesting topics in the human body.

Meanwhile, The Cheeky Monkey class had been working hard on numbers from 10 to 20. They have been discovering and learning about ‘addition’, ‘subtracting’, and ‘place value chart’. We practiced these mathematical concepts by reading a very special book called ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’.

The Cheeky Monkeys love celebrating fun and special days together. We discussed what love means to them and the ways of sharing and expressing love to understand the importance of this day. They drew and wrote about how to spread love. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, they sang and performed a dance together.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 31 January 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children had a chess play day where they could play their favourite games and show off their chess skills. They played a chess-themed P.E. game, where they had to walk on their tiptoes and corners, run and jump on black and white squares only, touch a black or a white square with their hands, bottoms, noses, elbows and shoulders only. They sat in a circle and rolled the chess dice one after another and each had to tell the value, then the movement of the rolled chess piece. At last, they worked on their chess workbooks and completed some interesting chess tasks. Well done Cheeky Monkeys.

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 31 January 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children have been learning about interesting facts about polar animals and have been recreating them during visual arts lessons. First, they observed pictures of these animals. Then, they ripped paper pieces into smaller pieces and made penguin collages, then polar bear collages from the small ripped paper pieces using glue sticks. Some penguins and polar bears were jumping, some were swimming, some were standing on icebergs. These creations would be worth an exhibition! Well done artistic Cheeky Monkeys!

Cheeky Monkeys, 31 January 2022

We have had an eventful two weeks, partly online. First, we had online learning and the children did very well with their focus and hard work throughout this process. Each group worked with their adult during individual development and then joined the group for circle time afterward. For the unit of inquiry, The Cheeky Monkeys focused on the five senses collecting the sights, sounds, and smells around them and drawing them on their worksheets. We first discussed what kinds of sights and sounds we might experience and then went to find them in our environment. We also transitioned well to returning to school and we were very impressed with the children’s continually positive attitude to learning.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 31 January 2022

As children listen to sounds made by different objects, they are using and developing their listening skills. As they think about familiar objects in new ways, they are using and developing their creative thinking skills. Finally, as they choose and use these sounds in a composition, they are exercising musical choice and strengthening their musical awareness.

Cheeky Monkeys, 14 January 2022

The Christmas season in the Cheeky Monkey Classroom, before the winter break, just got even more fun and engaging with preparing Christmas gifts for our parents like cooking gingerbread cookies, making a card, and sewing a stocking! We worked and had fun at the various Christmas-themed learning centres like mandala coloring, math, and literacy, observational drawings, linework illustrations, and yoga. We enjoyed the winter with a hot chocolate party.
The Cheeky Monkeys have been celebrating a birthday together. They started with the happy birthday song. Then, a birthday cake was shared around the classroom. We had some songs and dance to celebrate the birthday and then the birthday kid was sharing photos from her babyhood.
After a relaxing winter break, we have had a fresh return and a busy two weeks. We started the first week with our new unit, ‘System’, by inquiring about five senses with a game and three main parts of the body. We talked about how the body works as a factory and we watched an interesting video about that. Then, we discussed while each part of the body has a specific function, how they could work all together in great harmony. Children drew their own body images as a pre-assessment activity and read an interactive book, giving children an opportunity to discover what happens in their body in specific situations, called ‘Listening to My Body’ by Gabi Garcia. Lastly, children shared what they wonder the most and learn more about their bodies.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 14 January 2022

Theme: Feel the Music

Responding to different musical cues, taking turns, and stopping one’s motion are all examples of practicing inhibitory control. This important skill can be practiced in this activity and in other activities we have played in class today.
Inhibitory control is the ability to resist a strong inclination to do one thing and instead to do what is most appropriate or needed. Instead of reacting with what is on the mind at that moment, the child has to stop or inhibit that inclination and enact something else.
Examples are:
-Being able to think before you act.
-Being able to learn something new that conflicts with what you usually do.
-Acting appropriately when tempted to act otherwise.

 

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 10 December 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys made DIY scratching sheets by themselves and scratched cute Christmas trees in them. The children excitedly coloured the paper sheets with oil pastels, then they used white candle waxes to create an extra waterproof layer on their papers. After that, they painted their sheets everywhere with a mixture of washing up liquid and black tempera paint, no coloured areas left on those papers! At last, the most exciting part, they scratched like pros; some scratched thick, some thin lines, some scratched a whole lot to show those previously drawn bright colours. Long to short, they all played with lines. And the end results were Beautiful Christmas trees by the Cheeky Monkeys.

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 10 December 2021

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew to the Chessplayground land and played one of their favourite games with the chess pieces. The children had to find each time the rolled chess piece by being blindfolded. What an exciting game it was! After that, they learned lots of interesting facts about the pawn chess piece, such as its value, starting position, movement, and capturing characteristics. After that, the children worked on their workbooks and learned a great chess rhyme: “I am small but I will grow, marching ahead row by row!”

Cheeky Monkeys, 10 December 2021

We have had another eventful two weeks. First, we celebrated a birthday in our class. The children had cake and sang songs and danced with their friends. For Christmas, The Cheeky Monkeys have been preparing the decorations and preparing for the live performance. Meanwhile, Father Christmas kindly paid a visit to us and the children received gifts and reflected on another successful year. The children have also started their winter ski class, and they enjoyed getting on the dry slopes with their instructors.

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 10 December 2021

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

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, 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, 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, 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, 10 June 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys, have had a busy two weeks. We have been continuing with our unit on ‘Money’. Children have been working on art projects as groups to create their own ‘Art Market’ in the classroom. They decided how much their art works cost and labelled them to...

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 10 June 2022

​ Children learn through repetition. Each time Cheeky Monkeys are exposed to a new object or experience, new neural connections are made in their brain. Through repetition, these connections are strengthened and learning occurs. Each of our classes is designed to...

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 10 June 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys  made space shuttles during one of their visual art lessons. First, they painted the rolls with white tempera paint. Then, they practiced their scissor skills and cut the missing parts of the shuttles from paper with scissors. At last, they made...

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 10 June 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children had their last playdate in the Chess Palace. The chess characters asked the children about their favourite chess games and let them play those games the last time together. First, they played hide-and-seek with the chess pieces. The...

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 27 May 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children are learning interesting facts about space and planets and are making space and planet-related artworks during their visual art lessons. At this time, they made Earth paper collages from some recycled newspaper pieces. First, they ripped...

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 27 May 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children went to the Chess Playground land and showed how much they know about chess to each other. They created chess-themed puzzles for their class and acted as their chess teacher. They enjoyed carrying out small tasks and being the bosses in the...

Cheeky Monkeys, 27 May 2022

We have had another eventful two weeks. First, we celebrated Environmental Day and performed for our parents. The children made a banner that read, ’One for all, all for one,’ which was inspired by one of our kind classmates. For the field trip, The Cheeky Monkeys...

Cheeky Monkeys, Music and Drama, 27 May 2022

Spatial awareness allows us to sense our surroundings, recognize how our bodies relate to our environment, and understand how objects around us relate to one another. As children develop spatial awareness, they hone a better understanding of physical boundaries as...

Cheeky Monkeys, Visual Arts, 13 May 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys learnt the mosaic technique during one of their visual art lessons. They used leftover colourful paper pieces, glue sticks, and scissors and created creative mosaic pictures according to their interests. They also made line-centred artworks with...

Cheeky Monkeys, Chess, 13 May 2022

The Cheeky Monkeys children flew on the Chess Playground land and continued extending their chess knowledge. First, they played a tag game with Queen Quenessa. Then, they played hide-and-seek with King Crucifer. After that, they sat in a circle and shared their secret...