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Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 10 June 2022

Children need at least one hour of active physical play a day. Activities like the one where we invited the Cuddly Koalas to get up and move like a rabbit or any other animal they imagine, help build strong, healthy muscles and bones. On a rainy day, put on some music, and turn your family room or play area into a forest or savannah where everyone can move and dance like their favorite animals.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 10 June 2022

The Cuddly Koalas made cute, colourful paper birds during one of their visual art lessons. They glued colouredl feathers, paper beaks, wiggly eyes, and paper feet on the bases and personalized them according to their preferences. They practiced their decision-making skills, sticking skills, and composing skills and happily imitated some of the well-known sounds of birds in various ways.

Cuddly Koalas, 10 June 2022

It is so incredible that the school year is almost over. We have a fantastic period behind us and there are still plenty of programs and learning opportunities waiting for us in the coming weeks. In recent days, we have gotten to know about the sea animals in more details and added a lot of new tunes to our song repertoire such as ‘Party on the ocean floor song’ or ‘I love summer songs. We did a scavenger hunt in the big garden and noticed a lot of little things around us in nature. We also took part in the last Rolli-Polli session of the school year with great activity and super atmosphere. The Cuddly Koalas are very much looking forward to the Step-up day when children can exmerience their future class rooms in the next school year. Sports day also promises to be fabulous with a variety of sports activities. The End of the year party will be a lovely closing  to this fantastic school year with our little Koalas.

Cuddly Koalas, 27 May 2022

Our new topic for this month is called Animal Kingdom. Children are getting to know about animals such as their habitats, what they like to eat, how to take care of them, and how to interact with them. Cuddly Koalas love the topic and new favorites are ‘The animal sounds song’ and ‘The Old McDonald song’. They love to look at books about animals and also share their existing knowledge with us.

We also have a new responsibility to take care of our herbs on the terrace. Everybody is busy with the watering can to water them – I hope the herbs do not mind the lots of water:-) As the weather turned warm we are spending even more time outside and enjoying sand play, trampoline, and explorations. We do not forget to develop the fine motor skills and inside the classroom, we keep little hands busy with sensory fine motor skill practices.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 27 May 2022

When the Cuddly Koalas hear music, their natural instinct is to respond. There are many ways to respond to music, but this lesson focuses on just one-responding with movement. In responding to music, the Koalas are learning to listen, evaluate, and then coordinate their body’s movements to interpret and react to the music’s rhythm, beat, and mood. Combining movement and music can help children express their feelings, as well as teach them patterns, pulse, rhyme, and structure, all without the need for spoken language.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 27 May 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children are focusing on the topic of space and are making some space-related artworks during their visual art lessons. They made space-themed twirlers and q-tip painted twinkle stars and practiced their painting skills in various ways. They also had the opportunity to use one of their favourite art materials, the shiny glitter.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 13 May 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children’s favourite art tool is back for another round! At this time, the children had the opportunity to explore what happens when painting on a vertical surface with liquid paint and pipettes. The liquid paint moved down on the vertical surface no matter what. The pipette worked only if they held it facing a little down only. They were amazed by the power of gravity and how each colour can be mixed in this vertical painting process art activity.

Cuddly Koalas, 13 May 2022

The month of May brought not only the wonderful weather but also the super programs in which parents could take an active part. In Hungary, we are celebrating Mother’s Day on the first Sunday in May, and we celebrated Mother’s Day accordingly. We created a cozy spring picnic atmosphere in the classroom and the Mother’s Day picnic was really idyllic. Everyone picked up the rhythm when they heard the catchy songs sung by everyone. The handmade gifts were also a great success. After all this, the Student-led Conference also provided a great opportunity for teachers and children too to present a slice of our daily lives at the nursery, and for parents to gain insight into it. It was good to see the children show their toys, books, and favourite places enthusiastically and with great happiness. Also, for us, it was interesting to see the little Koalas proudly and confidently showing what they have learned so far. Thank you very much for your active participation and words of appreciation.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 13 May 2022

The Cuddly Koalas are becoming more aware of the roles of steady beat and rhythm, and how they fit together in music and language. Their roles may be different, but one cannot exist without the other. In this lesson, the Koalas experienced activities that introduced the layering of steady beat and repeated rhythm patterns. As children further develop skills to recognize different types of patterns, they also acquire mathematical skills in the areas of prediction and categorization. Understanding rhythms and patterns are also essential skills for learning to read and write.

Cuddly Koalas, 29 April 2022

In the days before the spring break, the Easter Bunny visited us and we spent the day having super activities. The Easter egg hunt was very exciting. The Cuddly Koalas’ children filled their little baskets enthusiastically and checked under every bush and tree to see if they could still find chocolate eggs. The Easter bunny was very generous and everyone got plenty of chocolate. After the great adventures, we got to know a new topic as part of the Ever-Changing Nature theme, and we have a great book to help to get closer to the topic. The book is called ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. The Koalas can learn from a hilarious little story that how the little tiny caterpillar will become a beautiful butterfly. Supporting understanding, we can also play the story with small felt figures. In addition, even the Mother’s Day preparations are in progress. The month of May looks like a very eventful, exciting month ahead.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 29 April 2022

The movement and music shifts in this fun bounce allow the Cuddly Koalas to respond to the mathematical principle of patterns. Each musical change is connected to a movement change; we sway to the legato waltz section of the song and bounce to the more staccato section that mimics rain. The movement contrast helps the Koalas hear, feel, and experience the well-defined pattern in the music.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 29 April 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children explored how to paint with movement by manipulating yarn in various ways. They pulled, tapped, and shook the yarn on their bases. They used their hand-and-eye coordination and balancing skills to handle the yarn according to their needs. They also made decisions and chose colours of their preferences. What an exciting way to play, explore, and paint.

Cuddly Koalas, 8 April 2022

The Cuddly Koalas class has been actively preparing for the fashion show and the Big Draw events. The success is not to be missed, as the little koalas performed fantastically and the veil of the beautiful costumes finally fell off. We practiced the days before the big day, adjusted our costumes, and cheerfully waited for the big event.

Our theme was ‘numbers’, around this theme we managed to make wonderful costumes. We designed costumes such as a clock, telephone, calculator, number plate, ruler, sports shirts, and billiard balls. There is a number in each of these objects, so the numbers have been presented from a different perspective by our little Koalas. The children enthusiastically participated in making the costumes. During the fashion show preparation and on the day as well, they were super cute, and active participants. I hope you also enjoyed the big koala picture made by the little hands. Our next event is also coming soon because the Easter bunny is coming to town

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 8 April 2022

Toddlers first approach numbers by memorizing the counting sequence by rote. Early on, your toddler may not even realize that the phrase “one, two, three” is actually made up of three separate words, and instead might hear it as a single “chunk”. Counting with your little Koalas will help them become familiar with the sequence of numbers and introduce them to the idea of one-to-one correspondence, a foundational math concept.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 8 April 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children have been making pompom-painted Easter eggs during one of their visual art lessons. They practiced their moving and handling skills and hand and eye coordination skills and made colourful marks with the pompoms on the egg samples. They also practiced the name of the colours and showed their colour preferences. They also showed they can keep the ’one pompom one colour’ rule where each pompom can be used with one colour only. What colourful and beautiful Easter eggs made by the Cuddly Koalas children.

Cuddly Koalas, 25 March 2022

Beautiful spring has arrived and we are making the most of it. We are spending our outdoor time actively and either in the big garden or on the terrace, the children are really enjoying it. The ponies visited Happy Kids again. Not all of our little Koalas were brave enough to ride them, but we loved to watch the horses from afar. In connection with spring, we get to know the characteristics of spring. One day we even organized a little walk on the bike track where we looked for small flowers, fresh buds and we also saw some beetles. Inside the classroom, we are also busy, and lovely spring-themed artworks are being created. In addition to the spring theme, we are already tuning in for Easter. The new songs which we are learning are very catchy: ‘The Easter Egg Hunt Song’ and ‘The Do the Silly Dance Song.’

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 25 March 2022

“Mine!” “I do!” is the call of many toddlers. The Koalas of this age can be very possessive and have difficulty taking turns and sharing. However, getting along with others is an essential life skill, and sharing is an important part of cooperative play. When the Koalas are asked to share with their friends, as they are with the drum in this activity, they have the opportunity to learn and practice sharing in a safe environment. This will help them make and – perhaps more importantly -keep friends.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 25 March 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children made beautiful butterfly sun-catchers during one of their visual art lessons. First, they observed some pictures of the butterflies, such as their colours and symmetry wings. Then, they used their palm powers to squeeze the glue out of their tubes and glued cellophane paper pieces onto the butterfly samples. They glued the pieces one by one and handled each piece carefully. Thanks to the Cuddly Koalas children the Happy Kids corridor is filled with butterflies that bring colourful sunshine to us to brighten our days.

Cuddly Koalas, 11 March 2022

We had a fantastic carnival celebration and everyone was gorgeous in special costumes. Among the costumes were kittens, policemen, dinosaurs, eggs, fairies, elephants, superheroes, princesses, firefighters, lions, and surgeon’s costumes. They were very creative choices. Donuts, popcorn, and dancing are an indispensable part of a carnival. We had them all. We even watched a fun puppet show. Moreover, the little Koalas had the opportunity to meet with the puppet characters after the performance. Additionally, we started to tune in to the spring as well, and around that topic, we build the everyday sensory and fine motor activities. We love the sensory box because it is great for sensory stimulation providing hands-on learning. It gives an opportunity for imaginative play and exploring a variety of concepts. It is lovely to see how children get so absorbed in exploring all the different textures and items. They are fun and it helps to bring experiences alive.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 11 March 2022

Music can have a strong effect on our emotions. It can therefore be a powerful tool for teaching the Koalas how to soothe themselves and regulate their emotions-a key skill that plays an important role in problem-solving and learning in all stages of life. By breathing deeply and relaxing, we are modeling for our children what ‘calm’ looks and feels like. We can further their understanding by verbally describing how their bodies might feel (relaxed, loose, easy) in this state.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 11 March 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children made one of the most beautiful spring flowers during one of their visual art lessons. First, they observed some pictures of the daffodil flowers, then they made some on their own. They painted the flower samples with an alternative painting tool and used their palm powers to squeeze the glue out of its tube so they could put the corona in the middle of the petals. Thanks to these Cuddly Koalas children, a beautiful daffodil garden shines at the entrance of our kindergarten!

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 28 February 2022

In our classes, when we teach children new concepts such as up and down, we employ all of the children’s senses to help them connect meaning with a specific word. In this activity, we connect the words up and down with their meaning by moving our bodies, saying the words in the poem, and watching each other move as we say the poem.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 28 February 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children had the opportunity to experiment with colourful water and pipettes. This evergreen activity is always one of the children’s favourites for many reasons. They can mix colours, make small and big drops, squeeze the pipettes from high above and near to the surface or even make slow and fast water drops. The pipette helps the children to strengthen their fine-motor skills and palm muscles and is the best tool to prepare them to handle and use scissors and writing tools smoothly. How effective was this process art activity? The pictures talk about themselves.

Cuddly Koalas, 28 February 2022

We hope your family had a relaxing ski break and everyone is recharged to start a wonderful March.The week before our break, we got to know the ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ story-book. The little Koalas are learning in more detail about the story.It depicts an adventurous trip by a family to the bear’s cave, which is coloured with different locations. The journey back home is even more adventurous for them. The Cuddly Koalas are big fans of the adventure. We played and imitated the sound of the rubber boots when getting stuck in the mud or in the big wavy grass. It was a lot of laughter and joy to get acquainted with the book. We also prepared several sensory games for the children and had a few drawing and painting activities too. After all this, we started preparing for the carnival and we are looking forward to seeing a variety of costumes for the upcoming occasion.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 11 February 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children made heart collages from some interesting art materials. They practiced their sticking skills with colourful paper pieces, patterned paper pieces and glue sticks. They showed that they can make decisions even at such a young age, choose colours according to their preferences, stick paper pieces where they like and design nice hearts to the best of their knowledge. Thanks to the Cuddly Koalas children, the Happy Kids entry spreads love to everyone who passes through it. Well done Koalas.

Cuddly Koalas, 11 February 2022

We started another month and greeted February with a cheerful celebration. One of the little Koalas joined the 2-year-old club and we celebrated his birthday with a delicious cake and fun games. Although our weekly topic has changed, the children have been so fond of the transportation theme. The pictures of the vehicles and songs which we learned as a part of that topic are very popular. The Cuddly Koalas are always asking to sing the songs over and over again and talk about the vehicles. It is so much fun. We also learned about the Chinese New Year and made special paintings. Of course, we were preparing for Valentine’s Day too. We decorated the classroom with the artwork of the children and with other decors in red and pink. Valentine’s Day itself was a lot of fun and the little Koalas performed skilfully in front of a large audience.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 11 February 2022

The learning and movement connection is especially evident in instrument play. In exploration time, we encourage the Koalas to explore the texture and colour of the instrument, the many ways to play it, and the variety of sounds it makes. Playing the instrument to music engages the senses of touch, hearing, and sight. The little Koalas are observing the changes when they move the instrument, and how the instrument’s sound changes, too. They are learning to coordinate their movements to play fast or slow and quiet or loud. They are also learning how to express themselves by choosing how they play.

Cuddly Koalas, 31 January 2022

In recent weeks, we introduced a new topic and expanded our knowledge of vehicles. The children liked the new theme and shared a lot of experiences with us that are related to a trip or they see such vehicles on a daily basis. Their vocabulary has grown with many new words and it is a great pleasure to see that our beautifully growing little koalas are becoming more communicative. The crafts and activities designed around the theme were also a great success and they enjoyed using new tools and techniques. We have also developed fine motor skills with very simple but fun games that you can even practice at home. These included unscrewing the tops of empty containers; for example, creams, transporting water with a pipette, connecting small Lego blocks, or practicing closing and opening padlocks. These types of movements are important for young children to practice because they help them to have a solid foundation for their future everyday tasks. We were also able to practice shoveling and making snowballs in the few days we could enjoy the remaining snow in the garden.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 31 January 2022

An instrument play-along provides many opportunities to practice social skills. We ask the children to get instruments for themselves, they wait their turn, they interact with their friends as they play, and at the end, they work with the group to put the instruments away and get ready for the next activity. These are all big steps in the development of cooperation, relationship, and empathy.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 31 January 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children made amazing textured winter collages and experienced the beauty of processed art activity. They enjoyed the freedom of creating something unique without following any instructions, squeezing liquid glue out of its tube, and placing any materials they like and the way they want. The Cuddly Koalas children used cake paper pieces, silk paper pieces, foil pieces, cotton wool pieces, and crepe paper pieces and strengthened their palm powers and practiced their sticking and composing skills. Well done Cuddly Koalas.

Cuddly Koalas, 14 January 2022

The new year started very powerfully and everyone came back from the break with full of energy. Taking advantage of this, we are spending our days actively with the little koalas who are always very interested, curious, and open to learning about everything. We have also got new knowledge about winter as a season. We were learning what should we wear in wintertime and what we can experience outdoors. Unfortunately, we did not have any luck with the snow yet, but in the meantime, we can learn more and more about the cold, but sporty season with help of pictures, and many art and craft ideas. Winter sports have not been left out of our knowledge either, and children are already increasingly trying to share their experiences using the English language. We will soon introduce you to an opportunity for an exciting game in which all members of the family can be involved. More information is coming soon.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 14 January 2022

Theme: Family and Friends

Ball play enables children to investigate rolling, bouncing, passing, and tossing. These movements are an invitation to interact with the ball in some way and then watch what happens. Each movement of the ball after your children’s toss, tap, or roll is an opportunity for them to get feedback and decide how they want to do it the next time. All the balls bouncing and rolling around the room may look like chaos, but is really a laboratory for your children’s exploration and discovery

Cuddly Koalas, 10 December 2021

In the weeks before the Christmas holiday, the Cuddly Koalas were diligently and enthusiastically preparing for the festive period. We decorated the classroom with colourful ornaments, a Christmas tree, and we created a craft every day related to the holiday.

We were also very much looking forward to seeing Santa Claus. We wrote him a letter that we all behaved very well, and asked him to bring us a new garage set with cars and a new Play-Dough set with lots of interesting new colours. The big day came and Santa brought his big sack filled with presents. The children greeted him joyfully and everyone listened to him closely. Our wish has been fulfilled and the gifts that we hoped for have arrived. After Santa’s visit, we continued the day with fun activities in the gym. How sporty the Cuddly Koalas were! Now we are looking forward to the next big event, the Christmas performances. With jingles, candlelights, and Christmas melodies the children are already in a festive mood. We hope everyone will share the joy of watching our performance through Zoom.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama, 10 December 2021

It is hard work waiting for the drum. Like all stop-and-go games, taking turns fosters the development of patience, something most children haven’t mastered yet. (In fact, many adults still have trouble with it.) Giving your children the opportunity to practice and master the important skill of patience helps them for success in school and in life.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 10 December 2021

The Cuddly Koalas made fork-painted Christmas tree artworks during one of their visual art lessons. First, they made prints with forks and practiced their hand-and-eye coordination. Then, they squeezed the liquid glue out of its tube and glued Christmas-themed sequins onto the Christmas trees. Thanks to the Cuddly Koalas the gym is shining in the festive look and is ready for our Christmas party.

Cuddly Koalas, 26 November 2021

In the classroom of the Cuddly Koalas, some new games have arrived, wooden building blocks and wooden construction vehicles. We have discovered these and incorporated the existing elements. The children love to build and they are doing it more and more skillfully. The big wooden building blocks are helping the little koalas to discover that they have independent ideas and they can experience a sense of achievement as they ‘have a go’, creating and developing something new and unique. This is also a great opportunity to learn to take turns, share materials, and cooperate with each other. Above these listed benefits, block play promotes the development of spatial awareness and develops hand-eye coordination as children reach for, lift, move and build with blocks, strengthening their fingers, hands, and arms. Despite the exploratory game, we did not forget about Thanksgiving and we got to know some basic information about it and added songs and crafts to our knowledge base. We had the Assembly and we could also taste the very delicious thanksgiving lunch. Children really enjoyed the special dishes.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama, 26 November 2021

One of the first musical skills we develop is the ability to keep a steady beat. This skill is extremely important, of course, for future musical experiences, but it is also important in everyday life. Think of all we do that requires spaced repetition: walking, running, riding a bicycle, cutting with scissors, bouncing a ball… and the list goes on.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 26 November 2021

The Cuddly Koalas children observed some pictures of the famous Santa Claus and some Christmas boots during a visual art lesson. They made Christmas boots for our upcoming St Nicholas Day celebration and practiced their moving and handling, painting and sticking skills. They made beautifully designed shiny boots and focused amazingly during the creative process. Even having messy hands is not an issue when it is all about Santa Claus.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 12 November 2021

The Cuddly Koalas have been working on their koala craft recently during visual art lessons. First, they used koala stencils, tempera paint, and sponges to make koalas. Then, they painted backgrounds on black paper and glued some ripped green paper pieces onto them. At last, they glued the parts together and put eyes, noses, and ears on their koalas. What lovely koalas!

Cuddly Koalas, 12 November 2021

We learned more about the world of colours with the children and we also built creative crafts around the theme. We got acquainted with a new book that immediately became a favourite, it is called: Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? The book is a great tool for learning colours and recognizing and associating animals with a colour. This is also supporting them to be observant about the world around them. What is more, we now had a Science day where we experimented with different things. For example, we have seen what happens when we put paint in a small bag and smear it, we smash the colours. Everyone was surprised that their hands were not messy with paint :-), but we have got different colours as a result. Then we also tried an interesting experiment. First, we looked at how we could change the colour of the water and then observed which objects could sink and which stayed on top of the water. The little Koalas were watching the test as very interested future scientists. In addition to all this, we also celebrated Kindness day and during circle time we learned more about how to express ourselves kindly in a friendly way.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama, 12 November 2021

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

Cuddly Koalas, 29 October 2021

After the fantastic and relaxing autumn break, children had to spend a few days settling back into our daily routine, however, now everything is back to normal:-) We have also welcomed a new little Koala who started with us recently and strengthens our Cuddly Koalas team. We have started the preparations for Halloween this week. We decorated the classroom and made many creative projects. The individual development games were also built around the theme. We have learned new songs such as ‘I am spooky spider’ and the ‘Monster go away’ songs.

We brought the theme closer to the children with pictures, drawings, and songs.

And the effect was not left behind: on Halloween day everyone was loving the costumes and we enjoyed the super games. There was dance, music, good mood, and chocolates. The small handmade goody bags are also filled with sweets. Fabulous time and super atmosphere on the first Halloween.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama, 29 October 2021

Theme: Family All Around Me

Touching each of your toddler’s fingers individually while enjoying fingerplays will help them to begin to recognize each finger as separate from the others. When they were babies they moved all their fingers together at the same time. As they grow and develop, children learn to move their fingers individually, beginning with the thumb and pointer finger. The ability to move each finger , one at the time, is called finger isolation and it is vital to fine motor development. It contributes to the ability to hold a pencil correctly, use scissors, button and zip clothes, tie shoelaces, and play a variety of musical instruments.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 29 October 2021

The Cuddly Koalas also took part in the decorating process for our Halloween Party and made silhouette bat artworks during one of their visual art lessons. They were curiously painted with the sponges and they were well surprised when the bats ’flew away’ from their paper and left a silhouette effect on their artworks. Well done Cuddly Koalas!

Cuddly Koalas, 8 October 2021

Autumn is here and we are happy to learn and learn a lot about it and through it. We studied and included the colourful leaves in several activities. We have talked about the change of seasons and learned super songs like ‘the Season song’ or ‘the Scarecrow song’.

We have visited the big garden occasionally to collect the small and large chestnuts in the buckets and use them for various sensory games. The thrill of the search itself was a great experience and everyone really enjoyed it.

If it is autumn then there is also a harvest festival so we had the harvest party in the garden. We made coconut balls for the big day which we shared with the other groups on the day of the harvest. There were dance, music, grape juice, face paintings, and fantastic performances from the older groups.

In a word, we started the fall and we love it.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama, 8 October 2021

Toddlers love to move-but toddlers ESPECIALLY love moving independently! One of the ways to encourage the toddlers’ drive for independence is to engage them in simple movement rhymes. With repetition and time, toddlers will delight in showing off the movements they have learned. It is mastery of age-appropriate independent skills like these that toddlers’ self-esteem will blossom.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 8 October 2021

The Cuddly Koalas kept painting and painting. They painted on paper pieces, on fresh foil covered carton pieces, and painted on see-through vertical surfaces. Using brushes and tempera paint only and yet different results appear on different surfaces. The Cuddly Koalas children focused amazingly and enjoyed these process art activities so much. They painted with slow & fast movements, mixed colours bravely and experimented with great confidence during the creative process.

Cuddly Koalas, 24 September 2021

​The first topic this year is studying the body parts as part of our Unit of Inquiry. At circle times, we are learning about our own bodies, and we are singing new songs and doing activities to strengthen our vocabulary. The Cuddly Koalas get very excited when we sing the ‘Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ song and they are enthusiastic to do the movements along the song. For the children to comprehend even more, a variety of games and activities are available related to the topic. Great emphasis is put on frequent repetition.
On another note: our super skillful Kolas gathered the confidence to visit the big garden to see the ponies. Although we were just watching the ponies for now, we had a great time. The trampoline, the swing, the big sandpit were all great experiences for us and we are sure that very soon we will take a visit again.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama, 24 September 2021

Hearing the words clap, clap, clap at the beginning of the song on the beat, reinforces how the steady beat and movements fit together. The more your toddler experiences a steady beat, the more likely he/she will be able to learn to keep a steady beat independently. According to Nina Kraus, of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at NorthWestern University in Illinois, “moving to a steady beat is a fundamental skill – not only for music performance, but one that has been linked to language skills.” Kraus’s research, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, showed that people who performed better on rhythmic tests also demonstrated superior neural responses to speech sounds.

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 24 September 2021

The Cuddly Koalas had their very first art lessons and made cute koalas; they painted with tempera paint, squeezed liquid glue out of its tube, glued eyes, a nose, and ear parts onto the koalas. Amazing koalas were born that day! They also made autumn trees and used wine corks to print autumn leaves on naked trees. Well done koalas!

Cuddly Koalas, 10 September 2021

We have already passed the first few weeks and our new Cuddly Koalas arrive more cheerfully every day, and spend happy times in their new setting. It is fantastic to see how curious and interested they are, and even how much confidence they have gained in such a short time.
Although the settling-in process is not fully done, with small steps, everyone will be successful soon.
In recent weeks, at circle times we have become acquainted with our daily schedule, with songs and storybooks.
Our little Koalas are now learning many new skills and strengthening and building on existing ones. Following the daily routine is also part of our everyday life so they can move safely out on the terrace or in the gym and enjoy their play time everywhere. Mrs Milja, our Music Teacher and Ms Ildikó our Visual Arts Teacher, spent some time with us every day, so the children could get to know them better and will be able to visit the music room in the coming weeks.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama, 10 September 2021

One of the first musical skills we develop is the ability to keep a steady beat. This skill is extremely important, of course, for future musical experiences, but it is also important in everyday life. Think of all we do that requires spaced repetition: walking, running, riding a bicycle, cutting with scissors, bouncing a ball… and the list goes on.

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 10 June 2022

Children need at least one hour of active physical play a day. Activities like the one where we invited the Cuddly Koalas to get up and move like a rabbit or any other animal they imagine, help build strong, healthy muscles and bones. On a rainy day, put on some...

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 10 June 2022

The Cuddly Koalas made cute, colourful paper birds during one of their visual art lessons. They glued colouredl feathers, paper beaks, wiggly eyes, and paper feet on the bases and personalized them according to their preferences. They practiced their decision-making...

Cuddly Koalas, 10 June 2022

It is so incredible that the school year is almost over. We have a fantastic period behind us and there are still plenty of programs and learning opportunities waiting for us in the coming weeks. In recent days, we have gotten to know about the sea animals in more...

Cuddly Koalas, 27 May 2022

Our new topic for this month is called Animal Kingdom. Children are getting to know about animals such as their habitats, what they like to eat, how to take care of them, and how to interact with them. Cuddly Koalas love the topic and new favorites are 'The animal...

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 27 May 2022

When the Cuddly Koalas hear music, their natural instinct is to respond. There are many ways to respond to music, but this lesson focuses on just one-responding with movement. In responding to music, the Koalas are learning to listen, evaluate, and then coordinate...

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 27 May 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children are focusing on the topic of space and are making some space-related artworks during their visual art lessons. They made space-themed twirlers and q-tip painted twinkle stars and practiced their painting skills in various ways. They also had...

Cuddly Koalas, Visual Arts, 13 May 2022

The Cuddly Koalas children’s favourite art tool is back for another round! At this time, the children had the opportunity to explore what happens when painting on a vertical surface with liquid paint and pipettes. The liquid paint moved down on the vertical surface no...

Cuddly Koalas, 13 May 2022

The month of May brought not only the wonderful weather but also the super programs in which parents could take an active part. In Hungary, we are celebrating Mother's Day on the first Sunday in May, and we celebrated Mother's Day accordingly. We created a cozy spring...

Cuddly Koalas, Music and Drama 13 May 2022

The Cuddly Koalas are becoming more aware of the roles of steady beat and rhythm, and how they fit together in music and language. Their roles may be different, but one cannot exist without the other. In this lesson, the Koalas experienced activities that introduced...

Cuddly Koalas, 29 April 2022

In the days before the spring break, the Easter Bunny visited us and we spent the day having super activities. The Easter egg hunt was very exciting. The Cuddly Koalas' children filled their little baskets enthusiastically and checked under every bush and tree to see...