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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...