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It’s 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. Giving your children the opportunity to practice and master the important skill of patience helps prepare them for success in school and in life.
If somebody peeps into the Cuddly Koala’s class it seems like Christmas has come earlier. The classroom is decorated all around with snowflakes, ornaments, a fireplace, a Christmas tree. Children can enjoy the Christmas themed topics, books, songs through the days. The final preparations are also underway for the Christmas show, we are excitedly waiting for. We welcomed the winter weather with beautiful snowfall. It had a special charm for us. We do not need snow to laugh and play, but it definitely gave us plenty of opportunity to do both. Children’s little gloved hands could build a beautiful snowman and forming snowballs. They also had a ride on the sledge. These are already fantastic things, but beyond that, Santa visited us on 6 December. Previously we wrote him a letter of what we wish he can bring us and all our wishes came thorugh! A very well equipped play kitchen with many opportunities to practise to be a little chef. Children could hardly wait to play with it, since then there is no stopping, we cook and bake. Lastly, we wish everyone a very relaxing and joyful holiday and see you back on 6 January 2020.
Bounces provide your children with opportunities to feel the steady beat with their whole body-regardless of whether they are at home or in class. However, enjoying this bounce in a group setting offers additional benefits. As your toddlers bounce and move in class and watch other children respond and move in other ways, they begin to understand that they are unique individuals-they experience the same activity as the other children, but in their own way.This observation and understanding enhances your toddlers’ self-awareness.
Our current Unit of Inquiry is ‘Senses’. Children are learning the importance of hearing, touching, sight, tasting and smelling. During our circle times we were experimenting with food tasting. Different types of food was prepared on the table for the children to feel, touch and taste. Children were very curious about all the tastes and excited to try them. They learend about salty, sweet, sour and bitter tastes. Their faces said a thousand words when they tasted the lemon and trully enjoyed all the activities. We also held the ‘Word Science Day’ when children experimented with salt, glue and paint. They could see how the textures flow together and made gorgeous pictures at the end. We also experienced a very unusual interaction, when we mixed a little milk with food colouring. This was an easy hands on experience which we managed to turn to an awesome science project with the help of the Cuddly Koalas.
We hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing autumn break. Children settled in back very smoothly after the break. They continued the established the daily routine with ease. We started our Monday with the preparation for Halloween. We have been working on ghosts, bats and pumpkins to make our bulletin board and decorations stunning. During our circle times we have been discussing the meaning of Halloween and have also learned many wonderful ‘spooky’ songs about ’Harry a Spider’ and the ‘Spooky Monster’ or not at last ‘the Moody Pumpkin’ song. Our classroom has also got many Halloween decorations which the children commented on very often. The Cuddly Koalas made cookies and they could decorate them with chocolate chips if they wanted. On the last day of the week the Cuddly Koalas had a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the puppet theatre show in the gym with the older classes. The Koalas were super patient and were really interested about what was happening behind the scenes. We held our class party in the classroom, where children could dance, go silly with the balloons and of course enjoy the well-deserved cookies.
The Cuddly Koalas worked hard to make some spooky decorations for our Halloween Party. They made ’Silhouette Bat’ paintings and ’Ghost’ painting arts by painting with sponges. They made an ’Egg Carton Bat’ craft and showed their sticking skills by gluing some wiggly eyes onto their ghosts screaming mouths and on their bats. Thanks to them our corridor looked so spooky!
Toddlers love to mToddlers love to move – but toddlers ESPECIALLY love moving independently! One of the ways to encourage your toddler’s drive for independence is to engage her in simple movement rhymes, like ‘I Can Wiggle’. With repetition and time, your toddler will delight in showing off the movements he/she has learned. It is through mastery of age-appropriate independent skills like these that your toddler’s self-esteem will blossom.Toddlers love to move – but toddlers ESPECIALLY love moving independently! One of the ways to encourage your toddler’s drive for independence is to engage her in simple movement rhymes, like ‘I Can Wiggle’. With repetition and time, your toddler will delight in showing off the movements he/she has learned. It is through mastery of age-appropriate independent skills like these that your toddler’s self-esteem will blossom.ove – but toddlers ESPECIALLY love moving independently! One of the ways to encourage your toddler’s drive for independence is to engage her in simple movement rhymes, like ‘I Can Wiggle’. With repetition and time, your toddler will delight in showing off the movements he/she has learned. It is through mastery of age-appropriate independent skills like these that your toddler’s self-esteem will blossom.
Hearing the words clap, clap, clap at the beginning of the song sung on the beat reinforces how the steady beat and movements fit together. The more your toddler experiences steady beat, the more likely she/he will be to learn to keep steady beat independently. “Moving to a steady beat is a fundamental skill-not only for music performance, but one that has been linked to language skills”-Nina Kraus. Kraus’s research, showed that people who performed better on rhythmic test also demonstrated superior neural responses to speech sounds.
Over of the past two weeks the Cuddly Koalas finished the ‘Family Tree’ project which turned out to be a popular project. The final outcome is displayed and children like to stop for a second to talk about it with their family. We also enjoyed the lovely autumn weather outside in the big garden and had fun with the falling leaves. Our light table was packed with crystal water beads for sensory play and children enjoyed squishing, smashing and breaking them for a unique sensory experience.
We had an amazing opportunity to try Rolli Polli with Ms. Susie. The Koalas were very energetic and followed all the instructions and tried to complete the tasks. It is the best time to develop cognitive skills, increase coordination and meet their daily exercise needs. We are looking forward to the next opportunity.
The National School’s FireDday was included in our calendar. On that they we learned about fire safety and children could try out the toy equipment, play with small fire engines and could make their own helmet.
Children are becoming more comfortable with the activity ‘Head and Shoulders’. Everyone is standing, stretching up high, touching their heads, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes and noses. This body- tapping song invites them to tap those body parts a few times. They like to increase the tempo when we repeat the movements.
The last two weeks we have had so much fun learning and exploring our Unit of Inquiry topics. We have been learning about our body parts and have expanded our knowledge of shapes. The children have been enjoying the new songs they have learnt by wriggling about and moving their hands and feet. We made lots of fun, exciting art and craft activities related to our current Unit of Inquiriy. We have also been playing with plenty of Lego Duplo which is the children’s new favourite activity during free play. While the children are building, they are using and developing their fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. This activity also encourages children to solve problems and use their own ideas and think creatively. The Koalas had an opportunity to ride on the ponies enjoying the sunny weather. The ponies were waiting for us in the big garden and children were watching the ponies with exctement and admiration.
Our Cuddly Koalas group welcomed new friends, we are very happy to have them here with us. More children more fun 🙂
The children started to get to know each other better and learn the everyday routine from their teachers. At circle time we are learning about the daily schedule, weather, colours and shapes recognition. The group already have many favourite songs and books as well. We are actively participating in Physical Education, Music and Drama and Visual Arts classes. The piano is popular and the art table is always busy. Children can use their own creativity to create beautiful autumn pictures, develop their balance in the gym and practice new songs and movements in the music room. We have also celebrated our two lovely Koalas 2nd birthdays with delicious cakes and candles. Children could share in each other’s joy. We look forward to have our next occasion to sing the birthday song together.
The last stream of warm summer wind knocked on all of our teacher’s door and whispered into their ears that it is time to go back to Happy Kids to start the new school year. Our new Visual Arts teacher, Ms. Ildikó was very excited to meet with all the children and do some arts and crafts with them.
The Cuddly Koalas experienced painting and colour mixing in many ways; painted with corks, with apples, and pushed the paint in the bag.
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...
The Cuddly Koalas helped painting some DIY carnival games for our Carnival Event. They experimented with printing and drawing with toy cars on a horizontal and sloping surface. They enjoyed watching the cars rolling down in a certain way and leave a mark behind them....
Before the Ski Break, the Cuddly Koalas were celebrating The International Mother Language Day. Our young learners learnt about the nationalities and their flags, also we listened to different songs from nationalities. It was lovely to see when the children recognised...
We had a few special events over the past few weeks which have made our every days even more colourful. Druing the Student–led Conferences, it was wonderful to see families appreciating their child’s knowledge and praise them while working together by playing the...
The Cuddly Koalas have been working on creating more decorations for our Valentine's Day Event. They made a Heart Art by painting with sponges and sticking some lovely paper pieces and sprinkling some glitter on their piece of art. They also started to prepare a mask...
Your toddler's body is growing and changing at an incredible rate, and he is constantly trying to figure out how to control his limbs, find his balance and navigate the space around him. Dances like this one allow toddlers the opportunity to practice negotiating these...
The Cuddly Koalas celebrated our Chinese New Year event by making a drum instrument from paper plates. They painted the paper plates with red tempera paint, glued shiny sequins and sprinkled shiny glitters on their instrument during art lessons. The Koalas started to...
If you have ever noticed your toddler spontaneously clapping his hands, bopping up and down, or dancing with a toy, then you have probably already seen evidence of his internal steady beat. In class, we will broaden our external steady beat experiences by seeing,...
The last few weeks were busy weeks which seems to have passed by in a flash. The children have been engaged in various fun-filled and exciting activities. The Koalas have been given many learning experiences to help them explore and learn more about the world around...