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Sharing and taking turns is a learned process that only develops when children can start empathizing with others. These skills take a tremendous amount of self-control for two- and three-year-olds. We model self-control for Friendly Frogs as they see you patiently wait to play the triangle. We can also help the child to wait by touching him/her gently or showing him/her how to pretend to play the triangle before it is his/her turn. This helps him/her find his/her own strategies for waiting. Learning these skills helps the child when we celebrate and acknowledge all the tiny achievements along the way. Observe your child when he/she is with friends and classmates. Watch for opportunities to affirm his/her efforts, saying something like: “You are so polite to wait while Nancy takes a turn.
The Friendly Frogs children had their first visual art lesson with our art teacher in the art atelier. First, they reviewed and identified the most popular colours with the art teacher. Then, they choose their top two or three favourite colours. Each child had their own paint containers filled with their favourite colours. At last, they made beautiful paintings from tempera paint. The Friendly Frogs children painted dots, lines, curly lines, circles, and mandala-like objects, and mixed their favourite colours in various ways.
What a busy time it was for the Friendly Frogs and their families. All but one little Froggy joined us for these two busy weeks. Our new friends are almost there with their settling in, so the class plunged head first into learning. We learnt our first sound this week, the “s” sound. You would not imagine how many different things we could find that start with a “s”. Sammy the Snake, sun, snail, story and many many more. We even made some snails, and also a lovely yellow sun. We tremendously enjoyed all the activities and are looking forward to those coming up in the future.
Our hello song is an important ritual for our music class. It provides both a closing to each class and an important connection with each Friendly Frog. “Routines are essential for young children. Routines help children learn to tell time and regulate their internal clocks. Children learn to predict what will happen next, and in doing so, they feel empowered to tackle the task. The goal of routines is continuity. The goal of rituals is connection. Rituals create sacred space designated for togetherness and unity.”
The Friendly Frogs have been enjoying summertime, playing in the garden with their friends, and participating in new play experiences. Since the trampoline is back, our Frogs have been jumping quite a lot on it and have been having lots of laughs and giggles with their friends. Naturally, the highlight of the past two weeks has been the Rolli Polli class. The children always look forward to taking the bus and visiting Rolli Polli as it offers an amazing and super fun gymnastics experience for them. Moreover, the Friendly Frogs have been making sparkly jellyfishes as part of arts and crafts, which are now the decoration for our summer bulletin board. A picture can worth a thousand words and as you can see for yourselves, our Froggies have been having the best of time. Dear Friendly Frogs, we are so proud of your progress and development and we would like to wish you the very best in the next academic year. Until we meet again, enjoy the summer holidays with your families, have lots of fun and lots of ice-cream.
The Friendly Frogs made colourful bird crafts during one of their visual art lessons. First, they chose colourful card bases for their birds. Then, they glued colourful paper pieces, wiggly eyes, and paper beaks on them. Next, they cut patterned paper pieces into small paper strips and glued them like tails. At last, they placed some feathers on them and decorated the birds according to their preferences.
Our Friendly Frogs have been very busy the past few weeks learning new things and preparing for Enviromental Day assembly as well as for the Student-led Conferences. The children have been practising songs as well as the choreography, in order to perform in front of their families, and they did exceptionally well on the day of the assembly. The children have been preparing for the Student-led Conferences which took place in the Friendly Frogs’ classroom with big success. Moreover, the Froggs have been enjoying the beautiful spring weather playing in our beautiful garden, and had the opportunity to collect snails, as well as ride the ponies. Pony riding has definetely been a super fun experience for them as they are always thrilled to have them over. Last but not least, our Friendly Frogs joined the Bright Bunnies on a field trip on Margaret Island where we all enjoyed a delightful picnic, a visit to the Japanese garden and the mini Zoo.
This lesson was all about pretend! Friendly Frogs liked to pretend to be different creatures that we can find in our garden. They enjoyed being little bees, who buzz from flower to flower and collect nectar and pollen to make the honey.
Pretending or imaginative play is more than just a fun way for children to entertain themselves-it’s actually a complex process that builds skills in a number of different developmental areas. By pretending, imagining, dramatizing, and experimenting, the Frogs build language and communication skills, develop their capacity for empathy and cooperation, and practice creative problem solving.
The Friendly Frogs children are focusing on the topic of space and are making space-related artworks during their visual art lessons. At this time, they made space rockets from 2D shapes, such as triangles, rectangles, stars, and circles. They enjoyed making a lot of decisions and working independently by choosing materials according to their likes and building the rockets according to their preferences.
The Friendly Frogs children are learning interesting facts about plants and the environment. Therefore, they had the opportunity to make cute flowers from mainly recycled materials. First, they painted the backgrounds with pastel colours. Next, they cut colourful patterned and patchworked paper leftovers into small paper strips. At last, they built the flowers from the given materials according to their preferences and glued the parts onto their bases carefully.
Our Friendly Frogs have been very busy the past few weeks preparing for Mother’s Day celebration. The children have been practicing Mother’s Day songs by learning the lyrics as well as the choreography, to perform for their Mums for the upcoming event. Moreover, they have been making colourful cards and special gifts for their Mums and have been working very hard to make them as unique and as beautiful as possible. Both the bulletin board and the classroom decorations were beautiful and invited everybody to celebrate this unique day. On the day of the Mother’s Day celebration, the children were thrilled to see their Mummies and some of their Dads enter the Friendly Frogs classroom, sit in their chairs to watch them perform. The children and their parents shared emotional moments singing and dancing together, and they did colourful matching bracelets, to express their eternal love for each other. The whole atmosphere was magical and we, the teachers, felt so happy and moved to be part of this special celebration. Well done, Friendly Frogs, and thank you dear Parents for coming.
This lesson was all about pretending! The Friendly Frogs liked to pretend to be different creatures that we can find in our garden. They enjoyed being little bees, who buzz from flower to flower and collect nectar and pollen to make the honey.
Pretending or imaginative play is more than just a fun way for children to entertain themselves-it is actually a complex process that builds skills in a number of different developmental areas. By pretending, imagining, dramatizing, and experimenting, children build language and communication skills, develop their capacity for empathy and cooperation, and practice creative problem-solving.
The Friendly Frogs were happy to return to school after the spring break. The children enjoyed sharing their news about what they did during the holidays and how they spent their time. They agreed on how happy they felt to see their friends as well as their teachers, and how nice it is to play with one another in this beautiful spring weather, and have fun during different activities. We recently started a new Unit of Inquiry and we have been learning about sea animals. Our Frogs enjoyed watching a presentation and listening to a story on the topic, followed by interesting discussions, a colouring activity, and playing at the water sensory bin with different sea animals. The children did some exciting arts and crafts for our upcoming events and had a wonderful time exchanging their ideas and thoughts while making their unique crafts. The children have fond memories of their recent Rolli Polli gymnastics experience as this was an amazing activity they took part in, just before the break. A picture can be worth a thousand words, and as you can see from the pictures, the children have been having lots of fun. Welcome back Friendly Frogs, and keep up the good work.
Think about how a quiet lullaby evokes calm, while a loud, energetic march can stir excitement. The emotions that certain types of music conjure are due in large part to the dynamics of the music that is to say the relative volume of a sound or note. Dynamics play an important role in how music is expressed and experienced, and the best way to help children understand the range of dynamic expression is through exposure. In this lesson, the Friendly Frogs sang, listened, and moved with varying dynamics in activities designed to build a strong foundation for understanding fundamental music concepts and expression.
The Friendly Frogs children experienced the beauty of gravity and vertical painting with the help of pipettes and liquid paint. Water and liquid-based art projects are always one of the children’s favourite activities. They enjoyed handling and squeezing the pipettes and shooting the liquid paint on their surfaces. They experienced gravity both on the surface and in the pipettes and were amazed to see how it works in practice.
Recently, the Friendly Frogs children are learning some interesting facts about Easter and creating some Easter-themed artworks during visual art lessons. They made scrape-painted Easter eggs and practiced their hand-and-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and writing skills. First, they scooped paint with lollipop sticks onto their egg samples and scraped the paint with cardboard box pieces. Next, they cut the eggs out on their outlines with scissors. At last, they drew some lines, such as straight, wavy, zigzag, castle, and dotted lines to decorate them according to their preferences.
It has been an exciting and busy time for our Friendly Frogs. We have been learning about life cycles and more specifically about the life cycle of a frog. The children enjoyed watching a presentation on the subject and showed understanding by putting the pictures of the life cycle of a frog in order. We had an interesting discussion on who saw a frog in real life, and who touched one. We read stories with frogs being the main characters, learned how to sing Five little speckled frogs and played with a pond sensory bin full of frogs, fish, turtles, ducks, leaves and rocks. In addition, we did a lot of arts and crafts and manipulated different materials to develop children’s fine motor skills, imagination and creativity. Moreover, we celebrated World Health Day by making a colourful and beautiful bulletin board on the topic, watched an age-appropriate video and learned about the importance of washing hands, as well as the importance of eating healthy, sleeping and exercising. The Frogs have been practicing fun songs for the upcoming Easter assembly, such as ’Hey little bunny’ and ’’Springtime’’ and have been enjoying themselves dancing to the beat and singing of course. Naturally, the highlight of the past few weeks was our Fashion Show, where the children amazed us all with their catwalk talent, as well as their cuteness. They deserve our applause as they worked really hard and did exceptionally well. Well down, Friendly Frogs, keep up the good work.
Movement is one of the ways your children can express themselves and build self-awareness. In addition, when your children dance or move in a room with others, they practice and develop self-control. We are moving like an elephant or frog, and we mention body parts (hand, head, foot, etc.). Moving to these songs helps your children become more self-aware of the physical potential of their bodies as well as how other people and objects in their ‘dancing space’ impact how they move.
The Friendly Frogs have been enjoying early spring and have been engaging in fun outdoor activities in our beautiful garden. As they have formed true friendships, free outdoor play has been very enjoyable to them. The children enjoy daily circle and centre time, and they are progressing nicely with the Jolly Phonics sounds. In the past two weeks we covered the letter sounds ’z’ and ’w’ and we have been learning about the life cycle of the caterpillar as well as of the hen. The Friendly Frogs have been developing according to their individual level through different sensory, stimuli and fun activities. The Fizzy Water experiment was a mind blowing learning experience for them and they had lots of fun with it. We never stop to intrigue them and support their progress, and we are pleased to see them grow and unfold their talents and skills. Pony riding was one of our recent highlights, and our Friendly Frogs enjoyed themselves during this exciting activity.
Recently, the Friendly Frogs children are learning interesting facts about the spring season. They are learning to identify the main signs of spring, such as blooming flowers, buzzing bees, blossoms on the trees, and the returning birds. During one of their art lessons, they made spring flowers by using differently designed DIY stamps and tempera paint and printed stems, petals, stamens, and leaves onto their spring flowers. Thanks to the Friendly Frogs children the Happy Kids corridor is blossoming with beautiful spring flowers.
Music is an essential part of the human experience, of self-reflection, expression, and community. The joy of singing is something every child needs to experience, and when we use simple syllables like ‘la’, we make it easy for the Friendly Frogs to learn to sing along. As an added bonus, repeating these simple syllables helps the Frogs develop the facial muscles and nerves that lead to fluent speaking.
It has been an exciting and busy time for our Friendly Frogs, full of anticipation and preparations for the upcoming Carnival festivities. The children have been working together as a group, making amazing ties and clown faces for the Carnival theme bulletin board. On the day of the Carnival celebration the Frogs arrived at school dressed up in their unique and colouful costumes ready to party, play and have fun. We played many games in the classroom, we danced, we sang, and we ate donuts, ’fang’, as it is the traditional Hungarian sweet, served during Carnival season. The children enjoyed all the games and participated with enthusiasm. Musical chairs was their absolute favourite game and they had the opportunity to play it several times. The highlight of this special day was the wonderful puppet performance the children saw, together with all the other children attending Happy Kids. The puppet show took place in the gym and it was such a unique learning experience, that the children were talking about it for days. In addition, our Friendly Frogs started swimming lessons in a well equipped pool with four qualified and experienced instructors. Swimming is a great way to promote active living, develop love for sports, promote collaboration and teamwork. The Friendly Frogs proved once more how well they can work together
Children are naturally drawn to imitating animals. Immersing themselves in the animal world through movement and sound is a rich source of exploration and discovery. When we pretend to be friendly, sun-loving spiders, your child can experience the world of the spider in a way that feels safe and fun. Exploring the movement of spiders and observing and imitating the movement of others in the class helps to expand your child’s movement vocabulary. He/she’ll find new ways to move, as well as the language to label those movements.
Recently, the Friendly Frogs children are learning about life cycles in various ways. At this time, they made hungry caterpillars by using their hand and eye coordination and fine motor skills to thread beads on pipe cleaners. They used their palm powers to cut leaf shapes from green paper and drew midribs and veins on them. They used single-hole punchers to make holes in the paper leaves and squeezed glue on them so they could place their caterpillars on them.
Our Friendly Frogs returned to school after the ski break, happy to meet with their teachers and peers. The Frogs have been exploring ‘Working Together’ as their Unit of Inquiry and have been participating in various activities which promote listening, paying attention to each other, cooperating and being active team players. The class of the Friendly Frogs have been learning to acknowledge similarities and differences through different group actions and movements, with the help of singing and various props. The children have been learning about the importance of following instructions and working together, in order to achieve better results and feel proud of their achievements. In addition, they had lots of free play in the beautiful garden. Several of the outdoor play options promote working together, thus our Frogs have been enjoying lots of fun play. We are thrilled to have them back, to nurture, love and contribute to their growth and development as their teachers.
In our 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, labeling and movement. When we use multiple senses we are able to provide many opportunities to strengthen the learning and make it more permanent.
The Friendly Frogs have started to prepare some colourful and shiny carnival masks for our upcoming Carnival Celebration. They used oil pastels, sequins, tubes of liquid glue and feathers to decorate them according to their preferences. They even had the opportunity to choose the nicest mask design from many. Regardless of the techniques, colour and material choices a lot of nicely designed masks have been created by the Friendly Frogs children.
Recently, the Friendly Frogs children learned lots of interesting facts about Valentine’s Day and made a few Valentine’s Day-themed crafts during visual art lessons. They made cute love birds, strawberry sweet hearts, “teamwork” hearts and practiced their cutting skills with scissors, sticking skills with paper pieces and glue, composing and designing skills with lots of interesting art materials. The most important thing they learned is that teamwork is an amazing power where they can easily achieve something that they would otherwise hardly achieve by themselves. Well done Friendly Frogs children.
When introducing the concept of triple meter and the waltz movement, offering a variety of ways for the children to practice and explore this concept will strengthen their understanding. By counting 1-2-3 and emphasizing the first beat with your voice as well as adding a large motion to the first beat of the clapping pattern, the children are able to feel and experience this rhythm. Moving a prop, such as a scarf, in a three beat pattern to the music reinforces the experience of the triple meter. Each layer of experience in this activity supports learning and understanding. This skill building activity will continue to aid the children in other activities that require complex coordination.
Along with learning our new sounds and completing some exciting activities, we have also had the past two weeks filled with different events. The Friendly Frogs have also practiced their blending and have been improving greatly.
Along with our new schedule of having individual development in the gym on Tuesday and Thursday, our Froggies have been enjoying the extra gross motor activities and have been learning a lot.
We began our week with World Puzzle Day. The Friendly Frogs enjoyed completing some puzzles and working as a group. We then familiarized ourselves with Chinese New Year by learning the different things that can be seen during this time as well as completing a dragon craft using a variety of materials. The Friendly Frogs also enjoyed playing in the sunny weather outside and exploring reasons why the snow may be melting faster on some days than on others. Finally, we have been preparing for the Valentine’s Day Assembly as well as completing crafts for our loved ones.
The Friendly Frogs made snowflake silhouette artworks during visual arts lessons. First, they observed pictures of snowflakes, then they chose snowflakes of their preferences. They put blue tacks on the edges and other important places of their snowflakes and placed their snowflakes on giant blank paper. They painted their snowflakes with different hues of blue and white tempera paint with sponges. At last, they poured some silver and blue glitter on the top of the snowflakes. Well done Friendly Frogs.
Children love games and turning an echo activity into a game you can engage before they realize how unique their responses are. The leaders in the class will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the skill and assist in building the skill and confidence of those who are not quite ready to jump in with an echo.
In the past two weeks, we have continued learning our sounds and are now beginning the set of 4 sounds. The Friendly Frogs have learnt the song, jingle and listened to the story that goes with each sound.
To begin the two weeks, Friendly Frogs had a nice visit from the ponies in which they all took a turn riding. They were all very eager and interested in watching the ponies while waiting for their turn. Along with the ponies arriving, we have also had a little bit of snowfall. The Friendly Frogs are amused by the snow and playing in it that their excitement grows every time they see the snow. They enjoyed making snow angels and throwing snowballs at one another while also exploring some science as they learn the snow can become ice and get very slippery as well as melt very fast in your hands. When the snow melted, the boys had a laughable time rolling down the small slope.
The past two weeks have been exciting as we welcome two new members to Friendly Frogs. We have been getting to know them and making new friends within the classroom as well as in the garden with the other classes. The Friendly Frogs have continued learning their sounds and have learnt the /u/ and /l/ sounds along with their song and jingle. They enjoyed listening to the stories and completing the craft. We have also been improving in our blending and have been able to blend a few words successfully while practicing with other sounds and words. We have also been enjoying the number bean bags as we all identify the numbers and match them up to the pairs with their sneaky teachers hiding some every now and then, the children have learnt to be on guard and keep an eye out as well as standing up for what they think is correct without hesitation. Finally, we were happy to celebrate one of our Friendly Frogs’ birthdays and be part of the celebration while enjoying the outdoors even though it is cold and windy and playing with one another.
Theme: Silly All Over
“Stop” is a powerful word. It’s an important one, too, and can come in handy when your child’s personal safety is at risk. You might also find that it’s a clearer, more positive alternative to the word “no”. We’ll be playing stop-and-go games today not only because children enjoy them, but also because learning to stop is an important skill to master.
Sharing and taking turns is a learned process that only develops when children can start empathizing with others. These skills take a tremendous amount of self-control for two- and three-year-olds. We model self-control for Friendly Frogs as they see you patiently...
What an exciting day it was today for the Friendly Frogs. The ponies arrived at the garden of Happy Kids. Everyone was delighted and excited to see them plodding around with happy and smiley little children. Luckily the weather held out for us too and we didn't get wet.
The Friendly Frogs children had their first visual art lesson with our art teacher in the art atelier. First, they reviewed and identified the most popular colours with the art teacher. Then, they choose their top two or three favourite colours. Each child had their...
What a busy time it was for the Friendly Frogs and their families. All but one little Froggy joined us for these two busy weeks. Our new friends are almost there with their settling in, so the class plunged head first into learning. We learnt our first sound this...
Our hello song is an important ritual for our music class. It provides both a closing to each class and an important connection with each Friendly Frog. "Routines are essential for young children. Routines help children learn to tell time and regulate their internal...
The Friendly Frogs have been enjoying summertime, playing in the garden with their friends, and participating in new play experiences. Since the trampoline is back, our Frogs have been jumping quite a lot on it and have been having lots of laughs and giggles with...
The Friendly Frogs made colourful bird crafts during one of their visual art lessons. First, they chose colourful card bases for their birds. Then, they glued colourful paper pieces, wiggly eyes, and paper beaks on them. Next, they cut patterned paper pieces into...
Our Friendly Frogs have been very busy the past few weeks learning new things and preparing for Enviromental Day assembly as well as for the Student-led Conferences. The children have been practising songs as well as the choreography, in order to perform in front of...
This lesson was all about pretend! Friendly Frogs liked to pretend to be different creatures that we can find in our garden. They enjoyed being little bees, who buzz from flower to flower and collect nectar and pollen to make the honey. Pretending or imaginative play...
The Friendly Frogs children are focusing on the topic of space and are making space-related artworks during their visual art lessons. At this time, they made space rockets from 2D shapes, such as triangles, rectangles, stars, and circles. They enjoyed making a lot of...