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The Friendly Frogs this week had their first swimming session too. For most of them, this was a new experience, but even for the hesitant ones, it turned out to be very entertaining. They all had great fun in the pool and they got lots of compliments from their swimming instructors. Well done Froggies!
February is the month of love and caring and the Friendly Frogs celebrated Valentine’s Day last Friday. We shared what and who we love the most and we came to the conclusion that family is one of the most precious things for all of us. The children presented 2 songs to their parents and later on, we enjoyed some delicious Valentine’s treats.
We had another extraordinary event during the past weeks. We celebrated our first ever double birthday. The fun was doubled during the party and before tasting the cakes, we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in various languages.
We have already talked about the cycle of the seasons and we started to learn about animals that change throughout their lifetimes, such as the caterpillar and frogs. The children not only expand their knowledge during Circle Time through video demonstrations and group discussions, but they also work on relating art activities that turn learning into a real hands-on experience. We still have some exciting topics ahead and we are going to have a closer look at the life stages of more living things – turtles, chickens, insects and plants as well.
The Friendly Frogs are over some busy days. As the first snow arrived to Budapest the children started to prepare for Santa’s visit. They have made pictures and drawings for him, learnt songs to surprise him and they also tried to behave very well to be on the Nice List. He visited the Froggies on a chilly Friday morning. He was thrilled to listen to the songs that the little ones sang for him and his Assistant. Santa Claus didn’t come with an empty bag, he surprised all of us with chocolate and a beautiful doll house that the children couldn’t wait to play with. Thank you Santa, we had a great time with you! The Froggies have also been learning about our next big celebration, Christmas. They have been doing various handmade crafts as presents and decoration for our classroom. We feel the Christmas spirit already! Beautiful songs and a Christmas play will be part of our Christmas celebration that will be followed by sharing delicious cakes and snacks.
We wish Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all families!
Active interaction with the vocabulary and images in a story is s great way to develop self-awareness. You probably have other examples at home. Matching up parts of the body (where’s your nose?), experimenting with facial expressions (show me your made face), and imagining different scenarios (build a sandcastle or splash in the water) are ways your child can connect a literary experience with his or her developing identity.
Last week the Friendly Frogs’ classroom turned into a laboratory as we celebrated World Science Day. The children became little scientists and made exciting observations. Any type of chemical reaction is fun to watch and makes for great hands-on learning. First, we blew up some balloons without even using our mouth. How was it possible? First, we poured some vinegar in plastic bottles. The distinctive smell of vinegar was already attention catching. Then we filled the balloons with some baking soda and secured them on the top of the bottles. As the balloons were lifted the baking soda dropped into the vinegar and created carbon dioxide – that blew up our balloons. The Frogs watched in amazement as the balloon magically inflated!
Later on, the children formed research groups and studied the case of the “Magic Milk”. We started by pouring milk into a plate and filling the top of it with drops of colour. Magical science happened when the children touched the surface with their soapy cotton swabs and the colours ran every direction. They watched excitedly as they were able to make the plate of colourful liquid move and create curly shapes. Besides having lots of fun, the little Froggies became much smarter as well by the end of the day.
As soon as the Friendly Frogs have returned from the nice and relaxing autumn break they started the preparations for the awaited Halloween Party. The children helped to turn our cosy classroom into a spooky room by making paper plate spiders and zombie heads. Throughout the week we sang songs related to the topic and thought of costume ideas together. On the day of Halloween, the children arrived excitedly in their costumes. They dressed as skeletons, witches, superheroes and we even had ghosts among them. They showed proudly their costumes to their friends. In the classroom different game centres were set up to entertain the Froggies. We played games such as ghost-toss, apple bobbing, eyeball race and sticky spider web. After having our snack of special Halloween treats, we all headed to see the puppet show about the Hedgehog who learned how to be friendly. Halloween morning was filled with joy and laughter, and we all had a great time!
The Friendly Frogs worked very hard to make some spooky Halloween decorations for their class. They made a ’Witch Egg Carton’ craft and showed their excellent painting and sticking skills and proved that they are not afraid to get messy. Those witches have flown everywhere in their class to make their room so spooky!
Every time we place a container of instruments out in class, we are sending a subtle invitation for your children to explore their independence. Some of the children respond immediately while others wait until they feel a little more comfortable. Either way is fine. When your child is ready to come grab a pair of blocks by himself, he will. In the meantime, please know that grown-ups are always welcome to help at the instrument containers. Your support is just what your child needs to help him get ready to do it on his/her own.
Emotions have a tremendous impact on learning. Children learn more readily and easily when they feel calm and happy. Learning with and from beloved friends provide an even stronger learning environment. Simply activities help to create a sense of safety and comfort that lays a strong foundation for your child’s learning to take place.
On the first week of October, we celebrated the Hungarian Harvest Festival in Happy Kids. The Friendly Frogs were busy preparing for the celebration and even though we did not have the chance to have our feast outside, we still had a great time celebrating autumn time. As each group of the Kindergarten, the Froggies have prepared some delicious treats as well. Our little bakers made a banana-chocolate sponge cake together. They cracked eggs, mashed bananas, measured and counted while they mixed all ingredients. The result was as tasty as we expected it. On Thursday the children could also show their talent at the Harvest Festival Assembly. With their singing and dancing they blew the audience’s mind away. They performed two songs: ‘Mr. Sun’ and ‘The Vegetable Song’. After the Assembly we had a special snack followed by the Kisvirág puppet show that brought us to the colourful life of a caterpillar. We ended the morning with lots of games and laughter.
Libraries play a major role in fostering literacy among preschool-aged children. It is a place where the Friendly Frogs are active and where they engage with individual books, group stories and even other children. Going to the library with children encourages in them the desire to read. The Froggies learn to enjoy books at an early age which will help them when they begin to learn to read. It promotes concentration and attention span, especially in a quiet environment. They learn a respectful behaviour of treating books in the library with care so that others can also get a chance to enjoy them. Children become responsible for books once they borrow them, they learn to return them when they are intact. The Friendly Frogs have the chance to bring home books every week for home-reading that they are truly excited about. Besides the individual reading and picture walk, the Froggies also listen to stories at our Read Aloud sessions. This helps them to develop vocabulary and adopt the good utilization of language and skills that will come handy when they begin school.
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 Friendly Frogs made hedgehogs and laced apples with yarn.
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...
The Friendly Frogs helped and painted our DIY carnival game for our Carnival Event. They created many amazing things from clay, such as snakes, snails, and little balls. They painted a beautiful sun collage with tempera paint and showed off their painting skills....
The Friendly Frogs returned from their ski break all refreshed and excited for the upcoming Carnival Day. The children arrived in fabulous costumes and they proudly explained what they dressed up for. We had superheroes, princesses and cartoon characters in the...
The Friendly Frogs have been attending Rolli Polli with unstoppable excitement. For Happy Kids students, this venue is quite familiar as all classes have a chance to visit it several times throughout the year. These days are always very special for the Froggies as...
The Friendly Frogs kept working on our Valentine's Event decoration and worked on a collaborative art project by painting with sponges and other alternative tools, such as sponge roller and hand made stamps. They printed hearts with recycled heart shaped toilet rolls....
Whether a child is telling a story, reading, doing a math problem, or calling plays on the soccer field, it all comes down to remembering the order of a sequence and planning the action. Being able to break down a task into steps is also important in learning...
The Friendly Frogs sharpened their scissors skills by making a mosaic heart craft. They glued paper pieces cut by their little hands on their piece of heart shaped paper and designed them amazingly. The Frogs also made very cute love birds from paper plates and little...
In this lesson, when we are singing, saying poems or chants, imitating sounds, and playing with the volume and pitch of our voices, we are strengthening your child’s vocal skills and expressiveness. You and your child can enjoy vocal play at any home. You can sing a...
Throughout the last 2 weeks, the Friendly Frogs had various great moments at Happy Kids. As part of our Life Cycles unit, we talked about the different life stages of plants. First, we had a close observation of different seeds and we discussed how plants help us in...