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Friendly Frogs, Music and Drama, March 2020

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 will find new ways to move, as well as the language to label those movements.

Friendly Frogs, Visual Arts, March 2020

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. Their display board looks amazing with all their beautiful sun collages and surely brings more sunshine to their life! Well done Frogs!

Friendly Frogs, March 2020

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 classroom on this special day. But what is Carnival without its unique treat, the famous Carnival Doughnuts?! The Froggies ate the delicious snacks and then headed to the classroom’s dancefloor where they danced for all-time favourite hits. The most awaited part of the morning was the Magic Show of Sándor, the magician. He performed some tricky tricks and even invited Happy Kids students to do some magic together. Then we all continued the day with games in the garden. It was the perfect beginning of the week!
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!

Friendly Frogs, February 2020

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 they are a huge fan of the gymnastic games that they have the chance to try out in the colourful gym. Organised gymnastics lessons have multiple benefits on the physical, social and cognitive development of young children. Gymnastics improves muscle strength and is great for balance and posture. Besides, it develops awareness of their body, allowing them to feel successful in physical activities.
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.

Friendly Frogs, Visual Arts, February 2020

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. Their display board looks just amaz-ink! They also made a clown from paper plates and decorated them with oil pastels and showed off their cutting, sticking and drawing skills.

Friendly Frogs, Music and Drama, February 2020

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 self-management, especially for children who tend to be hard on themselves (common among young gifted children).

Friendly Frogs, Visual Arts, February 2020

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 heart paper pieces and experienced painting with sponges. Well done Frogs!

Friendly Frogs, Music and Drama, February 2020

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 snippet of a song, chant a short rhythm pattern or poem, or even make up your own nonsense words and invite your child to echo you. Vocal play can be a simple moment of connection that is engaging and beneficial for your child.

Friendly Frogs, February 2020

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 our life and in what form they surround us. The Froggies could not wait the day when they had the chance to plant a seed by themselves. They excitedly followed the steps of planting a bean seed. Watching plants grow is a fun and educational experience for children. Growing plant seeds with children teaches them how nature works, responsibility in caring for something, an interest in environmental sustainability and pride in themselves for the results. The Froggies not only had fun but they also precisely learned what a plant needs for growth and survival. The children also had different math and language activities related to the topic.
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.

Friendly Frogs, January 2020

The Friendly Frogs have been learning about life cycles recently. Life cycles are all around us. They are part of us and part of every living thing. Teaching children about life cycles is a perfect way to help them understand the world around them and to connect with nature. It can be an important milestone helping them learn how to better respect and care for those around them.
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.

Friendly Frogs, Music and Drama, January 2020

An instrument play-along provides many opportunities to practice social skills. We ask the children to get instruments for themselves as well as for their grown-ups, they wait their turn, they interact with you and 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, relationships, and empathy.

Friendly Frogs, Visual Arts, January 2020

The Friendly Frogs focused on the power of working in groups in the last two weeks. They made a ‘Happy New Year 2020’ sign together and decorated those letters and numbers by sticking different types of materials with glue and sprinkling glitter with their little hands. They made giant puzzles, all children being responsible for 2 pieces. The Frogs are really proud of themselves and appreciate their peers’ work as well. They learnt that if they work in a group they can achieve big, amazing things they might not be able achieve individually.

Friendly Frogs, Visual Arts, December 2019

The Friendly Frogs participated in making our Happy Kids Christmas tree. They painted the boxes green and made some ornaments to decorate the tree. They worked hard to make some beautiful decorations for our Christmas Party. Such an amazing effort, Frogs! Well done!

Friendly Frogs, Music and Drama – Theme: Silly All Over

No one is born with a sense of humor. We learn over time to recognize what we consider funny. We also discover that not everybody agrees on what’s funny. A well-developed sense of humor not only helps us enjoy life, but also opens the door to divergent thinking skills.

Friendly Frogs, December 2019

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!

Friendly Frogs, November 2019

The Friendly Frogs had the opportunity to practice their sticking skills and strengthen their knowledge about autumn and autumn colours by making an autumn tree. Such a beautiful autumn tree they made, and not to forget those beautiful leaf printing they made as well! Wow!

Friendly Frogs, November 2019

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.

Friendly Frogs, November 2019

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.

Friendly Frogs, November 2019

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!

Friendly Frogs, November 2019

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!

Friendly Frogs, November 2019

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.

Friendly Frogs, October 2019

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.

Friendly Frogs, October 2019

The Friendly Frogs created and painted recycled egg cartoon faces. They really enjoyed the variations of silly looking faces. They also prepared grapes for our Harvest Festival and amazed everyone with their cutting skills. They did an amazing job!

Friendly Frogs, October 2019

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.

Friendly Frogs, September 2019

Babies interpret the facial expressions of the people around them to make sense of new or unclear situations. Helping the Friendly Frogs identify and recognize their own emotions helps them to understand their own emotions and those of people around them.

Friendly Frogs, September 2019

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.

Friendly Frogs, September 2019

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.

Friendly Frogs, September 2019

Hip hip hurray, the Friendly Frogs are back! After our lovely summer holiday, we started the new school year with excitement and joy. The Froggies are exploring their new environment through games, playful activities and stories. We cannot wait to see all the fun this year will bring!

Friendly Frogs, Music and Drama, March 2020

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...

Friendly Frogs, Visual Arts, March 2020

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....

Friendly Frogs, March 2020

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...

Friendly Frogs, February 2020

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...

Friendly Frogs, Visual Arts, February 2020

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....

Friendly Frogs, Music and Drama, February 2020

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...

Friendly Frogs, Visual Arts, February 2020

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...

Friendly Frogs, Music and Drama, February 2020

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...

Friendly Frogs, February 2020

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...

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