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On 21 February, we celebrated International Mother Language Day. We discussed all the different countries we are from, said ‘hello’ to each other in all languages and designed a poster together, named: ‘Around Our World’. The Tiny Tigers greatly enjoyed this special day.
As we were back to school on 2 March, the long awaited Carnival arrived. The Tiny Tigers dressed up in many different colourful costumes to scare away the long winter. During the day, we enjoyed a balloon dance party and played several different fun games indoors and outdoors as well. We were also surprised by a fantastic magician show which we all really loved. We had a magnificent day!
As March arrived we started looking into our new topic of Unit of Inquiry- How the world works. The Tigers are very enthusiastic to explore and engage in our new theme.
The 6 March was a very special day for one of our little Tigers as she celebrated her third birthday together with her class with a fun party and a delicious cake. We all wish you a very Happy Birthday!
We have also had our Student-led Conferences between the 11th and 13th of February. It was very informative and great fun to see how the children involved and guided their parents around all the set stations showing them proudly what they have learnt and done so far.
The Tiny Tigers have been practicing very hard with all their heart, preparing for the Valentine’s assembly and have been awaiting the moment to show their parents how much they love and appreciate them. We hope you enjoyed the show!
We would like to kindly remind you that Happy Kids will be closed between the 24th and the 28th of February, we hope everyone will enjoy the ski break!
Returning from the break we will be having our Spring Carnival on the 2nd of March. Please dress children in costumes. It is the time of the year when we scare away the long cold winter with our colourful costumes and celebrate the arrival of spring.
On Monday, 20 January, we were anticipating the arrival of our favourite furry friends… The Ponies. Even though the weather was not great, the Tigers class was still super excited. They had a blast playing in the garden and riding the ponies.
We are looking ahead to a very busy Term 3. There are a number of important events coming up that we have already started to prepare for. The Tiny Tigers Class has come up with an awesome idea for the Fashion Show which is being held in March. We have already started to prepare the costumes. We are also looking forward to the Valentine’s Day Assembly which is on Friday, 14 February and cannot wait to have our parents with us in the morning to celebrate.
We have enjoyed observing and listening to the children reacquaint themselves with their friends and their environment. The Tiny Tigers made a ‘Journey Map’ of the different forms of transport that one takes. The children are enjoying making the map and being creative. Our new year started with two birthday celebrations. On Monday, 6 January Mira bought in a ‘Peppa Pig’ cake to share with everyone and on Tuesday, 7 January Yujun bought in his cake to celebrate and share with all of us. There were a lot of smiley, happy faces as cake is a crowd favourite.
Silly songs and games are great exercise for your child’s brain. By listening for a specific cue and responding in a specific way, your child is putting together an internal puzzle that builds necessary skills for following directions at home and at school. Throwing in a dash of nonsense makes the learning fun!
We have had a very busy last few weeks with preparing for Santa’s visit and for our Christmas Show. The Tiny Tiger’s Class were super excited with Santa’s upcoming arrival last Friday the 6 December and were eager to meet him and sing him some songs. They were all happy and full of smiles receiving their individual gifts and could not wait to open and play with their new class games and toys.
We have been very busy making numerous Christmas decorations for the classroom and put all our heart into preparing gifts for the parents. The Tigers have been rehearsing the songs for their Christmas Show this Friday, 13 December with great enthusiasm and zest. We have been enjoying listening to various Christmas songs and stories, getting into the Christmas spirit. It has been a joy and comfort celebrating together.
On 12 December the children had Rolli-Polli which is always a big ball of fun for them. There is lots of laughter and smiles during the session. It is great to see them partaking in the various gross-motor exercises provided to them.
You just can’t say it too many times: I love you. It’s such an important message for children to hear, whether you say, sing, or sign it! Knowing that they are loved unconditionally is one piece of the emotional puzzle that gives your children the security they need to become confident, competent learners.
We are very happy to announce that our new little Tiny Tigers have all settled in and have begun to make new friends. It has been enjoyable watching them explore their new environment.
On Monday, we celebrated World Science Day by experimenting with several different household materials. We blended these ingredients with different colours to see how they mix and respond. Our first experiment was a fun and fascinating ‘salt, glue and watercolour experiment’. Children traced their names on paper, sprinkled it with salt and painted their letters. It was a great experiment about absorption, name and colour recognition and colour blending. The other experiment they partook in was the ‘milk food colouring and dish soap’ experiment. We put food colouring in milk, dipped Q-tips in dish soap and placed it into the milk, where we could observe the dish soap’s surface tension-breaking ability to break up the surface tension of the milk resulting in swirly marble patterns. The Tiny Tigers had a blast learning about colours and colour mixing through fun play experiments.
The Tiny Tigers worked hard to make some spooky decorations for our Halloween Party. They made a ’Ghost Sun-catcher’ craft by showing off their sticking skills and ’Paper Plate Zombie’ and ’Egg Carton Bat’ crafts by showing off their excellent painting skills. Thanks to them their room’s foreground looked so spooky!
The beauty of music classes is that we offer your children the opportunity to explore at their own pace in a safe environment that celebrates who they are at every single moment. Whether your child is chomping at the bit to strike the triangle all by himself/herself or needs the security of watching you do it first, remember to listen, respect, and respond to the ever-changing swing of dependence to independence.
We hope you all had a wonderful Autumn break full of fun. This past week has been a very exciting week as we have been preparing and decorating for Halloween. The Tiny Tigers enjoyed listening to stories and tales of Halloween. They loved preparing related arts and crafts, learning ‘Trick or Treating’ rhymes and discussing the costumes they are going to wear on the big day. On Thursday our Halloween fun was in full swing, with party games like, ‘spooky musical chair’, ‘witch hunt’, ‘pin the face on the pumpkin’, ‘balloon pinata’ with an additional special Halloween Surprise Show. The Tiny Tigers really enjoyed the day and watched the surprise puppet show with great attention and interest.
We would like to take the opportunity to welcome our four new Tiny Tigers who are presently settling in the class.
We Hope You all had a great long weekend!
Peekaboo is a classic favorite that is good for more than a smile and a laugh. Hiding and finding you over and over again helps to illustrate object permanence. This concept helps the Tiny Tigers learn that they are there for them even when they can not see you. That is the kind of reassurance they need to foster their emerging independence.
We have had a very exciting two weeks. On Wednesday, 9 October 2019 we had a very special day – our first experience of leaving the Happy Kids sight, we hopped on the bus and had our first go at Rolli-Polli. This is an amazing fun soft play area, specially designed for children to develop motor skills through great activities including, climbing, balancing and jumping. It was an amazing first experience for all and the Tiny Tigers did wonderfully listening to their teachers on the bus and enjoyed Rolli-Polli very much.
14 October 2019 was the National School’s Fire Safety Day, when we learned about fire prevention, how we can watch out for each other and what number to call in need of help. We also experienced a fire drill practice to help us calmly familiarise the role during an emergency and get accustomed to the process.
We would like to kindly remind you that we are having our Halloween Party on the 31 October 2019, please dress children in costumes.
We hope you all have a great Autumn holiday full of fun, can’t wait to see everyone on the 28 October 2019!
There is nothing like the freedom and joy we see when your children are bouncing, swinging and dancing to the music. Exploring movement in an environment without rules, evaluation, and judgement fosters self-confidence, and develops physical coordination and strength. The song ‘Shake Your Hands’ has two distinct parts-one part with a verse about shaking hands and one part where there are no words, but we are prompted to ‘dance, dance’. This is a repeated predictable pattern, and as each section ends and next begins, the children are prompted to stop and change movements to go along with the song.
In the past weeks, we learned to sound more letters of the Jolly Phonics programme, we all now know the sounds: ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’ and the related songs and jingles. In the mornings, during Individual Development, we have also been working on our fine motor skills and pencil grips, doing lots of tracing work and different types of crafts.
We were very lucky to enjoy pony-riding in the beautiful sunny weather on the last day of September. The children were very excited and enthusiastic, some riding and some petting the ponies, we learned about safety during riding and also talked about how to care for horses. Overall, our group had a fantastic time outside with the ponies and we are already excited about their next visit.
The Harvest Festival was great fun, our class prepared coconut-balls and sang two songs for the Harvest Assembly. They did a fantastic job of singing and dancing to our songs. Later that day, we enjoyed a Puppet Theatre show which the Tiny Tigers really loved.
Next week Wednesday will be our first Rolli-Polli session outside of Happy Kids, we are looking forward to it very much.
Dear Tiny Tigers Parents,
Thank you for your co-operation and support with the settling in process. We had a very busy September with lots of fun activities. The first three weeks of September were full of joy and
excitement, exploring our new environment, getting used to our new daily-routine and helping our new Tiny Tiger friends to settle in. We are very happy to have such a wonderful and smiley class.
We have started looking into our Unit of Inquiry, ’Who we are: Home’. We have been reading stories about different homes and have also created our own home from shapes. In the mornings the children worked individually with the teachers at different stations– doing Maths, Jolly Phonics, practicing pre-writing skills and doing arts and crafts.
The Jolly Phonics programme was introduced during centre times, and we began learning the first sound of set 1 – sound ”S”. We will be continuing the programme with an additional sound per week. The Tiny Tigers really enjoyed learning their first sound through a fun story, song and jingle.
Our specialist classes have also begun just as our first Afternoon Activities. The children always look forward to them with great excitement and motivation. We can’t wait to meet the ponies on Monday!
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 Tiny Tigers played with modelling clay and cooked spaghetti pasta. They created lots of funny creations. Wow!
We hope you have had a lovely and relaxing summer. We were very excited to meet our former and new Tiny Tigers in the beginning of September. It was great to see how our little Cuddly Koalas were overjoyed to meet their old and new friends as having grown into the Tiny Tigers class this year. It is very nice to see all the children settling in and getting used to our routines with big smiles on their faces.
Children need at least 60 minutes of active physical play a day. Activities like this one, that invites your child to get up and move like a rabbit or any other animal he dreams up, help build strong, healthy muscles and bones. On a rainy day, put on some music, and...
The Tiny Tigers experienced colour mixing in many ways. They pushed the paint under a see-through surface, they watered crepe paper pieces on paper and they were amazed how the colours can change and effect the surface they had worked on. Once their piece of paper...
First of all, a big warm welcome to our new Tiny Tiger! He has just joined us recently and is in the process of settling in. The Tiny Tigers were very excited about having a new friend and accommodated him immediately by inviting him to join games, showed him our...
The first week of February began with a fun and exciting event as the Tiny Tigers attended Rolli-Polli for the third time. The children were all very active, loved participating in all tasks and had a fantastic time all together. We have also had our Student-led...
The Tiny Tigers been working on our Valentin's Day decoration and made heart sun-catchers with their little hands. They made our windows very lovely. They also experienced painting with balloons and printing with recycled heart shaped toilet rolls as well. They had...
Fingerplays are important for fine motor development, but they are a host of other benefits as well. When you engage in fingerplay with your child, you are increasing his/her attention span, helping him/her develop listening skills, and teaching him/her to follow...
The Tiny Tigers started to prepare some decorations for our upcoming Valentine’s Day event and made strawberry sweetheart crafts from different size of heart pieces by sticking them together in different ways. The Tigers also experienced working with watercolour paint...
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. Group dances like this one allow toddlers the opportunity to practice...
The past two weeks the Tiny Tigers continued looking into the topic of transportation and the types of journeys people make related to our current Unit of Inquiry. We have also finished learning our Jolly Phonics Set 2 Sounds. On Monday, 20 January, we were...