Updates   

 

 

October 2017

 

 

 

Thematic Update for Preschooler Class

 

This month, the children celebrated both Mid-Autumn Festival and Deepavali, and learned about the significance of these two festivals. In conjunction with the lesson taught in the previous month, the children made their own lantern with recycled materials collected. Some children were so proud of their lantern, they went lantern parade with their creation.

 

There is no doubt that there were lots of nice food bought and consumed during these festive seasons. The children learned about the many types of mooncakes available and the ingredients used to make mooncakes. They had hands-on experience making their own snow-skin mooncake and ate it for snack. They also learned that many of the snack served during Deepavali are sweet, as Deepavali is about sweet. However, the children understand that they should eat all food in moderation, especially food with high sugar content.

 

We took the opportunity to discuss about the cultural differences and eating habits of different ethnic groups in Singapore. We talked about the food that the Muslims eat, and what ‘Halal’ means. The children has a better understanding towards guidelines of serving Muslim food and how we could show our respect by not mixing used eating utensils at food courts and hawker centres at the tray return stations. They learned that the Malays and Indians use a large variety of spices in their cooking.

 

The children get a brief introduction on the use of ‘My Healthy Plate’ as a guideline for a balanced diet. In the following month, we will continue to discuss on the benefits of the food we consume and how to make the right choices using ‘My Healthy Plate’.

 

 

Thematic Update for Lower Preschooler Class (3yrs old) & Toddler Class

 

 

We identify different vegetables and did vegetable printing and sorting. The children enjoyed the enormous turnip story.

The children learned the various food that is eaten during our 3 meals and learned to verbalize it.

They also get to refine their fine motor skills by colouring pasting crepe paper to make satay sticks.

The children also learned to sort the cutlery such as spoons fork and knife and learned how to put them away after a meal. Yes we had fun sorting them out and many children went on to verbalize each items.

The children also learned about the names of the various fish and meat and did various art techniques such as cotton bud printing and sponge printing.

Songs: Old mother Hubbard, Pea porridge hot, Vegetable songs, A to z veggies song

Books: fruits and vegetables, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, The Enormous Turnip 

 

 

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September 2017

 

 

Thematic Update for Preschooler Class

 

Do your kids pester you for papers that are only used on one side instead of a fresh piece of paper? Do they use any type of paper they could find at home to do craft work? Do they request for you to recycle any used cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and bottle caps, glass bottles, milk tin and milk cartons? If they do, please give them your full support! We know that our mother Earth is suffering from global warming. We couldn’t heal her, but we could take actions and do our part to prevent further damage being done.

 

In the month of September, the preschoolers learned about the importance of keeping our environment clean. They looked at some ways that Singapore handles the trash every day. We recycle 60% of solid waste, burn 38% in the waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that supply 3% of Singapore’s power, while 2% of the waste goes to landfill. They looked at how landfill and illegal dumping of waste had affected some of the countries, resulting in health and pollution problems. There is also a great impact on the environment, endangering lives of animals with harmful substances and even killing animals from all aspects of life, as animals mistaken trash as food, or strangled and suffocate by trash.

 

The children learned about how wastage of paper could affect the eco system, the environment and habitats of animals. They also understand that although we could get clean water from the taps conveniently, but people in many countries in the world are not as fortunate. Sue to the lack of natural sources, water is precious in Singapore, therefore we need to conserve water and use water with extra care.

 

Let us all do our best to help our children build a better world to live in the future! Let’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

 

Thematic Update for Lower Preschooler Class (3yrs old) & Toddler Class

 

This month we introduced items made of paper, plastic and metals for the kids to associate with . They learned which item was made of paper, plastic and metal. They also get to hear what sound they make.

We got the children to sort the items into 3 different boxes. Most of them enjoyed the interactive sessions. In these sessions, the children also learned turn taking, queuing up and listening to instructions and cues given by their teacher to do their sorting.

The children also made things out of recycled materials such as mini shopping bag made of paper, plastic candle holder and smiley metal can that could hold stationeries.

Overall the toddlers have fun learning all about recycling to save our earth through catchy songs and books.

Songs:  Reduce Reuse recycle, Hears the cans go, Ten Green Bottles, Recycle

 

Gùshi :bào zhǐ xiān shēng、bìan fèi wéi bǎo、yI zhi sù  liào dài、yì lā guàn、

故事: 《报纸先生》、     《变废为宝》、《一只  塑料袋》、《易拉罐》          

 

Gēqǔ : rú guǒ gǎn dào kai xin nǐ jiu pāi pāi shǒu、

歌曲 : 《如果开心你就拍拍手》

tóu he jiān bǎng

《头和肩膀》

 

Shǒugōng:zhǐ tuán yìn huà、xī guǎn yǎn jìng、yì lā guàn qiǎo zhì zuò

手工 : 《纸团印画》、   《吸管眼镜》、《易拉罐巧制作》

 

儿歌:《jin tian tian qi zhen hao》《hua er hao kan wo bu zhai》《di qiu xiao wei shi》

手工:纸地球、纸筒皇冠 

故事:《鳄鱼不刷牙》《小天使安奇》 

 

 

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August 2017 

 

 
Thematic Update for Preschooler Class

 

In August, the preschoolers learned about the National Day of Singapore. We discussed and talked about the theme this year, and how important it is to be united as one nation, together! We talked about the significance of our national flag, learned how to say the pledge and sing our national anthem.

 

The preschoolers learned more about the people of different races who make Singapore a harmonious, multi-racial country – the different languages, customs, traditional clothing, festivals, places of worship, religious and beliefs make Singapore a unique nation.

 

We tried saying greetings in different languages, but many find it hard to remember. However, they had fun learning the many languages. We looked at the different traditional clothing that the main races in Singapore wear. Many think that Indian Sari is very beautiful.

 

Among all of the festival that the children named, they like Christmas Day the most, as it is a festival full of lights and gifts. A few of them like Chinese New Year and mooncake festival, but they prefer Christmas. The children showed great interest in Thaipusam and fire-walking festival of the Hindus.

 

The children learned that people of different religious go to different places of worship. We must respect what our relatives and friends chose to believe in, not to criticize or be bias of others, of different ethnic group or religious, in order to realize what we say in our pledge – pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion.

 

 

Thematic Update for Lower Preschooler Class (3yrs old) & Toddler Class

 

The students continued to learn more about our neighbourhood , our National Day & Hari Raya Haji through storybooks, arts and video clips.

They have done an overall revision on what they can find in our neighbourhood – Dental clinic, clinic, bakery shops, wet market, hair salon, coffee shop, police post, carpark and so on.

The preschoolers had done a number of role-playing on being a hair stylist, making of bread using play dough, at the clinic, walking on the road, how to cross the traffic lights and so on.

 

儿歌:《guo qi guo qi wo ai ni》 《hua er hao kan wo bu zhai》       

             guó gē、xìng fú pāi shǒu gē、pèng pèng chē

           《国歌》   《幸福拍手歌》 《碰碰车》

手工:新加坡国旗、纸筒树、花

         《国旗飘飘》、    《欢腾的国庆节》

故事:《我要飞上青天》《龟兔赛跑》

           《有趣的面包》       《好邻居》

 

 

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July 2017

 

Thematic Update for Preschooler Class

 

In the month of July, the preschoolers learn about the topic of ‘Neighbourhood’. The children learned about how was a neighbourhood built and developed. Architects, planners, builders, contractors are some of the essential roles.

 

We discussed about the different shops and facilities in the neighbourhood around our school. To help the children to have a better understanding, we went out for a walk around our neighbourhood. During the walk, they discovered at least 3 similar stores – minimart, provision shop and convenience store. . We then discussed about the difference, they sell similar household essentials, dry food items, canned foods drinks, condiments and breads, but a convenience store is opened for 24 hours everyday. Children learned that it offers ready-made food items, which is absent in a provision shop or minimart. The convenience store also offers services like bill payment, money withdrawal, top-up for cash cards or phone-cards too.

 

During racial harmony day, we celebrated the event by wearing traditional clothing representing different countries and races. They also tried some traditional snacks of the 4 main races in Singapore. The children learned more about what had happened in 1964 and the significance behind this celebration. We then discussed about the meaning of ‘neighbour’ and how much they know about their neighbours. So happy to know that many of them know their neighbours and even played in one another’s house before. The children are proud to tell their friends how they greet their neighbours every time they meet.

 

In order to help the children understand how the address of their home works, the 5 and 6 years old children wrote their first “love letter” to their dearest Daddy and Mummy. We taught the children how we could recycle and reuse used envelopes that are in good condition to post our letters. We then went to the Tiong Bahru post office to post it out. Are you excited upon receiving the letter that your child wrote?

 

 

Thematic Update for Lower Preschooler Class (3yrs old) & Toddler Class

 

Our children have been introduced to the theme on ‘My Neighbourhood’. To get this idea across to our younger kids, the toddlers have been guided to walk around our neighbourhood and teaching was done during this neighbourhood walk at their outdoor time.

The lower preschooler children visited the nearby wet market where they can see & touch various vegetables and meat items. They also visited the bakery shop, fruit stall, florist, barber and coffeeshop. They have a great time visiting.

Back to school, the preschooler & toddler children were introduced to vegetable printing, colouring of different shapes of cakes, making of food & cutting of hair using art & craft materials. They also learn to matching using various types of fruits to their respective colours and shapes.

Songs introduced: Where is the fruit, Fruit Salad song, Colours song, A to Z song on fruits, Hot Cross Bun, Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar.

Stories: Welcome to my new town, who made the pancakes, the hungry caterpillar.

 

故事:       《小花猫上巴刹》    《水果屋》、    《我爱理发洗头》  《小猪妈妈的夹心面包》

 歌曲 :《买菜》    《水果歌》 《好吃的食物》《理发师》

 手工  蔬菜水果    《水果》 《制作美食》   《制作发型》

 

Chinese for Toddler class

故事:《谁的家到了》、《小熊的理发店》

儿歌:《wo shi yi ge da ping guo》《ni hao ge》《xiao xiao fa xing shi》

手工:大苹果、面团做蛋糕、纸筒人剪头发

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June 2017

 

Thematic Updates for Preschooler Class

Welcome back. A quick update on what the preschooler class had done during the June holiday break — The five & six years old children worked especially hard on their project work on Transportation in the world, while the younger preschoolers did art and craft for their project work and practiced on Sensorial and Cultural activities. The children learned more about each type of transportation when they decide what they wanted to present in their project work.

 

 

Thematic Updates for Toddler Class

 

During this June, we focused on revising on what we have learned for the past few months.

We revised the names of the sea, air and land transport modes & combined with the various occupations that we have learned before. The children get to associate themselves with pilot, policeman and fireman with their respective vehicles. The children have opportunity to do dough figurines and craft works about them too.

Songs: Hurry Hurry Drive the engine, Did you ever see the airplane, I’m a policeman, I being working on the railroad.

Stories: All aboard, What’s the opposite, The fire engine, Float.

故事:《救护车的构造》、《开汽车的小熊》、《消防车吉普达》

儿歌:《wo shi xiao si ji》《xiao bai chuan》

手工:小船、父亲节贺卡、小警车

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May 2017

 

 

Updates for Preschooler Class

 

After learning about the many types of land transport, the preschoolers moved on to fly high in the sky – air transport. The children learned about the Wright Brothers who were inventors, and aviation pioneers who invented and built the world’s first successful airplane and made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. Most importantly, the children learned about the importance of patience and resilience that led the Wright Brothers towards success.

 

Initially, many children thought that airplanes are used for travelling, and did not realize that there are many other purposes and usage, like cargo planes load and unload goods to and fro different destinations around the world, military planes load supplies for relief or send soldiers for overseas training. Rescue planes and air ambulances are used to save fire or people. The children learned that hot air balloons were invented according to the “Kong Ming” lantern, sky lantern, an ancient Chinese lantern first used in ancient China for signaling between the troops during the war. To help children to get better concept of road safety and transportation learned during these 2 months, we went on a field trip to Singapore Changi Airport by public transport.

 

We then “travelled” around the world in ancient ships, canoes, fishing boats, battleships, cruise ships, and many other sea transport that travel on the water. Learning about how things worked in the past, compared to the modern days. We even “dive” into the deep sea in a submarine.  The children also learned about the significance of rice dumpling festival, a traditional Chinese festival from China, to commemorate the death of the poet, minister Qu Yuan. They also learned about the ingredients for making rice dumplings, and even tasted some rice dumpling on that day.

 

 

Updates for Toddler Class

 

During the month of May, our students get to do role play on traffic lights and zebra crossing. We also talked about how to cross the road while taking a walk around our neighbourhood. Recycled materials were used to make train station and the children had fun learning to queue up, board and alight the train. During the third week of the month, we learn about the sink & float concept through hands-on activities.
Rhymes they learn: ‘The water in the sea’, ‘my bonnie lies over the ocean’, ‘row, row, row your boat’, ‘twinkle, twinkle traffic light’, the choo choo train song’, ‘I am an aeroplane’.
儿歌:《zao fei ji》、《huo che kuai fei》《yao a yao》《火车快跑》、《我要飞翔我是小海军
故事:《小汽车嘟嘟过马路》《小鸭子迷路了》、 《小熊乘飞机西瓜船》
手工:红绿灯、小纸船、纸筒火车、益多瓶小汽车 制作红绿灯》、 《未来的交通工具 折纸飞机》    《给汽车穿衣服》

 

 

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April 2017

 

 

Updates for Preschooler Class

 

In the month of April, the preschoolers learned about land transportation. We started off learning about the road safety, we discussed about different types of crossing devices in Singapore, and how each type helps us to cross the road safely. We went out of the classroom to observe the traffic along the road, outside our school. They observed how the pedestrians on the road used the overhead bridge and traffic light to cross the road safely. The preschoolers also learned how to record the statistic of the vehicles on the road with a bar chart, based on the colour as intended – red, yellow, blue and black.

 

We discussed about the changes on buses and trains over time – from the past to present days. Although the children did not get a chance to experience the buses that are non air-con like their grandparents or you had when you were as young as they are, they could imagine some of the fun and inconvenience that their grandparents had experienced by looking at the images of the old buses and videos on those buses in the past. Do you remember a conductor who punched a hole in your bus ticket and how you must hold on tight to your ticket so that it wouldn’t fly away because of the wide-open windows? Share your experiences with your kids!

 

The children showed great interest in the different types of trains available in the world, especially those trains with facilities that allow passengers to dine-in or rest through their journeys. We also discussed about the different places that railways are built, under the ground or sea, across rivers, through or around mountains, etc.

 

We even played game to help children get familiar with the directions of left, right, front or back. We made our bus with a recycled cardboard box, and they had fun taking turns to drive in it, picking up passengers from the bus stops! What should we travel in next? See you next month soon! Beep beep!

 

 

Updates for Toddler Class

 

This month, we learned about land transport and traffic safety through storytelling and role-play. The toddlers were introduced to traffic lights and when to stop, look and move at the traffic light. Other than making traffic lights, the toddlers are used various shapes to paste and form different mode of transports like train, dump truck and bus.

Rhymes: Twinkle, Twinkle traffic light, Here comes the choo choo.

 

Gùshi :chéng dì tiě la ji chē  xiǎo mǎ yǐ zuò chē

故事: 《乘地铁》  《垃圾车》  《小蚂蚁坐车》

 

Gēqǔ :  dì xià tiě dào

歌曲  《地下铁道》

xiǎo qì chē à zhēn piào liɑnghóng lǜ dēng , gōng gòng qì chē

  小汽车啊真漂亮          红绿灯     公共汽车

Shǒugōng: wǒ de dì tiě wǒ gěi qì chē chuān yi fubāshì 

  手工  : 《我的地铁》、 《我给汽车穿衣服》, 《巴士

 

 

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March 2017

 

Updates for Preschooler Class

 

This month, the preschoolers continue to discuss and talk about some other different occupations. They gained better understanding on the importance of The Singapore Armed Forces, and the roles that each sector plays, protecting the land, air and sea of Singapore. Two of the preschoolers are very proud of their daddies who are serving in the Army and Navy. The preschoolers had lots of fun taking turns to dress up in an old soldier uniform, bags and camping accessories. Some of the children shared their experiences on tanks, jet planes and Navy ships during open-house and road shows.

 

The children also learned about the importance of technicians, mechanics, electricians and plumbers. They now understand that some of these jobs require people to work during the late hours, and their jobs are very tiring and dangerous.

 

Have you ever notice the tall trees, green plants and beautiful flowers on your way to work or heading home? Slow down your pace and get our kids to appreciate the plants around us. Singapore is a City in a Garden. The plants in our environment help us to relax our mind, improve our eyesight and provide cleaner air. The children learned about how the arborist take good care of the trees in this huge garden, and gardeners grow and nurture the plants with different tools. The preschoolers tried growing their own seeds and observe the growing process.

 

Children learned that veterinarians are doctors who take care of animals, and dentist take care of our dental health. We also discussed about the job of chefs and bakers. At the same time, we discussed about the importance of healthy diet. The types of food to eat – wholegrain, more fruits and vegetables, drink water and milk, avoiding sugary drink, and using “My Healthy Plate” as a guide and look out for “The Healthier Choice” logo when buying food from the supermarket. Let’s develop a better lifestyle with good eating habit , eat well-balanced meals regularly with our little ones!

 

 

Updates for Toddler Class

 

This month, our children continued to explore on the theme ‘Occupation’. They learn about the job of a police officer and their responsibilities of keeping our living estates safe. Children visit the neighbourhood police post to get a better understanding of where the police officers work.

 

Children also learn about the fire-fighters and construction workers and understand the dangers that they faced at work. Through stories and rhymes, they were able to remember more on the outfit they wore and their related vehicles used.

 

The children learn to appreciate their food as they explored on the occupation on ‘Farmer’. They see from Video clips on how the farmers plough the land, sow the seed, care & harvest the crops.

 

Storytelling: “The Police Station”, “Fire Trucks”, “Hooray for construction workers”, “I want to be a farmer”, “Plants on a farm”, and “Wheels on the bus”.

 

Rhymes: “Police Officer”, “Firefighter”, “London bridge is falling down” and “Wheels on the bus”.

 

故事:《加油警车》《河马看医生》《星星警察》《警察抓小偷》     《狐狸建筑师》

儿歌:《xiao xiao bing》《kan yi sheng wo bu pa》《yi fen qian》<mǐn nóng> 、<fěn shuā jià>   <xiǎo sī jīng >

手工:手掌印画《警察叔叔》、医生头上的反光镜 、厨师帽、消防车

               《厨师帽》    《手枪》  《吸管画》

 

 

 

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February 2017

 

 

Updates for Preschooler Class

 

This month, the preschoolers discussed and talked about some of the occupations that people work as. The children gained better understanding on the different types on jobs, learning to respect people of different jobs. They tried sweeping and mopping the floor like our cleaner, and understood how difficult it would be. They suggested ways that might help to lighten the cleaner’s work load.

 

Through role-playing, the children learned more about the jobs of doctors and nurses. The children learned basic bandaging with their friends. We also talked about the importance of eye care – reading at a bright place. Maintain a safe distance while using electronic devices or watching television programme. Most importantly, rest our eyes every 30 minutes when doing any of the above activities.

 

The preschoolers then learned about the SCDF team. They gained better understanding on the jobs that they do, learning that the SCDF team are not only fire-fighters. They also engaged in search-and-rescue missions when major disasters occurred. The children also learned the action of ‘stop, drop, roll’, and remembered the emergency number – 995.

 

Police – every child’s hero! The children were so excited when we talked about the police officers. Most of them knew that police officers wear uniforms, but many do not know that there are also plain clothes police around us.

 

We sang the song, “Wheels on the Bus” when we learned about the public transports, bus captains, MRT drivers, and Taxi drivers who drive us to supermarkets. We discussed on the different jobs that people do in the supermarket and set up one in the class! The children also learned about the farmers who provide us with meat, fruit and vegetables. The children learned the importance of eating a balanced diet, choosing more fruits and vegetables when they do their grocery shopping.

 

 

Updates for Toddler Class

 

Our children were introduced to the theme “Occupation” for the month of February. They were exposed to various occupations that can be found at different venues such as a school, there will be teachers, principal, cleaners and cook.

 

Children learnt about how different occupations contribute to the society. They were able to observe how a cashier handles a cash register at the Mama shop.

 

Through storytelling and rhymes, children learnt about what a nurse and a doctor do. Children get to learn about chef and cook, and how they maintain the hygiene in the kitchen to prepare food for us.

 

Storytelling : “I want to be a Chef”, “A day with the paramedics”, “Let’s meet a Doctor”, “Let’s meet a Teacher” and “I want to be a Dentist”

 

Rhymes : “Miss Polly had a Dolly”, “5 little monkeys”, “Good morning Good morning”, “Fruit Salad” and “Make a circle”

 

 

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January 2017

 

 

Updates for Preschooler Class

 

A very Happy New Year to all parents! January, 2017 is a new beginning for all the children in the preschooler class. After the December holiday break, we are now back to work. First, a very warm welcome to our new friends, Amaury, Rachael and Xuan Rui who have joined us recently.

 

This month, the children get to know more about their friends by singing songs and playing games. We played “Blow Wind Blow!”, and sang the songs as follow:

• “Hello, How are You?”

• “If You are Happy and You Know It!”

 

The children learned the importance of respecting, understanding, encouraging and helping their friends in school by sharing their real-life experiences. They also learned how they could express and control their emotions by talking to someone instead of crying or throwing tantrums.

 

From the song, “Hokey Pokey” and finger-play, “Ten Fingers”, the children learned the directions of ‘left’ and ‘right’, comparison of sizes – ‘big and ‘small’, and studied differences and patterns on their finger prints.

 

Your children had been busy preparing for Chinese New Year by making Chinese New Year card, fire-cracker decoration ornament, and even tried writing festival couplets with Chinese paint brush! We talked about the legend of ‘Nian’, and some activities done during Chinese New Year – spring cleaning, reunion dinner, new clothes, house decorations, lion dances, new year goodies and candies, etc. We practised on some of the appropriate behaviours they should have when they visit relatives and friends through role-playing. The children are also reminded to enjoy the festival, but always get permission from parents and eat moderately during this festive season. Enjoy your holidays!

 

 

Updates for Toddler Class

 

In the month of January, our children were introduced to the theme “Me and My Friends”, which allow them to be expose to different emotions and learnt about our body parts.

They learnt about different emotional expressions through story books and the ways to express our feelings that are socially acceptable. Through songs and stories, they learnt about our body parts, the importance of our body parts, the similarities and the differences between ours and animals.

As we celebrated the Lunar New Year, our children learnt about the traditions and customs of the Lunar New Year through songs and stories. They were able to explore the different Lunar New Year decorations while they were going for their outdoor walks. 

Storytelling : “The story of Nian” , “Reunion Dinner of Chinese New Year” , “Our body parts are awesome” , “The book on feelings”

Rhymes : “If you are happy and you know it” , “My teddy bear” , “Head, shoulders, Knees and toes” , “Happy New Year”

 

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November 2016

 

 

 

Updates from Preschooler Class

 

November was a busy month for the preschoolers. Other than learning, the children were also busy with their rehearsal for the Family Day. This month, we continued with what they had started off previously, expanding the different food chains into food webs. They learn more about the feeding habits of various animals, making new discoveries – some of the ferocious looking animals like wolves and foxes are omnivores and their diet includes fruits, berries and grasses.

 

We had discussion on how human activities affect the whole eco-system in the different environments. For example, animals losing their food sources, home and hiding place due to deforestation. As a result, animals gradually die out because of the lack of food.

 

The children continued to learn about each lifeform on the Earth has a purpose in their life. They are either the producer or consumer. Animals help maintain the Earth’s natural environments by predating upon plants and other animals. Additionally, animals help to fertilize plants via their droppings, which provide nutrients for plants, and seed-dispersal, which help plants to disperse through habitats. Once they die, animals also serve as food for microorganisms and supplemental minerals for plants.

 

The children now understand that we should be responsible in using different resources. All of the preschoolers know that they should not waste food, taking only what they could finish. They always use both sides of white paper to draw, make use of old magazine papers and unwanted promotional leaflets to do art and crafts. Some of the children even use old newspaper to fold origami too! In school, the kids practise the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Please show us your support by encouraging your children to do so at home, doing our part to conserve the ecosystem. Everyone should care about the ecosystem, no matter how old or how young. By caring today, we are caring for tomorrow’s world!

 

Updates from Toddler Class

 

Our children were introduced on conservation of animals and how it affects our environment. Through videos and stories, they learned more about how to protect the environment and the animals from not littering irresponsibly. They learned how humans help to conserve and save endangered animals.

 

 Children were exposed to incidental learning when they spotted kittens outside the school. They learned how mother cat care and protect her kittens and how we can help to make sure that the kittens were safe.

 

Storytelling: “Tide Pool animals”, “Peekaboo Pals Opposites”, “I saw Anaconda”, “Clark the shark”, 《白色的雪地》、《蓝鲸》、《恐龙王国》、《小毛驴和小老鼠》、《我真的很爱你》

Rhymes: “Baby shark”, “Three little kittens”,《小松鼠》,《偷油吃的小老鼠》,《我有一头小毛驴》

 

 

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October 2016

 

 

Updates from Preschooler Class

 

Food chains and food webs. What are the differences? This month, the preschoolers are learning what is a food chain and how does it work. They then worked in groups to do up food chains for the animals in different type of environment – savanna, desert, jungle, rainforest, farm, river and ocean.

A food chain describes how different organisms eat each other, starting out with a plant and ending with an animal. For example, you could write the food chain for a lion like this:
grass —> zebra —> lion
The preschoolers learned that every food chain consist of at least one producer, and the rest of the animals are consumers. At the top of the food chain, it is always a carnivore that has no other natural predators, which is an apex predator. However, when that animal dies, it is eventually eaten by scavengers like vultures, worms and crabs, and finally broken down by decomposers, then back to the earth as fertilizers for the plants.

From books and discussions, the children learned that the links higher up in the food chain rely on the lower links. Even though lions don’t eat grass, they wouldn’t last long if there wasn’t any grass because then the zebras wouldn’t have anything to eat. The children now understand that if one species in the food web is extinct, one or more animals in the rest of the food chain could be extinct too.

The children then learn how to expand a food chain into a food web. In any ecosystem there are many food chains and, generally, most plants and animals are part of several chains. They understand that when they draw all the chains together they end up with a food web. However, it is not an easy process. Therefore, the preschoolers will continue to work on their food chain, and expansion of their food web in the coming month. Also learning how our action could affect the eco system.

 

Updates from Toddler Class

 

In the month of October, our children were introduced to the theme “Food Chain”. Through watching videos and matching card games, they learnt that the basic food chain starts with a plant and ends with an animal.

As we talked about different animals in the food chain, children were able to recap on the various feeding habit of animals which they had learnt in September. They sang “The animals in the Ocean” when they learn about the food chain in the ocean.

The toddlers did a Deepavali card and the older toddlers who just promoted to preschooler class (At new extension) did a simple Rangoli together to celebrate the festival by the Hindus.

Storytelling: “Splish-Splash”, “Welcome Home, Bear” and “Uh-Oh”, Panda’s life cycle, big grey wolf & little rabbit, wolf & lamb,  

                      grassland animals

Rhymes:  小老鼠》xiao lao shu 《小兔子乖乖》xiao tu zi guai guai 《兔子跳跳跳》tu zi tiao tiao tiao

           《小绵羊》xiao mian yang《小花猫》xiao hua mao 《五只猴⼦》wu zhi hou zi

Art & craft: Butterfly, elephant, tiger, owl, flower & leaves

 

 

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September 2016

 

 

 

Updates from Preschooler Class

 

Food, the most important essential for all living things. This month, the preschoolers had learned how to classify animals by their feeding habits. We discussed about the different feeding habits of the animals that they had learned, and we could classify the animals in three main categories – Herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

 

We compared and talked about the physical differences, and physical adaptation of the animals’ feeding habit and how they could avoid predators. The children found out that many herbivores are ruminants that have 3 or 4 stomach chambers, and these animals regurgitate to digest their food further due to the type of diet that they consume. The children realised that the world would be out of plants soon if all animals are herbivores, as plants take time to grow. They also learned that herbivores help in pollination, developing fruits, relocating and planting new plants.

 

Although many carnivores are strong and ferocious, the world cannot do without them. The preschoolers learned that carnivorous animals help to control the population of the herbivores, so as to maintain a balance of animal population in the eco-system.

 

The children now understand that human are also omnivores who eat almost everything that could be eaten as food. However, there are people who are vegetarians and vegans. We discussed about the differences between both, and how they get their nutrients needed for their body. The children learned about the importance of a balanced healthy diet and how to make use of ‘My Healthy Plate’ to plan their meals. We discussed about the goodness in eating more whole-grain food, fruits and vegetables, instead of refined grains that had lost most of the nutrients and vitamins. Our school has been serving wholemeal bread, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta in their meals. Why not try out at home for a healthier lifestyle? “With all the food to choose from daily, it helps when we make the right choices to stay well-nourished. After all, no single food can provide all the nutrients your body needs – you require a wide var​​iety of food, taken in moderation, in the right balance, daily.” – HPB

 

Updates from Toddler Class

 

Our children get to explore different feeding habits of various animals. They were introduced to words like “carnivore”, “herbivore” and “omnivore”.

 

Through playing a matching game – animal cards to the food that they feed on, children get a better understanding on the feeding habits of the animals.

 

Children were introduced to Mid-Autumn festival through storytelling. They also tasted the mooncakes and carried lanterns in the class.

 

Rhymes: “Little Arabella Miller”, “Sleeping Little Bunnies”, “Down in the jungle”, “xiao tu zi guai guai”, “xiao pang xie”, “yi zhi ha ba gou”, “liang zhi lao hu”.

 

Storytelling: “The very hungry caterpillar” and “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?”

Chinese storytelling: “Er yu ya yi”, “san zhi xiao zhu”, “xiao gong ji yu xiao ya zi”, “gui tu sai pao”.

 

Art & craft: Making of rabbit, turtle, honey bee, penguin & chicken

 

 

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August 2016

 

 

 

Updates from Preschooler Class

 

During the national day celebration, the preschooler sang the National Day theme song, National anthem and said the pledge together. They learned about the legend of Badang, which is the theme of the celebration this year. They also learned song signing. Did they show off their newly learned skill when you were watching the national day parade at home? They had greater awareness that there are people with disabilities and less fortunate than us, but these people do not give up on themselves and many learn skills to support themselves. Our preschooler were very proud to live in Singapore.

 

As we continued to learn more about reptiles, they noticed some common characteristics to identify a reptile. They have scaly skin, are cold-blooded, and they lay eggs. The children observed and learned how to differentiate a crocodile from an alligator, a chameleon to an iguana, a monitor lizard and a komodo dragon, a tortoise and a turtle. They were especially interested in the feeding habits of these reptiles, as some are large, ferocious animals that attack. Looking at the turtles’ feeding habits, the trash in the oceans, the children learned that human activities and our habits of living are affecting the habitats of these animals, killing many of these innocent animals around us. We looked at the importance of the 4 Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and suggest how we could do our part to help.

 

We continued to learn about amphibians. Although there are only a few species of amphibians, the children thought that only frogs and toads are the only amphibians, as many mistaken the salamanders as reptiles, due to their similar look like the lizards. The children were very curious about how does predators know if they had caught a toad, and how would the toxin from the toad’s body affect its predator. They now understand better on why the amphibians lay so many eggs at a time. Many of the amphibians are preys in food chains. Laying many eggs ensure the continuity of their kind, and the chances of survival. The children are now confident in differentiating a reptile and an amphibian.

 

 

Updates from Toddler Class

 

The theme of the month is “amphibians”. Children were introduced to “frog”, “toad” and “salamander”. They get to learn that amphibians need to keep their skin moist which were different from reptiles.

 

They sang “Five little speckled frogs” using stick puppets which teach them the concept of numbers and subtraction.

 

Children learn the life cycle of a frog through playing a matching game.

 

Storytelling on ‘xiao qing wa zhao ma ma’. Chinese –  morning greeting song & fingers action rhyme. 

 

And as we celebrated our Nation’s birthday, children were introduced to our National Anthem and National Pledge.

 

They learn about the meaning of our Singapore flag.

 

 

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July 2016

 

 

Updates from Preschooler Class

 

Welcome back. A quick update on what the preschooler had done in June — The K1 and K2 children worked especially hard on their project work on Animals in the world during June, while the younger preschooler did more practice on Sensorial and Cultural activities. The children learned more about each type of animals when they decide what they want to present in their project work.

 

In July, we move on to the next group of animal in the animal kingdom – the reptiles. First, we find out more on the main characteristics of a reptile. The children showed great interest in the snakes and we decided to spend more time to study on these creature. We learned how to differentiate and identify a poisonous snake and a non-poisonous snake. Although the children are still not quite sure how to do it accurately, they are very sure that a king cobra, coral snake, rattlesnake and sea snake are venomous snakes. The children found out how the ‘snake milkers’ collect the venom of the snake. The venom they extract can be used to create anti-venom, to treat snake bites. The children also learned about how the snakes hunt and feed. We watched a video on about how snakes shed their skin, and discussed about the usage of snake skin. However, most of the children thought that it is too cruel to kill snakes and peeling their skin off for leather products. We even tried to measure the length of the longest snake with the children. They were surprised to find out that the longest snake, which is a python, measures up to 7 meters long.

 

After learning so much about the snakes, we moved on to another large-size reptile, which are the crocodiles and alligators. The children learned how to differentiate and identify the crocodiles from the alligators. We also discussed about the uses of these reptiles. Similar to the snakes, People hunt them for their skin to make leather products. Again, some children like the products made from crocodile and alligator skin, most disliked. Has your child developed a love for reptiles? We will continue to explore more on reptiles next month.

 

 

Updates from Toddler Class

 

In the month of July, our children get to learn about various types of reptiles. They learn words like ‘scales’ and ‘shell’ and action words like ‘slither’, ‘coil’ and ‘crawl’.

 

Children were introduced to the festival Hari Raya and they made a craft with the help of the teacher.

 

Rhymes: ‘Turtle Tiny Tim’, ‘See you later, Alligator’, ‘Row row row your boat’

 

Storytelling: ‘Row row row your boat’, and books that talks about shells and scales.

 

Children get to explore new painting tool to create “scales” by rolling corn on their drawing paper. They get to learn how to differentiate ‘long’ and ‘short’ with their crocodile craft.

 

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May 2016

 

 

Updates from Preschooler Class

 

Have you ever wonder what are the creatures living in the vast ocean? Sea mammals, fishes, sea turtles, crustaceans, molluscs, coral reefs, and many other unknown creatures…

 

This month, we went swimming in the sea, discovering the wonderful life-source in the ocean. Starting off from the sunlit zone, the pre-schoolers learned about the body structure of the fish. We discussed about the importance and function of the different fins on a fish. In order to help the children understand better, we bought a fresh fish, allowing hands-on experience for the children to touch and study on the structure of a fish. They now know how the gills, scales and fill feel and look.

 

The children love sharks. They were interested with what they eat, how big they are, and where are they found. They were also amazed by the ability of the sharks to have endless growth of teeth even if they lose their teeth frequently. They were saddened by the truth of human killing sharks just to get their fins for sharks’ fin soup.

 

We also explored on the different group of sea creatures like the molluscs and crustaceans. They were fascinated by how the octopus could camouflage itself by changing its body colour and pattern to match its environment, either to escape from its predator or to hunt. We found out how the octopus hunt and feed. Crabs are one of the many interesting creatures that the octopus and children like. The children were astonished to find out that sea horses are special fish that the male carries and give birth to baby sea horses.

 

The children learned that we are one of the predators on top of the food chain that consume fishes and other exotic sea creatures. Overfishing is affecting our eco-system and we should be eating a balance diet and only buy what we need and only buy from sustainable sources. The preschoolers will be busy working on their project work in the month of June. Stay tune for the next update in July.

 

 

Updates from Toddler Class

 

Similarly with preschooler class, our toddler class also learn about various sea creatures living in the ocean. They learn words like scales, gills, tentacles, sting.

 

Rhymes learn: ‘See the fishes’, ‘1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive’, 

                        ‘Xiao Yu Ge’, ‘Hai Gui Zhao Peng Yo’, Chi Tang De Yan Chang Hui’

 

Storytelling: Peep inside Animals’ homes that talked about clownfish, coral reef and anemones.

 

Our students get to explore different sensory texture – making octopus using water balloon, printing with bubble wraps.

They also get to play with sensory tub filled with colourful ‘water babies’. They need to use their hands to ‘fish-out’ sea creatures and say out the name of the creatures.

They learn how to make bubbles in the water by blowing through a straw.

 

 

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Apr 2016

 

 

Updates for Preschooler Class

 

Have you ever wonder how will the world be without the existence of birds? This month, the preschoolers continued to explore on why are there so many types of birds on Earth.

 

Each bird has its purpose of living. Most birds have bright colors, distinct songs and calls, and showy displays that add enjoyment to our lives. Some birds transport and spread seeds of various plants, thereby helping in plant dispersal. Hummingbirds pollinate various nectar-producing plants, transporting pollen on their beaks and feathers from one flower to the next. Birds consume insects such as mosquitoes, beetles, and moths. Without birds, many of these insects would become even greater pests, consuming agricultural and forestry crops and produce, and our own blood! However, children also learned that birds spread Avian Influenza A (H5N1) or “bird flu” across great distances in Europe, Africa and Asia.

 

Children learned that many birds of prey are excellent rodent controls. They are falcons, owls, eagles and hawks with sharp vision, excellent listening skill, and sharp talons. We also find out more about vultures. These are scavenging birds of prey that feed on carcasses of dead animals. The children were also told about the sky burial that is practiced in the Chinese provinces and autonomous regions of Tibet, Qinghai, Sichuan and Inner Mongolia, as well as in Mongolia, Bhutan, Nepal, and parts of India.

 

Towards the end of our lesson, we looked at the colourful tropical birds that are found in the tropical rainforest. These are always the children’s favourite – the parrots! The children always have the impression that parrots could talk, but they now learned that it is a skill that these birds could imitate sounds and human speech.

 

Although there are many more types of birds to study on, and we could not cover more at this moment, we do hope that we had cultivated the children with the love and respect for our nature, so that they would do their part to keep the environment clean and healthy for all types of living things.

 

 

Updates for Toddler Class

 

Our toddler class continued to explore birds found in the rivers and ocean.

 

Rhymes like ‘Five little penguins’, ‘Four little ducks’, ‘Xiao qi er’, Huang xiao ya’, were taught.

 

Art & Crafts like hand-printing for flamingo, kingfisher, making of penguins using cups, collage using coloured paper & cotton wool for duck, penguins & swan respectively.

 

Musical game – ‘Shu ya zi’.

 

Comparative words like long/Short, heavy/light were introduced & descriptive words feather & down and webbed feet were taught through storytelling.

 

Our students are also exposed to auditory experiences – listening to the various sounds to determine their names of respective animals. They loved doing this activity very much.

 

 

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Mar 2016

 

 

Updates for Preschooler Class

 

Are your kids showing more awareness to the environment around them? Are they excited to tell you the name of some birds that we commonly seen? Did they request to find out the names of some birds that they had observed flying around us? Yes, we are learning all about birds now. First, we discussed about the many types of poultry that provide us with food – meat and eggs. Most of our children were astonished to learn that we could eat many other birds like ostrich, emu, goose, quail, and even pigeon.

 

We talked about the growing process of some birds, their incubation period and the different stages of growth. They watched a video on how a hen lay an egg, and how the chick hatch from an egg.

 

We also discussed about the many other uses of the feather from the birds. Many had not seen feather duster before, they did not realise that the ‘jian zi’ that they had played before is made from chicken’s feather, and pillow can be stuffed with down, which is feather of geese or ducks, and even made into pen. However, the children could suggest that we could make fan with feather, which they then realised that it had happened long long time ago. They were also keen to use feathers for art and craft. Other than consuming the birds, the children found that some fishermen in China keep commarants to help them fish, farmers keep falcon to feed on other birds that eat their crops, and we eat bird’s nests too!

 

The field trip to The Animal Resort had definitely given our kids a great hands on learning experience, especially when they get to observe and feed the different types of animals. The children were so keen in feeding the gaggle of geese, and tried their best to attract the geese with the food in their hands. However, the geese were so afraid of our children and ran away, avoiding us instead. We were so lucky to see a vain peacock that showing off its feathers, doing its peacock dance. Time is never enough for knowledge. We will continue to explore the topic further next month.

 

Updates for Toddler Class

 

Theme of the month is on ‘Birds’. Our students are taught on various type of birds living on land. They learn about the biggest – ostrich, and the smallest bird – humming bird, on earth. They also learn about flight and flightless birds. Stories about the owl, ostrich, hummingbird, vulture, peacock, nest and I spy with my eye were read to them.

 

They learn how to sing rhymes like “Two little Dickie birds’, ‘Vulture family finger song’, ‘Shu ya zi’, ‘Xiao niao fei’, ‘Xiao yan zi’, ‘Xiao ma que’.

 

They also used their handprints and feet prints to do art and craft to create various birds’ artworks.

 

We introduced game like ‘The eagle catches the chicks’. At first, the toddlers were unsure about this game. Some even just sat far away to observe the rest. But eventually, most of them joined in and they had a great time screaming and running happily around the ‘eagle’.

 

 

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Feb 2016

 

Updates from Teacher Apple

 

This month, the children continue to learn about the different ways of grouping and classifying mammals in the world. First, we began with the diurnal and nocturnal animals. We discussed about the animals’ characteristics, hunting habits and environment they live in, the behaviour of these animals during the day or night. From some videos, children observed how the predators succeed or fail in hunting their preys, and how the weaker animals were alert even when they were resting.

 

We then discussed about the domestic animals that are kept in the farm – how do they benefit the human and what does each provide for our needs – food, clothes or farming. The children also learned about the voices each animal makes and the names of homes that these animals are kept in, based on the size and needs of each animal.

 

Many children were not aware that there are many mammals that live in rivers, seas and oceans. They thought that dolphins and whales are fish. From books and videos, the children compared these mammals with the other land mammals – they realised that these mammals breathe with their lungs, and most importantly, these mammals are warm-blooded, give birth to live young and produce milk for their youngs. The children also compared the similarities and differences between some of the mammals – seal and sealion, orca and dolphin, dugong and manatee. Your children might still be confused with some of them. Do show and talk to them again when you have the opportunity.

 

Towards the end, we wrapped up the topic of mammals with the marsupials – the babies are born prematured and continue their growth development in the pouch of the adult female. Australia has the most species of marsupials, follow by South and Central America. The children were most familiar with the kangaroos and koala bears. The children understand that many animals are endangered and close to extinction because of human activities. Let’s do our part by protecting and restoring the natural environment as much as we can!

 

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Jan 2016

 

Updates from Teacher Apple

 

Last year, the preschoolers had learned about the insects. This year, our preschoolers are going to continue to explore and learn more about the animal kingdom. This month, we are starting off with the mammals in the world. First, the children find out the characteristics that make up a mammal. They then realised that we, humans, are also mammals. They watched videos on different mammals giving birth to live young, how the female take care and feed their young with milk that they produced. Some of the children who have young baby at home were able to relate and understand that their mummy feed their young sibling with the milk that she produced.

 

We also discussed about the habitat that the different animals live in, building awareness of not all types of animals are found in the same country due to their feeding habit and adaptation to the different climate and environment. Although various types of animals are captivated in the zoo, those might not be the native animals that are found in that country. They were brought to the zoo from different countries. At the same time, we find out how the environment and climate affect their source of food in their countries of origin. We discussed about forest, savanna, desert and tundra. The children also learned that the covering of an animal helps it to camouflage, to either hide from the predators or helps the predator to hunt its prey.

 

The children learned about the great migration that happens in Africa, due to the extreme weather and lack of food. We also looked at how the animals move in different groups and how different animals deal with difficult situations that they met with.

 

There is still so much to learn about mammals that we will continue to explore this topic further next month. Enjoy your Chinese New Year holiday!

 

 

 

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October 2015

 

 

Updates from Teacher Apple

 

Are your children showing better awareness to the plants around the environment lately? Do ask them questions on the parts of the plants. Let’s see what they are able to tell you. This month, we learn all about plants. In the class, they observed the growth of a green bean seed. From the week long daily observation, they observed and recorded how the root starts growing, the seedling broke through the seed shell, and witnessed how fast a green bean plant grew within a day. They also observed that all seeds grow at different pace, just like them. Some grew taller, and some were shorter. We also discussed about the main environmental factors that affect the growth of a plant – water, air and sunlight. Lacking any of the elements affects the growth of a plant.

 

They gained better understanding on the basic function of each different part of a plant through different experiment. They get observed how the white flowers changed into different colours after been placed into different container with different coloured water. From the celery stalks, they understand better on the function of the stem of a plant resulting the colour change of the flower petals.

 

There are so many things to learn about plants! Plants come in many colours, shapes and sizes. There are flowering and non-flowering plants, tropical and subtropical fruit, edible and inedible plants.

 

Are your children showing greater curiosity on the vegetable served? Which part of the plant they are served every day? Do tell them more about what they are eating on their plates – leaves, stems, roots, flowers or seeds of a plant. This would encourage the children to seek more information about the food source and in turn, build healthier eating habits.

 

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November 2015

 

 

Updates from Teacher Apple

 

November was such a busy month for our preschoolers. Putting all their effort and practiced hard for the Family Day. You must have enjoyed their performances. While they were busy preparing for the performances, they were also learning about some of the smallest creatures in the world, the insects. They also learned how to identify an insect from the arachnids. They understood that insects are invertebrates, different from many creatures on the earth, have exoskeleton which is a hard outer covering that acts as a protection.

 

They also tried classification of insects depending whether they are useful or harmful to the human and the environment. They knew that bees provide us with honey, pollinate flowers, helping in producing more beautiful flowers, plants and even food source, but did not know that beewax is also useful in making candles, soap, and even cosmetics that their mothers use. We discussed about why and how will the cockroaches and flies make us sick, and the preventive measures against these pests.

 

We also talked about the different stages of growth and life cycle of the different insects. All insects begin with an egg. Most insects change in form during their development, and the young look different from the adult during the stages of development. Some insects go through metamorphosis, which the young only look slightly different from the adult. The children realised that all female insects are much larger in size.

 

The children showed great interest in the types of food that different insects eat, and how they eat their food. We also talked about how important the insects are in the food chain in the natural world. They had such great fun learning about the different types of insects, and some children even requested to learn more about the different types of insect species. Therefore, we are exploring more during this December holiday break.

 

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