Preschool Experience Posts

All About Me Book for Preschool

We made this All About Me book in early January this year as a Preschool project.We were just after a long holiday in Sri Lanka to spend time with kid’s grandparents.We started this year with back to school shopping in Malaysia.We ended 2017 with happy memories and kid was eagerly waiting to start his new preschool term as a kindergartner.

My kid’s preschool teacher asked to prepare an ‘All About Me book’ as part of their learning series. Always these DIY projects are challenging for me. Once we did a paper lantern decoration project for last year Lantern Festival.It was a good DIY project for us to bond.We also made a paper plate toucan when teacher asked to create a craft using paper plates.

As a mom I try to help my kid with ideas while allowing him to do most of his projects alone. Therefore I tried finding an idea for his All About Me book with things he can do alone.

All About Me Book for Preschool

At the beginning of this year, he was 4 years old and he just started writing without help. Therefore we used pages about him with his handwriting.As he cannot write much,I used simple questions about him which answers are easy to write.

All About Me Book for Preschool

First page of our ‘All About Me Book’ for Preschool Project

I printed few headings for the book to make it easier for the kid.

Below are some pages from this All About Me booklet which was fun in making. It was a great bonding time for both of us.

All About Me Book for Preschool

He loved writing about his interests on this ‘All About Me Book’ for Preschool

All About Me Book for Preschool

One of the pages of the booklet was filled with ‘Bitter gourd stamps’ which was fun to do.

All About Me Book for Preschool

At the end of the book, we also inserted few pages to show my kid’s interest and ability to arts and crafts.

All About Me Book for Preschool

This is his handprints

If you love to do DIY and art crafts with your kids, try such All About Me book. It is interesting and exciting way to spend time together.

Do you love DIY projects?Do you love Arts and crafts?How do you spend time with your kids together?Please share your thoughts below.

A Guide to Starting School

Starting school is one of the most important steps for any child, but the good thing is that there are things you can do to ensure they are a little more comfortable as they start the new journey in life.

With new baseline assessments in primary schools by 2022 -2023 according to Tradewind, as well as all the old variables, there is a lot to prep for.

With September fast approaching, we have made a list of tips that will go a long way in helping your kid on his/her first day at school as they get to know the new routine.

Before school starts

Get organized: Ensure that you have everything needed in time for your first day. You should also make an effort on including them in the decision-making process – even if it is just choosing a backpack – so they can get excited about school. Show them where the label is on the clothes so they can see it for themselves.

Back To School with Bright Star Kids Name Labels

Talk about the things they can expect: You should try explaining the school rules to them, routines, and schedules so they can have a rough idea of what to expect. Give them assurance that the teacher is there to help them, and the end of the day you will be there to talk to them. You can even share a little experience of your own at school.

Become familiar with the school : Take them for a walk around the school so they get to see it when it is empty with no people around. Let them see the playground, gates, and where they are going to be on the first day.

On the first day

Guide to Starting School

Proper preparation: Make sure everything is ready the day before because this will give you enough time the next day to enjoy instead of having to rush to get out of the door. Take that time to take a photo so they can have a memory of their first day. Having the memory of their photos will also be great for you because you can always go back and see how your kid was on their first day of school. Keeping memories through photos is great.

Dealing with separation anxiety: You should give the young one assurance that you will be there to pick them in a couple of hours and hear how their day went, and also they should know that teachers are there to help if they need it.

Talk to the teacher if you have concerns about the kid settling in or you know of a problem at home that can have an effect on their behavior. Teachers are professionals who have the necessary skills needed to deal with all type of children starting out in school. They will call you in case of any problem. This means you can relax and enjoy your day without having to worry.

Home time: Ensure you aren’t late when picking the kids up. You should not make the child anxious because you have not yet arrived, and they will also be very happy to tell you how their day was. Create some time to talk with them more about their day at school.

Settling in

Ensure they have plenty of rest: School is a big step for them and changes the routine of the child. Make sure you are strict with betimes because you don’t want them to be tired and feeling grumpy the next day when in class.

Stay organized: The first couple of weeks can be hectic, so you should try your best to prepare everything you can the day before, especially at night. Kids do not have the sense of urgency as adults, making it even more important to get them up in time and prepare them without having to rush or panic around the house. Things will be smoother this way.

 

Singapore Lantern Festival and Dazzling Paper Lanterns

Mid-Autumn festival is one of the festivals that I came across in Singapore. However other than mooncakes, I didn’t know much about festive celebrations until the recent participation for the lantern festival. With my preschooler, now I get all sorts of opportunities to learn bit about the culture in this country because his school allows us so many opportunities to participate with such events. While these are great opportunities for the kid to learn about other culture, I also find it as a way to join with the community.

Working full time and most of the time stay late at the office to complete my work load, earlier I didn’t have such opportunities to look around. But now as a self-employed person, I find it is relaxing and it is easy to plan my schedules while spending more time with the kid. This lantern festival was held in a park near our place, so we could enjoy our time walking there at the night.

Here are some highlights from the lantern festival!

We found our Zebra paper lantern at the first set of lanterns! Kid was so happy to see his lantern among others..

Do you remember the Zebra lantern which we decorated at home for the preschool? That paper lantern decoration was for the Mid-Autumn Festival (Lantern Festival) in our neighbourhood.

Singapore Lantern Festival

Other paper lanterns decorated by preschool kids.

The lantern festival was glowing with the beautiful paper lanterns decorated by preschool kids around the neighbourhood. It was a colourful night that dazzled by lanterns.

Singapore Lantern Festival

It was a good collection of paper lanterns which proved the crafting talents of these little kids.Some were decorated with stickers.Some were decorated with paintings.All were equally beautiful and colourful.

Singapore Lantern Festival

Red lanterns

Other than the paper lanterns decorated by the kids,there were also other red lanterns to make the festival colourful and cheerful.Though I don’t have photos to share,the event was full of  other games that allowed both kids and adults to participate.

Singapore Lantern Festival

Lion Dance costumes

Not only the games,we also found cultural shows such as Lion Dance during the festival time.It was such a good night that we spent together around our neighbourhood!

Do you like such festivals that celebrates as a part of culture?

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Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler : It’s a Zebra!

I always like DIY projects. Though it is difficult to find time, I always try to add some personal touch creating something DIY for most family events including the Birthday parties. However now with my preschool going kid, I get opportunities to do arts and crafts at home spending time in really fun projects.

These projects are not only educational for my kid, but also these give me some relaxing time with opportunity to hang on something that I really like.

So, our recent craft project is this Zebra paper lantern. After our paper plate bird craft, school teachers sent request of joining to a lantern competition by decorating a paper lantern. School provided the white paper lantern. Our task was to decorate it with the kid for the lantern festival.

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler

My kid loved to join with the lantern festival, so we received our paper lantern to decorate.

In Sri Lanka we make and decorate lanterns for the Vesak Day festival which is a Buddhist Festival. So, I have experience of decorating such Vesak lanterns. But, in Singapore these lanterns are for Mid-Autumn festival which I haven’t joined before. So, I didn’t have any clue on how to do the decoration.

After searching online for some ideas, together with my kid we decided to decorate it as a zebra. My kid loves animals. So, he wanted an animal face on the paper lantern.

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler : How we did

Decorating the lantern was not so difficult once we have necessary paper cuttings.

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler

We cut zebra’s eyes,mouth,nose etc before pasting those.

I used black colour paper and cut zebra’s eyes, mouth, nose and strips.

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler

All the materials are ready!

My kid pasted those in the lantern. To paste those in the correct place, I helped the kid. He enjoyed applying glue and pasting those on the lantern.

After few easy steps, our lantern is ready! Don’t forget to paste zebra’s ears too.

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler

Our Zebra Paper Lantern Decoration

The day which we had to bring the decorated lanterns,my kid was the earliest to the preschool.He woke up early and was so excited to show his zebra paper lantern to his teacher!

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler

Does it look like a zebra?  🙂

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Paper Plate Toucan Craft with my Preschooler

I always love arts and crafts with my kid. We enjoy our time together in such activities when we don’t play outside or when we don’t read books together. Last week was preschool holiday for our kid. On his last day to school term, teacher gave a pack of crafty material to each child asking to make a bird.

The material pack included paper plates, bottle caps and papers to use for making a bird. It sounded interesting for us.

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler

Paper Plate Toucan

However we had a busy week last few days and it was the last minute that I came up with this idea of creating a toucan using paper plates. I found this idea while searching for paper plate crafts images on Google and loved the idea.(Actually my kid selected the toucan from the different paper plate bird crafts I showed to him)

So, here is how we made this paper plate bird.

Materials:

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler

Paper plates

Colouring pencils/crayon

Colour papers

Glue

Pair of scissors

How we made this Toucan paper plate craft:

Simply we placed the paper plates as in below picture. Cut plates into halves and shapes that make a toucan.

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler

I asked my kid to colour the plates. He used his own imaginations and coloured the plates.

Finally we used glue to stick the paper plates together.

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler

Paper Plate Toucan

Our toucan is live now! My kid loved it and he was happy to take it with him to preschool on the first day of new preschool term!

 

 

Happy Teacher’s Day to all the Teachers!

Happy Teacher’s Day to all the great teachers around the world. In Singapore, today is celebrated as Teacher’s day and it is considered as a school holiday. So, yesterday there were celebrations in schools including my kid’s preschool.

In anyone’s life, teachers play an important role same as parents. Without our teachers we may not in this position today. They taught us both academic and social lessons considering us as their own kids. So, through this post I want to remind all my lovely teachers I met during my school days, later and even at present.

Thank you all dear teachers for your efforts! Happy Teacher’s Day!

Happy Teacher’s Day

Teacher’s Day at the preschool

As always, for me it is like going back to school as I always enjoy each and every moment of my kid’s preschool life. Yesterday they had teacher’s day celebrations. As gratitude towards his teachers, I prepared the below greeting cards with him.

I bought these Teacher’s Day greeting cards from a book shop. However I also wanted to make these personalize with some touch of my kid. That also helped for me to give some idea about teacher’s day to my kid. He learned the importance of paying gratitude to his teachers while personalizing this card with me.

Simply I asked him to draw his teachers on the cards. At the same time he wrote his name while I wrote the message to teachers.

Happy Teacher’s Day

This is how my kid drew his teacher 🙂

To all my kid’s teachers,

Thank you for being such a caring Teacher.Happy Teacher’s day!

Yesterday morning, my kid was so happy to give the cards to his teachers saying ‘Happy Teacher’s day!’ That was a lovely moment which could bring tears to my eyes. Hope he will grow up as a responsible kid with all the support he gets from his lovely teachers!

Preschool Field Trip to the Singapore Zoo

Kids easily learn through activities and observation. This is why field trips and outdoor explorations are important specially for early learners. At home we always encourage our kid to experience active learning as we know the benefits of such.My kid was lucky to join with his Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo and it was a fantastic opportunity for him as an early learner!

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

My little explorer is learning to read the map!

Last week we had a fun day at the Singapore zoo. That was my kid’s first ever school field trip. His preschool teachers organized a field trip to the Singapore zoo. This is why we like the new preschool.Now our kid’s preschool days are full of different activities and experiences which also improves his social skills.

My kid has visited the Singapore zoo 3 times during the last year as family trips. However a preschool field trip is a great way to spend his day with teachers and friends.So we decided to join our kid to visit the zoo again. And of course, I visited the zoo again for the 5th or 6th time! 🙂

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Little explorers are walking to see the animals in the Singapore zoo!

However, Singapore zoo is always an exciting place to visit. It looks natural and attractive. With preschool kids, I really had a great time.

For my kid, it was an exciting day. He packed his bag with field trip essentials including snacks, hat and raincoat before he went to the bed. On the day of the field trip, he woke up early and was really excited. The bus ride with his preschool friends was an unforgettable experience for him. 🙂

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

My kid is watching dinosaurs with his friend

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Exploring the dinosaur statue

Other than watching the animals around the zoo, teachers planned to watch some animal shows during the field trip. It was exciting for the kids. But after the first animal show, my kid showed signs of tiredness. Light snacks were always helpful for me to keep him active. 🙂

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

These animal themed trams are fun to see!

A tram ride around the zoo was exciting. He could watch his most favourite animal, the Lion!He also loved to see elephants!

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

We also watched the Elephant show at the Singapore Zoo!

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Preschool Field trip to the Singapore Zoo

Curious to see the exhibits!

Other than watching animals and their behavior, kids also learned to share and to spend the time together. At the end of the day, kids looked tired but still talkative and playful!

Do you like such field trips?

 

Happy National Day Singapore!

Happy National Day Singapore! Today is 52nd birthday of Singapore. The country is in a big celebration. Everywhere it is red and white national flags and bunting flags!

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Happy National Day Singapore!

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National day decorations everywhere

And preschool kids too had a National day celebration yesterday starting from singing the national anthem. As a resident of Singapore, I always admire these celebrations which always create a peaceful community for every people regardless of the race and religion.

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Some of the artworks found along the walking path

Yesterday my kid went to preschool with red and white dress code representing the colours of the Singapore National flag. On the way to preschool, I also captured some of the decorations done for National day celebrations.

National-day-singapore

Ready for the National Day Celebration at the preschool.(Wearing red and white to represent the national flag colours)

After the Racial Harmony Day celebrations,this is another opportunity for the kids to learn about the country,national day,living in peace and harmony and lot more which will be really helpful for them to grow as responsible citizens.

National-day-singapore

National day celebrations at the preschool

Happy 52nd Birthday Singapore!

Happy Racial Harmony Day!

Today Singapore celebrates the Racial Harmony Day. So, there was a celebration in kid’s preschool too. As part of the celebration kids were asked to wear their traditional costumes to the preschool. It was a beautiful day with kids wearing different colourful traditional dresses showing their ethnic groups.

Racial Harmony Day

Indian traditional artwork display at the Racial Harmony Day booth

What is Racial Harmony Day?

In Singapore July 21st is the Racial Harmony Day to commemorate the race riots which took place on 21st July 1964.Now Racial Harmony Day is celebrated annually and specially in schools this is a day to spread the message about living in peace and harmony regardless the race and religion. As a multi-cultural society, Singapore is one of the best places to learn about other ethnic groups, culture and their traditional events.

It is good to see that teachers help young kids to learn about racial harmony from their small age so they will grow with learning the importance of maintaining the racial harmony in future once they grow up and in any place they live.

Racial Harmony Day at the Preschool

Racial Harmony Day

Kid dressed up with a Batik Sarong and shirt to show his Sri Lankan traditional dress to his friends and teachers.Oh he also wanted to take his monkey soft toy with him which I didn’t want to refuse 🙂

As part of the celebrations today our kid was so happy to go to school with his traditional dress. In our recent Sri Lanka holiday I bought him a Batik Sarong and Shirt which is one of the traditional dresses for Sri Lankan boys.

Racial Harmony Day Activities for the kids at the Preschool

Racial Harmony Day

Traditional costume fashion parade was one of the best events of the day!

The celebrations included singing of racial harmony songs together with some other activities. After the singing and dancing session, kids were gathered to the booth where there were displays of traditional costumes and cultural items related to different countries.

Racial Harmony Day

Displays of different traditional costumes and items

Racial Harmony Day

Five stones game which is a traditional Malay game

Racial Harmony Day

Myanmar traditional puppet display

 

Kids also enjoyed colouring traditional artwork pages and having henna art works on their hands.

Racial Harmony Day

Colouring activities for the kids

Racial Harmony Day

Sanu is happy with this Henna artwork on his hand!

Racial Harmony Day

And finally,it is time to go home! 🙂

Isn’t this a wise and nice way to teach kids about racial Harmony? They will grow up with these positive attitudes and will be responsible adults in future!

Happy Racial Harmony Day!!

Our New Preschool Experience

It’s another new preschool term. We had one month break and back to the daily schedule. If you follow this blog you know that Sanu changed his preschool in last May. So, during the month of May we had different experiences than the first few months of the year!

Our New Preschool Experience

He is a cheerful kid in the morning!

The new preschool is really active and busy with different activities. It is really a good environment for my kid. We are so happy that my kid started changing his behavior just in the first week. He is back with his love for reading. He plays happily including pretend play of his teacher. He talks softly and he even talks about good manners. At the same time, he also loves colouring activities and writing which will be helpful for him to prepare for his future classes.

Our New Preschool Experience

At home,he plays happily.In previous months he was different after the preschool hours which could make me headache! 🙂

With such changes, I am really happy because I am the one who started talking about previous preschool and our kid’s behavior changes. So it seems our decision to change the preschool could make the kid happy and cheerful.

Our New Preschool Experience

Just after the Mothers Day Celebrations

Other than the learning environment, the new preschool is also busy with extra activities which we really admire. During this one month (Month of May) our kid could join with few extra activities including Mother’s Day celebrations and Class concert. I am happy that Sanu participated with items in the class concert making me proud. He was not afraid of the audience at all and did his job well. I am happy because this is his first experience in front of a large audience and also it is his new school. In an environment which everything is new, kid could adapt for the changes well.

Overall, he is a happy kid and he does well in the preschool. He also loves his teachers and pretends like his teacher at home giving me some clues on what he learned during the day. The best thing I like is that we have good teacher-parent communication on what they learn during the preschool which is helpful for us to have some idea about how he is performing.

Just after one month of attending to the new preschool,Sanu is a happy kid same as he was during the Playgroup days.That is what we want.I hope I will have more success stories to share about him in coming days!

How about you?Do you have any experience with changing school/preschool of your kids?

 

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