Preschooler Posts

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.

 

Field Trip Around the Home Garden in Sri Lanka

Usually kids go field trips to new places such as museums,botanical gardens and any other kid friendly attraction such as zoo.Even my kid visited Singapore zoo as his preschool field trip for last year.But,recently we had another experience of field trip around the home garden Sri Lanka.Here is our exciting story of the field trip! 🙂

Field Trip around the Home Garden

We happily started our field trip around the Home Garden in Sri Lanka

This is another experience we had during our recent holiday in Sri Lanka. Spending school holiday in Sri Lanka is a really enjoyable experience for the kid. He gets more opportunities to live with nature as each our homes are with a private garden area. As my husband’s parents live in a home with a spacious land area, kid gets more experiences other than playing freely in the garden.

Field Trip around the Home Garden

After spending few days in husband’s place, I thought of taking the child to visit around the land. It was kind of a field trip for him.

Field Trip around the Home Garden

It’s a dragonfly!

During our walk he watched Grasshoppers, dragonflies, butterflies and even monkeys! Though it was few minutes’ walk around the home and land, it was an awesome field trip experience for a curious preschooler like him!

Field Trip around the Home Garden

We saw a monkey too! 🙂

Though this was just a walk around home garden, kid was relaxed and excited with his new experiences. He experienced climbing on tree trunks and walking on the land with lot of wild plants around.

Field Trip around the Home Garden

Balance walking along the tree trunk!

End of our land, it was a view of paddy field. (Rice fields). To view the rice fields we need to cross a small water stream.

Field Trip around the Home Garden

But for the day, we ended our field trip at this point and returned home.

Field Trip around the Home Garden

It was a great idea to spend with my kid. And a field trip around the home garden is a great idea to expose kids to nature. They will sure enjoy such time!

 

How To Find A Good Preschool For Your Little One

Finding the right preschool for your child is downright terrifying. The choices are overwhelming, the deadlines tight, and the pressure to get it right is immense. So, we’ve put together a couple of steps to finding the best facility for your child to help you be prepared.

How To Find A Good Preschool For Your Little One

1. Start researching early

Aim to tour at least one school before your child is due to start preschool. Visit as many schools as you can within that year, and if you can’t get an appointment at one, be persistent.

2. Attend fairs

This is a great way to find preschool programs. Fairs offer the opportunity to ask other parents about facilities and programs. To find a Guardian preschool near you, click here.

3. Book a tour

Once you’ve found a preschool you’re interested in, attend an open house to hear about the admission process and submit your application forms and fees. Sometimes you can bring your little one along to tour while classes are in session and spend time in a class.

4. Discuss how often and how long you want your child to go

Typically, children go to preschool for two years, between about 2.5 and 5 years of age. Preschools often run half-day programs for about four hours a day on weekdays. Others offer full day programs.

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How to select the right preschool

5. Signs to look for in a well-run preschool

While touring a preschool to decide which one is best for your child, look out for these signs that the school is well run:

  • Home-to-school connections – those schools that involve families often have the strongest programs. It helps teachers to feel supported and everyone can work together for the child’s development.
  • Structure – a quality school will have a structure and will follow a solid model, along with guidelines for dealing with challenging behaviours and situations.
  • Discipline policies – policies ought to emphasise positive approaches to instilling new skills.

6. Red flags to be aware of

There are also red flags you should look out for that may mean the preschool is not well run, including:

  • Programs that only focus on reactive strategies, like consequences or punishment for bad behaviour
  • No research-based and consistent curriculum
  • Teachers who are not adequately trained or passionate about what they do
  • No enough space for children to play or engage in gross motor activities, cramped classroom, dirty and disorganised spaces

7. Potty training policies

Not all preschools require your child to be potty trained before they attend. If your preferred school does, figure out what approach will work best to get your child using the potty before school starts.

8. Adult-to-child ratios

It is recommended that preschool classroom groups should not be any bigger than 20, with an adult-to-child ratio no greater than 1:10. Talk to the preschool about these ratios and try to observe the numbers when you take a tour.

9. Trends

The preschool you choose should offer things that are important to the community, such as using eco-friendly practices or offering organic food.

10. Trust your gut

Finally, when it comes to narrowing down the options, trust your gut. You know what your child needs, and you want to ensure he or she is treated with respect and in a way that aligns with your family values.

Take note of these steps as these will ensure that you find the best facility for your little one.

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!

 

 

3 Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

It is September school holidays in Singapore. Although it is a short holiday, keeping the kid busy without getting bored is not so easy. While I plan different activities to engage him during the day time, here are some of the ideas which we did before. These can be helpful for you if you look for activities to do with a preschooler. Even these activities are good for toddlers to keep them happy!

A Balloon drum

Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

This is a noisy idea. But my kid loves to have a balloon drum whenever there is a burst balloon skin. To make this drum, you don’t need many skills. Just wrap the balloon skin over a cup or an empty tin using a rubber band. Your kid will have a new toy to enjoy at least for few hours!

Check the post about how to make this DIY Balloon Drum with a Balloon Skin

DIY Recycling bin

Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

Recycling is a great cause to teach the kids from their younger age. By having a recycling bin at home, they will learn the value of recycling and treasure the earth. We made a recycling bin using an empty cardboard box. It was a lovely idea and my kid knows that we can recycle certain items.

Check how we made our DIY recycling bin

A cute party hat

Fun Projects to do with a Preschooler

Kids don’t want a special reason to party! I know that with experience of my kid. These days he loves pretend playing. So, a party hat is an easy way to help him to play with his toys creating a pretend party at home.

Check this easy DIY party hat. You will only need some colour papers and a band only!

Above are really simple and easy projects to do with a kid. I am sure you will have great time with your kid if you try these fun projects!

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!

National-day-singapore

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.

National-day-singapore

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!

Do Preschoolers Need Tuition?

Do preschoolers need tuition? This can be a scary question for any parent who has little kids. For us our little kids are still babies. That is why we don’t think of extra tuition for preschoolers.

However there are different ideas and thoughts about tuition for preschoolers. In few months ago I also was in the opinion that preschoolers do not want any tuition. At the time I was introduced for an extra English enrichment course, I refused it straight away. But after few months later I wanted the help of that enrichment course and I started sending the kid to learn English and phonics. This was due to our experience with his first preschool.

Do preschoolers need tuition?

 

Yes, I am a mom who believes in freedom for childhood. I always find opportunities for our kid to play actively and improve his self-confidence. However at the same time we also want him to train for future. We don’t want to see him struggling with pressure and stress once he is grown up or during his school years. This is where we need a balance between his studies and play activities from his early childhood. I believe in such pattern which he will slowly train to face the stressful future and he will know how to balance his life with lot of work load. It is true that we can’t expect a future with totally leisure activities. There will be a lot of hard work for him in office, family or with society. If the kid can get some pressure during his school days, he will know how to balance his life without failing. This is where I always want him to engage in both academic and extra activities as a kid.

 

Our Experience with extra enrichment class

Do preschoolers need tuition

Although my kid had learning experience during his playgroup year which included play activities, arts and crafts and basic pre-writing skills, his first months of preschool was not for our expectations. We found his behavior changes. He was more on play than onto other skills such as arts and crafts, reading and writing. I could find he was losing his interest on even holding a pencil.

I know experiences of some of my friends who have similar age kids. Now they worry about their kids who don’t have pencil control or they don’t have interest on reading or writing. Considering such I am happy that my kid has interest on reading, writing and drawing same as his interest for playing. But, all these because of the extra activities we did at home or thanks to the English enrichment class we sent him during the past few months. Till we find the new preschool, we sent him to an English program.

But now, his new preschool experience is really good and we see a balanced educational environment which includes different activities including play and at the same time writing or academic skills. So we don’t have worries about any extra lessons for him. However kid enjoys his English program. So we continue sending him once a week.

Do preschoolers need tuition?

Now, back to the topic! Do preschoolers need tuition? The answer can be both yes and no. As per my opinion this really depends on your experience with your kid. Remember, few months ago I didn’t want to send the kid to extra classes. However when we found the kid doesn’t do well in his preschool, we started sending him for an extra enrichment program. Thanks to this extra English class he could improve his writing, reading and listening skills and he could easily adjust to his new preschool. If I didn’t pay attention on his writing and reading skills during the first few months of the preschool, he may have difficulties in adjusting to the new preschool as the lesson schedule is different from the previous. So, it is always depending on your actual experiences and situations.

Also as I know nothing about Chinese language, I think of having some extra support for the kid to learn Chinese as one of his subjects in the preschool is Chinese language.I know they will study Chinese even in the Primary school. So it is better to give him extra support now than waiting for another few years till he loses his interest.

Some reasons for sending kids for tuition

Do preschoolers need tuition?

Do preschoolers need tuition?

If you consider giving some extra support for your preschooler, here are some reasons to consider as per my opinion.

If the kid is always playful and lose his interest on other skills such as drawing, arts and even writing, an extra support can be helpful for him to improve his skills. As a work from home mom I adjust my working schedule and find time to spend with my kid. So I know how he does at the school. If you are working full time and no much time for kids, having extra support can be beneficial. That will help the kids to face the future challenges.

However, I don’t want to send my kid for private tuition which need hours of travelling after his preschool. The English class I send him is less than 5 minutes walking distance which makes him so cheerful .He is always eager to attend the class. If I decide on having Chinese class for him I will find a center near to our home or I will contact a home tutor agency in Singapore such as SmileTutor to find a home tutor for him. I would like to introduce a home tutor for my kid for 1 – 1.5 hours than sending him for 2-3 hours group class which can make him tired.As a reliable home tuition agency in Singapore, SmileTutor provides recommendations of home tutors which is easier for parents to make the decision.So,I will use such service to find a suitable tutor for him.

Anyway, these are my thoughts. Although I also a mom who refused extra classes for my kid, I found that his extra class could help the kid to keep his knowledge up to standards till he change the previous preschool.

However don’t forget to listen to your kid. If the kid doesn’t enjoy any extra class, it is better not to send him. Don’t overload the kids with so many homework, activities and worksheets. Instead find a suitable teacher who can teach the kid in a way he improves interest on studies.

Do preschoolers need tuition? What is your idea?Please share your thoughts and experiences.

 

 

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