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Racial Harmony Day Activities for Preschoolers

Here I gathered some of the racial harmony day activities for preschoolers from the recent celebration at my kid’s preschool.These activities represents different culture and their traditional costumes which was a good way for kids to learn about other cultures.

Racial Harmony Day Activities for Preschoolers

In July 21st, Singapore celebrates racial Harmony Day. As a multi-cultural city where people live in harmony, this day is one of the best days to admire the culture of different ethnic groups live in Singapore. As usual my kid’s Preschool too organized activities to celebrate the racial harmony day! Below are some moments from this year Racial Harmony day celebrated in preschool including the different activities!

Check this post on previous year Racial Harmony Day and other details such as what is racial harmony day.

Racial Harmony Day Activities

As usual my kid went to school with his costume that represents Sri Lanka. Although it is exactly not the national dress of Sri Lanka, this Batik Sarong and shirt represents traditional costumes of the country. Therefore I chose it for my kid to wear for the Racial Harmony Day.

Racial Harmony Day

All the kids came to the school with their own traditional dresses. Other than the kids, parents too joined with traditional costumes representing their origin country or ethnic group.

Learn Indian Dance

Learning Indian Dance

The celebration started with Indian dance activity which was really interesting. One lady taught basic steps for Indian dancing and she could make all the kids excited!

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Enjoying Indian dance at the preschool racial harmony day

Learn about traditional Malay Music instruments.

Kompang

After the Indian dance events kids got the opportunity to learn about Malay music instruments such as ‘KOMPANG’.Kompang reminds me the ‘Sri Lankan Rabana’ or ‘Ath Rabana’ which is almost similar to this instrument. The best part was that kids got the chance to play Kompang!

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Kids received chance to play Kompang…

Enjoy traditional food

After learning about Kompang, kids had a short break to enjoy their snacks. On this day kids received snacks from the school which represents foods from different ethnic groups of Singapore. Some Chinese snacks, Malay snacks and Indian snacks were there.

Talk about racial harmony day

It is important that kids learn about the importance of living in harmony. Kids listened to a speech delivered by a Parent Support Group member about the history of Racial Harmony day and its importance.

Indian costumes
Kids with Indian dresses

 After the speech, kids went to the front as groups to show their traditional costumes that represents their culture and ethnic group.

Racial Harmony Day Activities for Preschoolers
My kid belongs to the ‘Other’ category where kids from different countries showcased their traditional costumes.

Racial Harmony Day Booth

Racial Harmony Day booth
Racial Harmony Day Activities for Preschoolers

Finally we entered into the racial harmony day booth that shows activities and details related to each ethnic group. Indian booth, Chinese booth and Malay booth were there showcasing different items from their own culture.

Racial Harmony Day Activities for Preschoolers
Indian Booth

At the Indian booth, kids could have a henna art drawn in their hands.

Racial Harmony Day Activities
Henna art
henna art
My kid too wanted henna art on his hand 🙂
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Happy kid with Henna art on both hands 🙂

At the Chinese booth, kids learned to write Chinese characters.

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Chinese Booth
Racial Harmony Day Activities for Preschoolers
Chinese Booth
Racial Harmony Day for Preschoolers
Malay Booth

It was a memorable day which connected all of the kids and parents.

I am sure these are not only suitable for preschoolers as Racial Harmony Day activities,these are also suitable for all ages including kids and adults to learn about other cultures.

 Do you have any experience participating in such Racial Harmon Day activities? Do you have other ideas for racial harmony day activities for preschool kids? Please share. Such ideas will be helpful for others.

Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers

This is our weather wheel which we made as a preschool holiday project. In each school holiday, teacher asks us to complete a craft project according a topic given. As the kid is in kindergarten now, the crafts are not simply art crafts. Instead of simple art crafts, teacher asks us to prepare crafts that are suitable for the learning centre. Therefore the craft needs be an activity which kids can engage.

Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers
Our Weather Wheel Craft made for Preschool activity

Check this save environment craft which we made in last term.

For this term, there are 4 topics given and we chose ‘weather’ as the theme for our craft activity. This weather wheel is not a pure idea of me. I browsed and found this idea in many other websites and blogs. And finally here is our weather wheel which was a good bonding activity for both my kid and me.

While I did part of the work such as cutting, kid did colouring, writing and pasting.

Here is how we made the weather wheel activity for the preschool learning centre.

Note: we used the materials provided by the preschool for the class project. However you can choose relevant materials that makes this crafty activity easy and simple. A disposable plate is perfect for this weather wheel than cutting a cardboard.

How to make a weather wheel for preschool with kids?

Things needed

  • Cardstock
  • Scissor
  • Glue
  • Colour pencils and pens as necessary

How to make the weather wheel?

Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers
Easy steps for making Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers
  • Cut a circle from a cardboard.
  • Cut another circle from the colour paper which is smaller in size.
  • Divide the paper circle in to 6 equal parts.
  • Draw different weather conditions such as sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy, and stormy and thunder.
Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers
Easy steps for making Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers
  • Write the names with the each drawn phases.
  • Paste the circle with different weather conditions in to the large circle.
  • Cut a small arrow from cardboard.
  • Connect it on the wheel as shown.
  • Weather wheel is ready.

How to use the weather wheel with kids?

Crafts for Preschoolers
Weather Wheel Craft for kids

Rotate the arrow to find different weather.

Kids will learn the names of different weather conditions while they play with the weather wheel.A good way to learn through play.

This weather wheel craft was a fun activity to do with the kid. Do you like making this weather wheel craft for preschoolers? If so,please let me know in comments.

Check other arts and crafts from the blog:

Counting by Tens Caterpillar Craft for Preschool

This counting by tens caterpillar is another craft activity we made during the school holiday. If you follow this blog, then you know that my kid’s preschool teacher asks a craft project during each holiday.

Counting by Tens Caterpillar

Kid is in K2 (kindergarten 2) now. Instead of simply a craft, teacher asked to create craft activity that matches with different learning centres. Therefore we decided to create this caterpillar as a numerical centre activity.

Check our other recent craft activities on how to make save environment craft and how to make lion craft.

This is a bonding activity which we both kid and mom engaged time together .While I did cutting circles kid helped in gluing the circles as necessary.

Below is how to make this Counting by Tens Caterpillar.

Counting by Tens Caterpillar activity for preschooler

Materials:

  • papers and cards as necessary
  • pair of scissors
  • glue

Instructions:

  • On a cardboard paste another paper circle and create the head of the caterpillar.
Counting by Ten Caterpillar
  • Cut 10 small circles using different colour papers
Counting by 10 activity for kids
  • Write the numbers by tens in each circle.
  • Glue the circles in order to make a caterpillar according to the number order.
Counting by 10 Caterpillar
  • Otherwise keep it as an activity for kids to create the number order when they count by tens.
Counting by Ten

If you find this craft activity is helpful, please let me know as a comment.

Check other arts and crafts from the blog:

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.

 

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 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.

Anyway,before reading further,check our latest craft: weather wheel for preschoolers.

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!

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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.

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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.

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National day celebrations at the preschool

Happy 52nd Birthday Singapore!

Read our latest post on 54th National Day Singapore.

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