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Thank You for Making Our 2017 Mothers’ Day Event a Big Bash!

20 May

Thank you, mommies and families who turned up at our 2017 Mothers’ Day event on 13th May! We are glad that our mommies had fun glamping (and getting spoilt) and everyone was engaged in exciting activities like breakfast picnic, ice-breaker games, body-brain kinesiology exercises, golfing, and clay & craft experiences.

What a memorable Mothers’ Day it was! Happy Mothers’ Day to all mommies out there!

 

Ready for glamping?

Ready for glamping?

 

Family 'glamping' and spoiling the mommies

“Love You A Latte” breakfast ‘glamping’ and picnic

 

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Clay experience with mommies – courtesy of Da Vinci Group

 

Golfing with mommies and daddies

Golfing with mommies and daddies (and grandpas!) – courtesy of Totts Golf

 

Golfing and shooting fun for the kids

Hole-in-one anyone?

 

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Tots, mommies and daddies having a ball of a time!

 

Happy BibiNogs Families!! What a memorable Mothers' Day!!

Happy BibiNogs Families!! What a memorable Mothers’ Day it was!!

 

Theme-Based Excursion: BibiNogs Preschool Visited The River Safari

17 May

On 9 May 2017, BibiNogs Preschool students visited The River Safari as a culmination of their theme-based learning. Children across all ages had a blast getting up close and personal with the land and marine animals. The field trip extended and deepened children’s learning.

We’d like to thank the parents who came long – and for being a part of the children’s exploration and learning!

We get to know the world we live in by keenly observing our environments

We get to know the world we live in by keenly observing our environments

Children, children, what do we see?

Children, children, what do we see?

What is that inside?

What is THAT inside?

Hello to Jia Jia and Kai Kai

Hello to Jia Jia and Kai Kai!!

Mom and child learning together

Mom and child learning together

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Mommy is making this a VERY memorable experience for me!

Sailing down the river with my friends

Oh what fun it is to sail down the river with my friends!

 

 

Calling All BibiNogs’ Families, Come Celebrate Mother’s Day with Us!

24 April

We would like to invite ALL BibiNogs’ families to join us for a very special Mothers’ Day party on 13th May, Saturday at 9.30am! Mummy, you are SPECIAL and you deserve a warm celebration with your families!

There will be many fun ‘Parent-and-Me’ activities! Check out the details below. RSVP by e-mailing us at principal@bibinogs.com

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BibiNogs Director Joyce Lim Featured by WSG Workforce Singapore

07 April

BibiNogs Director Ms. Joyce Lim’s career transition and accomplishments was featured as a success story by WSG Workforce Singapore’s Career Support Programme. Way to go!

Read on to get to know our Director better..

https://www.facebook.com/workforcesingapore/posts/1266039933492045:0

"Its crucial to build a learning culture which we can impart and influence our children with, that way we can all keep moving forward together". - Joyce Lim, Director of BibiNogs

“Its crucial to build a learning culture which we can impart and influence our children with, that way we can all keep moving forward together”.                         – Joyce Lim, Director of BibiNogs

Thank You to Mr. Robert Pereira for a Very Fruitful Parent Workshop and Teacher Training!

31 March

BibiNogs would like to extend our appreciation to Mr. Robert Pereira, a world reknowned trainer/educator, for conducting a very engaging Parent Workshop and Teacher Training session for our parents and teachers last Saturday, 25th March 2017!

The Parent Workshop was titled “How to Manage Our Expectations to Raise Happy Children”. Parents and caregivers had a fruitful morning hearing from Mr. Pereira, reviewing cases studies together and exchanging personal anecdotes and lessons.

In the afternoon, BibiNogs teachers were trained by Mr. Pereira on the topic of “Anti-Bullying Strategies in Young Children”. Mr. Pereira shared his expert viewpoints about causes of bullying, strategies to curb negative behaviours and strategies on how to help children manage.

Parents learning and exchanging viewpoints at Mr. Pereira's Parent Workshop

Parents learning and exchanging viewpoints at Mr. Pereira’s Parent Workshop

Parents eager to know how to raise happy children while setting healthy expectations and keeping them motivated

Parents eager to know how to raise happy children while setting healthy expectations and keeping them motivated

Mr. Pereira shares his expertise through illustrations and notes

Mr. Pereira shares his expertise through illustrations and notes

BibiNogs teachers learned a great deal from Mr. Pereira, thank you indeed!

BibiNogs teachers learned a great deal from Mr. Pereira, thank you indeed!

Exclusive Parent Workshop by Robert Pereira – 25th March 2017

13 March

Keen to learn how to raise children who are not only happy but are enthusiastic and engaged learners? Come join us at an exclusive parent workshop titled “How to Manage Our Expectations to Raise Happy Children” by the reknowned trainer Mr. Robert Pereira, on Saturday, 25th March 2017 at 10am!

Robert Pereira is an International Educational Consultant. He holds a B.A. Dip Ed. From Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and an MA from Fordham University in New York. He is also one of the National Trainers for the “Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia’ as well as a Member of the Board of Directors.

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Registration is required. Availability based on first-come-first-serve basis! Email us at kingsarcade@bibinogs.com or call 6466-5357 to register! RSVP by 20th March. 

Exchange and Visit to Lumbini Academy (Yangon, Myanmar)

07 March

Thank you Lumbini Academy and Silta Lumbini Preschool (Yangon, Myanmar) for hosting the BibiNogs team! We had a wonderful exchange and a fruitful time in Yangon! Your holistic education approach was inspirational, and your students’ laughters and engagement in the classrooms reminded us that learning can be, and should be, made enjoyable for all children!

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A good day starts with a yoga and exercise session

 

Playing outdoors is a recipe for healthy minds and bodies

Playing outdoors is a recipe for healthy minds and bodies

 

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Thank you for being a great host!

BibiNogs’ Article: Separation Anxiety in Young Children

15 February

By Joyce Lim, Director of BibiNogs

It can be difficult when we deal with separation as an adult, let alone young children. Parents cringe and sometimes tears well up in our eyes when we see or hear our little gems crying for us.

When your child is separated from you, expect them to cry. In fact, be happy when they do so. It shows that they miss you, they miss home. It is very natural for young children to be attached to you and their main caregivers. Unless your child is extremely extroverted or unattached to anyone, he/she will not be affected by the separation.

After working with young children for many years, I have observed that these are the following factors affecting adjustment to a new environment.

  1. Child’s personality
  2. Past experiences
  3. Parents’ emotions

 

Child’s personality

Depending on personality, your child will react differently when they need to deal with separation. A few questions we may want to ask ourselves:

  • Is my child an extrovert or introvert?
  • Is he/she sociable in a social setting? During playdates, birthday parties or visits to friends’ home…
  • Does he/she generally have a happy disposition?

If a child is an extrovert and someone who is sociable, he/she will most likely take a shorter time adapting to a new environment or situation. Children with such characteristics enjoy interaction. Having teachers and children around them will gain their attention. In the beginning, they will miss home. However, they are interested to make friends and know more about people around them. Thus, the ease of adaptation.

Children who are happy tend to adapt better as well. They tend to look for happy things in life. Being with new friends, playing with teachers appeal to them. Again, though they miss mummy and home, they can be distracted with the excitement in the new environment.

On the other hand, if your child is an introvert, he/she may take a longer while to adjust to a new environment. He/She prefers home to any other environment, he/she likes familiarity.

 

Past Experiences

Past experiences are one important factor too. Questions to ponder…

  • When you were separated from your child the last time, what was his/her reactions?
  • How did you respond to it?

Every experience the child goes through gets deposited into his/her memory bank. This in turn will affect his/her future encounters. If it is a school setting, my suggestion to parents is that DO NOT pull your child out from the school while he/she is still in the crying stage. Unless the school is deemed unfit. It is really natural for children to take 2 weeks to a month or so to get adjusted to any new environment.

Truth be told, the same goes for adults! It is just that we do not burst out crying anymore. We are able to contain our emotions within ourselves. Our coping mechanisms would have been built based on the above-mentioned two factors: our personality and past experiences.

 

Parents’ emotions

Last but not least, parents’/caregivers’ emotions can affect child’s ability to handle his/her separation anxiety. I hear parents say these quite a bit… “I hide how I feel when I drop my child off”, “He/she doesn’t know that I am upset, I don’t show it”.

Children are great at sensing things, especially when they are younger. They are innately connected to parents or primary caregivers. It is advisable for parent to keep your emotions at bay. Drop your child off, say a good “Goodbye” and go get a cup of coffee. Do not linger around, peep… etc. When you do this, your child could feel you and this causes their emotional upheaval. To add on, other children in the class may be reminded about their parents and start crying again.

One of my friend, he sent his child to my preschool. His son cried for the entire month, at drop off and pick up times. During the first month, he was very anxious, without being aware of it. He would call, text or email me every day, including weekends. Finally, I sat him down with his wife, over coffee. We discussed about the child’s situation and agreed that he should cut down his frequency of call/text/email. The outcome? His son stopped crying.

Now, the big question… What should we do as parents?

  1. Talk to your child about what to expect
    • Bring your child to the premise
    • Go through the timetable with your child
    • Let them know when are you going to pick them up
    • For example, “You are going to have story time, activities, snacks, activities, goodbye song. Then mummy will be there to pick you up!”
  2. Say “goodbye” nicely
    • Hug your child, say “I love you”. It is very important for your child to know that you love them even if you send them to school
    • Say goodbye to your child (Even if they are wailing for you)
  3. Pick up slightly earlier
    • Be the first few to pick your child up in the beginning
  4. Communicate (Facts/Feelings)
    • Allow your child to cry, it is an expression of how he/she feels
    • Reflect how they feel at that point in time and what are they doing/what they would like to do
    • For example, “You really miss mummy and you want to go home. And you want to go home now…”

Things to expect when your child is adjusting…

  • Child may
    • throw tantrums
    • bite
    • have nightmares
    • scream
    • stay aloof
    • become more clingy at home
    • say that “I don’t to come to school” all the time
    • start to get apprehensive once child wakes up
    • R.. Pee in their pants etc.
    • Vomit

It is really up to us to make every experience a good memory. Being mindful of all the above mentioned will ease the transition of our little ones into their new environment.

Ms. Joyce Lim has over 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field and is a Certified Trainer in Parent Education and Teacher Training.

BibiNogs’ Curriculum Day 2017 – 17th February 2017

21 January

We will be having a Curriculum Day on 17th February (Friday) at 6pm. All current BibiNogs parents are encouraged to attend. Prospective parents are welcome too! Come join us to get to know our curriculum, learning goals and unique teaching approaches better! Refer to event details below.

Register your attendance through your respective centre (the centre that your child is enrolled in) by 13th February, seats are limited:

Kings Arcade at principal@bibinogs.com

Serene Centre at serenecentre@bibinogs.com

UE Square at uesquare@bibinogs.com

*Prospective parents, please email principal@bibinogs.com and include your child’s name, D.O.B and programme of interest. 

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