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BibiNogs’ Charity Event and Parent Workshop

19 December

On December 3rd, BibiNogs held its Annual Charity Event. Every year, BibiNogs organises a charity event to give back to the community, locally or abroad. This year, we were pleased to be supporting the NUHS Fund – a fund set up by National University Hospital of Singapore to support children with severe medical conditions needing funds for medical treatment.

At the same event, there was a 45-minute parent workshop conducted by our Director, Ms Joyce Lim. Joyce has 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood field and is a certified trainer. The topic of the workshop was “Primary One Preparation: Raising Resilient Kids”. 

Parents had a fruitful time attending the workshop and purchasing second-hand books (and directly contributing to NUHS Fund this way), while children had a wonderful time creating crafts and engaging in hands-on activities!

 

Parents engaged in the parent workshop

Parents attending a parent workshop on how to raise resilient children

Parents engaged in the parent workshop

Parents engaged in the parent workshop

Parents deeply involved in the discussions during the parent workshop

Parents deeply involved in the discussions while attending the parent workshop

Prior to the event, BibiNogs' families and friends donated pre-loved and new books. The books were sold at the charity event and all proceeds go directly to NUHS Fund.

Our little K2 bookseller was hard at work. (Prior to the event, BibiNogs’ families and friends donated pre-loved and new books. The books were sold at the charity event and all proceeds go directly to NUHS Fund.)

Parents purchased interesting books while doing good for the community

Parents get to purchase interesting books while doing good for the community

The bookseller was kept busy the whole time!

The bookseller was kept busy the whole time!

Children created X'mas crafts

Children created X’mas crafts

Parents and their children engaged in hands-on activities together

Parents and their children engaged in hands-on activities together

Teachers helping children with hands-on activities

Teachers helped children with their hands-on activities

Home-cooked refreshments were prepared by our very own teachers!

Home-cooked refreshments were prepared by our very own teachers!

BibiNogs Teachers Get Trained in Kinesthetic Learning Strategies

15 December

Last week, BibiNogs teachers went through a Kinesthetic Strategy training session.  Through this, teachers learn to incorporate brain-based movements and exercises into their day to day lessons!

Kinesthetic Learning is highly known to facilitate development of better physical coordination, agility and confidence. It improves areas such as:

– Concentration and Focus
– Memory
– Academic skills
– Social and emotional skills
– Organizational skills

For more information, check out the article below:

BibiNogs teachers being trained on how to incorporate kinesthetic learning strategies into their classrooms

BibiNogs teachers being trained on how to incorporate kinesthetic learning strategies into their classrooms

 

 

BibiNogs’ Cultural and Educational Exchange with Delegates from Russia, Kazakhstan & Serbia

29 November

On 16 November 2017, delegates from  Russia, Kazakhstan and Serbia visited BibiNogs Preschool at King’s Arcade. The delegates’ goals were to: study BibiNogs’ best practices, understand our curriculum and pedagogy/teaching approaches, as well as to get to know the rich cultures and traditions that exist in Singapore. The delegates were educators, school leaders, business leaders as well as officials from government agencies.

The delegates observed our teachers and children in their classrooms. Our children engaged the delegates in activities as well as put up a performance for them. A lively and fruitful exchange then took place between the delegates and our Teachers, Principals and Directors. At the end of their visit, BibiNogs children presented the delegates with Batik art pieces that they created themselves!

Delegates observed teachers and children in action

Delegates observed teachers and children in action

 

Our Director Joyce made a presentation to introduce BibiNogs' philosophy, curriculum and teaching approach

Our Director Joyce made a presentation to introduce BibiNogs’ philosophy, curriculum and teaching approaches

 

A lively and productive exchange took place. We all learned alot about each others’ education systems and schools!

 

Our children created Batik art pieces that symbolise Singapore’s cultural heritage for the delegates . The delegates were thrilled to receive Batik art pieces as memorabilia from Singapore!

 

The delegates presented beautiful cultural gifts to BibiNogs

The delegates presented beautiful cultural gifts to BibiNogs. Thank you!

 

This was a very productive and heart-warming exchange for the adults and children alike!

This was a very productive and heart-warming exchange for the adults and children alike!

Holiday Programme: Storybook Theatre for 3-6 Year-Olds

21 November

From 30 November to 2 December, BibiNogs will be running a fun drama and multi-arts holiday programme for 3-6 year-olds (in English)! Unlike other speech & drama programmes, this workshop, titled ‘Tibby and Scaredy Snout’, teaches children important social and emotional skills (develop a strong sense of self, empathy and responsibility towards others etc),  in addition to the confidence to express themselves.  This workshop provides a multi-arts experience (Drama, Visual Arts, Music, Movement) while working on language and literacy development of children. Check out the details below, and enrol at enquiry@bibinogs.com

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BibiNogs’ Article: Sharing is Having More, “Less” May Mean More.

15 November
By Joyce Lim, Director of BibiNogs

Having repeated this phrase: “Sharing is having more” to my two older kids for almost half a decade, I stopped to ponder as I begin to appreciate the statement more. My extended version – “less” may mean more.

Have we had experiences of buying new toys for our children only to realize that after a week or so, or sometimes merely a few days, they got bored and asked for more? I was chatting with another mummy the other day, she said that her children are getting smarter and they are getting bored of their new toys faster.

Points to ponder:

  • have we created for children a sense of diminishing marginal utilities by introducing more new toys in a shorter span of time?
  • have we not given our children enough time to explore and re-explore their toys and materials?
  • are we too impatient to have them occupy their time quickly so that we could have our own time?

The above were my own reflections as a parent. I do not indulge my kids by buying new toys but they do get new supplies of toys after birthdays and Christmas celebrations. After a while, I stopped opening up the new boxes of toys. People who know me well would know that I love to have an organized space.  To my pleasant surprise, my children started to innovate, re-purpose and re-create their existing pool of toys. Their play became engaging and extensive. They started to creatively use different toys like cars, Lego, dolls, kitchen toys to extend their play.

There will be days when they engage in opening “shops” to sell things or  preparing interesting menus for “restaurants”. If not, the two of them would create different things with their Lego & playdough. The latter would sometimes be props for their other role-plays.

In the beginning stage, they may look bored. However, have patience. Soon after they get over their boredom, the “less” things they have would not work against them, but encourage them to create their own play experiences.

Thus, sharing is having more, “less” may mean more!

The benefits of having less would be:

  • spending less on toys
  • expanding your children’s capacity as they create using “less” toys
  • (if you have more than one child at home) teaching them to co-operate and share as they adapt to the circumstance of having “less”
  • learning to treasure the things they have
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’ Charity Event and Open House 2016 – Donate a Book, Attend a Great Talk, Visit Our Kindergarten

14 November

Every year, BibiNogs organises a charity event to give back to the community, locally or abroad. This year, we are pleased to announce that we will be supporting the NUHS Fund – a fund set up by National University Hospital of Singapore to support children with severe medical conditions needing funds for medical treatment. In conjunction with the charity event, our Kindergarten will be opening its doors for new parents to visit. Come check us out and do some good on 3rd December!

How you can be a part of this:

1) Donate your children’s pre-loved books now (drop them off at any of our centres)! Then come to our Charity Drive and Open House on 3rd December, all the donated books will be sold there and all proceeds from the sale will go to NUHS Fund.

2) Attend a talk by our Director cum Certified Trainer, Ms Joyce Lim, who has 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood field. At the Charity Drive on 3rd December, Joyce will conduct a 45-min Parents’ Workshop on ‘Primary One Preparation: Raising Resilient Kids’. All proceeds from will go to NUHS Fund.

3) Visit our Kindergarten at King’s Arcade and get to know what makes BibiNogs so special! You will enjoy discounts off your term fee if you/your friend sign up for our Kindergarten/Drop-off programmes at the event!

See you on 3rd December! Sign up and RSVP at enquiry@bibinogs.com

 

 

 

Appreciation of Global Cultures – Happy Deepavali!

14 November

One of BibiNogs’ goals is to groom children to be appreciative of global cultures.

Over Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, we not only celebrated the festival but immersed ourselves in a variety of cultural activities. The children discovered so much about the festival! More importantly, the fun and hands-on activities allowed them to understand more about the Indian culture.

Check out our event slideshow below:

https://www.facebook.com/bibinogs/videos/1095115517210373/

Teachers’ Day 2016 – A Special Day to Thank Our Teachers!

13 September

Teachers’ Day is always the most special day of the year at BibiNogs. On this day, we show gratitude to our teachers for their hard work and dedication, and shower them with the same kind of love that they give the children everyday.

On 1st of September, our centres were open only in the morning. In the afternoon, all teachers gathered at our King’s Arcade Preschool for an afternoon of celebration and pampering. The day ended with a heartwarming and lovely dinner. Happy Teachers’ Day, and Thank You, to all the wonderful teachers of BibiNogs!

 

Teachers made their own lip scrub with natural ingredients like ground coffee, sea salt, brown sugar, coconut oil, olive oil etc.

Teachers made their own lip scrub with natural ingredients like ground coffee, sea salt, brown sugar, coconut oil, olive oil etc.

 

Teachers got crafty, creative and made products out of love – every one made monogram Letters for another fellow teacher using yarn, pipe cleaners, patterned tapes etc. Everyone gets a lovely keepsake!

Teachers got crafty, creative and made products out of love – every one made monogram Letters for another fellow teacher using yarn, pipe cleaners, patterned tapes etc. Everyone gets a lovely keepsake!

 

Joyce taught everyone Brain Gym – kinesiology-based exercises to help everyone relax, rejuvenate and align bodies with minds.

Joyce taught everyone Brain Gym – kinesiology-based exercises to help everyone relax, rejuvenate and align bodies with minds.

 

Teacher Yani shows what it’s like to be in a Laughter Yoga class – we laughed our way to good health and sprightly spirits.

Teacher Yani shows what it’s like to be in a Laughter Yoga class – we laughed our way to good health and sprightly spirits.

 

Teacher Judah, our teacher who is a professionally-trained dancer, taught everyone how to jive like an expert (and like there is no tomorrow)!

Teacher Judah, our teacher who is a professionally-trained dancer, taught everyone how to jive like an expert (and like there is no tomorrow)!

 

Teachers dined and bonded over a beautiful dinner. It was the perfect end to the day!

Teachers dined and bonded over a beautiful dinner. It was the perfect end to the day!

Thank You for Making our Open House a Huge Success!

16 August

We had our first ever Open House on the 23rd July (UE Square branch) and 30th July (Serene Centre and King’s Arcade branches) – and it was a blast!! Thank you for coming in, participating in our activities and showing your support for BibiNogs! We had so much fun getting to know you and your children! See you at our classes soon.

It was a busy day at BibiNogs UE Square!

It was a busy day at BibiNogs UE Square!

An exhibition of BibiNogs' children's artwork

An exhibition of BibiNogs’ children’s artwork

Children immersed in engaging cognitive games

Children immersed in engaging cognitive games

The event was more than an Open House - it was an educational cultural trail for all children!

The event was more than an Open House – it was an educational cultural trail for all children!

Our happy teachers in their cultural/traditional set-ups

Our happy teachers in their cultural/traditional set-ups

Parents and children sampling our fun parent-accompanied class

Parents and children sampling our fun parent-accompanied class

Learning can be fun and engaging - for both children and parents alike!

Learning can be fun and engaging – for both children and parents alike!

Traditional Chinese art is fun and easy to make by blowing and stamping

Traditional Chinese art is fun and easy to make by blowing and stamping

Let's get our minds working through various cognitive games

Let’s get our minds working through various cognitive games

Making traditional food together is fun and "full-filling"

Making traditional food together is fun and “full-filling”

Playing the traditional game, Congkak, in its original form and in modified preschool-level version

Playing the traditional game, Congkak, in its original form and in modified preschool-level version

Children having a go at traditional games

Children having a go at traditional games

Our multi-cultural teachers having fun at the Open House!

Our multi-cultural teachers having fun at the Open House!

BibiNogs’ Open House 2016

07 July

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Come and experience what it is like to be a BibiNogs kid on the 23rd and 30th July! There will be fun trial classes, hands-on cultural activities, art & craft, games, art exhibition, door gifts and much more….

REGISTER HERE:

BibiNogs at River Valley

Date: 23rd July 2016, Saturday

Time: 10am to 12.30pm

Address: BibiNogs Play School, #02-11 UE Square Mall, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239917

 (Note: Trial classes will run at 10.30am and 11.15am)

Register at: http://bibinogsopenhouse_ue.eventbrite.sg

 

BibiNogs at Bukit Timah –

Date: 30th July 2016, Saturday

Time: 9am to 11am

Address: BibiNogs Kids Academy, #02-05 Serene Centre, 10 Jalan Serene, Singapore 258748

(Note: Trial classes will run at 9.30am and 10.15am)

Register at: http://bibinogsopenhouse_sc.eventbrite.sg

 

Looking for a Kindergarten for your 3 to 6-year-olds? Come to our Kindergarten’s Open House!

BibiNogs Preschool

Date: 30th July 2016, Saturday

Time: 10.30am to 1.0pm

Address: BibiNogs Preschool, #B1-01 King’s Arcade, 559 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269695

(Note: Trial classes will run at 11.15am and 11.45am)

Register at: http://bibinogsopenhouse_ka.eventbrite.sg