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The latest news, updates, articles and resources from the BibiNogs's family!

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

BibiNogs Captivated Over 70 Children (and Parents) at Cool De Sac!

02 June

On Saturday, May 28th, Bibinogs presented 6 English and Mandarin trial classes at Cool De Sac, one of Singapore’s largest indoor playground.  This event was organised by Serious About Preschool. Over 70 children and parents/caregivers attended the classes, and had a bash!

Here are some photos from our English sessions:

BibiNogs' English teachers engaged children (and parents alike)

Animated BibiNogs’ English teachers engaged children (and parents alike)

Through dramatisation and games, BibiNogs teachers captivated the attention of the group

Through dramatisation and games, BibiNogs teachers captivated the attention of the group

BibiNogs teachers worked on children's bodies and hearts (not just their minds)!

BibiNogs teachers worked on children’s bodies and hearts (not just their minds)!

The hands-on craft activity extended children's learning

The hands-on craft activity extended children’s learning.

 

Here are some photos from our Mandarin sessions:

It's fun Mandarin time!

It’s fun Mandarin time! What are the teachers up to?

Children learned Mandarin through dramatisation and sensory exploration.

Children learned Mandarin through dramatisation and sensory exploration.

Learning through movement is the best kind of learning for kids!

Learning Mandarin through movement is the best kind of learning for kids!

BibiNogs' Mandarin teachers engaged children and parents with exploration and hands-on craft activities

BibiNogs’ Mandarin teachers engaged children and parents with exploration and hands-on craft activities.

 

Music Workshop Conducted by NUS Students at BibiNogs

23 April

On 18th April, students from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (of National University of Singapore) presented an educational and fun musical workshop to the children of BibiNogs at UE. The talented musicians introduced children to different musical terms, showcased different classical instruments and got the children to participate in a creative percussion performance.  Instruments such as the cello, violin, oboe and bassoon etc. were played and they captivated the hearts of our children and parents!

Talented music students from NUS indulged children and parents with beautiful classical music

Talented music students from NUS indulged children and parents with beautiful classical music

 

The musicians taught the children musical concepts through movement and actions

The musicians taught the children musical concepts through movement and fun actions.

 

The bassoon is taller than the child! We are all fascinated by the bassoon's appearance and sound.

The bassoon is taller than the child! We were all fascinated by the bassoon’s appearance and rich sound.

 

Asst Professor Lee Pei Ming introducing various percussion instruments before handing them out to the children for a joint performance

Asst. Professor Lee Pei Ming introduced various percussion instruments before handing them out to the children for a ‘joint performance’.

 

Thank you, fellow musicians for bringing music to our lives. Keep up the good work!

Thank you to all the gifted musicians, for bringing classical music to our lives. Keep up the good work!

 

Raising Media-Wise Children in the Digital Age

20 April

Want to find out what we can do when our little ones are glued onto the screen and mobile devices?  Register now to get tips and insights from media and child development experts at the parenting seminar on Raising Media-Wise Children in the Digital Age!

Key Highlights

·         Find the right balance between screen time and your child’s development

·         Discover the dangers of leaving a child unattended with mobile devices

·         Find out how you can use media and technology to support your child’s learning

Admission is free but seats are limited. Register now! Each participant will receive a goodie bag, including a limited edition Beanstalk height chart!  To register, visit bit.ly/mediawise.

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