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Virtual Tour to Pulau Ubin!

14 July

Excursions are such a fun and important part of the preschool experience. However, we had to do our part to stay safe and stay indoors during these June Holidays… so our BibiNogs Preschool K.A. teachers got creative and brought the excursion to the children! We were so excited to go on an “excursion” to Pulau Ubin, via virtual tour, especially with these fringe activities that completed the experience!

Packing our bag for the excursion! Check, check, and… check!

Making sure everything goes in…

“I spotted a frog!”

Discovering the items we saw in the video. This is an Asam fruit!

What does it look like? What does it smell like? How does it feel? Can we cut it up?

What is that smell???

We had so much fun on this “excursion”, but we are also very much looking forward to going on a real field trip. In the meantime, let us all continue doing our part to stay safe!

How were your June Holidays?

25 June

This June, Bibinogs Preschool K.A. ran two theme-based holiday programmes – Oceans of the World, and Radiant Rainforests.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and enhanced safety measures, we limited our programme capacity, but still had so much fun learning and exploring together.

Let’s take a peek and have a look at what types of fun activities the children were engaged in!

The children learnt all about the oceans/rainforests while enjoying multiple sensorial activities, discovery tasting sessions, and even tried their hand at some experiments!

Do come and join us at our next holiday programme in November/December!

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Engaged!

29 May

Staying home is staying safe, but we also want our children to stay engaged! That doesn’t always have to mean planning fanciful activities from sunrise to sundown. There are many teachable moments we can catch in some of the most mundane activities! Here are some #stayhome #staysafe #stayengaged tips from us.

Design a daily timetable with your child! This can include daily routines, simple chores, special activities, and play time. Fixed routines help to establish normalcy and a sense of security, bringing comfort to children (and to you)! Having your child participating in the designing of their daily timetable gives them a sense of ownership, and would make them more willing to abide by it.

“I DID IT” and it is perfectly fine if putting on that shoe took 5 minutes. Encouraging your child to dress themselves is a great opportunity to introduce some new vocabulary, and practice some old useful ones. “Hold the waistband with both hands, and put your left leg in the left hole.” Your child will be an expert at identifying their right/left hands, arms, and legs in no time!

Right-brain exercise. Drawing not only helps to develop your child’s fine motor skills, but also develops their creative thinking and artistic independence. Provide them with a variety of crayons, coloured pencils, and markers, and switch up the drawing board each day. As long as you’ve established some rules for “drawing time” – eg. you can only draw on the drawing paper – go ahead and place that drawing paper on the floor, on the wall, and even under the table!

OH NO… MESSY PLAY.  Messy play is important as it allows your child to explore through different tactile and sensory experiences. Here are some tips to make messy play manageable!

  1. A designated messy play outfit that you won’t be afraid to stain
  2. A designated messy play area that you can easily hose down
  3. Turn messy play into clean play! All you need is soap and water, and your child will be washing their toys as they play with all those bubbles.

2 tablespoons of honey, 50 grams of butter, 150 grams of cornflakes…

Baking is a wonderful parent-child bonding activity. There are plenty of child-friendly recipes online, and going through these offer great opportunities to introduce numeracy concepts such as quantity and measurement. Not to mention the sweet sweet reward of what comes out of the oven!

Baby teeth will fall out, but that doesn’t mean cavities won’t hurt! Some ways to encourage your child to brush their teeth include having them practice on a toy (or yourself!), putting on a tooth-brushing song, and letting them pick out a delicious toothpaste. Don’t forget that proper tooth-brushing requires two full minutes, and you are your child’s greatest role model!

“I don’t want this!” Letting your child choose is our tip for getting them to eat healthy and wholesome meals. If your child is adverse to carrots, try offering it to them in different shapes and styles. Choices like “round, cubed, or stick?”, or “one piece or two pieces?” gives your child a sense of control over what they eat. Of course, stick to choices that ultimately benefit them. “Carrots or chips?” is not an option!

Read with your child. We love encouraging our children to read, but do we model this desired behaviour? One great way to develop this habit in our children is to read alongside them! Have your child pick out a book, and have one of your own. Designate some time for quiet reading – anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes depending on your child’s reading interest and ability – and just read side by side with your child.

Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Seal William H. McCraven authored the book “Make Your Bed: Little Things Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World” and don’t we wish for our little ones to change the world! Working with all that soft material on the bed also helps to work on your child’s motor skills. Why not throw in a quick game of tug-of-war with the sheets to get them nice and straight while you’re at it!

Cleaning up is a great way to slip in some of those numeracy skills. Have your child put their toys away by sorting them into containers of different shapes/sizes/colour, ask them to keep all the red toys first, or play a countdown jingle! 30…29…28…27…

Dress up day is fun not only for your child, but for everyone at home! Pick a theme, and have everyone dress up accordingly on that day. Role-playing not only helps children develop cognitive flexibility and creative thinking, but also allows children to begin to understand how to empathise with others as they assume different characters.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Nietzsche

Children love music! Music not only increases sensory development, improves literacy and numeracy, and builds coordination, but is also a useful tool for establishing routine and making mundane tasks fun. Your child probably already has an arsenal of songs for routines in school. Ask them to teach them to you, and then come up with new ones for home – don’t forget to add some cool moves!

 

Let’s stay home, stay safe, and stay engaged as we navigate these uncertain times together!

Happy Mother‘s Day 2021

04 May

This May, BibiNogs Preschool would like to acknowledge and affirm the irreplaceable role of a mother in a child’s life. You are the exact parent your child needs to bloom and blossom. Thank you for your love and sacrifice. Happy Mother’s Day!

Hungry Minds Workshop for Preschool Educators

19 March

The BibiNogs teachers joined over 55 pre-school teachers at the Hungry Minds workshop organised by Principals Academy over two days on 18 and 19 March 2021. The presenter was Dr Kathy Perez, Professor Emerita of St Mary’s College of California. Participants discovered innovative ways to get children actively involved in circle time, lessons, dramatic play and much more!

Boxitect Building Challenge 2021

12 March

BibiNogs invites families to take on the Boxitect challenge this March holidays! As a family, take a trip to your neighbourhood library and borrow the book “Boxitect” by Kim Smith. Enjoy the story as a family and then brainstorm how you can be a Boxitect too!

A doll house? A spy mansion? A palace? A workshop? What better ways to let your imagination take you to worlds beyond this March holidays than to build, decorate, and furnish your very own playhouse. Your playhouse, your rules!

Tag us on social media with a picture of your creation and share with us what you made together as a family! Have lots of fun bonding and boxitect-ing!

Chinese New Year 2021 Celebrations

18 February

This Chinese New Year, our BibiNogs preschoolers deepened their understanding about the Chinese culture through activities such as yusheng tossing and receiving red packets. They even had a go at creating their own lion dance show! Everyone had great fun ushering in the year of the ox together. What a fabulous start to the year!

BibiNogs Learning Incursion 2021

18 February

From birth to early childhood, children use their senses to explore, discover and make sense of the world around them.

Providing opportunities for sensory play supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction, and problem-solving skills.

Our BibiNogs preschoolers had a blast learning through play on our Sensory Play Day!