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Announcement

We are really excited to finally announce that we have a new baby! I am really excited as this mean so much to me and even more so for Rou Ern. I have been telling her about it and she can’t wait for that day! … Which is tomorrow!

Leona came up with the idea of a joint effort with the three of us (leona, alicia and me) to set up a whole new blog to document what the kiddos have been up to. Brilliant!

The idea behind it is really to connect the kiddos since we are currently in California and Rou Ern misses her good old pals dearly. She made lots of new friends here and are on very good terms with them BUT she still will miss her friends back in Singapore every now and then. So… This is going to be really exciting for us.

If you would like to share our excitement or just to get some activity ideas, do check out happyplaywonder

Happy National Day and have a wonderful long weekend!

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Preschool by the park

It’s almost time for us to say goodbye. I felt a little sad as I dropped the final cheque into the “cheque box” for her final month in school.(For the month of June)

Though she only started this year Feb, I am totally convinced that this is the right school for her.

Some of the things that I look out for (besides the usual student to teacher ratio, hygiene, proximity etc) was it has to be play based (no worksheets), absolutely no overcrowding.

What pleasantly surprised me after she started school was EVERY teacher in school knows and greets her by her name. Even teachers that doesn’t teach her. It really gave me a home away from home feel. They are always so warm and cheerful. To further give the children the home away from home feel; they need not be in uniforms (best!) except when they go on excursions and because of this reason, ern loves to wear her uniform.

Speaking of excursions. They have AT LEAST one excursion every month. Children love outings don’t they?

We receive email updates every now and then. Updates with pictures of what they have been doing in school and of course pictures of their adventures outside of school. Marketing gimmicks you say? It obviously works because I LOVE it! There are also weekly updates on what the class will be doing each week and I made use of that to do extended learning at home and subsequently she brings what she does at home for her show and tell. As she understands what we did at home (extended learning) there is no need to “prepare” her on what to say. It comes naturally and enthusiastically. (The “today I want to talk about…” method … lets not go there. She dislikes it.)

Every month there will be a themed communal party where ALL the children in the school will gather in the garden and mingle together. For the month of May, the theme was masquerade party and I sewed her a felt penguin mask as per her request.

I suppose every parent had to fill in some forms concerning the child during enrollment? Questions such as what does the child like to do? I wrote that she loves to reading and enjoys painting. During the first week of school there was a day (it happened only once) she cried after I left the school. I was told that they took her to the reading corner and read a book together. That calmed her down. They even took her to the garden for a walk. I was touched by such dedication and thoughtfulness. And from that day on, I know for a fact that ern is in good hands.

They do their morning exercise before proceeding to the playground. They look sooooo cute doing the star jump! Because of the greeneries around, the teachers apply mosquito repellent on them. These little details counts. (This piece of information was from ern.)

Every Friday is ern’s favourite hip hop dance. It’s all included in the school fees. We don’t have to pay any extra for any other classes besides the optional music class (for K1 and K2)and excursions of course.

Lastly, we never had to convince her to go to school. She likes it there and updates me lots when I pick her up. “Mummy! I planted a seed today!” “We made clouds. Rain clouds.” “Mummy! We are going for excision! Sign the form! Sign it!”. “Mummy can u help me get the book that teacher read today pls?” “Today we used a big leave to shade us from the hot sun. Like an umbrella.” …

Bonus point: there are only 17 children in her class. If you had been reading my blog, you will know this is really important to me. ^^

Finding the right school can be quite daunting. I hope you found the school you and your child loves too!

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Home learning – rainforest

Her school is currently doing a unit study on rainforest so before we did anything for our extended learning at home, a visit to the library is a must.

Borrowed a couple of fiction and non fiction books related to the rainforest of course. Started reading them and as soon as we are “ready”, we proceeded to the super market, picked up 2 discarded boxes, walked around the nearby garden, picked up broken branches and went on to purchase some safari toobs and started on it right away. We took a couple of days to complete it and had lots of fun setting it up.

Ern did most of the paint job, and we talked about different animals living in the different stratas, what they eat, how they move and also about how the rainforest feel (damp, dense and dark) and looked like but I suppose it won’t suffice without a walk through the rainforest. (We should be doing that real soon) she is especially thrilled when we added the butterflies towards the later stage.

As I wanted to raise my children to be more environmentally aware, we talked about the importance of the rainforest, the habitat of the animals, how we can save the rainforest etc.. However I don’t think I want to talk about deforestation yet. It’s much too heavy for her to bear on her little shoulders. Not for now.

So here it is:

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Understory

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Canopy and emergent

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So what do you think?

*edited 22nd may*

We also did “fruit satay” (that was done few days before she was admitted to hospital) an idea we got from her school. Using fruits that can be found in the rainforest. (Dragon fruit, guava, mango and banana) Working those fine motor skills there..

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As for ZE, she is enjoying the “fruits of the labour”.

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So where is the rainforest diorama?

Ern took it to school and did an impromptu show and tell. Now it is still in school on display ; )