Monday, February 1, 2016

Saturday Play Care



Our kids love Saturday because the schedule is so much different from the weekdays! So much playing and exploring on their own and with friends!

From slides to balls, from bubbles to songs, from blocks to books!

We are happy to see them learning happily =)

Writing

Stage 3:  Lines and Patterns (2 1/2 years to 3 1/2 years) 
Children now understand that writing is made up of lines, curves, and repeated patterns.  They try to imitate this in their own writing.  So while they may not write actual letters, you may see components of letters in their drawing.  These might include lines, dots and curves.  This is an exciting time as your toddler realizes that his drawing conveys meaning!  For example, he may write something down and then tell you what word it says.  This is an important step toward reading and writing.


Stage 4:  Pictures of Objects or People (3 years to 5 years)

Many adults think of “pictures” as a picture of something.  This ability to hold an image in your mind and then represent it on the page is a thinking skill that takes some time to develop.  At first, children name their unplanned creations.  This means that they finish the picture and then label their masterpiece with the names of people, animals, or objects they are familiar with.  This changes over time. 
Soon you will see your child clearly planning prior to drawing what he will create.  You will also see more detail in the pictures, more control in the way your child handles the crayon or marker, and the use of more colors.  What else to be on the lookout for?  Children’s first pictures often build off circles.  So, you may see a sun—an irregular circle, with lots of stick “rays” shooting out—or a person (usually a circle with roughly recognizable human features). 
Once your child has begun to purposefully draw images, she has mastered symbolic thinking.  This important milestone in thinking skills means that your child understands that lines on paper can be a symbol of something else, like a house, a cat or a person.  At this stage, your child also begins to understand the difference between pictures and writing.  So you may see him draw a picture and then scribble some "words" underneath to describe what he has drawn or to tell a story.  When your child is able to share his story with you, he will be motivated to "author" more and more work as he grows.

And…later:

Stage 5:  Letter and Word Practice (3 to 5 years)

Children have had experience with letters and print for several years now and are beginning to use letters in their own writing.  Usually children start by experimenting with the letters in their own names, as these are most familiar to them.  They also make “pretend letters” by copying familiar letter shapes, and will often assume that their created letter must be real because it looks like other letters they have seen (Robertson, 2007). 

During this time, children also begin to understand that some words are made of symbols that are shorter and some words are made of symbols that are longer.  As a result, their scribbles change.  Rather than one long string of letters or letter-like shapes, your child's writing now has short and long patterns that look like words or sentences.  While these letters and words are probably not technically correct, it does not matter.  This exciting milestone means that your child is beginning to understand that text and print have meaning.


Taken from Zero to Three

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Big Space


We have always loved to see our children running around, playing balls, singing songs, dancing or just sitting down to read or talk to us in a big empty space!.The excitement and joy on their faces are priceless! 

Try to have this kind of space at home. Your child will appreciate you lots!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Scribbling

This is one of the kids' favourite activities. There are 5 stages to learn write  and draw.

Stage 1: Random Scribbling (15 months to 2 1/2 years)

This is the period when young children are just figuring out that their movements result in the lines and scribbles they see on the page. These scribbles are usually the result of large movements from the shoulder, with the crayon or marker held in the child’s fist. There is joy in creating art at all ages, but at this stage especially, many children relish the feedback they are getting from their senses: the way the crayon feels, the smell of the paint, the squishy-ness of the clay.
For other children, this sensory information may be too much and they may not enjoy some art activities at this stage (like finger-painting). As they grow to tolerate more sensory input, you can incrementally re-introduce art activities into their routine.

Stage 2: Controlled Scribbling (2 years to 3 years)

As children develop better control over the muscles in their hands and fingers, their scribbles begin to change and become more controlled. Toddlers may make repeated marks on the page—open circles, diagonal, curved, horizontal or vertical lines. Over time, children make the transition to holding the crayon or marker between their thumb and pointer finger

There are stage 3, 4 and 5 too. Stay tune!


Taken from Zero to Three

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New "YOU"!


Happy New Year to everyone! Is a new year really represents a whole new beginning?

Perhaps it is more like re- align our planning or do evaluation whether we are still on track to achieve what we want in life!

We wish you a Happy New "YOU" as it is really not about the year but about YOU in 2016!

Want to see your child learning and having NEW experiences? 

Come and visit us today as we are opened for registration now =)

Monday, November 30, 2015

EATING HABIT

Eating more fruits and veggies everyday can sometimes be a struggle. However, resesarch shows that we are more likely to do so if they're available and ready to eat.

Children many need to try new fruits and veggies up to 10 times before they accept them. So stay patient and keep offering them!

Information taken from HEALTYY KIDS EAT WELL, GET ACTIVE.

We are so glad that our children in Ikid House love veggies and it is a norm to include veggies in their meal everyday!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Communication through drawing



Children develop ideas through the exploration of the environment and by interacting and communicating with adults and peers through play and other experiences (National Council for Curriculum Assessment; Aistear, 1999). These experiences include using drawing as a means of communication.

The preschoolers were describing ' It is a hectic day.' through drawing to their friends today. It amazed me to know what they can imagine and how they expressed it through their drawings! Plus.... telling out the story to their friends!