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Sunday, March 21, 2010

More pictures on Facebook.

I've downloaded more pictures into Little Beans Montessori facebook which are mainly activities in 2010. Do visit it when you have the time!

A Hive of Activities - March 15 to March 19, 2010

Spread some butter onto the bread.

Crack four eggs into a bowl.

Whisk the eggs quickly until well-beaten.

Put in bread, cut apples, chopped strawberries into egg mixture.

Mix well and transfer into a greased pan.

Bake in oven for 20 minutes.


Waiting to go into the theater.

Inside the theater, waiting for the show to begin.


The main charaters- Gerald the Giraffe and the Cheeky Chimpanzees.

Giraffes Can't Dance, is a special musical play for children, all the way from UK. We truly enjoyed ourselves and I feel very proud that our children could participate and understand the play, despite it being spoken in native English.


This is the correct way to brush your teeth, up and down, in and out...

Let me check your teeth...

Good, you have healthy, strong teeth!


Having a hearty meal with friends ... yummy!


Brrrrr..... it's cold!

It's a little crowded - never mind, we take turns and share.

Sweet and demure ...

Nothing beats basking in the sun with my best friend!


Look, teacher ... my happy face

Roll it, pat it and mark it with a B.

The last week has been a whirlwind of activities... We thought that we can take a break during the school holidays, but ended up with many things to keep the children occupied!

Firstly, many children came back despite the break. As there was no specific theme - because of the short break- we decided to have a potpourri games and activities instead.

Monday was relatively quiet, with all the children in their own classrooms. Tuesday was interesting as the children and teachers baked bread pudding - was delicious! Wednesday was another interesting day - we took the 5 and 6 year olds to watch a special Theatre for Children - Giraffes Can't Dance. It was truly an entertaining, enthralling and engrossing experience for the children and I. Cant's wait for next year as they will bring in Elmer the Elephant.

On Thursday, we had a surprise visit from the Klinik Pergigian dental nurses. They came and taught us how to take care of our teeth. They also checked each child's teeth. Overall, the children all had good teeth - perhaps thanks to our daily morning of brushing teeth.

Friday was another fun, wet day as we had our water play. Lots of water, squeals of laughter and of course beautiful, colourful swimwear! Who says holidays are relaxing? For us teachers, it was hectic, tiring yet enjoyable.

Now, back to Monday blues tomorrow!!!!

Friday, March 5, 2010


This Chinese New Year, I've decided to focus on the Chinese Reunion Dinner. Previously, we decorated the theme board with lion dances or the Chinese zodiac. However, I feel that family is a very important aspect of the celebration and I took the opportunity to reinforce the importance of the dinner - a celebration of family togetherness and unity. A time of sharing and caring, and catching up with each other as well as to practice filial piety. Phew - sounds heavy for the children, but I believe that we can make this a very natural learning process. We just have discuss and involve the children in sharing their knowledge. Believe me, they are very knowledgeable - if only we listen to them more often!

We talked about the Nian monster story, the Chinese zodiac as well as the festive decoration and all things associated with the colour red. We also discussed angpow and taught the children how to greet and have good manners during the festival.

Back to the theme board. As I've mentioned, the focus is on the dinner. We tried to recreate a a scene showing love and happiness amongst the family members. We also decorated it with some of the elements associated with the festival, ie. fire crackers, lanterns, spring blossoms and the food on the table.

Boy holding an angpow in his hand. "Say thank you when you receive an angpow. Don't open and see the contents. Let Mummy or Daddy keep the angpow safely for you. Keep the money in a bank for your future education."

A closely-knit family, sharing a meal together.

Grandpa and Grandma holding hands during the meal -
indirectly, I'm trying to convey the message that grandparents can be loving too.

Wouldn't it be great if we could upkeep this loving gesture for many more years to come?