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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Colours of Our World - preconcert practice

October 31, 2010 - the day of our concert. Our theme this year is Colours of Our World and we invite everybody to join us for a morning of fun and music.

We have worked hard, preparing and making our own invitation cards. We enjoyed staining the paper plates with crepe paper. We like crunching, twisting and gluing the flowers and leaves onto the plate. We've tried our best writing out the invitations ourselves. We glued on the colours of the rainbow. We had a great time, preparing this for you!

We practised and practised, yet it's not hard work for us. It was fun! We learnt about teamwork, showmanship, music and rhythm. We learnt when to stop and move with grace. It was difficult at first, and we were clumsy. But now, everything is slowly falling into place.
We take great pride in giving the best on our concert day!

Soya Beans - dancing in their hoops.


March and stomp!

Shhhhhhh....... again!

The 12 dancing princesses

The flag dancers

Dancing with bells...

Dancing with poms-poms

Butterfly, butterfly...

Sailors in the Sea
Singing "I want to be your friend"

Remember to join us. We look forward to meeting all of you!

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

The pupa

The eggs

Butterfly, butterfly
Gently flying low and high
Butterfly, butterfly,
Always friendly, never shy

Say to the flower, "Good Morning, Good Morning,
See how colourful are my wings."

Love the song, love the butterfly. I also like Ryan's lantern which depicts the life-cycle of a butterfly. The eggs, the caterpillar, pupa/chrysalis and the butterfly are all beautifully created onto the lantern.

See the flowers, the eggs on the leaf as well as the caterpillar.

The caterpillar made from tissue - there are a few of them 'crawling' on the lantern.

Also, beautiful butterflies and pupa. Very interesting and life-like.

We are also very fortunate to have a lime tree that attracts butterflies to lay their eggs on the leaves. Our children have the opportunity to observe the life cycle of a butterfly. The transformation is fascinating and really, nothing beats learning about this hands-on.

Photos below are taken over a period of 2 weeks. We patiently observed and waited ....

The caterpillar

The pupa or chrysalis, hanging by a silken thread

The pupa turning brown.

Finally, the butterfly breaking free!

One boy reminded me that the wings are symmetrical - glad he remembered that I told him so a few months ago as we did an art project, blotting an art paper with paint on one side and then folding it so that the paint can be transferred to the another side - hence the explanation on symmetrical.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Lantern Making Competition.

So many lanterns, so many choices....We had our annual lantern-making competition. The objective - for families to work together and come up with a lantern, using recycled or low-cost materials. We received over 50 lanterns, and glad to say that almost all are using recycled materials. They are very creative and simply amazing. Many parents and children appreciated the time spent together making the lanterns. Of course, some were simply stressed out, but nevertheless created stunning masterpieces!
Below are just some of the lanterns. Sorry, I could not upload all the photos here.

The life cycle of a butterfly.

The Traffic Lights

Honey Bee

Mr and Mrs Transformer???

Mickey Mouse and a traditional lantern

Ryanair Aeroplane


The Army Tank and the soldiers

Butterfly and Peacock

A Barrel of Sunshine

Transformer up close

Little Beans Go Around the World

A Rolling Lantern turns and turns as you push it.

So many, many more!

And voting for the best 3 is serious business!

Children learn about voting and democracy too ... see how they discuss their choice.

Lanterns from the Soya Beans and Green Beans (3 & 4 year olds)

Lanterns from the Red Beans (5 year olds)

Lanterns from the Navy Beans (6 year olds)

And these are the winners!
In fact, everyone is one!