Monthly Classroom News
We hope the children had a fun-filled and restful term-break! After the hot summer weather these past few months, we are now welcoming the cold and breezy fall season!
In October, our theme is ‘Around Me’. Our weekly theme will mainly focus and explore more about our surroundings, e.g., family, friends, celebrations, weather, seasons. The children will get to know more about their peers and learn how they can start and build social interaction, e.g., greetings, sharing, as well as improve their play skills. In addition, the children will celebrate one of the most exciting festivals of the year – Halloween!
- Playdates are always a great way to encourage your child to improve their social as well as play skills. At home, apart from playing with the toys available, they can also make a simple friendship bracelet out of pasta shells. First, paint the pasta noodles. Once they are dry, put all the pasta in a bowl. If you are using a string, tie a knot on one end. Alternatively, you can use a straw or a pipe cleaner. Then, thread all the pasta through, and voila!
- For the younger children, hide and seek is always an easy and simple game that doesn’t require any toys. Make yourself the best ‘toy’ for your child and focus on having them engage with you! It helps to build positive bonding between you and your child. Your child can practise how to share joint attention and engage in an interaction such as focusing on what the other person says, their facial expressions and actions.
- This is the perfect season to go on a picnic or go to the park! Apart from having yummy treats, you can also play different outdoor activities such as Simon Says, tag, I spy, or for older children you can also bring some board games. In addition, talk about their surroundings, talk about the weather, how they feel, etc.
- Exposing your child to art and crafts activities helps them improve their creativity, concentration, fine motor skills, and more. This is the best time to reuse old boxes, toilet tissue rolls and scrap paper at home. For younger children, ask them to tear and crumple the paper. You can also use the crumpled paper and engage them in simple back-and-forth games like throw and catch. For older children, challenge their imagination skills and see what they can make with the materials presented.
- Decorate a spooky Halloween treat for friends and family! Get some eye candies, sprinkles, crushed biscuits, pre-made icing and cupcakes. Let the children or the whole family decorate and see who makes the most creepy cupcake.
- Make a Halloween-themed sensory play box. You can take leftover pasta from the friendship bracelet, cook them, mix a little bit of paint in, and hide toy insects or small miniatures available at home.
We encourage parents to read story books with their children as much as possible, which not only helps children’s cognitive and language development, but also helps to cultivate children’s reading habit and enhances parent-child relationship. There are some great books to go with our October theme. Look out for:
- Just My Friend & Me by Mercer Mayer
- Where Are Maisy’s Friends? by Lucy Cousins
- Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins
- This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe
- Who’s In My Family? by Robie H. Harris
- The Family Book by Todd Parr
- Room on the Broom by by Julia Donaldson
- Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thoma
- Fall/ Autumn