Monthly Classroom News

January 2023

General Info

Christmas holiday is over and we hope you all had a wonderful holiday! We wish you a healthy and happiest new year ahead! In January, children will continue to develop an awareness of their surroundings, particularly in learning more about Animals and Lunar New Year themes.

Children will keep exploring more about different types of animals, in particular, their body parts (e.g. two legs, four legs, wings, fins), how they move (e.g. crawl, swim, fly, swing), where their habitats are (e.g. forest, desert, ocean, mountain), and also where we can find them (e.g. home, zoo, jungle, sea).

Besides, as Lunar New Year is coming soon, children will also have the opportunity to learn and explore some of the Lunar New Year traditions and greetings.

Home Activities

  • ‘Play dough Animals’ is an activity where you can ask your child to use play dough to make different animals, e.g. snake, spider, octopus, etc. You can also use cookie/ play dough cutters, if you have some at home. This activity is great for strengthening their hands as well as supporting the development of their bilateral coordination. 
  • ‘Save the Animals’ is a fun game similar to hide and seek. You can hide toy animals or figures available at home in a tray or bucket of rice, then ask your child for their help to save the animals. For older children, you can challenge them by asking them to use a spoon or tongs to get the animals and transfer them into a different container.  
  • ‘Simon Says’ is a classic game that you can play anywhere and anytime. Ask your child to do different animal movements, e.g. ‘Simon says hop like a frog’. This is a fun game that can help your child improve their coordination and motor-planning skills. It can also help improve their attention and auditory processing. 
  • Play ‘Guess the Animal’. You can use animal toys, flashcards or printed animal pictures and put them inside a container. Player A draws one card or toy and hides it. They then describe the animal so that Player B can guess what it is, e.g. ‘it has four legs, a tail, and it barks’. This is an activity where your child can practise the use of different adjectives, visualise things in their mind, and improve their observation skills.
  • ‘Ready for Lunar New Year’, discuss with your child about how we celebrate Lunar New Year, e.g. year-end house-cleaning, sticking ‘Fai Chun’, greetings to others, getting red pocket.

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 January theme. Look out for:

  • ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ by Bill Martin / Eric Carle
  • ‘Have You Seen My Cat?’ by Eric Carle
  • ‘Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister
  • ‘Who Is the Beast?’ by Keith Baker
  • ‘You’re Not So Scary Sid?’ by Sam Lloyd
  • ‘Animal Music’ by Julia Donaldson
  • ‘Dragon Dance’ by Joan Holub
  • ‘How to Catch a Dragon’ by Adam Wallace

Keywords

  • Legs
  • FIns
  • Wings
  • Crawl
  • Swim
  • Walk
  • Jump
  • Hop
  • Fly
  • Swing
  • High 
  • Low
  • Roar
  • Climb
  • Gallop
  • Furry
  • Slimy
  • Stinky
  • Feather
  • Big
  • Small
  • Tiny
  • Under
  • Scary
  • Dig
  • Heavy
  • Light
  • Scaly
  • Loud
  • Quiet
  • Bark 
  • Sharp
  • Spikes 
  • Horn
  • Happy Lunar New Year
  • Blessing
  • Red Pocket