Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Teaching Tips: Thick & Thin Question

Thin question are those which can be answered by a simple answer, while thick question are those which require more thought and more than a simple one-word answer.

Thick question also known as open ended question, it is one of the most important teaching tools to have in the teacher's tool box. Open ended questions are a way to offer children the opportunity to freely express their knowledge, ideas and feelings. They are also a way to get children to use and expand their vocabulary. Open ended question have no single right or wrong answer, with this it create positive environment in your classroom.

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Tips for Teachers on the First Day of School

The first day of school is an important one. As teachers, what you do during that first day sets the tone for the entire school year. What should you do on the first day back? How can you make going back to school easier? Here is a guide for teachers that provides a few helpful tips for a creating a successful first day experience.

1. Be early on that first day of school. You want to get to class a little early at the start of school. This time will allow you to write on the board and organize your classroom materials and supplies. You can arrange the room the way you want and make sure all of the necessary equipment is in place and working. NEVER get to class late or even cut it close on the first day. You don't want to appear unprepared to parents or your new students. You don't have to get there hours before class. Just make an effort to get there a little early, even if you can only make it an extra few minutes.
2. Meet the parents. It is important that you develop  good relationship with your students' parents. Greet parents with a smile and be welcoming. Introduce yourself and talk about all of the interesting and new things their child will learn this year. Some parents might be reluctant to leave their children. Assure them that this school year will be great experience for their child. Don't show that you're nervous. Remain confident and hopefully some of that confidence will rub off onto students and parents.
3. Start off on the right foot. Greet each student at the door and direct them to their seat. This will ensure that the students enter in an orderly fashion while also allowing you to make direct contact with each of your students.
4. Introduce yourself to the class. Write your name on the board and pronounce it for your students. If you have a difficult name, repeat it several times along with the class. Talk a little bit about who you are as a teacher and what you teach.  And remember to dress professionally. This can sometimes make students more confident about your abilities as a teacher. Let your students know that you are capable and prepared for the new school year.
5. Have students introduce themselves to the class. You could have each student stand and briefly state their name and any interests they enjoy. They could also talk about their holiday vacations. 
6. Learn student names as soon as possible. Knowing your students' names gives you the chance to make a personal connection with your class. It also helps you to build positive relationships early on and makes correcting misbehavior easier and faster. If you have trouble remembering names, think about using name tags on the first day of class or name plates for students' desks. You could also take a picture of each student and put the pictures on a bulletin board labeled with the correct names. Make sure you can call a student by their name as much as possible on the first day. "Hey you," just isn't going to cut it when you're trying to create positive relationships with your students.
7. Let students know about class procedures. Throughout the first day your students will need to know various class procedures. Lay everything out there for the students on day one. Let students know how attendance will be taken, where they should place their water bottle, what should they do if their want to pass motion, how to enter and exit the classroom, along with any other classroom procedures you've decided to use this school year. Practice classroom procedures so that students are better prepared for when it comes time to put them to use.
8. Play getting-acquainted games. When children come to school on the first day they are very nervous. They're meeting new teachers, in new classrooms, reuniting with old friends from last year, and feeling the pressure of making new friends this school year. Be understanding about these first-day jitters and help students get to know one another. There are so many "ice-breaker" games out there to use on the first day of school. 
9. Use activities and assignments that are fun and achievable on the first day. Choose tasks that you know your class will be able to successfully complete. Students need to achieve success on the first day of school to set the right tone for the rest of the school year. Get the class involved in activities that involve movement and group work. Some fun activities include creative writing/storytelling, playing music, math games, and reading aloud while students act out the story's plot. It is sometimes nice to have something tangible to take home at the end of day, so keep that in mind when you're planning lessons and activities for the first day of school.
10. Talk about class rules and consequences. This is perfectly okay, especially when you're just starting out as a teacher. Remember to keep your rules positive, clear and concise. Rules should only include the most important points. Another option when setting up classroom rules is to allow students to give some input on what rules make the most sense for their new classroom. As the year progresses, rules could be added on when it seems appropriate. Keep this list of rules relatively short however. This will keep students from feeling overwhelmed. Plus, a shorter list makes the classroom rules easier for students to remember. After going over the rules, talk about what happens when a rule is broken (i.e. points deducted, detention, sad face sticker, name on the board, etc.). The rules should be posted in a place where everyone in the class can see them. 
11. Introduce the curriculum. You want to show your students all of their textbooks and let them know more about the subjects they'll be studying. Try to make each subject interesting in some way. Talk about some of the interesting things you will be doing throughout the year in all parts of the curriculum. During class, choose fun activities that make the subjects interesting while promoting academic growth.
Hopefully this back to school guide has been helpful to teachers faced with the new school year. Follow these teaching tips and make the first day of school a big success.

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Monday, 2 December 2013

10 Kindergarten Readiness Skills Your Child Needs

What do teachers really want your child to know on the first day of kindergarten? Kindergarten is changing and parents are feeling pressure to prepare their children for their first school experience. But while some may fret that reading and doing addition are prerequisites for kindergarten these days, your child likely possesses many of the skills they needs to be successful as they begins school.
“Some of the things I would like my kids to know coming into kindergarten are alphabet and some sounds, recognition of numbers 1-10, be able to write and recognize their name” says kindergarten teacher. “It is also important for them to be able to follow directions and to have the ability to express their feelings.”
Here are the 10 kindergarten readiness skills to focus on as you work with your child. Don't be concerned if they does not have them all down before the first day of kindergarten, as they will continue to work on them throughout the year. Try a few activities listed for the skills your child might need to work on a bit more before they starts school.

1. Writing
·    Help your child practice writing letters, especially the letters in their name.
·    Teach your child how to write their name with an uppercase first letter and the remaining letters in lowercase.
·     Write in finger paint or sand writing when go to beach side to make practicing more fun and multisensory.

2. Letter Recognition
·    Play games to help your child recognize some letters of the alphabet.
·    Play hide and seek with refrigerator magnets.
·    Rather than drilling your child with flashcards, use them to play a game of alphabet go fish.

3. Recognice Sounds
·   Make your child aware of the sound.
·   Play guessing sound game with them; make them guess the sound of animals, vehicles or musical instrument.

4. Number Recognition and Counting
·   Count throughout the day (for example, the crackers they are eating for snack)
·   Point out numbers you see in your environment and have your child name them (for example, the numbers found on menu or street signs).

5. Colour
·   If your child is having trouble recognizing certain colors, you might add a little food coloring to cookie dough, milk or vanilla pudding to emphasize those colors.
·   Play games in which your child finds objects of particular colors around the house or in the neighborhood as you drive.

6. Shape
·    Help your child recognize basic shapes such as square and triangle by showing them how to draw on paper.
·    Play with play dough and cut out shapes, let your kids sort the shape into group.

7. Fine Motor Skills
·    Give your child several different writing options (colored pencils, crayons or markers) to help keep her interested in writing and drawing.
·    Playing with play dough is a fun way to strengthen the muscles of the hand that will be used for writing.

8. Reading Readiness
·   Run your finger under the words as you read to your child to help her learn that words go from left to right and top to bottom.
·   Read their favorite storybook

9. Attention and Following Directions
·   Read lots of stories with your child and work up to reading longer chapter books, one chapter each night or as long as she remains interested and focused.
·    Give your child two and three step directions. For example: "put on your pajamas, brush your teeth and pick a book to read."
·    Play Simon Says with two or three step directions. For example: "Simon Says jump up and down and shout hooray."

10. Social Skills
·    Give your children opportunities to interact with other children in preschool, social groups or play dates.
·    Teach your child how to express their feelings if they do not like something.
·     Role-play different situations their might experience on the playground or at school. Help them find solutions for typical problems they might encounter.

Chances are you're already practicing many of these skills your child will need for kindergarten. Remember to keep it fun and don’t make it stressful for you or your child. With just a little fun practice, your child will be prepared for her elementary school debut!
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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Brain Teaser





4 + (4 X 4 ) = 20
5 + ( 5 X 5 ) = 30
6 + ( 6 X 6 ) = 42
7 + ( 7 X 7 ) = 56
Then 
9 + ( 9 X 9 ) = 90

Answer: 90
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Halloween Science: Halloween Push Up Peeps!

Today I’m sharing with you an adorable Halloween treat that your kiddos will love! Best part is that these are SO easy.
Peeps, frosting, sprinkles, candy corn, whatever your little heart desires, you can layer it in the push pop containers and create sweet Halloween treats. Not only would these be fun to serve at a party, but how fun would it be to have a whole buffet of treats that kiddos (or adults) could use to build their own Halloween push pop treats? There is no right or wrong way to assemble them, keep it fun! You can even add cute little Halloween decorations to the top of them, Halloween rings to the bottom of them or some decorate the container with cute Halloween printables or stickers. The only limit is your imagination!
We really hope that you will enjoy it! Wish everyone a very Happy Halloween!

~Grace

Safe Baby Tips


20 Best Websites Elementary Teacher Should Know

For teachers and parents who need a little inspiration and help with ideas! The internet is at your disposal, we are just leading you in the right way! :) some of this site are so interesting that it will inspire you to provide the best for you child!


Here are the URL for the website as mention in the graphic :)
www.goedonline.com
www.funbrain.com
www.turtledairy.com
www.fuelthebrain.com
www.mrnussbaum.com
www.teachertube.com
www.appolicious.com
www.scholastic.com
www.learni.st
www.sesamestreet.org
www.manythings.org
www.storybird.com
www.thecolor.com
www.animaldiscovery.com
www.funfonix.com
www.innerbody.com
www.arkive.org
www.math-play.com
www.readwritethink.org
www.discoveryeducation.com




Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Halloween Science: Spooky Glow in the Dark Jars


We really hope this activity will excite all of you but it is important to know how glow in the dark material works:


Glow paints do not contain light in them. But they do have a pigment known as phosphor that makes them glow in the dark. Phosphor can accumulate light energy like  from the sun and when it's dark, it glows. When phosphor comes in contact with sun or any other form of light it absorbs the photons and later in the dark, the paint emits these photons. The photons thus released emit a phosphorescent glow. This process is known as photoluminescence.

One more day till Halloween and one more exciting activity! Happy Haunting!
~May



Home Science Idea: Fingerprint Lights

Any plan to spend your holiday with your kids this Diwali holiday? Here is an Idea that is suitable for all ages. 

Diwali being the festival of light. 
Little Scientists would like to celebrate this special day by integrate science in this festival of light.

Even if your kids are not from a background that celebrates Diwali there are still lots of kid's crafts and activities that you can do to increase their understanding about light. Especially light is such important things in our daily life. 

You can teach about:
1. 
Colour
2. The importance of light in our daily life
3. Things that give out light
4. Fingerprint 
5. Each of us has unique fingerprints


Materials need:
a. light template  click to download 
b. water colour & brush or colour stamp pad
c. wipes for finger in between colour
1. Print out the light template.
2. Paint their cute little thumb with water colour or colour stamp pad. 
3. Stamp their thumb print on the light template follow the wire and light bulb holder.

4. Let it dry and frame it up.


Source from Internet

This artwork will be a memorable piece for them in future. Here are the extended idea:
Fingerprint Idea, source from pinterest.com
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Monday, 28 October 2013

Fun Riddles Q&A 1


Answer: Snail
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Halloween Science: Erupting Pumpkin!

Sometimes the simplest Halloween activities for kids turn out to be the most fun! All you need for this activity is a carved pumpkin, some baking soda, and vinegar. Food colouring is optional but highly recommended as it adds to the fun Science!
Fill up the pumpkin with about 4-6 tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of food colouring.
Then pour the vinegar in until it foam and you will see the eruptions begin!
Easy isn't it? To some this may look a little gross, but it is a Halloween activity after all ;) Try to experiment with smaller pumpkins to see if you can get the eruptions to come out of the entire pumpkin face. Enjoy it!

~Grace

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Halloween Science: Creepy Density Jar


We really hope that you will enjoy this series of Halloween science! We wanna wish you a very Happy Halloween! Make sure your kids do not overdose on all the sweets when they go trick-or-treating! 

~May

Friday, 25 October 2013

Halloween Science: Static Electricity Dancing Ghost

It's Halloween month! We are challenging you to do science with your kids with a Halloween twist. Ever seen a dancing ghost before? Let's have fun making ghost out of the tissue paper and use static electricity to move the ghost around.


Here’s what you need:
  • balloon or a plastic spoon
  • tissue paper
  • markers
  • scissors
  • tape
  • woollen clothes
Cut out your Halloween Ghost shapes from the tissue paper. After cutting out the ghost, draw the eyes and mouth using marker pen.
Tape the bottom of your ghost to the table (If you don’t tape down your tissue paper, your Halloween Ghost will most likely just get stuck to the balloon/plastic spoon).
Rub the balloon or the plastic spoon on a woollen clothes to gather some extra electrons. Move the balloon over your Halloween Ghost. The tissue paper ghost will rise up. As you move the balloon/plastic spoon around, the tissue paper ghost will move as well.
Have fun with your dancing ghost! Stay tune for more Spooky Halloween Science!
~Grace

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Money tips that grow with your children

How do kids learn to manage money?
At school? By watching TV? From their friends? by their own mistakes? From watching their parents manage their money?

Most kids learn from a combination of all these. But as with every other aspect of education, with the right information and a little commitment, parents and teachers can make a big difference in preparing kids to conquer the many financial challenges they will face as adults.

We found these useful tips that you can use to teach your child about money concept since they are 5 years old.




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Monday, 30 September 2013

Scared? Don't be! We are here to help.....


Loads of parents and teachers have a fear of teaching science to toddlers and pre-schoolers because of the fear that it is too difficult. However, it is easy when you are able to relate to to things that is surrounds them.  Here are some ideas as to how you can do it! 

Relate it to daily life
Simple things like cooking, playing are somehow related to science. For example, when we bake a cake we turn a liquid batter in to a solid cake.  Or even when an ice melts into liquid and how we boil it it will turn into a steam. 

Things that can be seen and not too abstract are the best for them to grasp certain concepts. There are resources that you can find online that can help you with this.  We have posted a few fun and exciting things  that you can do with your child at home that is easily done at home or in the classroom.

Have toys that are science related
There are many toys available out there that are science related nowadays and you know kids love to play. So why not let them learn while they play??  However, loads of DIY science kits out there may not be as suitable for younger kids but if parents or teachers can do it together, it is really a very effective way to get kids to explore. We, here at Little Scientists also have a online shop where you can browse for fun science toys for your kids or for Christmas/ Birthday gifts.

Visit science centres and factories
Science centres are places where kids can learn about many things, from the galaxy to bugs, from cars to music. You might even find something that really interest your child so that you can tap on it at home or at the classroom. It is definitely easier for them to "get the idea" when they are interested in something.

Visiting places like factories this is always fun and educational. Exploring how things are made and work always triggers the curiousity of young children. They may not get it at first but sure would like to explore more. Schools trips to chocolate factory, ice-cream factory is definitely a winner because the children know that they would be given some treats at the end!

Have science experiments at home
Easy science experiments that are age appropriate are now everywhere on the internet and usually uses things that can be found at home or can be bought cheaply. Resources online are endless, from video tutorials or printable instructions can definitely ease your worries. Little Scientists also has some simple experiment videos online at our Youtube channel. Do feel free to experiment with them and we will be very happy to see your exploration with your child. Put it up on Facebook and tag us!

These are just a few ideas for helping you overcome your fears of teaching science to the little ones. We do hope these tips are helpful and we would love for you to share your experiences.  Have fun and enjoy, and remember, a little mess won't kill! :)
~May

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Kids Wonderland Holiday Science Camp

Dream of bringing your children to theme park this year end school holiday? We can make your dream come true. Get our latest science camp now and bring your children to a theme park that's just at the comfort of your school! 

Our KIDS WONDERLAND science camp is packed with fun-filled science adventures for your children to explore. We have 9 awesome activities that will amaze your children and the teachers too! 

From a magical sand that doesn't get wet to the cutest scampering bunny ever, KIDS WONDERLAND science camp will make your school holiday an unforgotten one!

Watch our trailer for a preview of the exciting activities:




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For Parents
, if you are interested, you may ask your children's kindy to get the camp from us. You may also bring your children to the nearest kindy that will be having this camp.

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Friday, 19 July 2013

Activities you can do at home with the kids that make science ANYTHING but boring! - An Ice Treasure Hunt

Here's something FUN for your kids over the weekend to beat the hot sunny day - An Ice Treasure Hunt! Kids loves treasure and they also loves to play in the water. This is definitely something that can keep your children occupy for a long time!

Here is what you need for this Ice Treasure Hunt:

- Ice cube tray or plastic containers
- some plastic toys that don't get damage when it get wet
- food colouring (optional)
- water
- FREEZER!

To do this activity, gather a bunch of small plastic toys and put them each in a ice-cube tray or a container. Fill it with water and put it in the freezer for about 8 hours until it is solid.






To add to the fun, you could also make a much bigger scale! (This is something you want to plan out the day before.) To do this, you will need a much bigger plastic container (Empty ice cream container will be the best).


Directions:
  1. Fill the plastic container with about 25% of water. Drop in a few toys.  Freeze for a couple of hours.  
  2. Remove from freezer and add about another 25% of water.  Drop toys in different areas.  Return to freezer.
  3. Repeat until full.
  4. Remove the ice block by running hot water over the container (be careful!) or let it sit outside for a few minutes.

Take it outside and put it on the floor or a table. Provide some tools and some jugs with warm and hot water in them and let your children discover what's hiding in the ice!



Challenge the children to use various method to melt the ice , such as hitting the ice with hammer, pour hot water over it, put the ice under the sun, pouring salt on the ice and etc untill they collect all of their treasures.








This will definitely occupy them for a long time and it morph into a bit of a science project as they will learn to experiment with different temperatures of water and with different techniques. It was also a good way to cool off on a hot sunny weekend! Science is everywhere once you start looking for opportunities to use it.

-Grace-

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Activities you can do at home with the kids that make science ANYTHING but boring! - Magnet Fishing Game

Are your kids bored out of their minds at home every weekend? There are lots of fun science experiment you can do at home with your kids. Here is one example of science activity that you could try it out with your kids over this coming weekend - Magnet Fishing Game! This is really simple and it's fun for kids of all different ages!

Here is what you need for this Magnet Fishing Game.

To make the fishes:

  • Few pieces of plastic sheets
  • Paper Clips

















To made the fishing rod:
  • A stick
  • A piece of string
  • A magnet Ring

Lastly a large bucket or paddle pool filled with water for the pond and your kids can ready for some fishing game!



You could also try a larger pond by using a bathtub! Fill up your bathtub a quarter full, add those fishes to the water. Place a towel on the floor along with a plastic bowl to place the "fish" in that he catch.


If you do not wish to play with water, you could create another set of "fish" using just coloured paper and paper clips to play with on dry land.



To make the whole fishing game more fun and tricky, you could add in "fish" without paper clips. This will be a great way for your kids to learn that some of the things are magnetic and some are not.

You don't have to go to a museum to get playful with science. Simple science activity like this will definitely keep your child busy for few hours. Science is everywhere once you start looking for opportunities to use it.

-Grace-
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