We are counting from 0 to 100. Quite big numbers for little ones, but they are familiar with the concept and are able to understand that collections of ones would make tens, and collections of tens would then make hundreds.
When they can see and experience the counting themselves, they are able to grasp the numbers as well as putting meaning into them. This is why Montessori is such a good fit for early age learning, as the concept is given using concrete items that can usually be touched or experienced physically.
Montessori hands-on approach uses many different props and materials to teach new concepts.
Children are provided with learning materials that are designed to be simple, clear and concrete, so that children can easily grasp the concept.
By engaging with these materials, children can develop their spatial awareness and fine motor skills, as well as their ability to recognize and identify different shapes.❤❤❤
We assign a Greeter and Leader role for the day. They are responsible to greet and direct their peers for the day.
By doing so, we hope to instill confidence and leadership in them and get them used to having responsibilities and to care for others. Every little step counts and goes a long way into their future.
Worksheet time! We do not shy away from using worksheets if and when needed. It is an important and necessary part of learning.
Worksheets allow us to summarize many points into one sheet and to review the materials that have been taught before. We use worksheets along with other teaching aids to help us achieve better learning.
By the way, such a beautiful day today with cool breeze and the sun shining, after so many rainy and cloudy days.. :)
As part of our Chinese New Year Celebration, we had Lion Dancers came and performed at Spring Shine. We thoroughly enjoyed the show and had exposure to Chinese culture here in Indonesia.
Diversity is THE keyword of the moment. We celebrate diversity and not shun it. We should be proud that Indonesia is rich with so many different cultures, dialects, local instruments, food, and many many other non tangible cultural treasures. We must take advantage of these cultural riches and have them preserved and supported, just as our founding fathers have highlighted in the ideology of our country that is Pancasila. In short, Indonesia - while we are all different, but we are one.
Xin Nian Kuai Le
Gong Xi Fa Cai
Shen Ti Jian Kang
Wan Shi Ru Yi
Happy Chinese New Year 2574🙏🙏
Let's kick off the New Year with plenty of oomph and happiness. We keep moving and climbing and running and jumping and ....... many many other fun activities, while learning and growing aplenty.
Do inquire with us for our physical activities programme and / or preschool - kindergarten for your little ones.
We base our teaching methods on physical activities and gross motor skills development on young children. We believe that physical activities integration and gross motor skills development are paramount in early age children learning. Acts such as balancing, running, jumping, and climbing are facilitated thru the use of specialized equipments and methods. Even though these skills are some of the most basic that we learnt as human beings, they are found to be directly related to confidence, creativity, and brain development in younger children.
Let's swing into action and have fun...
Circle time is a fun time for us as we get to sing together, scream (lower-case scream :)) together, and learn together....
Such welcome change compared to during the pandemic when everything has to be online and distance. Social learning and being with friends are some of the most important aspects of schooling. Without these exposures, our world would work differently and might not be as developed as today as we are social beings and we always seek companionships in our endeavors.
Physical activities integration is paramount in our learning methods. We feel that early age children has to be constantly engaged as they have abundance of energy and enthusiasm. Academic advancements will then follow thru...
Early age education is not just about one two threes and A - B - C, but also their whole being, as they are still "learning and exploring on how to be humans". By integrating physical activities into our daily routines, we hope to nurture their growth further.
Going home time at Spring Shine - Let's make a round together....
We tidy our clutters after we are done with them!
It is important to nurture children to be responsible for their actions, including tidying up after class. We try to always remind them to put the props back after use, and to clean up the mess they make after each study sessions.
Tiny habits that go a loong way into the future.........
Let's swing into action and have fun...
We integrate physical activities and play into our daily routines. Young children learn thru many ways, including exploration and self discovery. Being able to learn new skills build self confidence and self worth. We are happy to provide the means necessary for these processes to happen naturally..
The long period of confinement due to Covid that we all experienced was really a downer. We hope that the situation only improves and that we can continue to experience learning as normal and varied as possible.
Many thanks to dr Andreas Yohan for today's training on Emergency and Basic Life Support. We learnt many new things that are important and can potentially be life-saving.
One important takeaway: as of 2008, the AHA releases new recommendations that say bystanders can skip mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and use Hands-Only CPR to help an adult who suddenly collapses.
In Hands-Only CPR, bystanders provide high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the center of the victim's chest. In addition, CPR is also safer due to lower risk of virus transmissions.
We love books, as they are our windows to the world, a way to explore past and future, and as outlet for our imaginations to roam free.
During their free play time, children are allowed to read the books provided in the classroom. They are free to bring their own as well... maybe they can share with others or exchange books.
United Nations Day recognizes the founding of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. The celebration is observed annually on October 24th.
Spring Shine's UN Day celebration aims to provide the children with exposure to different cultures, landmarks, and languages of different countries of the world.
The children are dressed up in costumes from different countries as each country has its unique traditional costume representing its cultural identity.
Teacher is one who guides, one who leads, and one who helps. As a preschool and kindergarten, we educate the youngest of children. The way we educate these children will probably shape their learnings throughout the rest of their lives. Thus, we must take the proper care and caution in our teachings - we remind ourselves everyday...
Montessori Methods and Physical Activities are Deeply Connected
Gross motor skills are the physical body movements that involve large muscles in the body in order to perform everyday functions.
Gross motor skills develop early and rapidly during childhood.
Working on gross motor skills helps a child gain strength and confidence in his/her body.
Academically, gross motor skills are essential in brain development. Research had shown that physical activities have positive effect on cognition and can improve academic performance.
That is why Spring Shine is integrating Montessori methods with physical activities. Our equipments are specifically designed to develop children's physical skills on agility, balance, climbing, and coordination with a variety of settings that will create different kinds of challenges for kids each time.
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